Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Expose the truth



Expose the truth

Expose the truth

Dear Editor,

Expressions of grief, sadness and condolences and assistances to the survivors and the bereaved are proper first responses to the tragedy on the Diamond Island Bridge. After that, the tragic and unnecessary deaths of demand a comprehensive, unfettered and independent investigation empowered with the resources and authority necessary to determine and disclose the truth about the causes of the tragedy.

Without a proper investigation and public report people from inside and outside the Kingdom can have no confidence that their safety will not be jeopardised in the future. Accountability should not be the only, or even the most important, reason and objective – prevention is more important.  A quick one day internal investigation that identifies a spark that ignited the disaster, without clear, transparent and convincing supporting evidence, is hardly a credible investigative response and does not honour those who died or were injured.  

It is almost certain that there were a number of critical factors that led up to the disaster. And it is certain that there were other times and locations during the festival where similar disasters could have occurred if triggered by a spark. If the government and the festival organisers want to restore their credibility they need to demonstrate the willingness and the courage to uncover and expose the truth and to act accordingly. Anything less might be perceived as a self serving whitewash.

Jim Mizerski

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Phnom Penh curfew starts today

    A two-week curfew from 8pm to 5am starts today in Phnom Penh, a day after a sub-decree detailing administrative measures to contain Covid-19 was issued by Prime Minister Hun Sen. “Travelling in Phnom Penh is temporally banned between 8pm and 5am,” said Phnom Penh governor

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Cambodia gears up for muted New Year festival

    The recent curfew and restrictions imposed in the capital and other Covid-19 hotspots were intended to break the chain of transmission, Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said as municipal and provincial authorities issued new directives banning certain activities during the upcoming Khmer New Year

  • Covid-19 vaccination now obligatory

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on April 11 issued a sub-decree making Covid-19 vaccination compulsory for individuals unless they have a medical certificate proving they have pre-existing health conditions that prevent them from doing so. «This applies to all members of the armed forces and civil servants

  • Culture ministry: Take Tuol Sleng photos down, or else

    The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has told Irish photographer Matt Loughrey to take down the photos of Khmer Rouge victims at Tuol Sleng Genocidal Museum which he allegedly colourised and altered to show them smiling. The ministry said Loughrey's work is unacceptable, affecting