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Big DADA is Coming, Don't Worry We Are Family
By Prak Hap
April 27, 2005
During Cold War ( not really cold as it said),Sihanouk willfully conspired and arbitrarily sheltered hundreds of thousand Viet to build hospitals, homes and warehouses to conduct war against US ally South Viet Nam that provoked US fury. He violated his own non aligned neutrality policy in hope Ho Chi Minh would make sure no more violation or returning Prey Nokor to Cambodia ownership if he conquered all Viet Nam. What's the fuzz?
Few days ago, Cambodia press headlined Mr. Hun Sen letter of intent to create a council to oversee Cambodia border problem which was not new or extraordinaire matter as it appeared on the news. People who used to work for Sihanouk when he was King, Head of State, President then King again knew problem well. Of course it is important to preserve territorial integrity and sovereignty but priority is people daily living standard too.
Khmer Republic boldly did protest and fought the Viets illegal occupation. Other hand Sihanouk rallied against and defeated it with heinous penalty on his so called Kaun Chau. At that time Mr. Hun Sen responded to Sihanouk second crusade call and joined the fight for Sihanouk return in 1975. Less than 3 years after his revered President Sihanouk forced retirement, Pol Pot and Dracula Mok led incursions and raids along Viet Nam border (old Khmer territory given to Viets by French in 1949) in the illusion to recapture its permanent control.
In 1977 President Khieu Samphan, Ph. D and his DK government demanded Viet Nam and others to respect Kampuchea 1960 border lines over the radio with severe ultimatum if not responsive. When the clashes ensued, Mr. Hun Sen responded to another call except this time from Sihanouk revered mentor, Viet Nam, to rise up and topple Sihanouk's own created murderous DK in 1978.
After that Sihanouk was not so nice and made Hun Sen his enemy with all name calling and derogative remarks about Khmeng wat Hun Sen government in 80 and 90. Surprisingly when they both met face to face in Djakarta to broker peace negotiation, Sihanouk was envious and jealous of Hun Sen ability then begged him over lavish dinner to be his adopted son with the elevated rank as Samdech afterward.
Less than three weeks ago Samdech Hun Sen responded to another crusade call from his beloved adopted father Sihanouk open letter demanding Cambodia proper boundary respect from neighboring countries especially Viet Nam. Swiftly Samdech Hun Sen sent letter to his adopted little brother King Sihamoni proposing the creation of Border Council before he and his elder brother Samdech Kom Pah RRidh president of Assembly jointly paid visit their gravely ill father who may not live past that weekend.
Upon the King return the news broke out Sihanouk was not that bad and with concurrence from elder brother Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, both made big DADA Sihanouk as the Chairman of such undefined role Border Supreme Council to straighten up Viet Nam government of his late Apouk chenhchem Ho Chi Minh followers once for all and for good.
This is clever but predictable politic so far. During 70's Sihanouk used DK to topple Khmer Republic then in the 80â€™s he used DK, Republican inclined KPLNF and monarchist to topple PRK but failed miserably and ended up dissolving his own CGC. Late Mr. Son Sann camouflaged as republican and led KPNLF to fight alongside with Sihanouk then kicked them on the shin in 1991 as he declared his allegiance to monarchy. Now Mr. Sam Rainsy who appears as rival to monarchists and DK-PRK but will appease to Sihanouk own call. Beware the present opposition behaves not far from So Sann then.
Sihanouk who was terminally ill and almost died last weekend according to his elder son RRidh but miraculously, with a new job title Mr. Sihanouk seemed in full recovery and spirit offering to physically walk miles and miles of frontier lines to search for the long gone demarcation markers. Dawn it, he is 83 year old to perform this daunting task which it should be more meaningful and suitable when he was a stud King then.
