One of the unfinished tasks which Mahathir must do before he steps down as Prime Minister in six weeks’ time is to honour the 1989 Haadyai Peace Accords with MCP and allow Chin Peng to return home to Malaysia
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Tuesday): One of the unfinished tasks which Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad must do before he steps down as Prime Minister in six weeks’ time is to honour the 1989 Haadyai Peace Accords with the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) and allow the MCP Secretary-General, Chin Peng to return home to Malaysia.
If Mahathir does not honour the spirit of the Haadyai Peace Accords before relinquishing office, it is unlikely that his successor Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi would have the political confidence and authority to do so, until quite a considerable time.
DAP commends the government for not banning Chin Peng’s book “My Side of History” which should be a must reading for all political leaders and Malaysians to understand an important part of the Malaysian history – whatever one’s judgment of Chin Peng and the MCP armed insurrection.
In his final chapter, entitled “A continuing exile”, Chin Peng wrote:
The government should give a Ministerial statement in Parliament as to why Chin Peng has not been allowed to return to Malaysia in the past 14 years since the Haadyai Peace Accords or to launch his memoirs “My Side of History”.
Chin Peng concluded his biographical account with this wish:
Not only the youths, but Members of Parliament can also benefit from such a forum and exchange of ideas and experiences, which is why I hope MPs, regardless of party, will embrace this issue to ask the government to allow Chin Peng to return home in keeping with the spirit of the Haadyai Peace Accords.
There is no reason why Malaysia should be afraid of such a “barter of views”, which will in fact be a yardstick as to whether Malaysia has the makings to become a fully developed nation, not only having “First World Infrastructure” but also “First World Mentality”.
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman