Monday, 11.6.2007: Samdech Krom Preah Moves Towards Being Lonely

Posted on 12 June 2007. Filed under: Week 512 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 512

“Three royal family members of the Norodom line decided to leave politics. This decision shows publicly that three of them follow Samdech Euv [the Father King], who had appealed in February to the royal family members to stay outside politics.

“Princess Norodom Vacheara, the older sister of Prince Norodom Sirivuddh and the younger sister of Samdech Euv, told a local newspapers yesterday, ‘I decided that from 2008 on, I will stop entering politics.’ The Princess stated that she does not want to be with remorse in the future, and she does not want to go back and forth [between different parties?]. She joined Funcinpec in 1998, because Funcinpec followed the political line established by Samdech Euv, Preah Norodom Sihanouk. The Princess said that her decision to leave politics is to follow Samdech Euv, who had appealed for this earlier this year.

“Considering that the monarchy declines because of a number of royal family members, Samdech Euv wanted the royal family to stay outside politics and get special allowances for them. However, some royal family members, such as Prince Norodom Ranariddh and Prince Sisowath Thomico, do not welcome this idea.

“Mr. Hun Sen, the head of the Royal Government, follows Samdech Euv Preah Norodom Sihanouk who wants the royal family to stay outside politics. Mr. Hun Sen also agrees to spend the funds for special allowances for the royal family members, according to their titles. But the royal family members said that if there is a law for the royal family members to stay outside politics, the head of the Royal Government should give them functions for institutions of charity and social affairs, such as the Red Cross .

“Speaking to journalists at Chaktomuk Theater in February, Mr. Hun Sen supported Samdech Euv’s idea by scolding, ‘Some display themselves to be the protectors of the monarchy, while they cannot even protect themselves. How can they protect the monarchy?… How many royal family members are there who display themselves to be protectors of the monarchy? I used to say that the monarchy can be great, it doesn’t depend on a small number of royal family members, but it depends on the participation of the people countrywide and the political parties, especially the parties in power, which have to take responsibility.’

“Ms. Mu Sochua, the Secretary-General of the Sam Rainsy Party, said that Mr. Sam Rainsy once said about this issue that the royal family members have the same right to enter politics like any other people. But in politics there may be criticism against each other, that may affects the monarchy. She stated that the royal family members have a role to protect the symbol and the name of the King.
“Samdech Euv’s message, asking the royal family members to stay outside politics, blamed some royal family members: that they enter politics and display themselves to oppose the Cambodian People’s Party [CPP], while the CPP does not oppose any party. This message was used by Mr. Hun Sen to reply sharply to the royal family members who are political competitors, stating that the CPP had never opposed other parties which declared as their goal to oppose the CPP.

“Mr. Hun Sen boasted that the CPP is protecting the monarchy and the royal family members, even those who declare to oppose the CPP. Mr. Hun Sen said, ‘If you oppose the one who protects the monarchy, it means that you oppose the monarchy… some royal family members, who are shouting noisily, cannot even protect themselves. Some owe debts, some have been [legally] charged, some have this problem and some have that problem. How can they protect the Khmer monarchy when they cannot protect themselves? Those who declare to protect the monarchy actually work against it.’ Mr. Hun Sen added that he never opposes the monarchy, but some demonstrations are unreasonable.

“Mr. Hun Sen stated that the compromise for the royal family to stay outside politics and get special allowances could be implemented only before the national election in 2008. After losing in the elections it could not be possible, because if the royal family members withdraw themselves from politics, they should do with honor before the election, but if they did it it only after they had lost in the election, it is not necessary to create such a special law.

“The head of the Royal Government also spoke about the discussion with Princess Vacheara about a law for the royal family members to stay outside politics. But he did not dare to promote this because he is concerned over criticism that he is afraid of the royal family entering politics.

“Samdech Euv’s request was rejected by Prince Norodom Chakrapong, Prince Sisowath Thomico, and Prince Norodom Ranariddh. Samdech Krom Preah once announced that he would rather give up the royal blood of his body, so that he could stay in politics.

“But now, Prince Chakrapong and Prince Thomico agree for the royal family to stay outside politics, like Mr. Hun Sen too suggests. Therefore, only Samdech Krom Preah, who wants to continue the career as a politician, remains; and this is also a sign that he moves towards being lonely.” Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #4, 10.6.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Monday, 11 June 2007


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1362, 10-11.6.2007

  • 015 and 016 Phone Company Plans to Ad Other 500 Areas of Coverage in Cambodia
  • Royal Government Considers Clean Water to Be Priority
  • US Provides $6.4 Billion Aid to Afghanistan


Khmer Amatak, Vol.8, #482, 11.6.2007

  • Government Orders SGS [Société générale de surveillance] to Investigate Logging in Order to Reflect Global Witness Report


Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6062, 11.6.2007

  • Meeting of Judges and Prosecutors for Khmer Rouge Trial on Internal Rules Progresses
  • [19-year-old] Woman Raped and Attacked by a Blade Nine Days before Her Marriage Day; Perpetrators Are Her Former Sweetheart and a Blind Man [who are arrested – Krouch Chhmar, Kompong Cham]
  • Many Naked Cyclists Ride through Many Cities [in the world] Demonstrating against Pollution of the Atmosphere by Motor Vehicles


Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3181, 11.6.2007

  • Radio Australia ABC Broadcasts Global Witness Report [about illegal logging in Cambodia]


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4307, 10-11.6.2007

  • Cambodia Asks for Preah Vihear Temple to Be Designated as World Heritage
  • Pilgrimage of Kampuchea Krom Khmer Monks and People Postponed, Because It Is Not Permitted by Ministry
  • Samdech Hun Sen Asks Japan to Open Construction Site for Neak Loeung Bridge Soon


Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3058, 10-11.6.2007

  • SGS Finds Illegal Logging Like Global Witness Does
  • International Community Must Push Cambodian Government to Solve Land Disputes and Combat Corruption Soon
  • Declaration of Government Officials’ Wealth Seems Not to Have Been Included in Anti-Corruption Law


Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #423, 10-11.6.2007

  • Samdech Krom Preah Moves Towards Being Lonely
  • Simon Taylor [Director of Global Witness] Disappointed that Authority Prohibits Sralanh Khmer from Publishing Global Witness Report

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