My dear Kacvey,
What do your students feel about the “private visit” by the deputy prime minister and minister of interior to France while the “Parisian exiled” is visiting his supporters in the US, and the crude from Apsara oilfield is in Indonesian custody?
Going through the following reporting:
– Cambodianess: Ministry Rules out Kheng Meeting with CNRP
– The Cambodia Daily: ក្រុមឃ្លាំមើលថាលោក ស ខេង បង្ហាញពីគំរូល្អចំពោះការផ្ទេរភារកិច្ចពេលលោកអវត្តមានពីការងារ
– Cambodianess: Authorities to Treat as Offense the Rumors Spread re: Interior Minister Sar Kheng
– RFA: អ្នកវិភាគថា លោកសម រង្ស៊ី បង្ហោះសារឱ្យលោក ស ខេង ចូលរួមបង្កើតរដ្ឋាភិបាលបង្រួបបង្រួមជាតិមិនអាចទៅរួចទេ
– VOA: អ្នកនាំពាក្យក្រសួងមហាផ្ទៃចោទលោក សម រង្ស៊ី ថាផ្សាយព័ត៌មានក្លែងក្លាយពាក់ព័ន្ធលោក ស ខេង
– The Cambodia Daily: មន្ត្រីក្រសួងមហាផ្ទៃកំពុងស្រាវជ្រាវចាប់អ្នកបំភ្លៃព័ត៌មានថាលោក ស ខេង មានជំនួបជាមួយលោក សម រង្ស៉ី នៅបារាំង
one can’t stop wondering how high would be the level of panic and the intensity of fear that the weak strongman must be experiencing, on top of the pandemic, Delta variant, increasing number of infected citizens, deaths, lockdown, state of emergency, bankrupt economy, closed schools and factories, low level of water in the Mekong and Tonlé Sap during the raining season, prisons filled with political prisoners, isolation in regional geopolitics …
Meanwhile the deputy prime minister is maintaining his silence letting his ministry speculating at the same level as those who speculate on the issue. Is he reluctant to extinguish the fire because his firetrucks are out of commission?
Paris has always been a favorite place for Cambodian politicians and enemies to thrash out their divergence like, the meeting with Sihanouk in December 1988 , 1991 Paris Peace Accords, secret meeting leading to the return to Cambodia of the “Parisian exiled” in 2013 and the creation of the national election commission that has become a shoe shiner to the weak strongman …
It looks like the chess game has entered a final stage where, with less pieces on the board, the weak strongman is playing desperate defense with the clock keeps on ticking.