New Paper, Aug 4, 1997
you just settle in Malaysia?
Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew's press secretary's
reply to remarks made by the
"Plen", Mr Fang Chuang Pi, in recent
Yeong Yoon Ying noted that Mr Fang, 71, believes the
Malaysian government's policy is more charitable to
may well be so because the communists have never been
able to influence the Malay base," she said .
should accept Malaysia's terms and settle there.
is no point arguing about his return to Singapore,
which he has described as a freak which will die
young," said Madam Yeong, in a letter published
in Singapore's Lianhe Zaobao today.
Fang Chuang Pi was interviewed
recently by Malaysian newspaper
Pic/ Nanyang Siang Pau.
of the former Malayan Communist Party (MCP), had told
Malaysia's Nanyang Siang Pau, of his wish to settle
in Singapore. He said although he was allowed to
return, he had chosen not to because of
"disagreements in conditions".
disclosed that he had met SM Lee Kuan Yew in Beijing
in 1995 to discuss the return of the Singapore-born
ex-communists and a resolution of the conflict.
Yeong gave more details of the meeting in her letter.
Lee said he was no longer in charge, but even if he
were, there was no need for a resolution as the
conflict was over.
Mr Fang wanted to return to Singapore, the terms were
a quiet disclosure of his activities to the ISD and
severing of his ties with the CPM."
Mr Fang's own leader, the late Eu Chooi Yip, and
several others had returned on those terms without
Yeong also took issue with some other points Mr Fang
made. Mr Fang had said he was in favour of merger,
but his actions in the 1960s contradicted his words.
strongly opposed merger and ordered the late Lim Chin
Siong to break up the PAP and to stop merger. There
are documents and people to attest to what
past be judged by historians. Arguments between old
contestants are not productive.
-- Madam Yeong
Mr Fang Chuang Pi, 71, was born in China
and now lives in southern Thailand. The ex-Singapore
boss of the defunct Malayan Communist Party was
dubbed the Plen by SM Lee.
laid down arms on Dec 2, 1989, when it signed the
Haadyai Peace Accord with the Thai and Malaysian
Next: Plen --
the court reporter
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