I am writing in response to your article, dated April 30, 1999, entitled "Inside
Funcinpec Cracks Apparent". It is apparent to me that by publishing this kind
of article, you are sensationalizing media event that does nothing to harmonize peace
to the co-existing government of Cambodia in time of endeavor. This is an irresponsible
media. Cambodia and her people do not need sensational news to digest at this moment
As a most respected paper, you have presented an unbalanced point of view that is
critical to the development of Cambodia and its government. One party, in this case
FUNCINPEC, has been dramatized to be the fall-guy of all parties. To
me, you are creating an antagonistic character within the party apparatus so that
there is enough fuel to burn for the benefit of a few, the FUNCINPEC minority. Which
I find it is absolutely appalling, given that any political party in politics so
it seems, contains this kind of a group.
I have certainly agreed with, Prince Sisowath Sirirath, on a few points he has made
also in response to your same article. First, it is on the question of peace and
on the question of government under going changes in streamlining government ministries'
budgets, especially, in the military and in the national police, which is a very
critical and sensitive issue not just for FUNCINPEC, but for CPP as well. Second,
it is on the question of building a more civilized nation as Cambodia is now part
of the ASEAN family. Finally, it is on the question of learning from past mistakes
and mistrusts that both FUNCINPEC and CPP parties have had for many years on road
to co-exist for the sake of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
On a final note, I would like to thank you, however, and your staff for being part
of the reconstruction of Cambodia and for having your news available on web site
for people like myself to also become part of this process.
Peace and Prosperity to the Kingdom of Cambodia.
- Chansokhy Anhaouy Vancouver, BC, Canada