Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Saturday called on the public to ignore former opposition party rhetoric, comparing the now-dissolved party’s “positive change” message to the Khmer Rouge.
During a speech marking the achievements of a temple in Battambang province’s Mong Russei district, Mr Kheng said the message reminds him of the Khmer Rouge’s “year zero” political notion that aimed to demolish progress in order to rebuild the nation from scratch.
“Demolishing everything and rebuilding is like Pol Pot’s regime,” Mr Kheng said. “There are some people there who are doing it under the pretense of ‘positive change’.”
“These words are not hard to use, but the meaning is exactly the same,” he added. “Please don’t rush to believe it. We met this very painfully in the past, and now we are developing so we have to continue developing.”
On Friday, during the appointment ceremony of Banteay Meanchey provincial Governor Oum Reatrey at the Interior Ministry, Mr Kheng said legal action will be taken against any group attempting to overthrow the government through a colour revolution.
He highlighted street demonstrations disputing the July 2013 election in which CNRP supporters handed flowers to security forces.
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