Selasa, 24 September 2013


The notoriety of communists under Chin Peng must be made known and documented as part of our history, said a new Sabah political party .

KOTA KINABALU : Newly-registered Sabah-based political party Pertubuhan Perpaduan Rakyat Kebangsaan Sabah (Party Perpaduan) or Unity Party has once again came up to support the ruling party Barisan Nasional, this time for its firm stand of not allowing the late Chin Peng to be buried in Malaysia.

The party’s protem president, Jack Giau, said yesterday that the Prime Minister Najib Razak’s firm hand on the issue deserved support as Malaysians had lost billions of ringgits fighting a prolonged guerrilla war fares with Chin Peng and his communist colleagues in Communist Party of Malaya (CPM).

“Though Sabah was never under direct threat of communist, unlike Sarawak, when we joined hand with Malaya, Singapore and Sarawak in 1963 to form the Federation of Malaysia, we eventually indirectly lost our money as Sabah also contributed income taxes to the federal coffers,” he said in a statement.

Giau said it must be remembered that Chin Peng’s attacks on federal army in Peninsular had also resulted in many East Malaysians especially Sarawakian rangers, killed, side by side with their Malayan counterparts.

“The notoriety of communists under Chin Peng is known throughout our history as the darkest period.

“We the new generation must never take for granted our freedom and the peace that had prevailed,” he said adding that had it not for the sacrifices of Federal army and the British troops, communists could have infiltrated then North Borneo, and history would have been worst for Sabahans.

In the same breath, businessman Giau, 47, however hastened to say that his party disagreed with the view taken by Malay ultra grouping, Perkasa, on eroding Chin Peng’s name from history books.

“We cannot agree with Perkasa’s chairman Ibrahim Ali’s stand that the name Chin Peng should be erased from history. We cannot simply do such thing.

“We want the people to know the true history about Chin Peng, so Parti Perpaduan would never support what Perkasa was seeking,” Giau added.

Chin Peng died of old age in Thailand on Sept 16, 2013, the day Malaysia celebrated its 50th anniversary or golden jubilee. Malaysia had since refused his family requests to bring Chin Peng’s body or ashes to his hometown Sitiawan in Perak.

Meanwhile soon after Unity Party was registered, Giau issued statement supporting the ruling party, and later also lauded Najib giving assurance to ensure that under his leadership, the Federal would never neglect the needs of Sabah and Sarawak.

Asked on this, Giau, told FMT that his party is a tool of no one, except the true Sabahans.

“We support good policies and good leadership, that is all. We will speak for Sabah and the people’s aspiration,” he said.




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