If there is any way that I could speak to Chin Peng this is what I will tell him: “I am not against you coming home to Malaysia”. I am not against Chin Peng coming home not because I have forgotten what he has done during the Emergency. I know he has been responsible for many atrocities against many Malaysians. I know that even now he is still a Communist at heart. I know he is a Chinese! He could have chosen to come home immediately after the Peace Treaty signed in 1989 but he chose to stay in exile. I know that there are still many amongst us that have witnessed and experienced terrible times during our war with the CPM. To ask these people to forgive Chin Peng would be like asking us to forgive UMNO. Almost impossible….almost! To ask the Malays to forgive and show compassion to Chin Peng would also be asking much of them. But we need to ask them!
Let us try to do the difficult thing here. Let us start a Peace Movement that has as its goal: “To bring home the Old Man – Chin Peng”. Pure and simple it is to “Bring him Home”. Sans Politics. Sans Race. Sans Religion.
Why do we want to bring him home? Each of us will have our own reason for wanting him home but in truth we do not have many people in our midst that we can truly hold up to be those that are less ordinary. In terms of bravery only one name is in my memory - WOI (Rtd) Kanang anak Langkau – Malaysian Army’s most decorated hero – a Regimental Sergeant Major of 8 Renjer and recipient of the “Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa”
OBE Awarded to Chin Peng by the British Government( Later withdrawn)
In Chin Peng we have a Malaysian who in years to come will be written of as one Malaysian who did what he thought was the right thing to do to help Malaysia achieve its Independence - whether that was in fighting the British, the Japanese or the Malaysian Government – he did it all! That he did so under very trying conditions deep in the jungles of Malaya and Thailand only lend credence to his to standing as one of our Freedom Fighters. We want this Malaysian to be amongst us in this twilight of his years. We want to listen to what stories that he still has to tell us and we want him to know that when all is done, he can still come home.
Let us start by letting our Government know that this is what we want. There are many ways to do this. To start I suggest we do this in the most passive way.
Let us start by making this slogan “Bring Him Home” known to as many people as we can. Print this out. Paste it in your house, on your desk at work, stick it on the windscreen of your car, on walls on buildings…anywhere that people can see it. In time they will know whom we want “to bring home”.
Do this using UR1 VR2 . If you believe in this go talk to three others and get them to do what you are doing with the slogan with another three each. You start with three and within a week that will become a 1000 – easy! If we have 10 of us doing it – we have 10,000 in 7 days. We can do this! All we need is to print just three of the slogan each and give it to those that we bring to our side.
If you can improve on the design of the slogan do so. You do not need to get my agreement – just send one to me so that I know. What is important is the message “BRING HIM HOME” . Two weeks from now we want this slogan to start penetrating the consciousness of the Malaysian Public. If we can start with ten people we can get the critical mass that will guarantee a snowball effect that will not stop by the end of the third week of us starting this. Let us try this. Put this message on your Facebook- in your blogs, emails, sms – in any way you think fit. All that I ask is that you try and keep me inform of what it is that you have done –through my blogs or through steadyaky47. Let us start now!
If you want ask me why do I want to do this? Then listen very carefully now. I remember the 6th of December very clearly. I was with a dear friend, the late Ismail Mamat – once Political Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture Manan, when we heard that Tunku had passed away. Ismail made some calls and he was told that they were bringing Tunku to his house in Kenny Hill. We immediately headed there. We were in time to receive his body, as we were one of the first few there. As I sat beside Tunku’s body I could see that physically he was a shadow of his old self. How he must have suffered these last few months. Instead of enjoying his last years in retirement he was actively campaigning for Ku Li and against Mahathir in the General Elections just a few month back in October. And I did not do anything to help Tunku in his final battle against a party he helped found, UMNO. Nothing at all. And now he was lying there in front of me. And I could do nothing still.
With Chin Peng he is still with us. So I am resolved that I will try and do something. We must all try and do something. How will we try? Public Opinion. We are the Public.
“Its name is Public Opinion. It is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God” Mark Twain.
If we the Public want Chin Peng to come home then we need to let the Government know. Let us try with UR1 VR2. Shall we?