Dispute over Chin Peng's death date
THE family of the late Chin Peng has rebutted rumours that the date of his death was manipulated to coincide with Malaysia Day, The Star reported yesterday.
Mr Lee Suvit, 62, reiterated that the former Communist Party of Malaya secretary-general was certified to have died at 6.20am in a hospital in Bangkok on Sept 16.
Mr Lee, identified as a nephew of the late leader, said on the third day of the wake yesterday that his own sister was by Chin Peng's side when he breathed his last.
Mingguan Malaysia, the Sunday edition of Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia, yesterday claimed that the date of Chin Peng's death was changed so that it would coincide with Malaysia Day. The paper quoted an anonymous source as saying that Chin Peng had died in Bangkok on the evening of Sept 15, not the morning of Sept 16.
The source was cited by Utusan as saying that the day Malaysia won its independence was chosen so that Chin Peng would be remembered as dying on a significant day for the nation.