The consolation is all in Sihanouk family matter, so Cambodia people are in good hands especially those who recently lost land to Viets can relax now because Big DADA is coming. Thus Viet Nam better be ready to comply to his elderly statesman and kinship or else. He will tell his Apouk Chenhchem Zhou En Lai worshipers to repeat 1979 lesson to Viet Nam once again if Viet Nam ignored him? Best of luck big DAH!
SUBMITTED BY: Prak Hap
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Wed, 27 Apr 2005
OH! YEA! OH! YEA!
PRK APRIL SELL OUT DAY
By Prak Hap
How insulting to all with morality. This is the last thing that mordacious Sihanouk had done to turn society not only heartless but no soul. RGC’s just sold one of the main Killing Fields sites Choeung Ek to Japan’s profit making organization according to news today.
How this happened? Well the game began in late 60 or early 70 with maniac Sihanouk. He called upon and misled people to rise up against Khmer people who bravely fought his uncle and revered mentor Ho Chi Minh Viet Cong’s peasantry hero, the real historical enemy of Cambodia people.
Illusory Sihanouk blind believers turned murderous DK who killed off millions. Then the in fight broke ranks at the urge of Viet Cong turned Unifier of Viet Nam to split and toppled Sihanouk’s courageous DK liberation army in 1978.The turned coat DK known as PRK submitted and manned by Viet Nam former Thieu- Ky soldiers as its liberation army.
While we, the conscionable ones, demand justice for our loved ones who were killed by the living Maccu Raj Sihanouk soldiers of death 30 years ago, he at one hand overtly pardoned the DK’s killers and other caressed the compulsive PRK’s sell out.
Mr.. Kofi Annan UN Secretary just finished begging the world for funding for the Genocide Trial on Cambodia behalf and at the same time RGC’s unscrupulous Kep Chutama Governor of Phnom Penh just finished signing a selling deal of DK victims’ skulls to a profit making organization from imperial Japan. How immoral that is?
After long gone 30 years, most murderers were dead or pardoned by their ill will leader Sihanouk who is now telling people what he wants people to do with his body after he died. Outlandish son of the hell raiser, no shame, no remorse whatsoever, damn the religion he belongs to.
Just an idea since it was OK for him to pardon DK murderers and let PRK sell killing fields remains why won’t RGC strongman sell Sihanouk body after death as well. The phenomenal sell price may break Japan banks over night. Out of the deal, RGC can pay for the entire KR Trial cost and there may be a left over to buy back the Choeung Ek memorial site from humanity profiteer Japan. May be that’s why his never had son alias Iron Lips kept stalling the court process for all these times.
Now we begin to see how the game ending.
I have thought Sihanouk is more than a coward who denied own sins even knowing death is at the door step. People should never forgive his hypocrisy and curse upon his grave since how he has recklessly disgraced Cambodia. In the spirit of victims, May hell befell upon his soul eternally.
SUBMITTED BY: Prak Hap
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Sat, 23 Apr 2005
April 17,1975 Sihanouk Victory Day
By Prak Hap April 12,2005
The day is here for the victims families,my heart filled with sorrows and my eyes filled with tears as I enter the morning of the gruesome day. Please look at a check list that former King memory has the responsibility to invoke this hellish day that he claimed his vengeful victory anniversary celebration.
As the result of his failures to carryout his vested duty people removed him from his office accordingly in 1970. But the dispirited Sihanouk took anger out on over 3 million peoples starting 1970 until1993.
Relatively the infamous Killing Fields was Sihanouk own diligence and ingenuity. In triumph on April 17,1975 he had punished Cambodia for its rejection of his treacherous and unethical rule in 1970. The world knew and yet he categorically denied of all accounts of his indicative heinous involvements.
