CPP lawmaker Hun Many yesterday slammed former CNRP senator Sar Chandeth for a meme the latter posted deemed disrespectful to Prime Minister Hun Sen and the late Cabinet Minister Sok An.
Mr Chandeth recently posted a Facebook photo of Mr Hun Sen, edited to look as if he is sweating, next to a photo of Mr An, who died in Beijing in 2017. The caption read “meant to meet”.
Mr Many yesterday took to the social media platform and called Mr Chandeth’s post immoral and intolerable.
“As for my own family and as a son, I was shocked beyond dismay over this post by Sor Chandeth. I cannot comprehend these words and actions. This is not freedom of expression,” he said. “Though I will not hate […] I will not forget such a despicable act.”
“There are those who are immoral, have no shame nor integrity. Yet, I strongly believe in the majority of our people, despite differences in opinions,” Mr Many said. “We are mature enough as a society to set aside our differences when it comes to national interests and the future of our nation and people.”
Mr Chandeth, who is currently in exile in Canada, is currently facing a $1 million lawsuit filed by government lawyer Ky Tech in March over government criticism.
At one point, Mr Chandeth said that based on astrological predictions, Mr Hun Sen will face “eight political storms”, including the suspension of Everything-but-arms trade status with the European Union and the review of the Generalised System of Preferences with the United States.
Government spokesman Phay Siphan yesterday said Mr Chandeth was immoral for posting the meme.
“It is the opinion of a non-religious person,” Mr Siphan said. “He was immoral. He insults people without considering their feelings.”
“He should not use insulting words as a political message,” he added. “He is less than human.”
Mr Chandeth could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Kin Phea, director general of the Institute of International Relations at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, yesterday called on all politicians to refrain from insulting each other.
“Politicians who insult others should not be respected by the public,” Mr Phea said. “They do not show a good example to the next generation. Why does he not value the life of others?”
“I think he has the intention to serve the interest of someone else – he wants people’s attention,” he added. “He does nothing for the benefit of the nation, he just wishes to see the death of a political opponent.”