Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Permanent Political Party's Signs: Things that Cambodia Can Look Better Without Them


Permanent Political Party's Signs: Things that Cambodia Can Look Better Without Them

Everywhere you go, you can see permanent political party's signs and logos all over Cambodia; from their national headquarters to a the smallest hut of their poor political supporter. Those signs are installed permanently 24/7 and 12 months a year regardless whether Cambodia has an election or not.


Many of the signs are dilapidated and look terrible. Some are bolted near a bridge, on the sidewalks or even on narrow shoulders of Cambodia's main highways and roads. Many hardcore supporters love to hang their political party's logo or signage on top of their front gate or in their front yard. This could well deter their oppositions from entering their home :-).



Meanwhile in my hometown and home state, we don't see any political signs or logos left after the Campaign season is over and most of the removable signs are small usually posted nicely on some corners or near the sidewalks.

As far as our political affiliation is concerned, we just can't tell who is who among us unless we decide to talk and tell.

Cambodia can look much better without these permanent signs and Cambodian people can feel better without knowing that neighbors are their political enemies.

It will also be nice to hear just our friend's name without any political affiliation attached to them. Or will it?

Timothy Chhim





Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A piece of hidden history within all of us.

What's on my mind?

Years ago I interviewed Sam Var, the gentleman who just passed on this past Saturday. I found that his story, although very sad, was inspiring. 
Like many millions of Cambodian people, Sam lived through the hellish era of the Khmer Rouge regime until the end. But, the end of the Khmer Rouge torturing rules also marked the beginning of Sam's new suffering.
Sam was accused by the Vietnamese invading forces as an agent for the so-called Para Group--a name given to the illusive Cambodian ragtag operation at the Thai-Cambodian border. 
During the interrogations the Cambodian soldiers, under Vietnamese soldiers' watch, placed plastic bag to suffocate him and hen struck him multiple of times with their riffle butt on his face and body. Sam suffered severe injuries to his face and internal organs, including his lung. This explains why Sam always had health problems relating to such a torture until the end of his life.
After managing to escape to Thailand; it was the Thai's turn. . The story went on...someone misinformed the Thai that Sam was the Vietnamese spy. Thai police tortured him and then locked him up in a small wooden cage like an animal..
There are more to his story than this brief note....
Here is some of his own words...toward the end of his journey in Thailand as well as his appeal to his Khmer compatriots.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

CNRP: THE UNITY THAT IS NOT SO UNITED!


THE UNITY THAT IS NOT SO UNITED!



Kevin Ponniah did an excellent job in filing this lengthy report. It is an eye opener for both-- leaders and supporters of CNRP. Their UNITY is not real.


A better organizational structure must be formed or reorganized with transparency. Top leaders must not be interested in only the money...They must know who is who among the supporters.
Those leaders who push for the division have to stop instigating their personal puppets... and the followers should speak up and must not be or become only yes-men.

The problems have been dragged on too long and they are as the result of a fake unity from top to bottom.

MOST IMPORTANTLY INTERNAL CORRUPTION and NEPOTISM, etc... should be stopped.

DON'T BE HYPOCRITE!

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http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/continental-divide-cnrp

