Cops, Special Branch to probe meeting of ex-CPM members, says Muhyiddin

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

PUTRAJAYA: Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says the police and Special Branch have been ordered to investigate a recent gathering of former Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) members.

He said several issues would be investigated, including whether it was a closed-door meeting, if it had followed the rules for such gatherings, and what had happened during the meeting.

“We will wait for the report before we decide on the next course of action,” he said in a press conference after officiating Malaysian Immigration Day 2019 here today.

When asked if the gathering was an annual event, he said to his knowledge such meetings had never taken place before.

“The fact is, the public was not aware of it until now. So the police will investigate the motive behind it – was it only to celebrate the Hatyai peace accord, or was it to spark the spirit of communism?”

Adding that Malaysia is a peaceful country, he said it was important to allow the investigation to proceed in order to ascertain if any offences had been committed.

It was recently reported that about 300 former members of the CPM had met in Kajang.

It is understood that the meeting was to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Hatyai peace accord, signed on Dec 2, 1989 between the government and CPM.

Kajang district police chief Ahmad Dzaffir Mohd Yussof said no reports were lodged although his units had taken note of the meeting.