Hun Sen Says He is a Dummy
“We didn’t plan to burn Hun Sen’s effigy, but he is the one who reminded us yesterday.”
Melbourne resident Va Malina, 23 February 2018, The Phnom Penh Post
“សុំផ្ដាំទៅអាអ្នកត្រៀមធើបាតុកម្ម មុខរបស់លោកឯងត្រូវចាំ [ចង្អុលម្រាមដៃ] ជាកិតិ្ដយសនៃរដ្ឋាភិបាលរបស់លោកឯង ប៉ុន្ដែអ្នកឯងហ្នឹង ជាសេរីភាពរបស់អ្នកឯង តែអ្នកឯងកុំភ្លេចថា ខ្ញុំក៍មានប្រជាជននៅខាងក្រៅប្រទេសគាំទ្រ ហើយជួបរាប់រយនាក់ច្រើនជាង។ ជានិច្ចជាកាល ខ្ញុំទៅណាក៍ដោយ អ្នកធើបាតុកម្មមានប្រមាណជា១០ភាគរយនៃអ្នកដែលមានជួបខ្ញុំតែប៉ុណ្ណោះ។ ... ស្រែកទៅ ធើទៅ ស្រែកទៅ ស្រែកទៅ ប៉ុន្ដែសុំផ្ដាំ កុំដុតរូបអោយសោះ។ ដុតរូប អញតាមដល់ផ្ទះ ប្រាប់អោយហើយ។ ជំនាន់ធ្វើបាតុកម្ម២០១៣ អត់ហ៊ានដែរ សម្ដេចក្រឡាហោមប្រាប់ទៅទូតអាមេរិកាំងថា ឯកឧត្ដម ប្រាប់ពួកអ្នកធើបាតុកម្ម ស្រុកខ្មែរអប្បីយជំនឿ ស្រុកខ្មែរអប្បីយជំនឿ បើហ៊ានតែធើរូប ហើយដុតរូប ច្បាស់ជាមានរឿងហើយ។ ខ្ញុំប្ដូរផ្ដាច់ពេលហ្នឹង បើហ៊ានតែធើរូបអាស្អី ទីញមោងរូបខ្ញុំយកទៅដុត អញតាមវ៉ៃដល់ផ្ទះអ្ហែង ប្រាប់អោយហើយ។ ហ៊ីស អានេះ និយាយអោយច្បាស់ សិទ្ធិរបស់ឯងមាន បើសិទ្ធិអ្នកឯងមានសិទ្ធិដុតគេ គេមានសិទ្ធិវ៉ៃអ្នកឯង មានទាស់ខុសអី? អាហ្នឹងសិទ្ធិទៅ សិទ្ធិមក។ អ្នកឯងដល់ហឹង្សាលើរូបកាយគេ ហើយអ្នកឯងចាត់ទុកថា អាហ្នឹងរូបហ៊ុនសែនយកទៅដុត តាមដល់ផ្ទះ អត់ទេ ក្របួចយកតែម្ដង។”
នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រីហ៊ុនសែន ថ្ងៃទី២១ កុម្ភ: ២០១៨ វិទ្យុអាស៊ីសេរី
«ខ្ញុំសូមផ្ដាំទៅស្គាល់ពីអាស៊ានឲ្យច្បាស់បន្តិច។ អាស៊ាន បើអត់ ហ៊ុន សែន អត់មានន័យថាអាស៊ានទេ។ ហ៊ុន សែន អាចជំទាស់មិនឲ្យចេញសេចក្ដីថ្លែងការណ៍ណាមួយរួច រវាងអាស៊ាន និងអូស្ត្រាលី។ សាកល្បងលមើលទៅ មិនមែនត្រឹមតែអូស្ត្រាលី អាចគាបសង្កត់កម្ពុជាទេ ហ៊ានមើល កម្ពុជាសូមដាក់បញ្ហាទុកជាមុន បើសិនជាអ្នកឯងហ៊ានផ្ដេសផ្ដាស។ កម្ពុជាតែម្នាក់អាចនឹងធ្វើឲ្យគាំងទាំងអស់នៃការចេញសេចក្ដីថ្លែងការណ៍ព្រោះរបៀបរបបការងាររបស់អាស៊ាន វាត្រូវតែមានកុងសង់ស៊ីស រឿងអីដែល [យើង] ត្រូវហោះពីកម្ពុជាទៅឲ្យគេស្ដីឲ្យនៅប្រទេសអូស្ត្រាលី។»
“Cambodians have always thought their country is more important than it is.”
Professor David P. Chandler, 16 May 2016, Voice of America Khmer
Now, why does Hun Sen raise his dummy burning in Australia on the eve of his visit to that country, especially when no-one is thinking of it? Whatever the reasons, he must want to test his absolute authority beyond the border of Cambodia. The authority he wields to terrorise his critics at home moves into another jurisdiction.
In a crude language that makes gangsters proud of him, Hun Sen has succeeded in inciting Cambodian overseas to torch his dummies despite his threats to have torchers beaten up. Diasporas in Australia and Canada have taken up the Hun Sen dare, and burnt his dummies.
How Hun Sen responds may largely depend on what the burning does to his body and ego.
He says the burning is an act of violence on his body. He equates himself to the dummy, to which he refers in Khmer as “Ting-Moung”. He should know by now what the burning has done to his body. Unless it has turned into ashes like the torched “Ting-Moung”, he ought to re-assess his primitive supernatural belief.
Hun Sen worships a Neak Ta he keeps at his city residence in a shrine well-decorated and maintained 24/7. All glass windows of the residence and all mirrors within are scribbled with shell lime powder to keep evil spirits away.
He may indeed have a phantom pain in his egoistic head though – any absolute authoritarians would. If so, he may want to consult his fortune-teller or psychologist to manage his anxiety; there is little he can do now to stop the burning of his Ting-Moung.
Still, there are obstacles for him to alleviate the anxiety. First, despite persistent claim of upholding rule of law, Hun Sen does not practice it. Rather than trying to prosecute Ting-Moung burners in court, Hun Sen takes the law into his own hands. He must know he has no control over independent courts.
Second, authoritarian Hun Sen is not satisfied with the 90% support he says he has among the overseas diaspora. Any politicians would kill for the popularity level. Yet, he allows the 10% to drive him around the bend – perhaps straight into his early grave with his current high blood pressure and diabetes.
Third, if David Chandler is correct, Hun Sen is suffering from a severe case of an exaggerated sense of his own importance. While on paper he can stuff up any Asean consensus, the plain truth is that often consensus statements are merely a public relations icing-on-the-cake exercise. There are bilateral dealings between Australia and each of the Asean nations to well serve their respective interests.
Fourth, there seems to be a slight psychopathic trait in Hun Sen’s character. While delivering threats to beat up Australian citizens in Australia, Hun Sen claims his visit bestows honour to the country. Australians would have rocks in their head, if they agreed with him.
Then again, Hun Sen may choose to stay home to nurture the phantom pain inflicted by the current bout of the Ting-Moung burning.
Ung Bun Ang
By the Way
Pseng-Pseng has learned Cambodian ambassador Koy Kuong in Canberra has shifted into overdrive to protect Hun Sen from all evil spirits, and to ensure that he will not suffer any voodoo effect or turn into dust like his Ting-Moung they are burning and are going to burn.
Pseng-Pseng understands Koy Kuong has difficulties in securing a service of monks in Sydney to perform blessing chanting and rituals. He may have to import monks from Cambodia. In case he could not secure any locals to do the beating and go to jail for Hun Sen, he may as well arm these imported monks with baton, if not gun.
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