As a group of longtime opposition party activists from across North America gathered for its first national convention at the ballroom of the Marriott hotel in Long Beach, California, on Saturday, tensions were running unusually high.
There had been threats of protests, and leaders of the Cambodia National Rescue Party North America (CNRP-NA), as the group calls itself, had contacted the police in advance to ensure that nothing went awry.
But the would-be demonstrators they feared weren’t ruling Cambodian People’s Party supporters living in the area. They were disgruntled members of the same party. 
Discord between CNRP supporters of different stripes has been simmering below the surface in the US and Canada ever since the Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) and Kem Sokha’s Human Rights Party (HRP) merged well ahead of last July’s election.
But despite the tension, the fledgling marriage held fast as supporters banded together to finance the new party’s election campaign and support the wave of post-poll protests trying to bring down Prime Minister Hun Sen that followed.
In recent months, however, as the political situation has cooled, those tensions have come to a head, with supporters splitting largely along former party lines. The leaders of the CNRP-NA are aligned with the SRP, but numerous local chapters, including Long Beach, have stronger links with the HRP.
The split has threatened to throw the opposition’s key funding base into disarray.
“From the start, the SRP has not wanted to join us,” said Titthana Tith, president of CNRP Long Beach and a longtime Kem Sokha supporter. “They say they are the biggest party and they don’t want anybody [else] to come. They want to be on top of everything, all of the US, all of North America.”
According to Tith, the CNRP-NA (formerly known as the SRP-NA, or Sam Rainsy Party-North America) has never truly welcomed the union with Sokha’s smaller Human Rights Party.
“We shut our mouth for the past two years,” Tith said. “We didn’t want to have any infighting, because we can’t topple the dictatorship with infighting. So we shut our mouth and did our job here in Long Beach.
“But suddenly [CNRP] NA has a problem in the last year, they want to control us and take money from us.… So we asked the CNRP to eliminate CNRP-NA, as they are [trying] to create a party within a party.”
Long Beach is home to the biggest Cambodian diaspora community in the United States. A Cambodian-American source close to the matter – who asked for anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the dispute – told the Post that the North American split is merely a “mirror” of what lies below the surface of the party as a whole, due to a deficit of trust.
CNRP Long Beach, like many city or state-level fundraising chapters in the US, opposes CNRP-NA’s belief that it should be the official continent-wide representative of the Cambodian opposition. In February, at least 15 local CNRP chapters across the US wrote to Rainsy and Sokha denouncing CNRP-NA. 
Members of CNRP Long Beach were only talked out of protesting at the Marriott event after a conference call with opposition leader Sam Rainsy days before. Rainsy was meant to fly in and appear at the convention in person, but spoke via Skype instead, a move some in the US attributed to the controversy.
In recent months, the Phnom Penh leadership has scrambled to placate its diverse range of backers with a series of directives and statements aimed at decentralising overseas networks – statements that have been interpreted in different ways.
According to Tith, a new group called CNRP USA, which seeks to bring together opposition groups in 30 states, has now been formed. Tith claimed members came from “both sides” of the union.
But leaders of CNRP-NA, which raised more than $1 million in 2013 and 2014 for the party, say that they are “the backbone of the party”.
“[For] 18 years, we’ve done a lot of work, political, financial to support the party,” said Chea Kim Ly, the group’s president.
Because of this, they say they deserve a degree of autonomy from the CNRP in Phnom Penh.
They refute allegations that they have turned up their noses at working with former HRP backers and instead say they welcome anyone to collaborate with them. 
However, CNRP-NA members also argue that all funds donated by North American supporters at the city, state and country level should be going through them to ensure transparency and accountability.
The anonymous Cambodian-American source, a former HRP fundraiser who says he quit because of a lack of transparency, told the Post that smaller groups aligned with Kem Sokha have been funnelling money to him directly and that many are questioning where those funds are really going. 
While Kim Ly declined to name names and did not make the same allegations, he agreed that these small groups were mostly aligned with the HRP.
“When any group does whatever they want, you open up a lot of room for opportunists and it is no good for the party,” he said. “No institutions or party can run like this, it should [have] an organisational structure.”
