In 1936, a faction within the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) led by Boo Chih Fu instigated a major intra-party split. Boo's experience of the brutal suppression of the peasant movement in China by the Chinese Nationalists profoundly shaped his views of the possibility of revolution in Malaya and led him to disagree with the radical stance of the MCP's leadership. After Boo made his views known to high-ranking members of the MCP and attempted to recruit others to his cause, the MCP's leadership resolved to eliminate his emerging opposition group. Boo was murdered in 1936. His death deprived the MCP of an emerging revolutionary intellectual and secured the rise of Lai Teck as Party leader.