Friday, October 18, 2013

Opinion by Cambodian Ambassador to France Uch Kim An (and the Response)

Cambodian Ambassador to France Uch Kim An

Well before the election of 28th July 2013, independent opinion polls, not known as pro CPP, gave the ruling CPP as the favorite. Had these opinion polls been biased in favor of the CPP? Likewise, had the opposition CNRP's self proclaimed victory any legitimacy? The opposition's only song is: if I lost, there must be frauds by the CPP with the complicity of the National Election Commission (NEC). 

This song is the heart of the problem into which the CNRP locked itself up from the start. The key solution is therefore for the CNRP to get itself out of its own traps. The first trap is the racist, Khmer rouge style demonization of the other side as being "Vietnamese puppets or Yuon". The second is the impossible equation: "either (Sam Raing) Sy or (Hun) Sen". No compromise is possible, otherwise it would lose face. The third is that the CPP and the NEC had cheated to deny the CNRP its dream of electoral landslide victory. For all these "reasons", it undertakes a crusade to "restore justice" by all means and at all cost. 

To this third trap, a more logical and cool headed reasoning should be the following: if the CPP had cheated, it should have won more seats. Instead, the CPP had its majority reduced of 22 seats. Had the NEC committed irregularities in favor of the CPP, it must have done a blunder as at the end of the day, it was the CNRP which gained some 25 seats! Now, could the CNRP free itself from its own traps, from an "all or nothing" strategy of holding the whole nation hostage? 

The CNRP, well before the election, predicted its own victory while it proclaimed that it would reject the results on the ground of its own affirmation that there were widespread irregularities and cheating from the CPP and the NEC. But if it were so sure of all these allegations, why did it not boycott the election in the first place? Why did it accept to go all the way by the NEC rules and procedures only to denounce them afterward? And yet, just hours after the election, the CNRP was the first to announce its own victory without mentioning any irregularities at all. The question is: can we trust the CNRP's allegations of widespread irregularities and cheatings when the result seemed to prove the opposite? 

The response is simple: one cannot give credit to outrageous allegations, to exaggerated promises, to lies and racist demagogues and to advocates of foreign interventions. 

Later on, while negotiating with the CPP leaders, the CNRP had accepted the 68 CPP to the 55 CNRP seats in the National Assembly on condition that it be given the National Assembly chairmanship. This demand is now the only remaining stumbling block to a compromise. This is another trap the CNRP should free itself from, and accept the fair democratic support it deserved, instead of unreasonably demanding for the top legislative position normally reserved for the winning party. 

Based on this very politically motivated and self proclaimed truth, the CNRP gave itself the legitimacy to reject the unfavorable election result as approved by its local representatives at all levels, to organize mass demonstrations, to try to paralyze the whole nation by its boycott, to defy the King's call for a compromise, to brand the King's nomination of the Prime Minister from the winning party, the convening of the new National Assembly and the subsequent inaugural ceremonies as irregular, illegal and anti-constitutional. This is a very serious accusation against the national institutions. 

By taking this radical position, it is rather the CNRP which is putting itself outside the Cambodian Constitution. By their boycott, its elected members may have forfeited their legitimacy, their words and acts of defiance have come to violate the laws of the kingdom. After receiving the royal amnesty, they are again in the process of committing the same crimes against the State. They are the unique brands of politicians who, for want of power, still advocate foreign interventions to overthrow their national institutions. But foreign media, NGOs, diplomats and mercenaries, far from being saints, are not the laws of the country. Only the King of Cambodia is the warrant of the Cambodian legitimacy. [forget liberal multiparty democracy and the will of the people!] Having committed a national perjury by spitting on this national legitimacy, these politicians are now begging for foreign support. But have they forgotten that foreign interventions always brought about national disasters? Is this the objective of the opposition? 

The opposition always boasted of its popular support to claim its legitimacy, but it always ignored the legitimacy of the majority votes of those Cambodians who supported the CPP (sic!). A half empty democracy is not what the Cambodian people wanted. The longer they boycott and insult the national institutions, the more they are losing their popular support, and they will have no choice but to accept what they deserved in the first place: an opposition built on hate, on empty promises and on exploitation of honest people. 


The Cambodian people had come a long way in terms of democratic rights and exercised them quite well during the last general election. The results were indeed a stunning blow to the ruling party, but not to the point of a knock down. They cast their votes to express their warning disapproval of the government's management and their call for a cleanup change, not for an upheaval of a regime change. They aspire for change, yes, but also for social peace and justice, for sustained political stability and continued economic growth. They condemn any agitation that threatens to return the country to the recent past cycle of violence. The opposition should be realistically satisfied with its great success and not demand more than what national democratic election has produced. Trying to topple the government by exploitation of the powers of the street and/or by calling for foreign interventions has proved to be disastrous in various parts of the world and has not served democracy at all. 

