S AM RAINSY'S replacement Nou Saing Khan believes "there is nothing to be happy
about" following his elevation to the National Assembly.
"For me, there
is only sorrow because we lost one of our family who used to work in the same
party with us," he said.
Saing Khan said he had known for a long time
that he would be promoted to Rainsy's seat if the former finance minister was
sacked as an MP.
"I am not surprised at all because this is what I have
long known about. The case of replacement is usual because my name is in the
proportional list (of MPs' registrations) so my replacement is lawful," he
When asked what he thought about Rainsy's expulsion he said: "I am
very sorry for him".
"We lost one of our members but this is an
individual matter," he said.
He said he was not worried at all that some
people will not recognize him as MP because they used to respect
"Scarcely had they heard of me, then they came (to me) at once,"
"A head monk from Ancheng came to ask me for a generator and I
gave him one. Now many people are following," he said.
Asked whether he
thought he would be disadvantaged being new in the job as an MP, he said: "No, I
don't think so because (the move) should be done this way."
He said he
planned many development projects in Siem Reap province following his promotion.
"We will co-operate with the Ministry of Rural Development to set up an
association to develop agriculture. We have more work to do and I will try my
best to highlight our people's living conditions," he said.
Sain Khan is
preparing to leave the Ministry of Public Works and Transport - where he is
currently Under Secretary - soon. The government is considering who will take
over his position.
According to the Cambodian Constitution anyone who
works in the government, except ministers and secretaries of state, are not
allowed to have any position in the Parliament, according to Ing Kiet, deputy
Prime Minister and Minister of Public and Transport.
When asked what
position he preferred of the two, Saing Khan said he liked the one where he
could best serve the country.
"I don't recommend any position. As you
know I have struggled for democracy since 1990 and now everything is achieved. I
am very happy even if I don't have any position."
He said he had already
turned down an offer to join the National Assembly once - last year during a
Cabinet reshuffle. However, as he had a government position he was passed over
in favor of another.
But this time he was the only member left on the
He said all members of the Funcinpec party regretted the loss of
He said one local newspaper which he asked not be named
criticized him when he was appointed as an MP but many local newspapers