9 associations involved in ex-communists’ event, say police

The 1989 Hatyai accord signed between the Malaysian government and the Communist Party of Malaya formally ended a decades-long communist insurgency.

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have identified nine associations believed to have been involved in organising the 30th anniversary of the Hatyai Peace Accord in Kajang on Dec 1.

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director Huzir Mohamed also identified four individuals who spoke at the event including Sungai Pelek assemblyman Ronnie Liu. Three others are from Persatuan Persahabatan Abad ke-21, the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) and Persatuan Kawan Karib Sarawak.

“Thus far, statements from six witnesses have been recorded while that of the others will be taken on their appointment dates.

“To date, police have received 72 reports pertaining to the case. The investigations are ongoing and further action will be taken including obtaining the views of historians,” he said.

Huzir said police would get reports from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to assist in the investigation.

The investigation paper would then be referred to the Attorney-General’s Chambers with recommendations.

“Investigations are carried out under Section 505 (C) of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998,” Huzir said.

Meanwhile, on the controversy surrounding the ashes of late communist leader Chin Peng, Huzir said police had questioned 10 people.

“They include the complainants as well as Malaysiakini editor, journalists, individuals who brought in the ashes as well others involved in the event.

“Investigations are still underway and a number of actions will be taken including obtaining historical evidence,” he said.

Huzir said reports from MCMC, the Immigration Department, RoS, the health ministry and the Customs department would also be obtained to assist in the investigation.

To date, 11 police reports have been lodged on the case.

“The case is being investigated under Section 504 and 505 (C) of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998,” he said.

It was reported that Chin Peng’s ashes arrived in Ipoh, Perak on Sept 16 where a memorial service was held, attended by 150 people.

Chin Peng died in a hospital in Bangkok in 2013 at the age of 89.

CPM was behind an armed rebellion from 1948 to 1960 to turn Malaya into a communist state.