Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - PM denies role in Thai Rainsy rebuff

PM denies role in Thai Rainsy rebuff

PM denies role in Thai Rainsy rebuff

2 Sam Rainsy

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday denied he had pressured Thailand’s leaders – or any other government in the region – to refuse opposition leader Sam Rainsy entrance to their country.

Speaking at the opening and groundbreaking of roads and bridges in Pursat province, Hun Sen claimed that Rainsy had accused him of playing a part in the Cambodia National Rescue Party president being refused entry to Thailand last Tuesday.

“Maybe this convicted man places the highest value in me, because it would mean that I not only have the right to give orders in Cambodia, I also have the right to give orders in Thailand,” he said.

Hun Sen said it was an “insult” to a “sovereign government” that an outsider could make decisions on its behalf.

To the Post’s knowledge, however, the CNRP leader has not publicly made the claims Hun Sen was referring to.

Rainsy lives in self-imposed exile in France to avoid a lengthy prison term resulting from what some say were politically motivated charges.

He was travelling to Thailand to promote his new book, We Didn’t Start the Fire: My Struggle for Democracy in Cambodia.

“They told me that I would be welcome back after the election,” Rainsy said last week after immigration officials denied him entry. He declined to comment further.

Hun Sen said that after leaving Bangkok, Rainsy flew to Singapore, where he was not allowed out of his hotel.

Earlier, he had not been allowed to leave the airport in Kuala Lumpur to meet with Malaysia’s opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, Hun Sen added.

“I think it is suitable [for me] to lead the country and unsuitable for you to because you cannot get into other countries,” the prime minister said. “[You are] so cheap to put blame on Hun Sen.”

Opposition lawmaker Mu Sochua declined to respond to Hun Sen’s speech.


  • Kak Channthy, Cambodian Space Project frontwoman, killed in crash at 38 [Updated]

    Updated 5:05pm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Kak Channthy, frontwoman of popular The Cambodian Space Project, was killed Tuesday morning in a traffic accident in Phnom Penh. She was 38. Channthy, the internationally recognised singer-songwriter also known as “Srey Thy”, was reportedly travelling in a tuk-tuk on the city's

  • Australian police investigating death threat against Kem Ley's widow

    Updated: 10:17am, Friday March 23, 2018 Australian authorities on Thursday confirmed they have launched an investigation into a crudely written death threat sent tothe family of slain political analyst Kem Ley and Victoria state MP Hong Lim. The typed letter, reported to Victoria police last week, is

  • Apparel groups including H&M and Gap urge Cambodia garment industry reform, seek meeting with Hun Sen

    A group representing some of the largest apparel brands in the US and Europe – including Gap, H&M and ASOS – expressed “growing concern” on Tuesday over several controversial labour laws and ongoing court cases against unionists described as restrictive and unjust. In an open letter

  • Hun Sen says Montagnards don’t exist in Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen once again attacked ex-opposition leader Sam Rainsy for pledging “autonomy” to Montagnards, claiming – seemingly incorrectly – the ethnic minority does not exist in Cambodia. “We respect all minorities such as Jarai, Steang, Phnong, but we have never had Montagnards,” the premier said