Glorifying communists insults the memory of servicemen, says PAS

PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man says the National Monument represents the nation’s fight against the communists. (File pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: It’s a mistake to glorify the communists because it insults the people and soldiers who died fighting them, said PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

It is important to take care of the sentiments of the public, he said in response to reporters at the Parliament lobby when asked for his thoughts about the ashes of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) secretary-general Chin Peng being brought to Malaysia.

“To me, bringing his ashes back was an action that did not take the feelings of army personnel, who fought against the communists, into consideration. I’m really disappointed about it.”

He added that people must respect those who fought against the communists.

“We erected the National Monument to remember our fight against the communists,” he said.

Chin Peng’s ashes were reported to have been brought back from Thailand and scattered at sea as well as on a hillside near Chemor, Perak.

The committee handling Chin Peng’s ashes said a memorial ceremony was attended by over 150 people.

Chin Peng, whose real name was Ong Boon Hua, died in Thailand in 2013 at the age of 89.