A prominent historian, Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim, further added that Chin Peng is technically a British national based on the reasons he gave here -Chin Peng a British national, says historian
Chin Peng's return was also supported by Dr Teng Hock Nan (Gerakan Penang) but drew criticisms and objections from Barisan Nasional coalition members - except for MCA. I am not sure if MCA made any comments on this matter, but as far as I know, the party seems silent.
Darshan Singh, Chin Peng's lawyer, had strong arguments and the points he made to justify the return of Chin Peng is quite touching.
"Chin Peng only wants to visit his ancestors' grave in Sitiawan and also to meet up with his two children who are in Kuala Lumpur. The children are all Malaysian citizens, so are his brothers and sisters."
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak officially announced that Chin Peng's homecoming is not possible - further substantiating the Court ruling.
Lately, many NGOs especially the families of the CPM victims have voiced their objections against Chin Peng's return - which were swiftly met with counter arguments that other communists like Rashid Maidan and Shamsiah Fakeh were allowed to return.
As expected, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim took the opposite stand on Chin Peng.
Just a thought impassing here, if Chin Peng is to be allowed to return to Malaysia, will the surviving member of the Communist Party Malaya be exposed to lawsuits by families of the victims ?
A permission to return to Malaysia does not mean immunity of any sort. Are there laws that can be used to file lawsuits on compensations and criminal killings against the former CPM leader and are there laws that Chin Peng can use to protect himself from these ?
This is merely a question posed to discuss with my readers. Hope to hear opinions on this especially the technical part that he is a British national (Khoo Kay Kim) and the legal exposures if he returns.
Also, will a conditional return be a possible solution to this long standing and heavily politicised case ?
MCA's silence on this matter is eerie ! Say something !