Hun Sen's vision of sharing power "till 2010" is a cause for concern
(Phnom Penh Post Oct 6-19, 1995). This proves that Hun Sen is trying to cling to
power no matter what.
We must not forget that after the elections in 1993, Hun Sen was preparing to fight
UNTAC forces if he had to in order to stay in power. This sounds like his political
dictum: use violence to achieve political ambition.
In 1993, the Khmer people and the world had high hopes of a democracy being born
in Cambodia. That hope is dashed today with Hun Sen's vision. The continuing arrangement
for power-sharing between CPP and FUNCINPEC was revealed by a high-ranking FUNCINPEC
official to some of his closest political allies in Australia in December 1994. He
said that CPP and FUNCINPEC already had a discussion to pre-arrange, even before
'98 election results, to a power-share. According to him, elections will not take
place as hoped by the international community.
At that time I had some reservations. But with Hun Sen's comments I have no doubt
that the democratic process is increasingly under threat. The international community
should not stand and watch. It must do something to make the Cambodian leadership
realize that the world is watching. The way Hun Sen dubbed government's opponents
as "animals" reflects on true intellectual stigma and his uneducated character.
In fact, his comments should be labeled as such.
Many analysts foresaw that the government would label any political opponent as being
Khmer Rouge. Now it has come to realization that the CPP is effectively using the
outlawing of the Khmer Rouge as a pretext to clamp down on political dissent. This
is a damage as it could force political dissidents to go underground and take up
arms like in the late 1960s.
In showing that he has not lost his political expediency, Hun Sen has effectively,
for political gains, accused anyone who criticizes the government's policies as being
a Khmer Rouge Pol Potist - including Sam Rainsy, who is respected by many Cambodians
from different political persuasions. He said that foreign countries "...need
to help ten million people, not one person". Let me remind you, Mr Hun Sen,
that the ten million people are not with you, they are against you.
- Sareth Souk NSW, Australia.