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Journalist's Fact Finding Mission About Accidents

What do you think about accident?

I have money and power, so I don't need to respect the laws. I'm always drinking

while driving. And if I hit and kill somebody, I only pay some compensation for the

damage and their lives. Moreover, I sometimes don't even stop or have a look. If

anybody wants to stop me just fire a few shots into the air and they'll feel panic

and show a clean pair of heels. So I don't care how many accidents there are.

How about you, the policeman?

Frankly, traffic accidents just mean money to us. As you the journalist know, when

solving a case, they often give us some money as a token of their thankfulness, and

if a car or motorcycle is brought to the station, it's like we get more money by

selling the parts of those motors and cars. Or if the owners of these vehicles don't

dare to come to the station, these machines will no doubt belong to us. Honest to

God, at the moment we're wishing there are more accidents, which means our luck has


And what about the traders of car parts?

It goes without saying that the more the accidents, the better our business. After

an accident, they often come and buy our parts to fix their cars or motorcycles.

As you already know, in Cambodia we always use the things we buy as long as possible

in order to make up for the price. Still, we even try to use them until even after

the price is all over, some vehicles have lost their eyes or some other parts which

are important for the traffic, but it's bad news to us because they can drive them

on the roads without being cared for by any policemen. So for us, if there were no

accidents, we'd be starved.

How about you, Mr. UNTAC?

Traffic accidents in Cambodia are dead easy to solve. It's no problem for such a

noble man as me as long as I remember to put some dollars in my pocket. Actually,

we only spend 5 or 10 dollars for a death or an injury, and everything will be solved.

And if we don't give any money to them, no body dares to cough. So, it doesn't matter

how many scores of accidents take place. The important thing is spending some dollars

to the victims and the story will end.

And you, the doctor?

Of course, it's like the case of the elimination of guns. The more the victims and

injuries, the more cash I will expect. The victims will pay only according to what

we say. So I will always charge at whatever price I can dream of. And, the victims

would even feel grateful to us. Therefore, for me, the more accidents, the better.



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