But it appears Rainsy and Sokha disagree with that notion. In a September 29 directive, they said the situation with overseas supporters was “complicated” and that internal regulations were being ignored.
Deputy leader of the Cambodia National Rescue party, Kem Sokha
Deputy leader of the Cambodia National Rescue party, Kem Sokha, posses for a photo with supporters in San Jose, California, in April during a forum on the political deadlock in Cambodia. PHOTO SUPPLIED
“So, during this transitional period, the CNRP would like to instruct all compatriots who are members and supporters overseas that you can create a supporting group based on your own will and each group can contact the central headquarters of the CNRP directly,” the directive said.
This angered some supporters aligned with Rainsy, who accused the CNRP of being captured by the interests of Sokha’s faction.
“Once a leader (Kem Sokha with his group) puts self interest beyond national interest, he will bring down the entire organization,” a supporter named Ratha Touch from Lowell, Massachusetts, posted on Facebook. “After 18 years with Sam Rainsy, it is the first time that I realize how incompetent he is. How can a huge organization with 25 elected MPs and thousand members be controlled/hijacked by an incompetent party with only 3 elected MPs?”
CNRP-NA is also perplexed by rumours that the central leadership is trying to shut them down on the orders of Sokha.
On September 24, CNRP information head Meach Sovannara, a former HRP official, blasted the CNRP-NA on Khmer Post Radio, an online station that he runs.
“Some CNRP supporters who want to hold a convention are illegal and violating internal regulations for overseas [groups],” he said, adding that although the group had announced Rainsy was attending, there had been no approval from the party’s permanent committee.
On September 30, the CNRP-NA released a statement condemning Sovannara’s “political assault”.
“The timing of the assault on the CNRP-NA and its leaders is highly questionable, politically motivated, irresponsible and extremely divisive. Remarks made during the interview [were] not factual, inappropriate and [made] without knowledge or consent of the leadership,” the group said.
Despite Sovannara’s remarks, on Saturday, in the Marriot’s ballroom, Rainsy greeted his longtime CNRP-NA supporters via Skype to kick off their convention.
“Though I’m so far, thousands of kilometres away, I meet you all who I used to work together with … I remember all your devotion and efforts,” he reassured them, before addressing the elephant in the room.
“I know that overseas people have not worked in the same way as the people in Cambodia, as one party,” Rainsy said.
“The Sam Rainsy Party and Human Rights Party have merged together, so we have worked as one, we have no brawling. We are recognised as one party. So I would like to appeal to all CNRP here [in North America] to unite as one like in Cambodia. Here, you have no unity like in Cambodia.
“I have received a lot of information that this group [overseas] is not good or another group is not good ... I cannot accept only one group and deny another group,” he said.
Rainsy added that “one day” an official overseas entity would be created to represent the party.
CNRP-NA, however, still appears to believe that it is the legitimate representative of the party in North America. 
The convention adopted “recommendations” that they be able to appoint two representatives on the party’s steering committee in Phnom Penh and have the right to ignore directives from the central leadership.
Members also want to set up a joint convention across three continents.
It’s clear they also feel spurned.
“[The CNRP-NA] recommends that CNRP-PP must recognise and respect CNRP-NA leadership, which has done its best to reach out to the CNRP leadership in Phnom Penh, but received no proper reply, no sense of recognition, nor appreciation regardless of our quality human resources with years of service and commitment,” the group said. 
When reached by email yesterday, Rainsy said there was “no unique official representative” of the CNRP in North America.
He also appeared to admit that small groups of supporters were funnelling donations directly to Sokha rather than sending funds to the CNRP treasury.
“In free and democratic countries such as the USA and Canada people can do whatever they want as long as they are not engaged in illegal activities,” he said. “This applies all the more to volunteers who spend their own money the way they want. Any regulations are difficult to implement.”
But Rainsy rejected the idea that splits along SRP/HRP lines in the US were reflective of wider party divisions, citing his and Sokha’s “maturity in leading the CNRP” as a united force.
“At the same time, we have noticed that, among some CNRP supporters abroad, there are a lot of ego problems. Hence the decentralisation policy we have adopted to deal with our different overseas support groups.”
Sokha hung up on a Post reporter yesterday when asked to address these issues.
Party spokesman Yim Sovann characterised issues among North American supporters as minor and said any antagonism was based on “personal opinions”.
“Of course there are some little differences, but everybody respects the leaders.”

