SR: ០១ តុលា ២០១៤ / 01 October 2014, 12:00 - No decision on the Areng hydroelectricity power plant project.
ខ្ញុំ បានធ្វើសន្និសីទសារព័ត៌មានខ្លីមួយ បន្ទាប់ពីបញ្ចប់កិច្ចប្រជុំពេញអង្គ របស់រដ្ឋសភាជាតិ។
At a press conference after this morning's National Assembly meeting and after a discussion I had with Prime Minister Hun Sen, I can assure the public that there will be no government decision in the near future to implement the Areng hydroelectricity power plant project in Koh Kong province. This project will possibly be "left to the future generations" who will decide whether to implement it or not.
School of Vice: I highlighted Rainsy's words above [I can assure the public] to suggest that it is probably premature on his part to 'assure' anyone as to Samdach's statements or pledges made during the meeting between the two leaders.
Mr Hun Sen had offered numerous reassurances in the past to critics and the public alike concerned with his government's ill-thought practices with calamitous consequences for the nation as a whole. And yet such assurances have meant absolutely nothing in the end and in practice.
Mr Rainsy himself has been in Cambodian politics long enough to appreciate this point. So I would kindly suggest that the better and more conscientious thing for him to do will be to rephrase or report Mr HS's words/pledges in their proper context, or better still simply tell the press and public what the other person had said without offering any 'assurances' at all.
Doing this will be both ethical and balanced [after all, it is Samdach's pledge and not yours!] whilst leaving Mr HS's delivered or failed words to the public to judge for themselves [in an event of any discrepancy between words and commitment/action]. On the other hand, if Rainsy seeks to capitalise on such as yet unfulfilled promises, and the other party reneges on its own pledges, Rainsy's own credibility will surely plummet, and the rest of the nation who pins its hopes on him will also suffer.
Rainsy had in fact also in recent past made similar favourable reports to the public via the press following his meeting/ negotiating with Mr HS, particulaly, the latter's pledge to let the opposition supporters make use of the Freedom Park venue without restrictions. We all know what happened shortly after Samdaach's return from Hanoi!
It's a well-known guerrilla tactic: lull the enemies into a false sense of security and then hit them hardest when they least expect it ...