Should Chin Peng be allowed to come home?
YES
  815 (92%)
NO
  30 (3%)
Not Bothered
  32 (3%)
Votes so far: 877
Days left to vote: 3

Against Chin Peng
UMNO would be hard pressed to come up with one of their own that could do
justice to what this 85 old man has done with his life. He made his commitment
to communism at the age of 15 and was admitted into the Malaysian Communist
Party (MCP) at the age of 16. Secretary General and leader of MCP by the age of
23! A life long belief that does not seem to have diminished but certainly have
mellowed in his twilight years.
For his leadership
of the only major and cohesive force resisting Japanese occupation in Malaya he
was awarded the Burma Star, the 1939/45 Star and the Order of the British
Empire (OBE).
He was involved in
two major conflicts with the Malaysian Government:
·     
The First Emergency between 1948 to 1960. This
was an insurrection and guerrilla
war
by the CPM against the British and Malayan
administration.
     A low level
resurgence of insurgent activity by the armed
     elements of the CPM
from sanctuaries in the Malaysian
     -Thai border.
The insurgency was
ended after the CPM signed a peace treaty with the governments of Malaysia and Thailand on 2 December 1989.
“As Malaysian
citizens we pledge our loyalty to His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the
country. We shall disband our armed units and destroy all weapons to show our
sincerity in terminating the armed struggle.”
That was Chin Peng’s
pledge together with Rashid Maidin and Abdullah CD on behalf of the CPM on that
2nd of December of 1989 in the town of Had Yai in Southern Thailand.
And he did it as a citizen of Malaysia!
And yet he has lost
his bid to return to Malaysia when he could not show his identification papers
to prove his Malaysian citizenship as demanded by the Court of Appeal.
So in the Peace
Treaty of 2nd December 1989 it was convenient for the Malaysian
Government to accept him as a Malaysian citizen pledging his loyalty to the
Yang di-Pertuan Agong but now it is also convenient for the government to ask
him to produce his identification papers before he can come back to Malaysia? 
I understand that
there are conflicting views on this issue. For those that experience first hand
the atrocities carried out by the Communists I understand how hard it will be
to forgive and forget. But we need to understand that the British also carried
out atrocities. In war there are no limits to what one will go through to
ensure victory. And yet, time and time again, bitter adversaries will forgive
and forget because we the human race will need to go forward if we are to
evolve. 
Maybe if our
government waits long enough the Chin Peng issue will go away. As it did with
Eric Cheah and Perwaja. As it seems that this is the way this government
prefers to deal with difficult issues. Never making the hard but proper decision.
Always waiting for the ravages of time to do it for them. The Lingam case, MACC
and Teoh Beng Hock, Altantuya, PKFZ, Kugan, Tun Salleh Abbas…all these issues
could have been resolved much sooner if there was there was goodwill and the righteous
will to do what is right – to correct was is wrong – but instead were all
lumped into the ‘too hard to resolve’ basket  – and over time the hope is that it will go away.
We still hope that
Najib will show some moral leadership. That he will rise over the rhetoric’s
and slogan calling that so pervades the politics of mediocrity that UMNO seems
to wallow in. That he is able to recognize what is in the heart of our people
and for once seize the initiative and show us that a leader show lead – not
follow. That a leader should have moral courage and do what others are
reluctant to do not because it is easy to do so but because it is hard. But we
are hoping against hope…are we not?
This would be a good
opportunity for Pakatan Rakyat to show moral courage and take the lead to resolve
a situation that has only one emotion common within itself – that of
compassion.