Chin Peng's fan
The Thai generals, who all led troops against the CPM guerrillas in southern Thailand, said they saw Chin Peng as a “father figure” and “model of honesty and bravery.
Thailand former Prime Minister General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh
Chin Peng was a hero who fought for power for the people. He is not a guerrilla leader but a friend to us. He fought for justice and freedom.
In fact, he is a patriot......
Chin Peng was not someone who was fighting for personal glory or interests, but fighting for the people.
"In the hearts of many Thai people, especially the soldiers, Chin Peng was a hero who was much admired for his dedication, perseverance and resourcefulness. Despite the insurmountable obstacles he faced, Chin Peng was never deterred, he did what he felt was right
Thai former army Lieutenant General Pisan Wattanawongkiri
Chin Peng is the Malaysian equivalent of Ho Chin Minh, Aung San and Kusno Sosrodihardjo or Sukarno, for his ceaseless efforts during the battle for independence.
Chin Peng had fought ceaselessly and sacrificed a lot for the cause of the Communist Party of Malaya.
Although the Malaysian government, vilified Chin Peng, Pisarn said he was a kind, honest and principled individual.
"He was like a father figure to his men and I looked up to him like a big brother. He has been like a relative of mine for the past 20 years and I will always appreciate the time that we have spent together
Chin Peng was 'etched' into the 'hearts' of four generals. For 20 years, he has been in our hearts (including Kitti's aide General Akkanit Muensawad). He was always talked of with fondness. I am happy that I had the opportunity to know this man who fought for independence for 50 years......
Chin Peng's 'jungle' fighting skills that was taught to the Australian army.
He also had a very good relationship with the Thai royalty and Princess Chulabhorn Walailak," he said.
Thai former army Lieutenant General Kitti Rattanachaya
Personally, I saw him as my big brother. I love and respect him. He was a true gentleman. "He was also a fighter for independence like Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh and Indonesia's Sukarno.
"He was a model of honesty and bravery,
Chin Peng "played a key role in maintaining peace" along the Thai-Malaysian border.
Chin Peng's detractors
Chin Peng's detractors are mostly Malaysian Malay status quo.
Malaysia Former PM Mahathir
CPM killed civilians and security personnel by the thousands without considering their role as defenders of independence or their innocence.
Malaysia Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah
Chin Peng is an enemy of the state.....Lives of members of the armed forces and policemen were lost, and civilians were killed and suffered as a result of Chin Peng and the communist terrorists' actions.
Malaysia PM Najib Razak
Chin Peng will always be remembered as a terrorist who was responsible for many atrocities
Malaysia Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said
People should remember that Chin Peng was first and foremost a terrorist leader.....Malaysians should remember the scores of people who suffered and died because of the violence inflicted by Chin Peng and his party
Malaysia Defence minister and Umno vice-president Hishammuddin
He and the CPM terrorists had committed atrocities......
Malaysia Former PM Tunku Abdul Rahman, in his book Lest We Forget
Just as Indonesia was fighting a bloody battle, so were the Communists of Malaya, who, too, fought for independence.
Malaysia Former inspector-general of police Abdul Rahim Mohd Noor
If the government succumbs to this public pressure not to allow Chin Peng's ashes to be brought back, I think, we are making Malaysia a laughing stock to the whole world.
There were other ex-communists who were allowed to come back and they were mainly Malays. Abdullah CD (CPM chairperson) was allowed to come back to Malaysia and was even given an audience with the current sultan of Perak. Rashid Maidin (CPM central committee member), I was told, performed his pilgrimage through KL with the help of the Malaysian authorities
Chin Peng, the man born Ong Boon Hua, should be remembered for his role and the CPM’s role in fighting against British colonial rule.
People who have same career with Chin Peng
Chin Peng was indeed responsible for the death of many, and so were those portrait below me, as well as all military personnel that ever went to war. So it should be no surprise that people form different opinion towards Chin Peng.
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Who is Chin Peng?
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Chin Peng (陳平), nee Ong Boon Hua (王文華), pass away in 16 September 2013, Bangkok, Thailand was a long-time leader of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP). Chin Peng was borned in 21 October 1924, Setiawan, Perak, Malaysia. His father had come to the town in 1920 and started a bicycle, tyre and spare motor parts business. He attended a Chinese language school in Sitiawan. In 1937 he joined the Chinese Anti Enemy Backing Up Society (AEBUS), formed that year to send aid to China in response to Japan's aggression. According to Chin and Hack, he was not yet at that time a communist. He was in charge of anti-Japanese activities at his school. Initially a supporter of Sun Yat-sen, by early 1939 he had embraced Communism.
Later, Chin Peng enrolled in the Methodist-run English medium Anglo-Chinese Continuation School but left six months later "for fear of British harassment" and to focus on revolutionary activities. At the end of January 1940 he was admitted to the Malayan Communist Party as a candidate member. In December he attained full Party membership
In early 1941, Chin Peng rose to become Ipoh District Committee Member of the Party. By June 1941 he became a member of the Perak State Committee.
The Japanese occupation 1942-1945
The MCP was the only effective resistance during the Japanese occupation, not the highly hyped Force 136. The MCP started from zero soldier in at the start of Japanese Malayan campaign in December 1941. At the time of Japanese surrender 3 years 9 month later, MCP's military wing, the Malayan Peoples' Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA) swelled to 10,000 members. Chin was awarded an OBE (subsequently withdrawn by the British government), a mention in despatches and two campaign medals by Britain.
At the end of the war, Chin Peng emerged as the number 2 man in MCP, after Lai Teck. Lai Teck was later killed in 1947, for treachery against MCP and since then, Chin Peng led the MCP.
The 1948 to 1960 is a period of civil war that saw fighting between the British Malaya and later Malaysia against the MCP, led by Chin Peng. The former MPAJA changed its name to Malayan National Liberation Army (MNLA) of about 8000-10,000 personnel fought the Malayan government.
By 1958, the war was lost on the MCP side and most MCP members withdrew to Betong, Thailand. Since then, there was no serious attack against Malaysia.
Finally, the MCP laid down its arms on December 2 1989 at the town of Had Yai in Southern Thailand. Separate peace agreements were signed between the CPM and both governments.