My dear Kacvey,

Would you have earplugs in reserve in your pharmacy cabinet?

Why?

Because in the preparation towards the 2017 and 2018 elections – Cambodian politicians live in a permanent state of elections as they do not know and have what else to do without the electoral campaign – the ruling party has made it known that it is rolling out big mikes and big speakers and boom boxes to re-sell its unmarketable and unsold ideology and politics. The party has decided to set up a kind of new “committee for education and propaganda”, a machinery that was very much in use in once-upon-a-time socialist or communist regime.

The said committee would be going to be run by noticeable, trustworthy and old blood party members such as ministers (relations with the national assembly and the senate, the national education), the anti-corruption czar, the super cop, the web master (please refer to the  “The Web Challenge” of 5 June 2015), an official spokesperson etc …

But even if this is the case, does this mean an open acknowledgement that the party since 1979 lives and runs without ideology, principles and theories? Or a self-confirmation of an autocracy and totalitarianism with iron hands and without heart? Or a parliamentary democracy only in name but quasi-dictatorial in acts?

Anyway, Khmer people are much smarter than what these people would think; if with the podium at Koh Pich, the tv and radio stations, the majority at the national assembly and the senate, the government, the governmental and para-governmental agencies they own and run for 30-years-plus, and they have just realized that the people of the Khmer land do not buy to their policies and governance, they must be blind and deaf to see and hear the voice and the scream of realities throughout the land.

The Khmer people are neither blind nor deaf, but they have the common sense of a rational and sane race dating back to the time of Chenla. They have seen their dream for a better life deceived not only in their lifetime but also for their descendants, their rights violated and demolished, their land taken away, their forest razed to the ground, justice denied to them, corruption level higher than Phnoum Kulen or Bokor, the truth killed and murdered. They have heard lies and broken promises again and again, the sound of distress of their neighbors who lost their meager properties to the big interests (domestic and/or foreign), the sound of guns fired towards them by their own countrymen, the siren for call for respect of democracy, basic rights and justice.

While the “committee for education and propaganda” is about to be underway, the big nabob launched a bigger salvo way ahead of the elections warning everybody who can hear and see that his party will not win less than 60% of seats in whatever institution; he even threatened that the country will enter into a war if his party fails to return to power, but he stopped short of suggesting who the enemies are. Buts there is an assumption that “once a KR, always a KR”, no matters how the black trousers and shirts are changed and traded to suits.

Khmer people know long ago that this is not rocket sciences: simple equation it is. In 2013, the losers  – remember the 63% announced by the minister of information just as the polls closed the doors – boycotted the national assembly and preferred the street and Freedom Park; the same scenario would repeat again in 2017 or 2018 as history repeats itself, but this time with different protagonists. History also told Khmer people that,  in January 1979, the KR was not kicked out of the City of Tonlé Buon Mouk by ex-KR who rebelled against the KR, but by the soldiers coming from the Eastern neighborhood supporting the ex-KR. This history would likely repeat itself again, as the bond and debt between the ruling party and this neighbor remain stronger than the chain that bonds the ruling party with the Khmer people.

9 members of the nec – independent and dependents – beware! Please take note of the marching order! 60% or more. Got it?!

Kacvey, since it is true that this is what they are going to do, it is also true that Khmer people cannot be led to believe anything anymore.

Here are a few words of wisdom from Hubert H. Humphrey: “Propaganda, to be effective, must be believed. To be believed, it must be credible. To be credible, it must be true.”