In the weeks leading up to what could have been the much delayed and long awaited premiere of the sequel to Rainsy’s political life, Cambodians feared what might have been, while the rest of the world looked on with relative indifference.
In his novel “A Tale of Two Cities”, a well-known historical novelist, Charles Dickens, wrote, ”It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom…”, This is quite a reminiscent of Cambodian politics.
By any standards, the coup plot orchestrated by Sam Rainsy has failed. Those supporters, including some foreigners, who stand with Sam Rainsy have faced and will face consequences.
Phnom Penh Court has allows Kem Sokha to be free to travel within Cambodia.
The decision by the Indonesian and Malaysian governments to allow fugitive Cambodian politicians to use their countries as political platforms against the Cambodian government is a clear violation of the non-interference principle of Asean.
Yes, security will be much tighter and more evident this water festival because of the threat of a regime change and coup by Rainsy, but it is necessary to ensure that Cambodians can continue to celebrate the festivities with peace of mind.
To be, or not to be, that is the question,” is a famous phrase coined by William Shakespeare in 1603. However, to renegade self-proclaimed Sam Rainsy, the question differs significantly. To him, it is “To come or not to come?”
Amid the risks and uncertainties stemming from anti-globalisation sentiment, rising protectionism, unilateralism, and populism, Asean stands out to be the beacon of open and inclusive regionalism and the advocate of multilateralism.
From Hong Kong to Lebanon, from Chile to Iraq, violent protests have significantly challenged the legitimacy of the government in those countries and regions.
After years of sour, tense and, at times, acrimonious relations between Cambodia and the United States, newly accredited US Ambassador Patrick Murphy has made all the right moves to turn a page and set his goals on improving bilateral relations.
Thailand has been chosen by Cambodian rebels, led by Sam Rainsy to be their political stronghold to launch a colour revolution in Cambodia.
The violent protests in Hong Kong over the past seven months have significantly rocked the economy, legitimacy, and society of this financial centre of Asia. It is very alarming and a challenge for the Hong Kong government to take appropriate and effective intervention to curb the protests.
His failure to deliver his remarks at the 141st IPU Assembly, due to the intervention from the Cambodian parliamentary delegation, was a diplomatic disaster. That was a remarkable diplomatic blow and humiliation for Sam Rainsy.
Prime Minister Hun Sen and the whole government seems to be concerned and occupied with the coup attempts being propagated by Sam Rainsy, who is a populist politician and extremist.
Today the delegates of the Cambodian Parliament, consisting of the members from the National Assembly and Senate, led by Second Vice-President of the National Assembly the Honourable Khuon Sudary, will depart to attend the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Belgrade from October 13 to 17.
PRIME Minister Hun Sen marked an important milestone in deepening traditional, bilateral ties with Vietnam during his official visit to Hanoi last week.
His motives and pathways are predictable. His supporters have been misled, manipulated and nothing more than sacrificial tools for his political ambition to achieve his lust for power and take revenge against Prime Minister Hun Sen.
The political heat, accompanied with security risk, is rising amidst the speculative return of the self-exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy on this November 9th, when Cambodia celebrates its national day and water festival the following days.
US: Universities do not factor in a student’s country of origin before granting degrees.
The US and its allies are concerned that increasing Chinese influence in Southeast Asia, especially in Cambodia, will lead to the loss of the US’s supremacy and hegemonic power.
Any attempts by Sam Rainsy, who is playing on international pressure and racial incitement to provoke a regime change in Cambodia, is bound to fail, as evidenced by many of such cases in different parts of the world.
The soundbites emanating from misguided, cheated and misled supporters for a demagogue should be given serious consideration and attention.
A total of 25 years after Sam Rainsy committed acts of treason against the Royal Government when he was a sitting government member with the portfolio of Minister of Economy and Finance, he and his unhinged supporters are at it again.
Extremist figures have long dotted the landscape of Cambodian politics. One of them in contemporary Cambodia is Sam Rainsy, a master illusionist who thrives on political polemics, parochial rhetoric and demagogy who will thrive on attention at any costs, including bloodshed.
Rhona Smith is ending her term as Special Rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia by the end of September this year. She has made sure that all her reports are heavily justified to prove that Cambodia is in constant human rights crisis.
Prime Minister Hun Sen’s continued push for dramatic reforms and structural change needs to be sustained and extended to all branches of the government. A whole-of-government approach is needed.
The public mood and discourse have shifted from the speculative return of the outlawed opposition leader to the domestic reform agenda. Actually, reform is the core issue of contemporary Cambodian politics.
Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad started his state visit to Cambodia yesterday and today he will meet his counterpart Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen. The meeting between the two leaders has historical significance in many ways.
Parliamentary diplomacy is relatively new to Cambodia and recently it has gained traction. Under the strategic vision of “reforming at home and making friends abroad based on independence”, Cambodia’s foreign policy is set to be more robust, smart and flexible.
Last week saw a flurry of statements, actions and announcements being made by Prime Minister Hun Sen to push up by several notches, the fight against illegal logging, corruption, abuse of uniformed positions and crackdown on illegal gambling.