My dear Kacvey,
It’s Monday in the City of Tonlé Buon Mouk, and does every new Monday resemble the ones that had passed?
Well, it does but also doesn’t. You draw a chart of “Does” and “Doesn’t” and the conclusion.
Be that as it may, Monday in Cambodia becomes a picture of a quagmire conceived and created by man or men with dark mind in a dark room. At the outset, the plot seemed to work according to the plan, with all the protagonists playing their role to the perfection as if they were puppets in a “shadow theater” (Sbèk Thom) animated behind the screen by an unknown master. The script was about a bedroom infidelity; the prop was a smart phone; the action was secret wiretapping; the stage was the social media; actors and actresses set for the show.
For about 2 to 3 weeks, it produced the expected outcome as the master has designed as ultimate objective: taking out all possible barriers to the 2017 and 2018 elections victories. So far, so good! The last page of the script marked “The End.”
Until the main thespian walked out of the script and tore the playbook to pieces! Then everybody, from the anti-terrorism and the anti-corruption to the tribunal and the police, had to scramble to force the thespian to succumb to the pressure impugned upon him. The master who wrote the script believes that he is a masterpiece and bestseller writer, also had to straggle like the extras: therefore, creating trumped charges with more police, more summons, more arrests and detentions of innocent people, more interrogations, more oppression and repression. This was not in the original script.
Kacvey, here is what happens to the quality of being vain: The unintended consequences of the repression is the mass rejection of such injustice and arbitrary detention. The rejection has been symbolized and actionable on Black Monday and a possible general mobilization if the thespian were to be arrested, and the submission of a petition with hundred of thousands of thumbprints to the king seeking the monarch to exercise his constitutional duty towards the liberation of the innocent victims. Again, this is not in the original script.
The events spiraled out of control on Friday 3 June 2016 when:
1. The Phnom Penh Post reported that: “Ministry official wary of Sokha arrest strategy“, and
2. The Cambodia Daily reported that: “King’s Letter Does Not Call for Fraud Probe”.
Thanks The Phnom Penh Post and The Cambodia Daily for your service to the people!
It looks like there is no end game for the master and the extras. They take one more step, and they are still in there, there is no way out. By scrambling and straggling without a plan, the master instead created an impromptu predicament with quicksand that will not be going away from his feet.
Kacvey, who will throw a rope to save a drowning man?