As supporters of the former opposition party turn themselves in to police and condemn Sam Rainsy’s alleged coup plot, two of its former commune councillors have joined the ruling CPP.
Hou Yary and Lay Pichmony, former CNRP commune councillors in Battambang province, on Wednesday turned themselves in after learning about Mr Rainsy’s “nine fingers” campaign, which is considered a coup plot by the government.
After that, they signed documents to join the CPP. Both men said they acknowledged that the CPP has the right ideals and upholds the core values of the country.
In a video clip yesterday, Mr Yary called on Mr Rainsy’s supporters to turn themselves in and confess.
“Mr Rainsy is now leading activists the wrong way,” he said. “He aims to topple the government and insult the King.”
“Please stop believing Mr Rainsy because he is attempting to cause public insecurity,” Mr Yary added. “Please stop following him.”
According to the Justice Ministry, police in Kandal province arrested Chhun Thai, Ly Mengkheang, Ly Pin and Phun Suphea over the past two days. They were identified as former commune and district councillors.
According to Kandal Provincial Court, all four men were charged with conspiracy for plotting with Mr Rainsy because they were seen attending a meeting in Malaysia last month. The court said attendees were ordered to stage a coup on November 9.
In addition to the four, two other people who were seen in Malaysia were charged by the provincial courts of Kampong Chhnang and Siem Reap.
Tim Nakhorn, a former CNRP commune councilor in Kandal, yesterday said he turned himself in to police after attending the meeting in Malaysia last month.
“I went to Malaysia on September 15 and met Mr Rainsy, Mu Sochua and Eng Chhay Eang,” Mr Nakhorn said. “I later realised that they were ordering me to harm the country. So I rejected them and I would like to call on others to do the same.”
Prime Minister Hun Sen last week during a meeting at the Council of Ministers devised a plan to prevent Mr Rainsy’s alleged coup. He called on the authorities to arrest supporters of the coup.
Mr Hun Sen ordered the authorities to publicly air the confessions and statements of those who condemn Mr Rainsy after their arrests.
Former opposition lawmaker Ou Chanrath yesterday said Mr Hun Sen’s strategy will only stir resentment among the public because CNRP activists are becoming victims of politics.
“I am certain that it is impossible for Mr Rainsy to stage a coup,” Mr Chanrath said.