The former leader of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) Chin Peng died in a Bangkok hospital on Monday, as Malaysia celebrates the 50th anniversary of its independence.
At the end of World War II, the British awarded Chin Peng the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his heroics in leading guerrillas against the Japanese. The next day, Chin Peng went to the jungle to fight British colonialism _ and the British rescinded his wartime award. (Photo from Chin Peng: My Side of History published in Singapore)
Ong Boon Hua, better known as Chin Peng, died at 6.20am, 11 days after being admitted to hospital and just a month before he could celebrate his 89th birthday in exile, some 1,000 kilometres from his birthplace in Sitiawan.
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