My parents and I read the report by Norris Lo (The Chinese/Khmer divide in factories
- Post, June 16) and we took offense at the attitudes expressed by expatriate Chinese
employees of the factory companies.
My parents are of Chinese descent, who settled in Cambodia and lived through the
Pol Pot regime among their Khmer friends and relatives. They find it a disgrace that
expatriate Chinese insult Cambodian workers.
Yes, these Cambodian factory workers are uneducated and inexperienced. However the
Chinese supervisors should focus on the positive outcome. Even though the Cambodian
factory workers are uneducated and inexperienced, each has taken on the challenge
of being educated and is able to work in these factories producing (I am assuming)
a very profitable business. (Why would these Chinese bring their business to Cambodia
if it were not profitable?)
Why are the Chinese employers not willing to train the Cambodian workers into supervisors'
The Chinese cannot claim that Cambodian workers are lazy or uneducated, because these
Cambodian workers are survivors of the Pol Pot regime, during which Cambodia lost
everything. Within a short time the people have been able to reconstruct themselves
to work and have educated themselves into a very modernized work force.
I compliment the Cambodian factory workers for a great job well done.
I feel the Chinese workers are not willing to teach the Cambodian workers to become
supervisors and leaders because the Chinese workers themselves are scared that once
the Cambodians are educated like the Chinese, the Chinese will not have a job in
Every one of the Chinese workers quoted in the Post said he or she came to work in
Cambodia for higher pay. So the only lazy and scared individuals are the Chinese
The Chinese started their revolution in the 1970s to educate and provide experienced
workers in the labor force. India just started their revolution to educate and provide
skilled labor in 1990.
Cambodia, on the other hand, is just recovering from being a torn-down country. I
think Cambodia will one day be just as successful as China, Japan, India and surrounding
It will be a long and hard struggle, but I know my parents are hard working, so I
believe the rest of Cambodians are just as hard working.