It seems Kassie Neou's appeasing comment in the PPP April 27 has done very little,
if any, to squash a rumour that he will be removed from the NEC. He must be very
disappointed for spending so much effort arguing so hard in support of a system and
a law that would eventually claim him as their first victim.
Kassie Neou, with all his wisdom and experience, is very content with a primitive
character of 1998 Election Law. One would like to think that even though Pol Pot
did eliminate most of the intellectuals a few years back, there are still a few smart
people left in Cambodia, like Kassie Neou, to come up with a much better legislation
at the outset.
Kassie Neou seems thrilled to proclaim that whatever flaws are in the Election Law,
Article 32 does allow for changes: "The chairman, vice chairman, and members
of the NEC shall serve until they are replaced". Good grief.
Perhaps, it would have been too much to expect an additional clause specifying how
the replacement process would take place. Would it be governed by term-specific mandate,
or by other trigger factor. As it stands, Article 32 is as clear as mud in terms
of changing the NEC composition Kassie Neou is so proud of.
Or, would one be too naive to expect anything decent from a system that has been
overwhelmingly controlled by personal interests and a bankrupt mentality that anything
will do as long as it is already better than Pol Pot's?
- Ung Bun Ang, Melbourne, Australia.