My dear Kacvey,

The political news keep on emerging almost constantly in the City of Tonlé Buon Mouk, like the old and famous advertisement of “Les Galeries Lafayette”: “A tout instant, il se passe toujours quelque chose aux Galeries Lafayette!”

Well, after the “Minority Leader” (not Nancy Pelosi, though!) , it’s “the 12 points.” But Kacvey, do you recall that Deng Xiaoping had only “4” when he started the modernization (agriculture, industry, national defense and science and technology – 四个现代化 or 四化) of China 1978!

Thank You! Phnom Penh Post for your “Analysis” on this link:

Why don’t we leave the discussion and debate on the worthiness or the lowliness of those 12 points to pundits graduated from Harvard Kennedy School of Government or Paris Sciences Po, the politicians of both side of the hemisphere or the experts/technocrats on each point, and let us focus only on “one word” that shines out from these 3 sentences reported by the PPPost:

“It is necessary that there are reforms relating to governance [and] relating to the judiciary, [because] they have not responded to the needs,” he said.

Referring to all 12 points as a whole, Hun Sen suggested his CPP and the judiciary, which is considered by observers to be politically subservient, were to blame.

“It is not the legislative body, but it is the executive body and the judiciary framework,” he said.

The word is “executive”. Now Kacvey, when you give the test to your Public Policy students could you please consider these 4 simple questions in the test sheet:

– Who is the leader of CPP?

– Who is the head of the executive branch in Cambodia?

– How long has he been in that function?

– If his ministers are responsible to him, whom he is responsible and accountable to?

Hope that your students are responsible for their studies which will help them to be responsible to their parents, friends, colleagues, peers, electorate and country.

You know, Kacvey, it is very easy to put the blame on other people, and Cambodia politics is no different.

John Burroughs, an American author, once said: “A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”