Editor's note: The Post takes the pulse ahead of the July 27 election.
We asked ethnic Vietnamese residents, a popular target for many parties, for their
views on the campaign so far.
"I only want to live in happiness, thinking only about my business. I don't
know who will win the election, so I'm just waiting. I voted in 1998."-Nav,
26, cake vendor.
"If Hun Sen wins, my living will be easy. If not, I will go back to Vietnam.
Unlike previous leaders, Hun Sen has constructed roads and helped poor people. I
see his activities on TV. I've heard people say that the Vietnamese took Cambodian
land, but that is the business of the governments and their leaders. It is not my
business."-Hoa, 32, construction worker.
"I'm neutral. All I want is to run a simple business. I was born in Cambodia.
I have a voting card and I am going to vote in this election. I voted in 1993 and
1998 and I went through the Pol Pot regime. Those who liberated me from Pol Pot?
Well, I will help them in return."-Bunheng, 50, construction worker.
"I was born in Koh Thom, Kandal province and have voted twice. I don't know
who will win, but the government is doing well and I don't want to change the leader.
I haven't felt afraid during the election campaign."-Bear, 33, housewife.
"I don't care who says what during the campaign. I wil vote for any party that
helps the people, but only the CPP can lead the government as it has the experience.
Nothing will happen after the election. The Vietnamese government hasn't violated
Cambodian land since before Sam Rainsy was even born."-Dak, 29, unemployed.
"The SRP is not good. I live peacefully now and don't want anything to change.
The CPP will win."-Deung, 24, car-repairer.
"I don't think anything bad will happen on or after election day. I earn a simple
living fairly well under today's government. The opposition party is saying bad things
about Vietnamese, so I don't like the SRP at all. They should not even be in the
election."-Dak, 48, car wheel adjuster.
"I'm concerned about the quarrels between the parties. My business is very small,
so it's hard for me when there is conflict. I need peace to earn my living and have
security in my life. I have never met Sam Rainsy but I don't think he's any good,
especially to Vietnamese."-Sok Teung, 30, car-repairer.
"I am going to vote this year but I don't want to talk about the SRP raising
the Vietnamese immigrant issue in order to get more votes."-Ly, 20, vendor.
"The situation is not so good. The CPP and Funcinpec are always opposing each
other and I'm worried there will be armed conflict after the election."-Ling,
"I am going to vote to choose a good leader. The election campaign is good,
as long as it is without violence. I do not discriminate against races. Sam Rainsy
is also good. The immigration issue is up to the leaders. Racial discrimination should
not be important. We all want a better life."-San An, 30, mechanic.