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Gratitude...is important for good leaders...

To some ungrateful leaders:
Gratitude...is important for good leaders...
 Because they don't know it better, that's why they have chosen to support you, be your followers and expect you to lead and help them.
Some have helped you raise funding, some have given you their life savings, many have given you their life--valuable time and effort--, others helped organized human resource to support your cause. Unfortunately, a few might even commit unlawful activities to support your cries...
What do they expect from you?
They expect you to be truthful to them and to the nation; to be grateful to them and to good cause--what they have done to help you get where you are now. 
Whatever you do, you cannot continue to bite the hands that have been feeding you all along. You might have enough power and money now, but they are temporary. Sooner or later you will need their help again... so be kind, be grateful and practice what you have preached. 
They don't know it better, that's why they are your followers...

Sam Rainsy: WASH YOUR OWN SHIRT...

WASH YOUR OWN SHIRT...

WASH YOUR OWN SHIRT...
With the "unapproved" CNRP-NA first convention is about to open in Long Beach on October 4th, 2014; there is no resolutions to solve the infightings between the two factions within CNRP in NA --Sam Rainsy's and Kem Sokha's loyal supporters.
Many supporters who listened to the telephone conference on October 2nd here in the U.S are disappointed over the condescending tone of voice and message from Sam Rainsy to the many key supporters who have helped CNRP for many years.
His strong message to them was that CNRP in Phnom Penh is unable to solve the many problems created by CNRP supporting groups here in the U.S and Canada. For the time being, CNRP supporters can do whatever they want to help support CNRP... Any group who can serve CNRP in Cambodia better or best will be recognized as such...
The key message was for the overseas supporting group to " wash their own shirt..." for no one in Phnom Penh can "wash their shirt" for them. NICELY PUT!
While CPP supporting group is having their party in Massachusetts, let's hope that there will be no egg throwing demonstration organized by Long Beach CNRP to disturb the first convention of the current "CNRP-NA" of KimLy Cheaand his team.
And the dance party...will be without Sam Rainsy, of course.
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Sunday, February 23, 2014

STOP CORRUPTION FROM WITHIN!


ON CORRUPTION AND NEPOTISM, ETC. 



"People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones." You should not criticize other people for having the same faults, same mistakes and the same sins that you yourself have.

Politicians are trying to point fingers at each other. Many (if not all) claim that they love Cambodia and her people; however, such love-- for Cambodia and Cambodians-- comes very last.

Corruption permeates Cambodian society for many decades. It is is our personal, mental and social heredity. Cambodian social problems are the reflection of what we have thought and done for generations. THEY ARE OUR OWN CREATION.

It is good that many Cambodians are now realizing that it is our own thoughts and deeds or actions that have been destroying Cambodia and our own people. Looking to blame other people or nations for our own faults is a deadly habit.

Cambodians need to solve our own problems. No other countries can help us forever. And it starts with each Cambodian--everyone of us.

CLEAN OUR MIND SO THAT OUR BODY, HOME, FAMILY, SOCIETY AND COUNTRY WILL BE CLEAN.



https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=572821102814706&set=a.179327075497446.39082.100002604658206&type=1&theater


"Silence is not necessarily golden"

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Clean your house first!

ON CORRUPTION:

http://vodhotnews.com/19482#.Uwj8G2bZJsp.facebook

Corruption must be curbed in all areas of Cambodian society including corruption and abuses within every political party. Perhaps it is time now for all political parties to look into their leaders and members' defective behaviors--corruption, nepotism and favoritism, etc. There are growing concerns that politicians, not only misrepresent their statements to the public (some people call them lies,) they also mismanage funds given to them by their respective members to use for political purposes. 

For those parties which depend on moral and financial supports to survive, they must clean their own mental and financial house first before declaring that they can clean up the whole country. Certain politicians are morally and financially corrupted. They are unable to take care of their personal and familial issues and yet they promise the people that they can help rescue Cambodia--a country with has more complexed problems than their personal matters. 

