My dear Kacvey,

Were you on the golf course in Siem Reap on the last day of February, when the Majority and minority leaders were gaily beating the drum to announce in front of the television camera their so-called agreement on the reform of the electoral law? And by the way, where were the 2 real “negotiators”? If it was so, your Saturday was better spent and healthier, because the sound of the drum was inharmonious and full of self-congratulation, self-flattering and self-promotion.

But if you don’t want to be jolted by this breaking-without-breaking news, please go back to our 2 previous postings: “Pain in the “nec”” of 19/11/2014, and “Who takes Cambodia for a ride” of 11/02/2015. Since then, nothing has changed, and it is the same old ass with a new lion skin…. which doesn’t scare even a mosquito.

Back then, they promised a hen with golden eggs, but on 28 February 2015, they produced weightless wind and cacophonous sound.

Before the day was over, the minority leader flooded the social media with his own version of event – without having the courage of his conviction to broadcast the draft proposal – and was readying himself to show off his paramount aura upon the divided factions of his supporters both in Cambodia such as in Siem Reap, and in the Western hemisphere who do not vote in any local Cambodian elections.

The reactions to this so-called draft law were immediate, swift, sharp, critical and severe; they came from the 4 cardinal and 4 ordinal points of the Cambodian political spectrum, including media and social media. Kacvey, please amuse yourself with those articles in the written press, the internet or even the radio. It could also be that if all the criticism and negative comments and opinions were altogether put in a gift-wrapped folder, one could offer it to the national assembly as a present for the Chaul Chnam Mômé.

The Majority leader took a quieter approach by letting the “ad interim” doing the talking on the following Monday.

Let us for now focus on 1 word in the context a portion of a speech pronounced by the big nabob and reported by The Cambodia Daily on 3 March 2015 as follows:

“Those [elected lawmakers] who do not enter to take an oath to obtain their validity and those who do not take part in meetings [of the Assembly] and so on…[we] will see how their seats are lost,” Mr. Hun Sen said.

“They agreed on this but they did not write it up yet. They started writing this today,” he added. “When they are finished writing, they will organize seminars.”

Mr. Hun Sen said last week he would veto the new election law if the rule were not included in the law.”

The word is “veto”.

– Since when a prime minister has a veto right on a law passed by the national assembly?

– Since when a deputy can veto a law?

– Since when the constitution of Cambodia has been changed to allow a deputy or a prime minister to veto a law passed by the national assembly?

– Since when the constitution of Cambodia has been changed to institute an autocratic regime?

Kacvey, could you please consider those 4 questions and include them in the quiz for your law students? Thank you, and please do not forget to share their responses.