Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - CPP spokesman hits back at Sam Rainsy

CPP spokesman hits back at Sam Rainsy

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Former opposition leader Sam Rainsy pictured abroad. Facebook

CPP spokesman hits back at Sam Rainsy

A ruling party spokesman on Tuesday hit back at a Facebook post by former opposition leader Sam Rainsy, claiming that the Kingdom is borrowing too much money from China and allowing their interests to control too much of Preah Sihanouk and Koh Kong provinces.

Sok Eysan, the Cambodian People’s Party’s (CPP) spokesman said foreign debt was routine, and that the post was an unjust attack.

Posting on his social media page on July 2, Rainsy, the former leader of the court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), said: “Hun Sen has financial debts with China and political debts to Vietnam which promoted his group as a puppet leader since 1979.

“Hun Sen’s financial and political debts and his group made Cambodia lose its territory to China and Vietnam.”

But Eysan said Rainsy’s claims were just an attack against the government for political gain, pointing out that both the European Union (EU) and the US were indebted to China as well.

He said Europe and the US also owed a lot of money to China, so why didn’t Rainsy raise this point too, he asked.

Eysan also said the Kingdom’s loans to rebuild itself is in line with the 1991 Paris Peace Accords where 18 countries had participated.

“Foreign debt is not illegal under the Paris Peace Agreements. But convicted Sam Rainsy only selects some points to attack the government and the CPP, which is the party that won the election,” Eysan said.

In response to allegations that Cambodia could lose its land due to financial and political debts, Eysan said the Kingdom is not politically indebted to any country.

In his online comments, Rainsy also compared Cambodia to Sri Lanka, a small island country south of India, whose leader, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has borrowed a huge amount of money from China over the years.

He claimed that because of the excessive debt, Sri Lanka’s leaders gave territories along its coastline to China under a 99-year concession, adding that Sri Lankans rose up in order to claim their country’s territories back.

Political analyst and social affairs researcher, Meas Ny said that foreign loans for a country’s development is truly normal, pointing to the fact that many countries have far more foreign debt than Cambodia.

“However, the political structure in Cambodia is softer than other countries, and we are also poorer than some, therefore, the risk of China’s influence in this country will be much greater,” Ny said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Over $3M in traffic fines collected in two months

    Traffic police officers collected over $3 million in fines throughout the Kingdom during the past two months when officers strictly enforced the law in accordance with a May sub-decree, officials said. As incentives, law enforcement officers received between 200,000 and two million riel ($50 to $500) each. The figures

  • More than 10,000 workers suspended

    More than 10,000 workers at 18 factories in Svay Rieng province have been suspended because of Covid-19, said provincial deputy governor Ros Pharith. Home to 11 special economic zones, Pharith said Svay Rieng has not been spared as the pandemic takes a toll on the global economy. “There

  • Oz lauds Kingdom’s passage of money laundering laws

    In a press release published by the Australian embassy in Phnom Penh on Monday, the country applauded Cambodia’s stance on transnational crimes as well as its promulgation of an anti-money laundering law and a law on combating proliferation financing. The praise came after King

  • Lotus face masks designed to cover globe

    A French designer in Cambodia has produced ecological face masks from lotus fibre to supply local and international markets with an eye on preserving ancestral techniques and supporting Cambodian women in rural communities. During a trip to Asia, Awen Delaval, an eco-friendly fashion designer, was

  • Accused not treated equally, says CCHR

    The Cambodia Centre for Human Rights (CCHR) has urged the Court of Appeal to do more to ensure that an accused’s right to a fair trial is fully respected. In a bulletin released on Monday, the CCHR said it had monitored 273 cases at the

  • Planning ministry hands out cash to 420,000 poor families in Kingdom

    The Ministry of Planning has identified 20,000 more poor families in the country, bringing the total to over 580,000, while over 420,000 of them have received the government’s cash assistance. In the meantime, many social security cards from families not deemed to be poor have been revoked.

  • Investors’ $14.4M projects approved

    New investments from local and foreign sources continue to pour into Cambodia despite the Covid-19 pandemic remaining a lingering threat to regional and global economies. This comes as the Kingdom’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to contract between one and 2.9 per cent this

  • NagaWorld casinos set to reopen, schools to follow

    NAGACORP Ltd has requested that it be allowed to reopen its NagaWorld integrated resorts in Phnom Penh after the government recently approved casinos to operate again, provided they follow Covid-19 prevention measures set by the Ministry of Health. Mey Vann, the director-general of the Ministry

  • Rubber exports stretch 17%

    Cambodia exported 97,175 tonnes of natural rubber in the first five months of this year, surging 17 per cent compared to the same period last year as the Covid-19 pandemic stretches on, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries official Khuong Phalla told The Post on Thursday. Phalla,

  • ASEM supports Kingdom’s proposal to postpone meeting amid Covid

    The 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM13) scheduled to be held in Cambodia in November has been postponed until mid-2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation press statement released on Saturday said. The decision was made during a two-day meeting