A N internal squabble within the low-profile Molinaka party threatens to see its
one and only MP in the National Assembly expelled.
Party leaders say MP
Ros Roeun was dismissed from Molinaka on June 8 by unanimous vote of 11 Board of
Directors. They want him expelled from the assembly next.
But Roeun, the
party's Kompong Cham MP, refuses to recognize the Board of Directors'
Molinaka, originally started from the ranks of the Funcinpec
army, effectively dissolved after winning only one seat in the 1993
Roeun said he reformed the party five months ago, collecting
together former members. A group of them formed a Board of Directors and moved
to oust him as MP, he said.
Chheung Kim Eng, who said he was a Molinaka
vice-president, told the Post that Roeun had unforgivably broken the party's
He said Roeun's sins included obtaining an exemption to the
logging export ban so he could trade in timber.
Eng maintained that Roeun
had told the government the logging profits would go toward the Molinaka party
"but he used that money to buy a house and car and to support his two second
The situation had angered the co-Prime Ministers, he said, and
"that is why they incited us to sack him".
Eng also claimed that Roeun
had basically joined the Funcinpec party.
Roeun dismissed the claims. He
admitted attending the meetings of other parties such as Funcinpec but only to
observe and learn.
He also rejected the allegations about his logging
business, saying the Board of Directors had no proof. "He's a child," Roeun said
Roeun said party president Prom Neakreach had twice asked
National Assembly chairman Chea Sim to expel him from the assembly.
he said nobody cared about the matter, and other MPs would not vote to expel
Eng said he was confident Roeun could be removed, because "we think
we can do what we want because the government or Parliament dare not have a hand
in our internal affairs".
Roeun said Molinaka did not even have an office
after the election, and the people who were now trying to expel him used to come
to him asking for money or jobs.
"But, you see, Molinaka hasn't got any
real structure or a real party, so how can the Royal Government offer them
"I have no possibility of offering them jobs so they get angry with
me and try by all means to find my faults," he said.