Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Rainsy wins street poll support

Rainsy wins street poll support

Rainsy wins street poll support

SAM Rainsy's sacking as finance minister prompted several people in an informal Post street survey to ask: "What has an 'honest' minister done wrong?"

Monks, laymen, students, teachers, vendors, civil servants and farmers seemed moved and angry at Rainsy's removal.

"I voted for Funcinpec to eliminate corruption in the country... now one of the Funcinpec ministers who tried to beat corruption has lost his job. Why? Please explain to me," said Doeurng Sary, a teacher at Prek Kampes primary school.

He said his family and relatives all voted for Funcinpec on an anti-corruption, pro-democracy stance.

"Your Royal Highness, could you reveal what mistake Sam Rainsy and others made please... was he corrupt or commit treason? Did you dismiss him?" Sary asked.

Meas Sok Sim, a lay man at Tonle Bati Pagoda, 29 km northeast of Takeo, said: "I wondered when I heard that Sam Rainsy was removed from his post why he was dismissed.

"I saw him try to speak against some parliamentary members in the debate for our nation's interest, especially for me and other people living in the countryside.

"He did not want to jeopardize the prospect of peace and the National Reconciliation proposals put forward by His Majesty the King...I believe he did not support the Khmer Rouge" Sok Sim said.

Son Touch, a teacher at Kampot High School, said: "He was dismissed because he was not corrupt.

"Good persons could not stay and work with bad persons.

"Sam Rainsy is clean and honest so bad people have to sack him, otherwise they could not be corrupt any more."

Lay Kunthy, a rice and soup seller at Takeo railway station, said: "It is very bad for the poor people but it is good for the rich."

She was worried that the prices of goods would increase.

Sovanmony Cheymara, a monk at Krek Hou pagoda, 15 km south of Phnom Penh capital, said: "I was shocked when I heard Rainsy's boss, Prince Norodom Ranariddh, read the list of the cabinet reshuffle in the last assembly session."

Mony Rethy, a student of the Faculty of Medicine, said he regretted that Ranariddh decided to remove Sam Rainsy from his post.

"The Prince is killing himself... you know Sam Rainsy is the heart of Funcinpec."

Student Mom Mony was moved to write to the Post, saying: "Rainsy has been working hard for the people of Cambodia."

MOST VIEWED

  • Omicron patients can stay home: PM

    The Ministry of Health has issued a directive on the treatment of people who have tested positive for the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, following a suggestion from Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of January 21. The directive permits home quarantine for those who

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • Cambodia’s first ever anime festival kicks off Jan 22 at capital’s F3 centre

    Phnom Penh's first ever Anime Festival will bring together fans, artists, shops and other local businesses with ties to the Japanese animation style for cosplay competitions, online games, pop-up shops and more on January 22, with Friends Futures Factory (F3) hosting. F3 is a project that

  • Demining rat ‘hero’ Magawa dead at 8

    A landmine-hunting rat that was awarded a gold medal for heroism for clearing ordnance from the Cambodian countryside has died, his charity said on January 11. Magawa, a giant African pouched rat originally from Tanzania, helped clear mines from about 225,000sqm of land – the equivalent of 42

  • Hun Sen gets 4th Covid shot, urges compatriots to follow

    Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany on January 14 received their fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine and called on compatriots to follow suit as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in the community. This marks the launch of Cambodia's fourth-dose vaccination campaign,

  • Fourth dose Covid booster drive jabs 43K in two days

    In the first two days of the fourth-dose Covid-19 vaccination campaign, more than 43,000 people volunteered to get the jabs, while over 4.6 million people have received a third shot. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said that fourth-dose vaccinations, which began on January 14 exclusively with the Pfizer