Hun Sen’s Internal Time Bomb
«ជាន់កអាហ្អែងថែម អាហ្នឹងវារឿងតែប៉ុណ្ណឹង។ អាហ្អែងខូច អញកាត់ទោសអាហ្អែង អានេះជាផ្លូវច្បាប់។ តែអាហ្អែងទៅអំពាវនាវឲ្យគេបំផ្លាញកម្ពុជា។ អ៊ីចឹង មានអីត្រូវទុកឲ្យអា ហ្អែងរស់តទៅទៀត! ឲ្យច្បាស់! សុំកុំប្រមាថ ហើយសុំកុំព្រមានចំពោះកម្ពុជា។
នាយក រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ថ្ងៃទី១៥ មករា ឆ្នាំ២០១៩ ភ្នំពេញប៉ុស្តិ៍
PM Hun Sen is so committed to eliminating fake news that he talks candidly to PP about his current worries:
PP: You often use a vulgar language in public. Why?
HS: To show off my authority and threaten my foes as well as my minions.
PP: Many succumb to your threats; a few don’t...
HS: That is because I have not been vulgar enough. I will do better.
PP: One of the recalcitrant is Kem Sokha whom you lock up in his room like a naughty kid.
HS: Well, there is a sign in his room reminding him that he can walk out any time.
PP: No conditions?
HS: Indeed, there is. He must denounce Sam Rainsy, like Kong Korm did.
PP: What is the difference between the two men?
HS: Kong Korm is smart and accommodating. I told him I could drum up cases to confiscate all the land he ever owns. What do they say? If you’ve got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow. I have tried to grab Kem Sokha’s balls even before he was locked up.
PP: What if Kem Sokha has no balls?
HS: I will use his freedom as a leverage to get the EU import tax off my back. The EU can have his freedom, and I the tax concessions.
PP: Why are these concessions so important to you?
HS: A loss will devastate my power base.
PP: What do you mean? Are you worried about possible revolts if factories’ workers lose their jobs due to a possible export cut?
HS: No, the workers are the least of my worry.
PP: Oh, how so?
HS: Most fear me. It will take them a long time and courage to revolt.
HS: My top minions and generals. They can anytime mount a revolt against me. The export cut will hurt their financial and mental well-beings.
PP: How so, sire?
HS: They have direct financial interests in those factories and in the “Made-in-Cambodia” label they have sold to apparel factories in China for years.
PP: Is this why you called a meeting of the CPP Central Committee a few days ago?
HS: Yes, and I have worked out who a potential challenger to my power is.
PP: How, sire?
HS: I asked the members of some 900 or so to nominate – in a secret ballot – their preferred candidate among Hun Manet, Say Chhum, Sar Kheng, Aun Pon Monirath, and Prak Sokhon to succeed me.
PP: So, they know who your successor is…
HS: Not quite. I brought the ballot box home to count and keep the outcome to myself.
PP: It must be your son Hun Manet.
HS: No, it’s Sar Kheng.
PP: Sar Kheng???
HS: Yes, he’s the man who prefers a generic term, “Royal Government of Cambodia”, rather than “Hun Sen Government or Regime” that clearly acknowledges my glorious achievements so far.
PP: You are right to be so anxious and vulgar, sire.
Ung Bun Ang
Fake News You Can Use
It is rather refreshing that, according to Heng Vanda, the education sector has almost got rid of corruption. He pays tribute to Minister Hang Chuon Narong for the latter’s reform effort. It is refreshing because, buried in the pile of manures, there is a little sparkling diamond untarnished.
Perhaps, Heng Vanda sends Hun Sen a message that if leaders are clean there will be no corruption issues.
Then again Hen Vanda may just be ingratiating himself with the Minister for something in his form of corruption labyrinth.
“If leaders are clean, then there will be no problems with money or corruption… I can say that there is very little corruption now in the education sector.”
High Education Association chairman Heng Vanda, 11 January 2019, Khmer Times
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