Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Outrage over report

Outrage over report

Dear Sir

A fter having read Nate Thayer's reports for several years now, I

suppose I should not have been as surprised and outraged as I was on reading his

latest pieces "Army blank check undermines budget" printed as the lead story in

the Post dated March 11-24.

The notion that the fight against the Khmer

Rouge would undermine Cambodia's budget and jeopardize aid is breathtaking. May

we ask what humanitarian projects the budget and aid would be devoted to if the

Khmer Rouge were able to regain power in Cambodia?

Thayer goes on to

blame the victim for the "failure by the government to win new international

military assistance". Why not speak of the failure of the international

community to support the new government of Cambodia? Why not criticize the Thai

government for its continuing sanctuaries and trade with the KR, and China and

the Western powers for supplying the arms that are today being employed by the

KR? Thayer's own companion story shows a German anti-tank missile supplied

through Singapore in 1989 being used against government troops.

The same

accusation is put by "KR Ambassador" In Sopheap in an interview by Thayer

published on the following page: "There is no money to increase the salary of

teachers, they say themselves that 20 percent of the people have no housing, but

they spend money on fighting". This must taken some gall to report

straight-faced considering the KR's record on education and housing, leaving

aside civil servants' salaries!

- Helen Jarvis, Sydney, Australia

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Explore the durian and rubber farms of Kampong Cham

Take a drive north of Kampong Cham, past the dirt roads and the dense greenery.

Kem Sokha talks politics, power and Hun Sen

Kem Sokha, leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, sat down with The Post’s Alex Willemyns and Mech Dara to discuss his supporters’ initial disappointment with this year’s

NEC officials tally votes during a recount last week in Phnom Penh.

Cambodia’s National Election Committee last week rejected 33 of 61 complaints filed over the conduct of June 4’s commune election, according to a s

People search for their names on the voter lists at a polling station in Kampong Cham’s Veal Vong commune earlier this month.

Four years ago, when the opposition snatched Kampong Cham away from the ruling party in 2013 national elections, it hinted at a deeper shift taking