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Former Malaysia communist fighter dies in exile

Malaysia's renowned former communist fighter Chin Peng, who led a guerrilla campaign against British colonial rule, died in exile in Thailand on Monday, according to his military liaison. The 89-year-old, who left Malaysia around five decades ago, had been hospitalised in Bangkok for several years. "He died this morning of cancer," said General Pisarn Wattanawongkiri, a former Thai military commander and point of contact between Chin Peng and the authorities.

Former Malayan communist leader Chin Peng dies at 89

Former Malayan communist leader Chin Peng, who led a bloody insurgency against the British following the end of World War II, died Monday morning in a Bangkok hospital aged 89, according to a report in the Bangkok Post. The former Communist Party secretary general -- in his quest to establish a communist state -- was accused of spearheading a guerrilla war against Commonwealth armed forces in Malaysia in a period known as the Malayan Emergency that lasted from 1948 to 1960 and claimed the lives of about 10,000 people.
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