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Devil's playground

Dear Editor,

It is no longer surprising to learn of political intricacy and expediency in Cambodia

involved in cases like Mobitel (PPP, 10/26) and UNESCO's fiasco (PPP, 10/26). From

where they come, time will reveal a lot more of them.

It may only be some comfort for Dr Malcolm Innes-Brown, (PPP, Comment, 10/26) and

the Cambodian poor in general to heed Gene Fowler's words in Skyline (1961) that

"Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves".

Dr Innes-Brown simply expects too much from an organisation that has been rife with

alleged corrupt practices... If transparency is really an integral part of good governance,

then UNESCO could not possibly be a positive role model for a decent Cambodia.

Indeed, many talk on principle, but act on interest. It is Sweden's commercial and

political interest to blatantly ignore rule of law in Cambodia, even though it could

never afford to do likewise if the case occurred in Sweden.

Cambodia is indeed a devils' playground.

- Ung Bun-Ang, Melbourne, Australia



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