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Cambodian Muslims urged to help oppose foreign meddling

Khuon Narim / Khmer Times Share:
Muslims gather at the Al Serkal mosque in Phnom Penh. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An on Sunday called on Muslims in the Kingdom to oppose foreigners who meddle in Cambodia’s internal affairs and attempt to bring about a colour revolution.

During the closing of an Al Quran recitation ceremony in Phnom Penh’s Russei Keo district, she also appealed to all Cambodian Muslims to maintain the peace and religious harmony enjoyed in the Kingdom.

“I call on all Muslims in Cambodia to maintain peace, political stability, territorial sovereignty and oppose attempts to have a colour revolution and any attempts to meddle in internal national issues,” Ms Sam An said, adding that Muslim leaders must follow the religion’s teachings that promote human rights, respecting the dignity of others and harmony.

“The government’s policy in promoting all cultures, religions and harmonisation has brought prosperity, peace and social progress in our society,” Ms Sam An said.

In January, Prime Minister Hun Sen urged all Cambodians to protect hard-earned peace and to oppose any possible interference in the Kingdom’s internal affairs by foreign countries, citing a political crisis in Venezuela where an opposition leader took power from the incumbent president.

Speaking to thousands of garment workers in Kampot province, Mr Hun Sen called on citizens to join him in maintaining peace, saying that the ongoing crisis in Venezuela arose because of foreign meddling, which could plunge that country into internal conflict.

Lao Mong Hay, a political analyst, yesterday said that Mr Hun Sen has spared no effort to get all sides to fight against what he called foreign interference in the internal affairs of Cambodia and a colour revolution.

“There is no sign yet that this fight has enfeebled these foes.” he said. “The support from Muslims would help but may not be weighty enough to change the current balance of force.”

Othsman Hassan, a Senior Minister and also President of the Muslims Development Foundation yesterday said that all Cambodians, including Muslims, need to join together to maintain peace under Mr Hun Sen’s leadership.

“Muslims are also Cambodians so we have to jointly maintain the peace and development we are enjoying now,” he said.

He noted that Cambodia as country had emerged from a civil war which led to the end of the Pol Pot regime.

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