Prime Minister Hun Sen today blasted some people who tried to insult him and the government in order to obtain political asylum in third countries.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia congress, the premier said that it is not strange if the opposition group acts against the government.
“It is the nature of that group to oppose us,” he said, “If they do not oppose, how can they get money?”
Mr Hun Sen said that people insult him and the government, because they want to live abroad.
“They must strongly insult us and allege that Hun Sen’s regime attempted to kill and arrest them, so they will receive asylum in other countries,” he said.
The premier told youths who attended the ceremony not to be worried about the opposition group’s attacks and that the government and youths must act in the best interests of the public.
“So we should not be afraid to act, but we have to respect the interest of people,” Mr Hun Sen said.
Recently, exiled political analyst Kim Sok and his daughter were granted political asylum in Finland.
Mr Sok completed a defamation sentence in late August and walked free from prison, almost immediately drawing the ire of Mr Hun Sen after he criticised the Prime Minister’s initiative to create a council of all political parties that contested the national election to gather input and move the country forward together.
During the speech, Mr Hun Sen also announced that he would stop responding to a certain opposition figure who keeps posting comments on Facebook daily in order to get his reaction.
He did not mention anyone by name, but was obviously referring to former opposition leader Sam Rainsy.
The premier also reaffirmed that Cambodia would not exchange its sovereignty and independence for any foreign aid.