Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Students lectured on ‘revolution’



Students lectured on ‘revolution’

Ruling party lawmaker Pen Panha (centre) speaks to civil service students yesterday about the government’s successful bid to prevent ‘colour revolution’ in Cambodia. Facebook
Ruling party lawmaker Pen Panha (centre) speaks to civil service students yesterday about the government’s successful bid to prevent ‘colour revolution’ in Cambodia. Facebook

Students lectured on ‘revolution’

Ruling party lawmaker Pen Panha gave a lecture yesterday at the Royal School of Administration to students on the opposition’s alleged attempt at “colour revolution” – an allegation used to dissolve the Cambodia National Rescue Party in November, with virtually no evidence presented to the public to support it.

Speaking at the Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Centre, Panha accused the CNRP of having “arranged a terrible trick, which was the movement and systematic strategy aiming to create colour revolution in Cambodia”.

The Prey Veng lawmaker added that the attempted revolution was “facilitated by the biased people living abroad” in an attempt to topple the government.

In November, the Supreme Court justified its decision to dissolve the party with similar reasoning, and party president Kem Sokha is awaiting trial on “treason” charges after his arrest in September. The only piece of evidence put forward against him is a years-old video in which he discusses getting advice from the United States to build a political platform.

“Toppling the legal government contrasts with the Constitution, democratic principles, rule of law and the people’s will,” Panha told university students. “Fortunately, it has been intercepted in time through firm and effective measures.”

However, many commentators have slammed the decision to dissolve the CNRP for violating those exact principles. The Constitution guarantees multi-party democracy, but without the CNRP there appears to be no viable contender to the ruling party in this year’s elections.

The CNRP won 44 percent of the popular vote in the last national elections, as well as 30 percent of commune seats last June. All of the party’s official positions have since been swallowed up by the CPP, or redistributed to minor parties that won less than 5 percent of the vote combined.

Panha is the head of the National Assembly’s Commission on Legislation and Justice, which approved the CNRP’s seat redistribution before it was voted on in the assembly.

He added that following the dissolution of the CNRP and the banning of 118 of its members from politics for five years, the “colour revolution” has been vanquished.

“It prevented the dangerous extremism from escalating in the future with the opposition group at its core, which would ruin the peace, safety, national unity and social and economic development,” he said.

Speaking to The Post afterwards, students in the audience, many of whom are training to become public officials, seemed receptive.

“We have learned a lot from him about ‘colour revolution’,” said a student named Samnang, adding that the lecture was “interesting”.

Samnang said senior government officials often lecture the students about Cambodian politics, noting that Prime Minister Hun Sen’s chief bodyguard Hing Bun Heang recently gave a lecture about the premier’s “struggle for peace”.

“He has sacrificed everything to build Cambodia,” Samnang said.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Kingdom accepts Chinese vaccine, PM first to get jab

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said China would offer Cambodia an immediate donation of one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the Sinopharm company. In an audio message addressing the public on the night of January 15, he said Cambodia has accepted the offer and

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • PM asks India for vaccine help

    Prime Minister Hun Sen is seeking assistance from India for the provision of Covid-19 vaccines as the country has produced its own vaccine which is scheduled to be rolled out to more than 300 million Indians this year. The request was made during his meeting with

  • Cambodia, India agree to start direct flights, tourism exchanges

    Cambodia and India have agreed to start direct flight connections and promote closer tourism exchanges and cooperation in all areas after the Covid-19 saga comes to a close. The agreement was reached during a meeting between Cambodian Minister of Tourism Thong Khon and newly-minted Indian

  • Plastic-to-rice initiative transforms waste into bricks

    Volunteers in Kampong Khlaing commune of Siem Reap province’s Sotr Nikum district have been collecting plastic waste to use as a raw material for the production of bricks and clemence tiles. The volunteers are hoping that, in addition to helping clean up the environment,