There are two categories of CPM members who want to rejoin society - those with ranks and those without.
Ordinary CPM members indeed aspired to give their struggle and return to Malaysia and live a normal life as they realised the failure of the communist struggle the world over. As far as the ranking ones are concerned once a communist they will remain a communist and will continue to hold to the communist ideology.
And, most of the former members of the disbanded CPM who have applied to return to Malaysia do not have clear proof of nationality.
But the fact that most of the members of the CPM were predominantly Chinese only served to worsen ethnic relations within the country. As such, the healing process of reorienting some members of the CPM back into the mainstream of society will take time. The main thing is that the CPM issue is now more or less behind us.
We must remember that the CPM have only given up their armed struggle, not their ideology.
Any constructive criticism and comment that would contribute to fair, frank and informed discussion on this posting to help achieve our national objective will be most appreciated. We need to have more open exchange of ideas on this sensitive but important subject in the context of the national vision and security.