CNRP, for example, should take a lead in cleaning its own house if it is to earn additional trust from members and potential supporters. While Cambodian government has set up an institution to fight corruption, CNRP, too, can set up their own anti-corruption entity to help curb abuses within the organization. The ongoing infighting between CNRP supporters and organizers in the U.S/Canada is a wake-up call for all leaders to find a better way to build and rebuild trust and cooperation.. Personal egos and money handling problems are among the main concerns.

Timothy Chhim

"Silence is not necessarily golden"

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Human Rights or Wrongs?

Picture from the Phnom Penh Post          See full story here: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/activist’s-facebook-firestorm

Human right or wrongs?


Virak's comment drew barrage of attacks from many individuals on Facebook. Some attacks are very blunt and quite heinous by calling him all sort of names and painting him with a broad brush. Ou Virak is a brother of Ou Chanroth and Ou Chanrith, both are now higher-ranking members of CNRP. I know both of them.

Whether we agree with Virak or not, Cambodians should exercise our restraints so that we don't go too far... as far as to character assassinate this brilliant young man who has served Khmer interests for many years.

I would encourage all of our friends to become brothers and perhaps we should dig for reasons to applaud rather than to scratch for excuse to gossip or to hate. I don't believe that Virak has any tiny bone in him that he would hate Cambodia or Cambodians. All of us, especially Cambodian political leaders, must tone down their rhetorics during this challenging time. Thinking before saying is better than saying before thinking. Maybe we should bite our tongue more often and taking the time to praise those who dare to do good for Khmer people regardless which side they belong to.

Virak may have a few points…on the Thais and the Vietnamese issues:

Politicians should show the world that they can work with the Thai and the Vietnamese, not against them. The United States are dealing directly with Vietnam now. UNTAC somehow tainted and established the word Yuon as racial. The Opposition needs to watch what they say, how they say and stop instilling and inciting fears into Khmer people’s mind about the Vietnamese issue. Fears feed more fears. Racial connotations should be tuned down and toned down. Teaching the people to understand our history and to help stop illegal immigration does not have to include racial attacks and or painting people with the same brush.

Bigger nations like the United States and other democratic nations that deal directly with Thailand and Vietnam won’t be able to help us much if we are perceived as racist. Even if Sam Rainsy is the Cambodian Prime Minister, he will have to work with the Thai and the Vietnamese. These two nations will still have major influences over Cambodia regardless of who runs it.

Remember, " it’s the economy stupid?" The world now is different.

Thank you.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Cambodia: sliding toward a 'jasmine spring'?

"Silence is not necessarily golden"


http://www.nationmultimedia.com/opinion/Cambodia-sliding-toward-a-jasmine-spring-30213774.html


Cambodia: sliding toward a 'jasmine spring'?

Tanks and Sam Rainsy arrived in Cambodia last week. Rainsy arrived from the US, where he was attending his daughter's wedding and also drumming up support for his Cambodian National Rescue Party's (CNRP) call for an independent review of Cambodia's recent elections. Where the tanks arrived from, no one seems to want to say.

Rainsy has long been campaigning against Prime Minister Hun Sen, the longest-sitting leader in Southeast Asia. In public, Hun Sen has railed against the immorality vices such as alcohol and prostitution, and he deliberately carries himself in a manner evocative of a Khmer king. However, much of his political base is made up of the "Lexus-owning class" of Cambodian society: extremely rich elites who have made their fortunes on alcohol, prostitution and other forms of exploitation.

He has important foreign support as well. China, unbeknownst to many in the West, has been gradually and seriously arming Hun Sen's Cambodia. China has openly given and sold trucks, helicopters and even uniforms to Cambodia, while some tanks and armoured personnel carriers have arrived, via Eastern Europe, from murkier sources. (Through the fog of government evasion, we are meant to think that the personnel carriers are the Ukrainian BMP-1 - but they more closely resemble the nearly identical Chinese WZ-501.) Are these armaments purposed for defence of the frontier or for internal security? 

