Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Saturday said that former opposition lawmaker Kong Bora has now defected to the ruling party after learning of Sam Rainsy’s coup plot to topple the government.
Speaking to students in Prey Veng province, Mr Kheng said that Mr Bora, who had his political ban lifted in January by King Norodom Sihamoni, has joined the CPP.
“There are two people – one is Kong Bora and another also wants to be a member of the CPP,” he said. “It is a good choice that he has refused to join the opposition group.”
“I have not met him yet, but I will meet him soon,” Mr Kheng added, noting that more former opposition officials will defect to the CPP.
Mr Bora was one of the 118 senior opposition party officials banned from politics for five years after the Supreme Court dissolved the CNRP in 2017.
Mr Kheng said that Mr Rainsy crossed a red line by attempting to topple the government through a colour revolution and calling for armed forces to turn their weapons against the government.
“Sam Rainsy’s return does not bring about democracy at all but he will bring about war,” he said.
Mr Bora could not be reached for comment yesterday. But his father Kong Korm, an honorary president of the Khmer Will Party, yesterday said that no one forced Mr Bora to join the CPP.
“Generally, people always have different political points of views in a family,” Mr Korm said. “He decided to join the CPP because he wants to serve the country’s interest.”
Ou Chanrath, another former opposition lawmaker, said that it came as no surprise that Mr Bora joined the CPP.
“He is safe from threats and maybe he was unhappy with former party leader Mr Rainsy,” Mr Chanrath said.