The Ministry of National Defence is cooperating with involved authorities to investigate a case of alleged fake news that said a well-known deputy commander supported the Cambodia National Rescue Movement.
Ministry spokesman Chhum Socheat said the Ministry of National Defence was cooperating with authorities to investigate the case and claimed the news was merely a fabrication intended to mislead the public.
He added the rebel movement created by former CNRP president Sam Rainsy had no effect on the army, but still cautioned Cambodian troops to be wary of using Facebook, lest they be led astray.
“This news is fake news. Colonel Neak Vong has strongly rejected the publication of that news and we are now investigating it,” he said.
The Facebook page, Sapormean Chumnan Thmey or “The New Generation News”, on Friday said Colonel Neak Vong, deputy commander of the 42nd Brigade, supported the CNRM, which the government has labelled a terrorist organisation.
Col Vong strongly rejected supporting the opposition movement, saying it was an attempt to incite and divide troops.
“Publishing this news was to incite and separate troops standing on the border line. This is psychological information that a bad person uses to incite and divide the army’s inner circle,” he said.
“My position is to be loyal to the royal government, which is led by Samdech Techo Hun Sen, loyal to the nation, and king,” he added. “I am absolutely opposed to the Cambodia National Rescue Movement and treasonous CNRP which has been dissolved.”
He said the government always paid attention to army families, especially troops stationed at the border.
He added that he supported the continued measures taken by Mr Hun Sen to prevent a colour revolution, and the commitment to safeguarding peace and development in Cambodia.
“I appeal and ask the police to investigate and take legal action against those who have slandered me through this newspaper,” he said.
Col Vong added the army was not supportive of any movement that intended to destroy national peace and development.
“The Royal Cambodian Armed Forces are ready to implement the government’s order of Samdech Techo Hun Sen in destroying those who try to induce insecurity, and destabilise the people’s well-being,” he said.
Mr Rainsy recently launched the CNRM in the US claiming the movement intended to help the dissolved CNRP join the upcoming general election.
CNRM members include Mr Rainsy; his wife Saumura Tioulon; and two former deputy presidents of the CNRP, Eang Chhay Eang and Mu Sochua.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony last week, Mr Hun Sen said the government would take action against the movement if it appeared in Cambodia.
“I would like to send a message – do not come to Asia,” he said, referring to Mr Rainsy. “If you try to be a terrorist, I will do my best to arrest you.”