My dear Kacvey,

It looks like at this season Méak Bochéa, some people went to pagoda to receive some “srôuch teuk”, and right away some of their blasphemous sins would have been absolved. The men then emerged and they thought they have found some revelations that, when displayed to public, would shake and shuffle the feathers of stone garudas.

Thanks to the Phnom Penh Post, you have the chance to gauge how the big nabob evaluated the performance of his ministers. Please do not forget to thank Mech Dara, Lay Samean, Pech Sotheary and Igor Kossov for their reporting.

Kacvey, has any of your students ever curiously asked why this doctor honoris causa has all of a sudden adopted this scholastic grading methodology for his ministers? If that happened, you would terribly be in a tough bind to find a rational answer for it. Since rationality has never been the foundation of this administration, some answers could then be found by the obvious which is right in front of your eyes:

  • Like iron or steel, the power that sits and doesn’t move after 37 years gets oxidized. Le pouvoir qui ne bouge se rouille, mon cher!
  • Like liqueur/alcohol, corruption, cronyism and nepotism have drowned the power in the barrel of arrogance, autocracy and despicableness.
  • Like drugs, 37-years of heavy consumption has made the power addicted and hallucinated.
  • Like gambling, after 37 years of playing and betting against itself all the times, the power has become madly insane (or insanely mad!) of its self-superiority or invincibility.

Thus, the confirmation of Isaac Newton’s law on gravity: “What goes up must come down.” The 4 above axioms, in the context of Khmer politics, when put together would produce a situation that would indicate that everything has already reached its maximum or the top of the inverted parabola. Nothing can go further or higher. Thus begins the descending process.

Kacvey, you may then ask what this has to do with the evaluation of the ministers with grades “F” on the report card?

The above 4 axioms are the cause of the evaluation in as much as:

  • The autocracy runs out of new ideas and principles to convince the electorate that what it has been doing is for their good welfare. In other words, the electorate does not believe anymore in the daily boasting of the deeds of the ruling authority.
  • The autocracy, although it is not afraid of the opposition(s), starts to be afraid of or to doubt itself as like in Snow White tale, when the Magic Mirror told the Evil Queen – [who every day asked the same question “Magic mirror in my hand, who is the fairest in the land?”; the mirror always replied: “My Queen, you are the fairest in the land”] – that “My Queen, you are the fairest here so true. But Snow White is a thousand times more beautiful.”
  • The threat of civil strife and refusal by the army or police to recognize the result of the elections that would bring a different party or a coalition of parties to the leadership of the country would no longer have recognizable soundbites that would create a psyche of fear among the electorate.
  • The autocracy, having made a mockery of democracy, rule of law and social justice that victimized the population across the board, has now tried to use social media as a theatrical mask to fool and to delude the public. Creating confusion in the mind of the people is part of a psychological warfare.

Because of the above, the public blaming of ministers is a ruse to double talk in so far as it is easier to put the blame on somebody else. Why blaming oneself when one can blame other(s)? He who sits on top of all powers is unaccountable to no one!

But, Kacvey, please,

  • Who appointed those ministers?
  • To whom those ministers have reported to, 37 years so far?
  • Where does the buck stop?
  • If ministers are rated, who rates the rater?
  • Does the rater have credentials and recognized qualification to be a rater or an evaluator?
  • If some ministers are rated “F”, who then would be rated “A” or “B” etc..? Ah! Ha!
  • If individual ministers are rated, what is the scientific criteria used?
  • Or is it “because I say so”?
  • If individual ministers are rated, how is the government itself as a whole is rated? [Kacvey, Remember the many international organizations that rated Cambodia on various issues! Uh! Ooh!]

Doublespeak is an art of distortion, disguise and deception that has always been perfected by irresponsible people who think that they can always get away with anything they do or say. But a government is like a family where these words from Thomas Draxe, a British theological and classical author, still resonate the Khmer political truth: “Like father, like son; like mother, like daughter.”

People have long memory, have they not?