Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - CPP MPs visit injured colleagues in Bangkok

CPP MPs visit injured colleagues in Bangkok

CPP lawmaker Chheang Vun (centre) visits injured CNRP lawmaker Nhay Chamroeun at his hospital in Bangkok over the weekend.
CPP lawmaker Chheang Vun (centre) visits injured CNRP lawmaker Nhay Chamroeun at his hospital in Bangkok over the weekend. Photo supplied

CPP MPs visit injured colleagues in Bangkok

A delegation of ruling party lawmakers travelled to Bangkok over the weekend to visit two opposition parliamentarians hospitalised there after being beaten outside of the National Assembly, a gesture one of the wounded lawmakers likened to a man slapping a child then patting it on the back.

Speaking by phone yesterday, the injured Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmakers Kong Sakphea and Nhay Chamroeun said they were pleased by the visit from their Cambodian People’s Party counterparts, but Chamroeun insisted yesterday that it was not enough to undo his conviction that the ruling party orchestrated the attacks.

“When both of us are in tears, is not because we’re excited about the delegation bringing a small gift to give us … [It] is because we’re thinking of the very cruel event when the perpetrators beat us,” Sakphea said.

The beatings took place just outside the assembly after the lawmakers were ushered out a little-used side exit, and came on the heels of a pro-CPP rally. Three soldiers have since been charged over the attacks.

“So for our injuries, it’s like they already beat us on the head, and now they’re rubbing our backs and peeling a banana for us to eat,” Sakphea said.

The CPP lawmakers who made the trip included Chheang Vun and Ban Srey Mom, as well as Mith Karen, National Assembly deputy secretary general.

Chamroeun yesterday denied allegations that he and Sakphea had provoked their attackers by cursing at them.

CPP spokesman Sok Eysan yesterday maintained the violence against the lawmakers had nothing to do with the demonstration that preceded it.


  • Cambodia’s image problem

    In opening remarks at a recent event, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luy David said information can be a double-edged sword. He told a European Institute of Asian Studies (EIAS) briefing seminar that the media has unfairly presented

  • PM Hun Sen says dangers averted

    Delivering a campaign speech from his home via Facebook Live on Thursday, caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen said his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) had carried the country through danger in its latest mandate. He was specifically referring to the threat of a “colour revolution”

  • Kingdom's trade deal with EU questioned before poll

    A European Union (EU) mission met with senior government officials at the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday as the 28-member bloc monitors an agreement under which Cambodian goods reach the crucial European market tariff-free. Some 10 commissioners are in the Kingdom as part of a seven-day

  • A new carrier takes off in capital

    Cambodia Airways, the latest passenger airline to enter the Kingdom, launched its first domestic flight on Tuesday. Flight KR801, carrying 145 passengers, left the Phnom Penh International Airport at 9:50am and landed in Siem Reap at 10:35am in an Airbus A319. Cambodia Airways marketing and branding