Ngeh slams government for not honouring agreement with CPM

(FMT) – Beruas MP Ngeh Koo Ham today said the government needed to honour the terms of the agreement signed between the government of Malaysia and leaders of the Communist Party of Malaya.

“If we do not follow this agreement, people will not trust us or our integrity. Did the Barisan Nasional government go against this agreement?” he said while debating on the defence ministry’s 2020 Budget debate.

This comes in the wake of opposition from various quarters to the ashes of former Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) leader Chin Peng being scattered at a hillside in Chemor, Perak, and at sea off Lumut.

Chin Peng died of cancer in Thailand in 2013, a month before his 89th birthday.

The previous government had issued a warning against bringing his remains or ashes back to Malaysia.

Ngeh read the 1989 agreement that CPM signed with the government in the Dewan Rakyat, stating it was signed to terminate hostilities. It consisted of four articles.

The first article was on cessation of armed activities upon signing the agreement.

The second agreed with the disbandment of armed units, destruction of arms, ammunition, explosives and booby traps in Malaysia and Thailand, Ngeh added

He said the third touched on citizenship.

“CPM members and members of the disbanded armed units, who were of Malaysian origin and wished to settle down in Malaysia, were to be allowed to do so, in accordance with the laws of Malaysia.”

Ngeh said the second part of the third article touched on members of the communist party, who were not of Malaysian origin, being allowed to settle down in Malaysia.

The last article provides assistance from the Malaysian authorities to help the former communist members to begin a peaceful life.

Ngeh said the agreement was signed on Dec 2, 1989 in Haadyai and was represented by three senior officers from Malaysia and the CPM.

He said it was signed by former home ministry secretary-general Wan Sidek Wan Abdul Rahman, defence forces chief Hashim Mohd Ali and inspector-general of police Mohd Hanif Omar.

From the other side, it was signed by CPM secretary-general Ong Boon Hua @ Chin Peng, chairman Abdullah CD and central committee member Rashid Maidin.

Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu is expected to reply on Chin Peng’s ashes being brought back later today.