Monday, 16 September 2013

To meet Karl Marx, Chin Peng went ?

Alas, another chapter of the Malayan Communist Party is closed today with the death of its former Secretary General, Chin Peng @ Ong Boon Hua in Bangkok. Fearsome, controversial and headlines creator when he was alive, his death created the same amount of contentious questions as his life.


It is interesting to note that he died on the 50th anniversary of the founding of Malaysia, on Lee Kuan Yew’s 90th birthday and ten years after the publications of his biography “My Side of History”. However, what is even more interesting to note is that his relatives will perform religious rites for him on Friday, as reported by the media and is this is accordance to his wish?
Whatever the answer will be, the communist ideology does not survive beyond him, for a communist does not believe in the existence of religion. Or Tunku Abdul Rahman was wrong to assert that once a communist, always a communist? Could Chin Peng had abandoned his believe in communism in his twilight years?
Another notable clue that created this question is that Chin Peng was spotted in pictures wearing a silver Rolex watch during interviews which made him looked more like a typical Chinese businessman rather than a communist.  Rolex was once condemned as the choice of the capitalist roaders during the heydays of communism.
Off to meet Karl Marx he went or elsewhere? Will just let the historians to justify this. Be it good or bad, the life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living, as said by Cicero. 


P/S: Going off to meet Karl Marx was Chairman Mao’s favourite reference to death which he used frequently to gauge others’ response to his death.

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