My dear Kacvey,

Hope you had the Tamarind Tree Radio on while you were dusting off your desk when the reality radio show in the City of Tonlé Buon Mouk was getting more and more tragic and bizarre.

If you happened to have an audio tape of the broadcast, please make sure to securely save a copy as there is a very high probability that the future will not be the same as the present.

Thanks to “Thney Thmey” Khmer language website, overseas Cambodians could have a glimpse of what was said on Monday 16 August 2015:

As the verbal feud made headlines, the protagonists seemed to willingly avoid each other or a face-to-face encounter … with a “chassé-croisé” that was observed around the Pochentong airport.

Be it as it may, from the speech by the big nabob, a major inference could be singled out for special discussion. It is the Khmer word “krom choar.”

So, that word “krom choar” was openly and publicly said and used to equate the opposition party and its leader.

Depending on context, “krom” could be translated into English as: group, body (of people), council, bloc, corps (military), assembly, band, bunch, syndicate, society, company, organization or faction; and “choar” as: thief, bandit, pirate, gangster, bandit, burglar, robber, embezzler, heister, plunderer, stealer, shoplifter or swindler. Kacvey, please feel free to choose the meaning you deem fit to the circumstance.

My dear Kacvey, do you recall when was the last time you treated someone whom you abhor or do not like as a “choar” or a “mé choar”? Well, it was not impossible that, back to the age of primary education, during one of those “koub vong” games that you used that vulgar vocabulary with village lads who cheated or did not play by the rules.

Let now briefly examine “krom choar” in the context of contemporary Khmer politics, and try to ponder on the possible answers to the following questions:

  • Is it or is it not that if Khmer politicians resorted to the use of such foulness and discourtesy in the dialogue (cultured or otherwise!) among themselves, either they are short of intelligent and rational arguments or their arguments cannot by themselves hold the water among the crowd that thinks and reflects?
  • On 22 July 2014, who signed the so-called agreement with the “krom choar”?
  • Since 22 July 2014, the same “krom choar” occupied 55 seats at the national assembly. Did the Khmer electorate vote for “krom choar” to represent them in that august assembly?
  • Would the almost-3 millions of voters (or 44.46%) who elected the 55 be also considered as “elements” of the “krom choar”?
  • Who agreed to have members of the “krom choar” in the nec?
  • Who had the selfies with the “krom choar”? Who organized the famous family dinner with the “krom choar”?
  • Would the overseas sympathizers of the “krom choar” be also considered as “elements” of the “krom choar”?
  • Who took away the land and the forest from villagers? Who took away the civil rights and the justice from the people who have different opinions?
  • Has Khmer politics decided to abandon the nobility of decency and decorum in public speeches for the wilderness of the jungle of incivility?
  • Last but not least, by definition, “choar” steals or robs, which act constitutes a crime. Has anybody seen what did “krom choar” steal?

Well, Kacvey, this soap opera does not augur well for Khmer politics in the days to come, as it is getting very personal and uglier. And as once said Serge Gainsbourg: “Ugliness is in a way superior to beauty because it lasts.”


Update on 14 January 2016, regrading “selfies”

Well, as per these articles in the PPP and TCD, the big nabob seems to show sign of regret or remorse about having had “selfies with “krom choar”:

Prime Minister Says He Regrets Dinnertime Selfie With Rainsy

Isn’t it also a sign of ingrained shortsightedness, amateurism, foolishness and lack of long term judgement?