What Would Kem Ley Do?
“Will the opposition party exist to compete in 2017 and 2018? Hard to say.”
Analyst Kem Ley, Collection of Thoughts on Society and Politics, 2016, page 83.
“Quality health services need a revolution – not reforms.”
Analyst Kem Ley, Collection of Thoughts on Society and Politics, 2016, page 122.
“In the 2017 and 2018 games, they (CPP) may have no good fortune to win, unless they field good players, allow them freedom to use their skill, and make use of capability of players they buy from advanced countries.”
Analyst Kem Ley, Collection of Thoughts on Society and Politics, 2016, page 226.
“There is no rule of law in Cambodia.”
Analyst Kem Ley, Collection of Thoughts on Society and Politics, 2016, page 232.
“Cambodia must change the leader…”
Analyst Kem Ley, Collection of Thoughts on Society and Politics, 2016, page 262.
There is a tug-of-war between the two major parties in the forthcoming elections, even though one of them is legally dead. Both are in unchartered territories – doing what they have not done before. The CPP throw in carrot and stick to get voters to vote; they used to deter from voting those they suspect are opposition voters. At the other end, the CNRP “ghost” calls for an election boycott, which is its first.
It may not be intriguing that Kem Ley was not so confident the CNRP would partake in both the 2017 commune and 2018 national elections. His book, “Collection of Thoughts on Society and Politics”, published after his 10 July 2016 assassination, reveals critical reasons behind his doubt that the CNRP will last the two elections. In the book of 322 pages, positive ideas are in no less than 250 pages. For every critical issue Kem Ley offers solutions and recommendations. In some instances, like healthcare issues, he argues they need a revolution – reforms will no longer suffice. The book deals with necessary government reforms that seasoned analysts would conclude the Hun Sen government has neither desire nor audacity to carry them out. However, using a soccer game as a metaphor, Kem Ley argues the CPP could still win at fair and free elections if they made appropriate uses their resources and players’ skills.
But they don’t. And Kem Ley must sense it.
Hun Sen opts for a quick fix after the CNRP scares the pants off him at the commune elections. Though it does not win, it manages to make a deep inroad into the CPP regional power base. The elections outcomes confirm a conclusion by a Shaviv opinion poll commissioned by Hun Sen in October 2016 that, without drastic interventions, the CPP would lose the 2018 national elections. These interventions turn out to be: dissolution of the CNRP and making their leaders national traitors. Kem Ley’s doubt on the CNRP’s chance to contest the national elections is confirmed.
It is disbelieving that Kem Ley would support the upcoming elections – the kind that has already confirmed the status quo and goes against his entire thesis. He calls for a rule of law and change of leader. The whole book addresses issues that Kem Ley believes are vital for a national survival. He argues Cambodia is at risk of becoming the second Khmer Krom. He points out Cambodians are killing each other on the street. He notes a meltdown of regional family structures as citizens are compelled to move away from farms for work in cities and foreign lands. His extensive stays with grassroot people confirm they are suffering. The upcoming elections have no chance of bringing what Kem Ley longs for – a real change.
The book indicates Kem ley would campaign for the election boycott; and he would likely be assassinated for the second time. Then again, he is ready anytime to make the ultimate sacrifice for his nation while calling for his compatriots to stand up.
Ung Bun Ang
Fake News You Can Trust
It is incredible how callous Hun Sen can be. He asks voters if they should embrace in bed a dead party or choose another party they love. A real-life example he cites is that a surviving spouse, no matter how old they are, will look for another partner. Mrs Bun Rany Hun Sen, take note and feel the pain or the freedom.
Anyhow, Hun Sen is a dead psychopath; he ignores the fact that he is the one who kills their beloved spouse or party and expects them to help him out.
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