My dear Kacvey,
So, because of the high concentration of toxic gas, the jar of the prâhok of “cod” exploded on Monday 26 October 2015 right in front of the national assembly with victims still hospitalized in Bangkok. So much for the dialog that was planted in a corrupted and uncultured field in the City of Tonlé Buon Mouk. From your window, did you smell the stinky and foul stench from the broken jar?
Do you recall a discussion on this page about “The “prâhok of cod” on 27 April 2015? Well, when one is in contact or involved in this nauseous business, even soap made out of the most expensive perfume from Place Vendôme cannot remove that offensive odor from one’s hands or clothes.
For a week now, the 2 merchants in the “prâhok of cod” business, are 2 worlds apart: 1 in town, the other still in the French capital, and the stench is spreading through the streets and alleys of the City of Tonlé Buon Mouk making a lot of people with headache, stomach discomfort, and dizziness. One accused the other of breaking the deal and promises. One asked for apologies from the other. One accused the other of provocation or dictatorial manoeuver. One used all sort of threats against the other. One accused the other of premeditation or retaliation. For public consumption and self-justification, they spoke about each other through written statements, communiqué de presse, monologue on television or with accredited ambassadors, or their spokesmen, but neither of them provided the public with tangible rationality and reason. They brought their case to the public court of opinion without evidence and facts.
Kacvey, there is an African proverb that says “when bulls jostle, what gets hurt is the grass.” Unfortunately, in the City of Tonlé Buon Mouk, what gets really hurt are 2 parliamentarians who just happened to go about their business at the national assembly.
You may then ask, what is next? If you did so, you may then refresh your memory with the letter on “The proof of the pudding is in the eating” of 9 October 2015 as a premise for future thinking.
Unless the secret deal behind the 22 July 2014 agreement is revealed to the people, what ever will happen in the future will have bearing solely on those who put their signature on the agreement and those who benefit from that agreement. A case in point is the destitution of the 1st vice of the national assembly. They signed it, they must take full responsibility for their action. And as Harry Truman said: “The buck stops here”, if ever they understand what this phrase means and implies.
What happened during the last week of October in the national assembly and in front of it shows that the glass of unity within not only the confine of the national assembly is shattered, but also inside the opposition side as well as possibly inside the ruling side. How can the national assembly with 68 operate credibly and worthily, unless they are not aware of their own history before 22 July 2014? How can the opposition sustain the future if it cannot protect the deal for their 1st vice? Who are those three hundred thousand signatures that have so much authority so that the national assembly has to honor their petition? Aren’t the deputies “the people”, if they know what and who “the people” are? Have these signatures become an established institution? What does the constitution do then? Is it just sheets of paper on top of which autocrats sit at their leisure and opportunism?
It is a fact that society is a unity in its diversity such as race, religion, idea, profession, gender … The noble vision, however, of unity is the unity to serve the country and its people; it is the unity to put the interests of the country and the people above personal, tribal or party interests; it is the unity to abide by the laws by all citizens, and the unity to affirm that the law of the land should be equally applied to all citizens regardless of their societal status; it is the unity in respecting the liberty and freedom of expression; it is the unity to respect other people’s rights to social justice; it is the unity that binds the people together to fight corruption, nepotism and foreign enemy/invasion.
When Khmer consider other Khmer as enemy – remember the KRs between 1975 and 1978 – Cambodia becomes the state of disunited unity.
A British prime minister, John Major, once said: “Disunity costs votes” … and also life.