KUALA LUMPUR, 25 May 2009: The communists have no place in the country because their sins for killing thousands of people in the then Malaya cannot be forgotten, said Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.
As such, he urged leaders who had expressed positive sentiments for the former leader of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP), Chin Peng, to state their stand clearly without hiding behind the cloak of their respective political parties.
“My comment is simple, Chin Peng and his commandos who had killed many people in the past certainly do not deserve any consideration from us,” he told reporters after delivering a lecture on 1Malaysia to senior officers of his ministry at Angkasapuri, here today.
He said this when asked to comment on the call by the Penang Parti Gerakan that Chin Peng be allowed to return to Malaysia on humanitarian grounds.
Rais also called on Malaysians not to be hasty in following and supporting the innovations made by certain groups particularly bloggers who tried to idolise communism.
“The communists had abused this country. The thousands who had died at the hands of the communists should be sufficient for us to be remorseful so that we do not issue statements that can make us forget the atrocities committed by the regime then,” he said.
Asked whether the government would take action such as those provided under the Internal Security Act (ISA) against those who tried to give a positive picture of the communists, Rais said he would bring the matter up at the cabinet meeting later.
“The ISA is not under my jurisdiction, but I’m discussing with the minister concerned so that he too would be prepared to look at such a tendency,” he said.
Recently, Penang Gerakan chairperson Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan asked the government to allow Chin Peng to return to Malaysia on humanitarian grounds as the communist terrorism which was rampant around the 1950s throughout the world including in China and Russia had undergone transformation. — Bernama