Chin Peng | Malaysian guerrilla, 88
Chin Peng, whose real name was Ong Boon Hua, died of cancer in a private hospital, according to his former lawyer in Malaysia, Darshan Singh Khaira, and officials in Thailand. He adopted a pseudonym for his political work.
He was the last of a breed of Asian anticolonialist figures that included Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh, Indonesia's Sukarno, Myanmar's Aung San, and Cambodia's King Norodom Sihanouk, who died last year. Chin Peng's dubious distinction was that unlike the others, he didn't win his struggle.
"I suppose I am the last of the region's old revolutionary leaders," Chin Peng wrote in his 2003 memoir My Side of History. "It was my choice to lead from the shadows, away from the limelight."
Government leaders said his return would upset many Malaysians who lost loved ones during the communist insurgency, which he continued after the country became independent of Britain in 1957. He signed a peace treaty in 1989 and pledged loyalty to the Malaysian government. - AP