- POSTED: 16 Sep 2013 13:50
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The former secretary-general of the Malayan Communist Party, Chin Peng, has died at the age of 88.
Bangkok: Chin Peng, the former secretary-general of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP), has died at a hospital in Bangkok .
He was 88 years old.
Reports said that Chin Peng whose real name was Ong Boon Hua, died of old age just over a month short of his 89th birthday.
He was pronounced dead at 6.20am on Monday and his relatives will perform religious rites for him on Friday.
Born on Oct 21, 1924, Chin Peng led the MCP’s guerrilla insurgency in Malaya after World War II and fought against British and Commonwealth forces to establish an independent Communist state.
As Secretary-General of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) he also became the leader of the guerrilla forces during the Malayan Emergency.
With communism failing to take root, Chin Peng retired to Thailand in 1955, where he has lived in exile since.
In 1989 the MCP leadership under Chin Peng, signed peace accords that enabled the remaining, aging, guerrillas to live in resettlement villages in southern Thailand.
He was however not allowed to return to Malaysia despite his return being one of the conditions of the 1989 peace agreement.