It is no secret that the US is courting countries like the Philippines and Vietnam to establish a bulwark against China's regional hegemony. China, meanwhile, has been successful in using Cambodia to splinter ASEAN unity over the South China Seas issue. China's South China Sea objectives are the key to understanding the developments inside Cambodia. Last year, for the first time in its 45-year history, ASEAN failed to put forward a joint communique. This prevented the issuing of a Code of Conduct, a necessary first step in joint negotiations with China over the South China Sea issues. China would much rather settle this matter through a string of bilateral negotiations rather than negotiate with a unified Asean. Cambodia has no claim of its own in the South China Sea, and so Beijing has done much to court Hun Sen.

The CNRP won a spectacular 55 of 123 National Assembly seats in this year's election, at least. They claim to have won as many as 63, but the elections appear to have been rigged, and a fair recount is being hindered by the ruling Cambodia People's Party (CPP). Meanwhile, Hun Sen has been deploying his new armaments post-election around the major cities to quell possible opposition demonstrations. Opposition supporters and politicians have been bullied, beat up and marginalised to the point where Cambodia is a powder keg. These armaments could ensure that Hun Sen remains in power, in a Mugabe-esque disregard for democratic process. This is both a reward to Hun Sen for his loyalty to China, and a way of ensuring that the Chinese have in Cambodia a leader they know how to work with. 

But there is also an important regional dimension: many of the personnel carriers to have arrived recently are tracked vehicles. In the muddy terrain of Cambodia, wheeled vehicles have always fared poorly, and the military have avoided them since the days of the Khmer Empire. Tracked vehicles in Cambodia are conceivably a threat to neighbours such as Thailand in a way that wheeled vehicles are not. And the current Thai government, goaded by its domestic political opposition, could be lured into an arms race with Cambodia. This would further splinter ASEAN and play into China's hand.

The US has suspended military cooperation and training exercises, and Australia has done the same in a show of support for Cambodia's opposition. The biggest danger to China's plans now, and the best hope for a unified Asean, is the growing opposition movement within Cambodia. We may be on the verge of a "Jasmine Spring", in which the people of Cambodia demand an end to the crony capitalism and heavy-handed governance that has been stifling economic growth for decades.

We might also be on the verge of another bloody chapter in Cambodia's history. In a nation where young people increasingly do not know what the Khmer Rouge did, where labour unrest and land seizures are increasingly common, and where wages have remained stagnant, trouble is brewing. Will the ruling party accept a verifiable recount, a growing opposition, and a possible turnout from office in the next election? Or, does a country with such a violent and genocidal history turn into another Egypt, Zimbabwe or Iraq? For a country we have come to love and admire, we hope for the former.

Lawrence Gundersen is a professor of history and political science at the University of Tennessee. Scott Mikalauskis is a graduate student in Southeast Asian Studies in Bangkok.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

On the Demonstration at the U.N. : Do the protesters know that the UN can't get involved?



On the Demonstration at the U.N. : 

Do the protesters know that the UN can't get involved?


On Monday August 19, 2013--a beautiful sunny day-- hundreds of people of all ages came from different parts of New York and many other states mostly the East coast of the United States.  They came by cars, buses, and train a well as by air. 

On a sidewalk nearby the park, as I was walking of 1st Avenue toward the crowd, a couple American bystanders asked me what were the protesters doing [protesting about]? I told them it was about the results of the Cambodian election. They asked me why did they protest at the U.N? I smiled and walked on.  

In the crowd, a young lady who was standing beside me in the front line among the deafening and cheering crowd repeating a slogan aloud, " We need Yuon, We need Yuon, We need Yuon"....

