Cops identify 2 involved in bringing back ashes of Chin Peng

The group believed to be involved in scattering the ashes of former communist leader Chin Peng in Perak last month. (Facebook pic)

BANGKOK: Police have identified two individuals involved in bringing back the ashes of former Communist Party of Malaya leader Chin Peng to Malaysia.

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said both of them had been called to give their statements to the police.

“Once we get the answers to all of these, the attorney-general will decide whether any offences were committed.

“Therefore, I urge all parties to have patience and think rationally with regards to this issue.

“Police will investigate and take the necessary action in accordance with the laws,” he told Bernama here today.

The media had reported that the ashes of Chin Peng, whose real name is Ong Boon Hua, were brought into the country on Sept 16 and scattered into the sea near Lumut and in the jungles in Titiwangsa Range without any memorial or markers.

Chin Peng, who was born in Sitiawan, died in a hospital in Bangkok in 2013 at the age of 89.

Yesterday, Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the government had not allowed Chin Peng’s ashes to be brought back to Malaysia.