Jendhamuni: So-called money/lip-nationalists or money/lip-activists who plan to form a new party, should name their party like this: DTDACFMFP [Desperate to Divide and Conquer for Money, Fame and Power]. Yuon and CPP must be laughing because this is a dream-comes-true for them. I am not saying CNRP is perfect, but many members in the party are working very hard, risking their lives days and nights to bring justice for the [poor] Khmers. This is a reality, a 'Real' life, not a 'Facebook' life. Things don't happen over night. Stop thinking you are 'all that and a bag of Chips'
|Political analyst Kem Ley outside the Court of Appeal in Phnom Penh in March. He has played down rumours|
that he is forming a political party. Vireak Mai
Stuart White, The Phnom Penh Post
Mon, 20 October 2014
Playing down a flurry of social media rumours, political analyst Kem Ley yesterday said he had “no plan at all” to start a new political party, but nonetheless equivocated, adding that members of his fledgling social accountability network might someday go that route if necessary.
“We are now in the process of consultation to find a way to create a sustainable social network. Mostly we are aiming to influence the decision making, not just for government reform and public reform, but also intraparty reform,” Ley said, referring to his newly conceived “social network” – called Khmers for Khmers – which plans to monitor the progress of reforms and offer policy advice.
However, he continued, if the current ruling and opposition parties – both of whom Ley said were too closed off to input – continued to ignore civil society’s recommendations, some of those within his network might take matters into their own hands and spin off their own party.
“Maybe the members of the social network will say, ‘If we give them the fish [and they don’t take it], then we will take it for our good soup,’” he said.