When I teased her why did she say she needed Yuon? She said with a smile, “We need Yuon." And of course she meant "U.N." But, when she said it so fast, U.N sounded like "Yuon." :-)

As I looked at the enthusiastic crowd I wondered if they all knew that their voice would fall on a deaf ear. Not that the United Nations is heartless, but it just cannot not get involved in Cambodia's internal affairs without Cambodia's request. And for now, Cambodia is under Hun Sen's leadership. Many local and regional leaders including the leader of China, Vietnam and Thailand seem to favor the results projected by the Cambodian National Election Committee.

The protest was supposed to be held to request the United Nations and internal community to find ways and means to help investigate the alleged fraudulent electoral processes of July 28th, but unfortunately, many protesters also strongly expressed their anger directly toward Premier Hun Sen and his government.

Many protesters shouted, "Hun Sen Must Go!" or must step down and others scolded him with strong vocabularies and adjectives. The demands went beyond the protested theme of "election fraud" presumably committed by the NEC.  


Although it was an exciting moment, the activities went a bit too far that could stain the image of the event. At one point, the police had to tell us to remove all sticks and poles from the crowd and to adjust the sound system that was too noisy and many sound system were not supposed to used.  

Whether it was initially indented or not, this incident could also happen to the so-called widespread protest in Cambodia if such a protest is not carefully planned and controlled properly.  

Nevertheless, the small NYC Park on the corner of 47th St and First Avenue is a memorable place where many Cambodians have been using to vent out our frustrations over various issues for at least 30 years.

What will the protesters in New York and elsewhere expect from this special event?

Besides coming back to cheer each other up about the instant serge of democracy in Cambodia and to vent out their frustrations at the same playground, most of them left New York City with a high hope and anticipation. The hope that one of these days justice will come to their country--Cambodia.



In reality, because of the restrictions, the U.N. may not be able to help, but at least the messages will get to Cambodian leaders on both sides that what ever they do, they are being observed and assessed not just by Cambodians inside Cambodia but in the world.

Today these people may not be happy with Premier Hun Sen's regime and about the elections; tomorrow it will be about something else.


Although the current Opposition leaders may enjoy hearing about the demonstration to support them, they must also realize that such supports will disappear if they break their promises and their words. 

Funcinpec used to experience the same level of supports in the past, but this party has shrunken or self-destructed from 58 seats to 43, 26, 2, and 0 in this past election. 

 Will the fate of CNRP be the same as FUNCINPEC?  Only time can tell.


Friday, August 9, 2013

On widespread protests: Prevent violence is a better choice!



On widespread protests: Prevent violence is a better choice!


It is almost certain that if the widespread protests were to happen, violence would follow.

The violence is likely to happen not because the leaders want it to occur, but because the leaders cannot control the situations in which the emotions of hatred, anger, revenge, fears and jealousy, etc.… are high among the participants. Such emotions have been instilled in people’s heart and mind for quite some time. Mostly are from careless using of political rhetoric.

When you put an angry person by himself to yell and scream on the street, the effect of his anger is small and less harmful; however, when you place thousands of people who are hateful, angry, revengeful, fearful and jealous in the same place, you will multiply the harmful effects by thousands times. It is likened to pouring thousands of gallons of deadly fuel onto a small fire. The negative emotions are high and all you need is a little spark of fire to detonate. 





It is the Universal law. Negative attracts more negatives and they just cannot produce positive results.

Cambodia has gone through such situations many times in the past. That is one of the reasons why its populations have been reduced to where they are now. They have killed each other from within with such negative emotions and attitudes that are not well analyzed and understood.

Cambodians have spoken their mind on the 28th of July. They had chosen to go to voting booths to use the ballots because they wanted peaceful solutions to their many challenges in life. There is no reason political leaders cannot do the same—using all peaceful means to help those who voted for them.

Help fulfill their dreams rather than break their heart and trust. Stop the rhetoric and prevent violence while you still can.

It’s a better choice.

Peace!
Timothy Chhim
New York 08-08-13

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Positive suggestions For the OPPOSITION!


