I am very impressed by the very real news that your esteemed paper publishes concerning
my country, especially the truth concerning the daily politics from our slow moving
I am a returning Cambodian, having spent my childhood and schooling in England for
my school. This was a long time ago, my schooling.
The Malaysian Foreign Minister was here to speak with our Prime Ministers to help
to calm down the conflicts within the Cambodian inner politic.
But what worries me the most about Cambodia joining ASEAN next year, which shall
bring to Cambodia more problems than benefits, is a subject nobody speaks - the ability
of the citizens of these ASEAN countries to enter and leave each other's frontiers
very easily and quickly without visas.
This visa-free movement of the ASEAN populations shall have trumendous impact
on the population constituent of Cambodia, since more Vietnamese can enter Cambodia
legally and freely, and more Vietnamese can permanently stay in Cambodia legally
and to vote legally in our elections using an identity card from the Cambodian local
police station, identity cards which anybody can buy from outside as long as they
The main point is that more Vietnamese people can cross the border freely and legally
to enter Cambodia without a visa. Cambodians don't often migrate to Vietnam without
This shall be a disastrous problem for Cambodia, this problem of Vietnamese legal
entry into Cambodia which ASEAN nations must honour as a legal right. It shall change
the population composition of our nation, and nobody wants to talk or to publish
this problem, to awake our politicians in the National Assembly on this subject.
That is why I must beg you to publish this subject in your newspaper to awake our
population on the legal aspects of this ASEAN treaty, which shall put Cambodia in
a very disadvantaged position.
- Veak Rin Van, Phnom Penh.