(Continued from Moral defection – Part I)

In Cambodian political landscape, there have repeatedly been individual and/or group defections, and not long ago, a mass defection. It reflects that Cambodia political climate is propelled by a complete absence of sociopolitical doctrine, the lightness in political conviction, the insincerity of political ideology and the extremely high level of deficiency in understanding national/public interests; on the contrary, defection is motivated by pure personal and private interests famished of corrupted desire for unearned wealth and ambition for power.

Kacvey, your memory must still be explicit with known examples of defectors going from one party to another since the 70s:

– defections from the 1970 republican regime to join the Funk, and later the KR;

– after the KR came to power in 1975, a group of KRs defected in 1978 and sought refuge and aids in the Eastern neighbor country; they returned to Cambodia at the end of 1978 and ruled Cambodia since then;

– after UNTAC elections in May 1993, defections were daily menus until today: KR to Funcinpec, KR to CPP, Funcinpec to CPP, Funcinpec to SRP, HRP to Funcinpec, and now CNRP to CPP.

Ordinary and contemporary Cambodians are resilient and irrepressible, despite the tragedy they went and still are going through since 1970; the sea of blood of their lost/murdered relatives and friends is still waving, and the mount of their skeletons still crying out for justice. They slowly and surely learn the value of liberty and their rights in the exercise of freedom, the essence of democracy and the structure and functioning of the institutions. They are grasping the notion of equality in rights and obligations among citizens. They are burning the torch of social justice, which light illuminates their spirit and yearning for respect of man and property, and for justice for the powerless. They now trust their own instinct and follow their heart as they are well aware that they have been cheated for so long, and they openly say “Enough Is Enough!”

Through their silent voice, the sound of the folded ballot paper and the ink stain at the tip of their index finger, they made a monumental mass defection on 28 July 2013 from the ruling party (down from 90 seats to “questionable” 68!) to the opposition. What an exodus! What an abandonment! They sent a clear and unequivocal message to those who always took them for granted that “We are alive and kicking!.” And kicking harder, they will be.

As long as Cambodian politics swirls around personal and private interests, this is not the last chapter of human defection in the City of Tounlé Buon Mouk, which is presently in a dismal state of moral defection.