For the OPPOSITION!





Here are some positive suggestions:

On the election:
If you join the election, join it!
Threatening to boycott the election is a rusty, old and dull chisel. Declaring the election process as unfair, not free and yet participating in it anyway is another weakness that makes the world getting whacked. The CPP knows this well and use it to its benefit. If you join the election, join it. Ask the world to come in and help monitor the election. Don’t stop them. Why the fear? When you find that the election is rigged and unacceptable, prove it and show it to the world and help correct it with positive attitude. If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

On your Opponent:
Learn from your Opponent!
The Opposition needs to learn from the CPP. Many CPP ‘s Opponents are blinded by their hatred, anger, revenge and are biased to the point that they do not want to learn from what the CPP has been doing to keep on winning. They resort to personal attacks. When they watch Hun Sen’s speeches, they only see the bad remarks that he makes and don’t bother to realize that Hun Sen does not speak to “the world” but to those who speak the same language as he does—the average Cambodians. They should realize that the world don’t and can’t vote, but the average Cambodians do and can.

On your image: 
Arrogance is destructive!
The Opposition leaders need to stop being arrogant. One of the behaviors that the Opposition needs to change is to stop looking down on the CPP leaders as monkeys, an ignorant bunch, animals, criminals, traitors and all other negative adjectives that if people of the world really know what they mean they will view the Opposition as extremists. Such destructive expressions and behaviors will repel not only voters at the grassroots levels mostly controlled by the CPP, but they will make the “International Community” think twice. Remember, birds of a feather flock together.

On the Vietnamese issue:
Show the world that you can work with the Vietnamese, not against them. The Opposition needs to stop instilling fears into Khmer people’s mind about the Vietnamese issue. Fears feed more fears. Racial connotations should be tuned down and toned down. Teaching the people to understand our history and to help stop illegal immigration does not have to include racial attacks and or painting people with the same brush. Bigger nations like the United States and other democratic nations that deal directly with Vietnam won’t be able to help you much. Remember, it’s the economy stupid. The world now is different.

On your organizational structure!
Help close all leaks in your organization, morally, financially and materially. 

Organize your mind first and close all leaks of your good morality if you have it. If you need help, get help to gain or regain your good moral conducts. There are plenty of institutions that can teach you and some of them are for free---good Buddhist temples. However paying someone to help you and your organization is better, because you will value it more. But, the best person who can help you most effectively is YOU. 

Don’t trade your integrity with the immoralities found in the current society that you want to change. Keep your ethical conducts checked if you want to give your life to the public and if you want to make a living from serving the people. Your mind is the ground for all things. Therefore your outside organization is only as good as your inside one. 

If you fail to clean your mind then you won’t be able to have a clean and uncorrupted organization. If your organization is corrupted, your political life or public life will also end sooner or later. In addition, you will not be able to challenge others about their weaknesses because you also have your own. Two wrongs can’t be right. Two rights can’t be wrong. So, be on the right side. You are in the business to save our country, don’t mess up our country with your immoral activities. 

Good morality is the most important. Once you apply it, others will follow. It begins with your admission that your own past is imperfect but don’t use this “no one is perfect” reason as an alibi to continue doing the same things. 

Tell everyone in your organization that you and everyone will start it freshly and get him or her involved in special training for political and professional ethics and moral principles. Once your members at all levels improve their morality, you will see less corruption inside your own organization. You will save money, time and effort. This can be translated into more votes. And even if your opponents wrongly attack you, the whole world will know, especially your own little world will judge you appropriately. 

For now, as I can see it, your organization is like a Swiss cheese with holes, close them holes. Begin it now with the correction of your morality. 

You may tell us the “it’s easy said that done” jingle and use it as an alibi not to correct your mental attitude, but remember this: You are in the business to do the hardest thing for our country. If it were easy, someone else would have done it long before you. 

Just do it.