My dear Kacvey,

First the weak strongman has crowned himself as the Chéy Chétha of the 21st century by vassalizing himself and the country to the foreigner that supported him since 7 January 1979 by progressively sliding Cambodia into a New Kampuchea Krom.

As this has not been enough for him to destroy Cambodia, he not only re-vassalizes the country to a second foreigner but also destroys the culture and heritage that ancient Cambodia has left since its creation.

This letter is not only to document the flow of events that will help your students to understand how the ex-KR continues the legacy of his mentor Pol Pot in destroying Cambodia horizontally and vertically but also to push your students to think and to act on how to stop this evil deeds against Khmer people, country and culture. It is clear as daylight in mid-July that the weak strongman doesn’t care what will happen to Cambodia as far as his present time and life is concerned, as he has shown no interests at all for Cambodia but instead he serves foreign interests that generously enrich him, his tribesmen and his sycophantic scums with power and money. To paraphrase Ken Frydman in his New York Daily News column: “Rudy’s bitter end: A former friend and staffer tracks the mayor’s sad decline”, it all comes down to the bottom line: “But, he’s said, he doesn’t care about his legacy because, “I’ll be dead.”

Your students might ask:
– Have Egyptians allowed a hotel to be built 500 meters from the Pyramids?
– Chinese, from the Great Wall?
– Indians, from the Taj Mahal?
– U.S. citizens, from the Grand Canyon or Bryce Canyon, or inside the Navajo National Park, or in Utah’s Red Rock Country?
– Australians, from Uluru or on the Whitehaven Beach?
– Peruvians, from the Inca citadel of Machu Pichu?
– Guatemalans, from the Pyramids of Tikal?
– Mexicans, from the Pyramids of Chichén Itzá or La Iglesia of Coba?
– French, inside Parc du Chateau de Versailles?
– U.K. citizens, from Stonehenge?

This letter is dynamic as it will be updated as news develops:

1. Inside Asian Gaming, 16 November 2020
NagaCorp to build US$350 million non-gaming resort near Cambodia’s Angkor Wat

2. VOD, 17 November 2020
NagaCorp Plans ‘Angkor Lake of Wonder’ Theme Park Resort in Siem Reap

3. Phnom Penh Post, 17 November 2020
NagaCorp set to build $350M non-gaming IR resort in Siem Reap

4. VOD, 20 November 2020
Hun Sen’s Land Intervention Cleared Path for Naga’s Angkor Resort

5. RFA, 21 November 2020
អាជ្ញាធរ​ជាតិ​អប្សរា​ថា គម្រោង​វិនិយោគ​របស់​ក្រុមហ៊ុន​ណាហ្គាខប មិន​ប៉ះពាល់​ដី​ឧទ្យាន​ជាតិ​អង្គរ

6. RFA, 22 November 2020
ទស្សនៈ​ពលរដ្ឋ​ចំពោះ​គម្រោង​វិនិយោគ​របស់​ក្រុមហ៊ុន​ណាហ្គាខប នៅ​ជិត​តំបន់​អង្គរ

7. RFA, 23 November 2020
Planned Theme Park Poses Risks to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, Culture: Residents, NGOs

8. ASEAN Today, 27 November 2020
Cambodia’s Angkor Wat to see new theme park and resort by casino firm NagaCorp

9. Courrier international, 30 novembre 2020
Sacrilège.Attention à la création d’un parc de loisirs à proximité d’Angkor Wat

10. VOD, 18 January 2021
NagaCorp CEO Gains Cambodian Citizenship

11. Le Monde, 13 février 2021
Patrimoine: les temples d’Angkor menacés par un parc d’attractions

12. Le Figaro, 16 février 2021
Les temples d’Angkor sous la menace d’un «Disneyland» aquatique

13. The Art Newspaper, 18 February 2021
Proposed resort and water park threaten ancient heritage of Angkor Wat in Cambodia

14. VOA, 18 February 2021
UNESCO Alarmed Over $350 Million NagaCorp Resort Near Angkor Park

15. Cambodianess, 19 February 2021
The NagaCorp Project at Angkor Is on Hold, the Ministry of Culture Says

16. RFA, 19 February 2021
អង្គការ​យូណេស្កូ​ថា គម្រោង​វិនិយោគ​របស់​ក្រុមហ៊ុន​ណាហ្គា ពិត​ជា​ប៉ះពាល់​ដល់​តំបន់​អង្គរ

17. artnet news, 19 February 2021
Conservation Experts Fear That a New Amusement Park in Cambodia Could Endanger the Ancient Temple of Angkor Wat

18. The Architect’s Newspaper, 19 February 2021
Plans for sprawling resort near Cambodia’s Angkor heritage site sparks concern from UNESCO

Culture, once destroyed, can never be rebuilt.