Cambodia had experienced all that not long ago, and never wanted the repeat of that history. The Cambodian people had exercised their democratic rights in a politically more mature way, better than some countries in the region. Now it is time for the politicians to behave themselves in a more responsible way and not to heat up some militants into hysteria just to satisfy personal ego and to send the nation into chaos for personal revenge. For the moment, the opposition leadership is using freedom and democracy in the country just to achieve that selfish goal. The population will soon realize that they are being held hostage and exploited to serve political ambitions of only a few. Inflammatory rhetorics and nagging sit-ins are unproductive and hurt the image of the country. In a democratic country, there is a time for protest, and there is a time for reconciliation. 

Paris, October 9th, 2013. 

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In response...






Anonymous said...

If that was the real case as argued by this Ambassador, why the CPP is SO afraid of the establishment of an independent body to investigate the contested election??? The arguments sounded hideous and illogical to the eyes and ears of the world community. You need to work on your logical thinking, to say the least. No wonder the country is on its way to hell because you can judge between right and wrong. OPEN UP AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION to find out which party is the real winner.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what to say....I love you Theary ...The ambassador to France is wrong and bias like king Se'hunmoni was bias as well...I knew that ambassador nor a gay king wants the same thing which is to be saved in the corrupted pigs's regime thir position"as for the Gay king wants his monarchy to be saved,and Kiman wants his ambassador job to be saved.Maybe my logic is wrong to you,but my common sense is always right!


Anonymous said...

About this article.
First of all the electerole process run by NEC is full of holes from beginning to the end.

Second the subject of racism "Vietnamese" illegal immigrant. Note in any country that put national interests and it citizen first they would ENFORCE proper immigration policies. This is NOT the case in Cambodia CPP Hun Sen have an OPEN DOOR policies for Vietnamese Immigrant to illegally enter Cambodia and the corrupted CPP government then fabricated and provide them with the necessary paper work.At the same time turning a blind eye on these issues it at the costs of Cambodian citizen and their livihood,access to jobs and education, healthcare or do business and ownership of land and other resources are monopolise by most Vietnam business owners Take Sok Kong for example. CPP & Hun Sen are all in favour of Vietnamese immigrantion over the years. The benefits of the Vietnamese illegal immigrants is they help endorsement Hun Sen and the CPP as government they are like virus in Cambodia. In Tonle Sap they conteminate the water, in business they countinue to destroyed the forest and illegal logging with NO RESPECT to the laws or people of the land but CPP gave that permissions. Most importantly they are given the right to vote with the help of NEC as they understood the BENEFITS OF HAVING CPP IN GOVERNEMT. All Cambodian citizen knew this as a problem since 1979 until today and when we voice our conerns to the CPP government they DID NOTHING to enfore immigration laws. So when we voice it again in during the election they say CNRP and it supporters are racist -all Cambodian citizen asked was to enforce the immigration strictly for all including Vietnamese immigrants.
IF YOU LIVE IN A HOUSE AND A GUEST came to your house then taken CONTROL OF YOUR RIGHTS AND YOUR PROPERTY what would you do? you would go to the law, but if the police and the government does nothing to follow the laws ior fix this problem then your only choice is to make your voice loud in the hope people hear your concerns.
Note this is a ONE WAY STREET Vietnamese allow to live in Cambodia, But NO CAMBODIAN are allow to enter Vietnam illegally or even live there....So are we racist?

ON the ELECTION topic we still don't who realy won't the election as the NEC HAVE A CLOSED door methods end to end (NO transparancy, accountabilities or open to the general public).
If it the other way round and the NEC annouced "closed door" that the CNRP won't this election would the CPP accept the result?

So for the benefits and to prevent these root cause issue from re-occuring THE SOLUTION is to OPEN AND RECOUNT THE VOTES AND MAKE THE PROCESS VISIBLE AND TRANSPARENT TO THE PUBLIC FROM END TO END. The Winner of this count in FRONT OF DIVERSE COMMITTEE would be BALANCE,FAIR AND ACCEPTABLE TO THE PEOPLE. So that WE know that our vote is NOT STOLEN.

By the way we VOTED for CNRP because of their 7 POLICES over CPP 0 policy.

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