My dear Kacvey,

2015 ended with the elections in Sanya, China (中国海南三亚), of Miss Spain as Miss World, and in Las Vegas, USA, of Miss Philippines as Miss Universe.

Meanwhile, in the City of Tonlé Buon Mouk, a fierce contest seems to going on in social media for who is going to win “Mr. Cambodia” title?

Thanks to The Cambodia Daily, the public can see the 2 contestants, one in a bathrobe at O’Cheuteal beach and standing with a jogging suit on, the other on a standing-up paddle board and hanging to a horizontal bar in a gym. The only missing pieces for the final round of the contest would be the interviews and the … bikinis!

Kacvey, enjoy the photos in this link:

Private life is sacrosanct and how to get fit and healthy is their prerogative and strongly encouraged without reservations. But the article told the public a few interesting things upon which some questions could be fairly and openly asked:

  • if the contestants have so much time spending on their Facebook page to sell themselves like salesmen selling stuff about their own ego, how much time left on a daily basis do they have to attend to state affairs of national interests?
  • if the contestants bragged about their million of “like”, would they know how many millions of “unlike” that would be numbered but not recorded? Do they know what the Yin and Yang (阴阳) duality is?
  • if the contestants paraded their ware at 10,000 kilometers apart and in a ruleless format, how would anybody be able to score them effectively?
  • if the contestants thought they are savvy on the use of Facebook account, do they know that there is a big difference between an amateur user and a computer sciences graduate? 3 words commonly associated with social media are: self, selfish and selfie; all of them have EGO.
  • if the contestants thought that they compete between themselves for their own and personal glory among their own fans, why then should the nation and the people as a whole care about them?
  • if the contestants cared more about themselves than the people of the nation, shouldn’t the nation and the people now take care of themselves and forget it all about them?
  • If the contestants thought that they could win the “Mr. Cambodia” title, they are free to think so, but should Cambodians acquiesce to this nonsensical and preposterous game?

Mahatma Gandhi, once, said: “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and the soul of its people.”

Has Cambodia’s culture now become so low that it is reduced to this type of ignominious and disgraceful battle of egos through social media?

Update on 7 May 2016