Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday appealed to people across the country not to fall for an opposition group’s propaganda and join any demonstration against the government.
He made the call during a speech in Battambang province, noting that some supporters of the court-dissolved CNRP organised a street rally in Tokyo, Japan on Monday.
Mr Kheng said some CNRP supporters residing in the Kingdom have also continued to gather to discuss plans to oppose the government and welcome back their former leaders who had fled abroad.
“The country is now at peace, so people should focus on their businesses and expenses in order to improve their living conditions,” he said. “Do not care about those former politicians. They intend to garner support from people to oppose the government through demonstrations.”
Mr Kheng said if the current legitimate government is toppled, Cambodia will need to rebuild and the work will take decades.
“Even though a few countries do not recognise Cambodia’s government after last year’s national election, others respect the results,” he said. “We have built good diplomatic relations with many countries in the world and no country is considered as our enemy.”
Defence Minister General Tea Banh yesterday said the government has sacrificed and put in a lot of effort into leading the Kingdom and this has yielded uncountable achievements in all developing sectors.
He noted that people are now living in peace in the country.
“It’s funny that they [the former CNRP members] want to save the nation while the Kingdom is at peace and all sectors are developing, and it is also receiving praises from the international community,” Gen Banh said. “I think this small group of extremists should have come to rescue the country in 1975.”
Former CNRP lawmaker Ou Chanrath yesterday said opposition demonstrations will only stir public anger and insecurity, which harm both local and international investments.
He said in order to ensure that people continue to enjoy peace and development, the government must address underlying political problems.
“I think the opposition group should stop their protests or demonstrations and figure out a way to sit down with the government to solve the problem,” Mr Chanrath said. “People will not be fully offered development opportunities if the political situation is not stable.”
Political analyst Lao Mong Hay yesterday said the government might address concerns raised by the EU and United States regarding the political tension in order to restore social stability.
“The government may have to address the the arrest of its leader Kem Sokha and the ban on former CNRP officials from engaging in political activities,” he said.