Hence if April 17,1975 never happened the three million individuals would die at old age after fulfilled family obligation and duty.Cambodia might have been nearly 20 million citizen nation now. Secretive authorization for China's proxy Viet Nam sanctuary and arms conduit,
Secretive authorization for China's proxy Viet Nam sanctuary and arms conduit,
President of the Great Leap Forward Revolution after March 18,1970,
High Command position in DK liberation army communiques,
Cruel evacuation to uproot societal orders and systems,
Execution Khmer Republic army,
School closures and abolished modern functionality,
Mass enslavement, torture, stravation and forced laborous quotas,
Deprivation of fundamental human rights,
Use many temples or schools as execution centers or prisons,
Turn rice fileds to killing fields,
His actions led Pham Van Dong to reinvade Cambodia on December 25,1978,
1979 obedient mouthpiece for Pol Pot at UN,
Granted DK tyrants and murderers amnesty.
How can he sleep and live with himself by knowing he had audaciously violated the Buddhist very fundamental Panca Sila and inflicted pain and suffering upon not one individual but millions that is not only a disgrace to his children but Cambodia history and humanity altogether. People should give him the following post pothumous titles as the Kambuja king of death (Maccu Raj) ,Sangkum Reast Ningyum ingrateful prince,and royal family ever immoral example.
SUBMITTED BY: Sacrava
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Sat, 16 Apr 2005
Thursday April 7, 2005
FOCUS ON TRADE, NOT POLITICS Investment and trade possibilities do exist in Vietnam, Cambodia
The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers and the Singapore Manufacturers' Federation are jointly organising a trade and investment mission to Vietnam and Cambodia in May.
It is heartening to see the private sectors of the two countries cooperating meaningfully and setting the pace for their politicians.
The hard-nosed private sectors of the two countries see opportunities in both countries.
In Cambodia, the private sector, according to reports, is looking at "investment in infrastructure development, agro-business, light and medium industries, tourism-related activities, engineering, construction, public works and real estate", while Vietnam offers possibilities in "business areas such as electric and electronic, information and telecommunications, construction, agricultural, property and infrastructure development and power generation".
The visit is timely and will be warmly welcomed. There is a far greater acceptance - at the bureaucratic and business levels in the two countries - that the onus is upon them to make their countries attractive to foreign players, in particular to visiting trade and investment missions.
The two countries also realise that they play an integral role in the success or failure of these missions.
On their part, they want the opportunity to work with the Singapore and Malaysian business communities, for whom they have a healthy respect. They also see the networking advantages and the global reach of the Singapore and Malaysian partners in Asean.
Several businessmen in Singapore and Malaysia already have an understanding of doing business there.
First-timers in the mission will be impressed not only by the opportunities the two countries offer but also by some of the officials they will meet.
Cambodia, for example, has young bureaucrats who are extremely competent, dedicated and determined to play a legitimate role in the economy of the region.
They see this as an inevitable means of creating much-needed jobs and enhancing the living standards of their people. These bureaucrats are pragmatic both in their outlook and in their assessments and are deeply conscious that there are elements in their environment which remain an impediment to enhancing business confidence even though Cambodia has been successful in recent years in securing and maintaining macroeconomic stability and in having put in place an attractive and liberal investment regime.
These young bureaucrats, who have the confidence and support of Prime Minister Hun Sen, are the ones who are quietly spearheading the reforms away from the limelight.
Foreign investors, too, have confidence in them and in the direction the Cambodian government is taking, although they bemoan the slow pace of much-needed reforms.
In particular investors want to see an end to the "hidden costs", a euphemism for pervasive corruption, in their business operations and want greater transparency in the judiciary which is widely regarded as being susceptible to external influence - which could favour local partners.
To overcome this, foreign investors often include an arbitration clause in contracts for disputes between foreign and local partners to be resolved in a stated third country.
Cambodia, like Vietnam and Laos, is set to move forward. It is more democratic and has made strides but it often gets bad international press - of its own making.
What invariably makes the headlines are reports on the fractious politics and the unending politicking.
Singapore and Malaysian investors may see it as an impediment. While such concern is not without merit, they should see it in perspective.
Meanwhile, not withstanding the different political styles, Cambodia and Vietnam will become even more attractive investment destinations for our businessmen if the two governments are willing to open up their countries even further.
