My dear Kacvey,

The blizzards start to come down hard on Cambodia, one after another: a day ago it was the report by the EIU on the country declining democracy; today is the CORRUPTION.

“Transparency International – Corruption Perceptions Index 2015” ranks Cambodia as number 150 (out of 168 countries in the whole world) and the most CORRUPTED in South East Asia.

Here is the link to the report: http://www.transparency.org/cpi2015

In a nutshell, “TI-CPI 2015” report states, inter alia: “If there was one common challenge to unite the Asia Pacific region, it would be corruption. From campaign pledges to media coverage to civil society forums, corruption dominates discussion. Yet despite all this talk, there’s little sign of action. Between Australia’s slipping scores and North Korea’s predictably disastrous performance, the 2015 index shows no significant improvement. Has Asia Pacific stalled in its efforts to fight corruption?”

The same report classifies Cambodia among “the bad” with this short statement: “… In India and Sri Lanka leaders are falling short of their bold promises, while governments in Bangladesh and Cambodia are exacerbating corruption by clamping down on civil society….”

Kacvey, would you think that the current autocrats care about the the TI report? They do not because they breathe corruption, eat corruption, sleep corruption. Corruption is their mantra.

Kacvey, should you add anything else when corruption and nepotism have been subjects of so many exchanges in the past? No need to do so, but just the perception that corrupted autocrats are driving Cambodia towards an abyss of rapid destruction and possibly annihilation.

The Khmer Rouge committed genocide against the Khmer people between 1975 and 1978. The ex-Khmer Rouge, since 1979, turn themselves into autocrats, continue the legacy of deforestation started by the Khmer Rouge to enrich themselves and transform the entire country into a fiefdom for their party and acolytes. And to paraphrase Ted Nugent, “The government [of these autocrats] is so out of control. It is so bloated and infested with fraud and deceit and corruption and abuse of power.”

Kacvey, it’s time for you to think harder!