It is no longer surprising to learn of political intricacy and expediency in Cambodia
involved in cases like Mobitel (PPP, 10/26) and UNESCO's fiasco (PPP, 10/26). From
where they come, time will reveal a lot more of them.
It may only be some comfort for Dr Malcolm Innes-Brown, (PPP, Comment, 10/26) and
the Cambodian poor in general to heed Gene Fowler's words in Skyline (1961) that
"Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves".
Dr Innes-Brown simply expects too much from an organisation that has been rife with
alleged corrupt practices... If transparency is really an integral part of good governance,
then UNESCO could not possibly be a positive role model for a decent Cambodia.
Indeed, many talk on principle, but act on interest. It is Sweden's commercial and
political interest to blatantly ignore rule of law in Cambodia, even though it could
never afford to do likewise if the case occurred in Sweden.
Cambodia is indeed a devils' playground.
- Ung Bun-Ang, Melbourne, Australia