PENANG, 20 May 2009: Penang Gerakan chairperson Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan urged government to allow former communist leader Chin Peng to return to Malaysia on humanitarian grounds, especially when he is no more a security threat to the country.
Teng also urged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to take a re-look at Chin Peng’s case and that the government should fulfil his wishes.
“Communism all over the world including China and Russia has transformed and is moving towards economy-based struggles and extreme communist terrorism practiced in the 50s is non-existent now,” said Teng in a statement today.
Chin Peng, who was born in Sitiawan, Perak, has brothers and sisters, and close relatives who are staying in Butterworth, Perak and all over Malaysia.
He is currently living in exile in Bangkok.
He failed in his last bid to live in Malaysia after the Federal Court on 30 April upheld two lower court decisions compelling him to produce his identification documents before he could enter the country.
“He is now 85 years old and wishes to return to Malaysia, his birthplace. He had even appealed to the High Court to allow him to return but the appeal was rejected,” he said. — Bernama