Our businessmen should also look at Laos, landlocked and with few viable industries, but which has potential for eco-tourism and the production of hydroelectric power.
The World Bank has just agreed to provide loans and guarantees for a $1.95 billion hydroelectric dam project designed to produce electricity for export to neighbouring Thailand. Laos needs all the help it can get.
The writer, until recently Singapore's Ambassador to Cambodia, is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.
SUBMITTED BY: Verghese Mathews
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Sun, 10 Apr 2005
ATTITUDE THAT TELLS A SAD STORY
Sun, 3 Apr 2005
Sim Sina (Mrs)
Even a die hard optimist would find it difficult not to see that Cambodia, as a nation, has sliding toward oblivion. The image of the recent visit of the secretary-general of the Communist Party of Vietnam to Phnom Penh may be a prelude confirming a relationship that extends far beyond two neigbouring souvereign nations. It is bordering on a master-servant interaction. It should not be a surprise, with an existing the laissez-faire immigration policy, if Cambodia becomes another province of Vietnam in fifty years time, if not sooner.
Overall, it seems the issue of national pride, identity, and existence does not pan out to be really of national significance to major political players in Cambodia, at least not to the extent that it would attract their undivided attention. Each of those leaders appears to have their own axe to grind in their politicking. They perhaps unwittingly forget that their focus should be primarily on national interests, which regrettably may or may not too clear to them.
The King Father would have benefited a great deal from a Khmer proverb that expounds the virtue of being silent, â€œsilence is better than talkingâ€. He seems to believe that his undoubted love and devotion for the nation frees him from gullibility and human errors. In the latest episode, it appears he really believes his childhood friend, Roum Ritt, exists mainly to share his pain and agony for being trapped in a foxhole, from which he has neither tenacity nor audacity to get out. Worse, he seems to believe that others have taken in this imaginary childhood friend of his. Otherwise, he could have gone through a severe anguish in the past few days when the prime minister and his own son, the National Assembly president, renewed their verbal attacks on Roum Ritt. The King Father may not have been given any authority to rule Cambodia when he was King, but he appeared to have lost also the moral authority a long time ago. It is rather sad that he may not even realise the significance of this loss.
Eventhough it may not be a public knowledge that there is no love lost between National Assembly president Prince Ranariddh and his father, the King Father, the usual respect accorded by a son for his father has also disappeared. According to the prime minister, the Prince refers to his fatherâ€™s friend and pen pal as â€œAh Roum Rittâ€. Given his level of intellect, it is most difficult to assume the Prince would not know â€“ what the rest of us know â€“ that Roum Ritt is his fatherâ€™s imaginary friend. Perhaps, the King Father is asking for it.
The public display of the disgraceful relationship between the father and son may have brought unlimited joy to the prime minister who has been successfully keeping them in the foxhole since the UNTAC intervention in the early 90â€™s. He has been gloating over his success in humiliating the two major players in Cambodia politics. He ridicules them by claiming that he is more polite than the Prince in calling Roum Ritt â€œuncleâ€ when the latter prefers â€œAhâ€. The prime minister could have pretended to deliberately slip his tongue to indicate that Roum Ritt was the Princeâ€™s father. He has turned public sarcasm into an art form. And, perhaps sadly the father and son are asking for it.
Derogatory language in public forum seems to become a flavour of the month for the Khmer leaders. The prime minister seems to be a master of offensive language that would not even fit a gentleman, let alone a statesman. Yet, interestingly some western linguist argues that the prime ministerâ€™s â€œlanguage faithfully represents their [Khmer] cultural heritage and expectationâ€.
It seems the Khmer cultural heritage and expectation have sunk to an all time low, and the national pride and existence can not be that far behind. Sim Sina (Mrs)
SUBMITTED BY: Mrs. Sim Sina Email: sims.....@westnet.com.au Sun, 3 Apr 2005
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