My dear Kacvey,

So, like Jupiter from the top of Mount Olympus, the big nabob took the high road to publicly and severely criticize the municipal court judge for his decision to release the parents (of a famous murder suspect) from detention; he even mentioned that million of US$ had changed hands for the lubrication of transaction with the help of a military brigadier-general. Public acknowledgement of corruption by people under his stewardship, isn’t it!? This will not go into a deaf ear.

A lot of ink has already been spilled to cover this event by many people outside the government or the ruling party. Let us consider those comments or critics as one side of the coin. BTW, have you collected those articles for future reference?

How about the other side of the coin? What does it reveals or conceal?

The big nabob made a lot of noise about the judge, his history, his actions and decisions, but no noise has been heard on the followings:

– The suspect murderer who is still at large was a chef de cabinet at the ministry of defense. What has that ministry done vis-à-vis that chef de cabinet? Any internal investigation? Why the ministry has been so silent on this case?

– Another military brigadier-general has now been arrested for complicity with the judge. The ministry of defense is still silent. Is the judge playing the scapegoat for the military? If the big nabob really wanted to shake up his corrupted government, why didn’t he make a big noise about the ministry of defense and its no-action or comments vis-à-vis the 2 officers?

– The sacking of the judge overshadows the investigation of the murder and the disappearance of the the suspect. Diversion of public attention is a short-term tactical strategy to win over social doubt and unhappiness. Is the ministry of interior who oversees the national police is playing a no-name competition game against the ministry of defense using the chicken liver and invertebrate ministry of justice as a kicking ball? Incidentally, isn’t the minister of interior the Majority leader, or is it? The sacking did not come spontaneously but rather with cunning calculation to coincide with the present moment when “one of the 3” still remains hospitalized in a neighboring country, and the “ad interim” is putting in place a structure to glorify himself with a statue which height could reach the lobby of heaven and to be erected in the City of Tonlé Buon Mouk. Conventional wisdom is that a statue is generally erected post-mortem, for it is meant that the real person would not see his own artificial sculptured image or … the pigeon droppings.

When justice is the slave of the power and the powerful, no one can cry out for justice, and there is no higher court than the court of power itself.

Cambodia has become such a banana country, and to paraphrase Frederick Douglass, a 19th century American leader of the abolitionist movement, “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”