Former opposition leader Kem Sokha has called on all politicians to cease using immoral tactics in the political arena in 2019 and urged them to become better role models for the next generation.
Mr Sokha, who is currently on bail as his treason case progresses, yesterday took to Facebook to express his outlook for 2019.
Mr Sokha said that political leaders should serve as role models for their followers and pave the way for the next generation of Cambodians.
“Please open a new chapter in history by being an ideal political leader,” Mr Sokha said. “Stop using immoral behavior in politics to threaten or smear others – so that the way can be paved for people.”
He noted that the trend of hatred and oppression that occurred over the past few years should not be repeated in 2019.
“In this new year, politicians should eliminate oppression, threats and especially violence,” Mr Sokha said. “The hatred, in particular, the insult and defamation should be eliminated.”
Mr Sokha was released on bail from Tboung Khmum province’s Trapeang Phlong prison on September 10 after a year behind bars without a trial.
His bail conditions bar him from making trips abroad and confine him to a four-block radius surrounding his home in Tuol Kork district.
Mr Sokha was arrested on treason charges for allegedly colluding with the United States to topple the government through a colour revolution. The CNRP was then dissolved by the Supreme Court and its 118 senior members were also barred from politics for five years.
Sok Eysan, the ruling CPP spokesman said Mr Sokha’s call was unnecessary and noted that all politicians shall respect the law.
“There is no threat by the authorities, but the government has to implement laws,” Mr Eysan said. “Politicians who disobeyed the law or committed crimes must serve a sentence. This is how the rule of law works in Cambodia.”