|Chin Peng's Story|
There has been a lot of governmental paranoia over whether to allow the ashes of Chin Peng, the ex-CPM (Communist Party of Malaya) chief who had died recently in Thailand on Malaysia Day, to be allowed to be brought back to Malaysia.
I am ambivalent about Chin Peng himself.
Umno of course sees Chin Peng as evil.
But the more discerning see Chin Peng as a fearless independence fighter.
He fought the Japanese and he fought the British.
No doubt, he was a communist.
But he did fight.
Umno did not.
Chin Peng himself had even been awarded the OBE by the British themselves for his part in fighting the Japanese occupation.
So much for what Chin had done.
And so little for what Umno had done in fighting the Japanese or the British.
So, why is it that Umno is so dead set against allowing even the ashes of Chin Peng to be brought back to Malaysia?
What is it that Umno is so afraid of?
Ok, I know Umno has its own reasons.
Everyone will have his own reasons.
Right or wrong.
Silly or not.
Spurious or not.
Specious or not.
But how are you going to make it criminal to bring back a man's ashes?
By Umno's edict or the edict of the Pm?
Or the say of the police?
It seems that there is no law against bringing back a man's ashes to Malaysia.
The only possible law remotely as it stands, it seems, is Section 31 of Customs Act
Now, you would have to treat Chin Peng's ashes as "goods' or "movable property"
I guess if you argue that someone is going to trade the ashes for profit, a man's ashes can conceivably be termed "goods" or even "movable property"
At least, in Bolehland, it is highly possible to for this to be accepted.
It all depends on who does the defining and who's deciding.
But in all other conceivable milieu, a man's ashes as "goods" or "movable property" make for a good, healthy laugh.