Interior Minister Sar Kheng warned his subordinates that colour revolution could result from people’s displeasure over civil servants who failed to deliver good public services.
Speaking at the provincial annual conference in Battambang province on Wednesday, Mr Kheng highlighted street demonstrations by former CNRP supporters during the 2013 post-election in which the government called a colour revolution.
He said this could stem from dissatisfaction in which people were displeased with the public services given by government officials.
“Sometimes, it could arise from our internal network. Our officials are unaware of this because they do not pay attention to responding to the people’s requests and concerns,” Mr Kheng said. “This will result in insecurity and affect the rights and benefits of our people.”
Mr Kheng said all civil servants should not ignore people’s demands and should thwart any group attempting to overthrow the government.
“We must take firm action in a timely manner to stop the group or the movement, and get rid of fake news aimed to cause social instability,” he said. “At the same time, we must help people to address their problems so that they won’t partake in any form of government take over.”
The CNRP supporters took to the streets to protest the alleged irregularity of the election results after July 2013 election. It was dissolved by the Supreme Court in November 2017 after its leader Kem Sokha was jailed on a treason charge for allegedly conspiring with the US to topple the government.
Former opposition lawmaker Ou Chanrath said he does not support a colour revolution, noting that the country will move backward if it materialises.
“I think all civil servants must serve the people at their bests in order to gain their respect. If not, people will be unhappy and problems will happen,” he said. “I think the government should focus on developing the country instead.”