Friday, May 9, 2014

Reporting Chin Peng

Aidila-Reporting ChinPen from Shufiyan Shukur on Vimeo.

Malaysiakini's senior journalist, Aidila Razak talks about her experience when assigned to cover Chin Peng's funeral.

The Malayan Communist Party's sec-gen, Chin Peng - born Ong Boon Hua - died of cancer on Sept 16 at a Bangkok hospital at the age of 89.

The Malaysian government refused requests for his ashes to be brought back to his birthday place of Setiawan, Perak.

Celebrated as an anti-colonial on one side and reviled as a communist terrorist on the other, Chin Peng was the only communist not allowed to return to Malaysia after the peace accord in 1989.

Some of his comrades chose to return, while others decided life on the Thai side in the Peace Village was better.

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