The May 9 general election in Malaysia provides many valuable insights and lessons as well – and could serve as a wakeup call to Cambodia and Cambodian politicians.
The past two decades have seen increased collaboration between Cambodia and China most noticeably in the areas of investment, trade, and development assistance.
There are valuable and crucial lessons to be learned from the stunning election loss of the ruling National Front (Barisan Nasional), led by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday.
Sam Rainsy, since he was booted out of the royalist FUNCINPEC Party in 2004 has always maintained his stance on prevailing political conditions in the country until now.
Since his National Rescue Party was dissolved last year by the Cambodian government, CNRP’s former president Sam Rainsy has embarked on a worldwide campaign to build international pressure on Hun Sen’s government.
Both the ruling and opposition parties have upped the ante in their public diplomacy by travelling to different countries to explain political development in Cambodia from their own perspectives.
Never before have ties between the US and Cambodia been so low, since 1997. The bilateral relationship now is close to hitting rock-bottom level with a lack of mutual trust and understanding between both countries.
There are widespread political campaigns both at home and abroad to convince Cambodian citizens not to turn up and vote in the general election scheduled to be held on July 29.
When we are motivated by compassion and wisdom, the results of our actions benefit everyone, not just our individual selves or some immediate convenience.
Phrases such as an end to impunity, rule of law, democracy, patriotism, nationalism, freedom of speech, an end to one-party democracy, and an end to tyranny are all catch words, tag lines and phrases used by Sam Rainsy.
Is Cambodia going to hell? Are we plagued by communal violence as currently witnessed in Myanmar and Sri Lanka? Are Cambodians being threatened by starvation, as in South Sudan?
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