June 1, 2015

Norodom Ranariddh on Koh Tral


Note by School of Vice 

If there is an example of a Cambodian politician over promising and ending up under-delivering on promises, or worse, failing to deliver anything promised at all, this man surely is that person. He made similar heated speeches regarding territorial integrity and Vietnam's violations of it during the Untac supervised general election campaign in 1993, only to reverse his position by several degrees on the same subject once him and his Funcinpec party had been voted into office that same year. Quoting a foreign advisor/academic, he told Khmer people and followers that if only Cambodia could retain her existing boundaries, then it would be some achievement already! 

On the face of it, such a statement is not without its common sense; even pragmatic value or merit in light of the nation's dire circumstances, and the same sentiment has been echoed by so many of his compatriots of differing political persuasions since and, perhaps, before, by among whom, for instance, none other than his own royal father who said pretty much the same thing during a chat with Zou Enlai at Kep resort from where one could see the Island of Koh Tral on a clear day. 

What is so disturbing about selling this kind of argument and reasoning is that it conveys to the more astute on-lookers that its proponent clearly fails to grasp or pretends not to see that the distinction between the existing territories falling under Cambodia's sovereignty and the territories already taken from Cambodia since the end of the colonial time is not quite as clear cut as this school of thought would have led us to presume. With each day and year passing by starting from the day of Vietnam's full-scale invasion of Cambodia in 1979 we witness more and more evidence manifesting before our very eyes of the underlying motives behind that invasion as to the over-riding raison d'etre before and above all other residual considerations or realities, ranging from purported KR military provocations against Vietnam and the mass killings taking place inside Cambodia at the time. The magnitude or the sheer scale of the atrocities that that invasion had helped to reveal and disclose to the outside world was just too heinous and shocking to civilised eyes, and for any normal human comprehension or conscience to either condone the accused [KR] or condemn their nemesis [the Vietnamese]. 

Whilst some may care to make claims and counterclaims over the legality in ownership of, or the circumstances under which, the territory of Kampuchea Krom had been ceded to Vietnam as well as  the status of Koh Tral which now falls under Vietnamese occupation, the rest of what remains of Cambodia itself is being nipped away by Vietnam through various one-sided treaties and unilateral maps enforced by Hanoi and via other numerous reported acts of land encroachment - even as I write this. So really, just how much of Cambodia's pre-war territory is still left under her de facto sovereign jurisdiction is open to question. But, even if all of 181,035 square kilometers can be established to still constitute the total mainland area of the country, any lands and waters ceded to or by Vietnam since 1949 should always be contested [within the remit of international laws and justice] as a matter of national honour and priority in their own right, and not be given up on so casually like one does a loyal but aged spouse for a much younger one.

On the other hand, the kind of cynical opportunism displayed by certain Cambodian politicians has certainly not done much to facilitate the nation's quest for the aforementioned justice either. In particular, this exploitation of what otherwise remains unresolved and deeply emotive issue for the Cambodian people has served only to strengthen the case of the other camp whose real legal defense rests on nothing more concrete than concocted facts and misinformation, of which the recent public protest against the statement by a Vietnam embassy spokesperson claiming Vietnamese ancestry over the territory of Kampuchea Krom is a case in point - among so many similar cases in point! 

It is thus not surprising to hear media reports of Cambodian politicians using the "anti-Vietnam card" to gain votes or "stir up" anti-Vietnamese sentiment for personal or party political gains. This is where the discrepancy between political rhetoric on the one hand and the failure to live up to that rhetoric on the other can be said to be most injurious to the nation's core interests, and by the same equation, be most advantageous to her enemies and detractors. And that's one reason why I find such personalities repulsive at best ...

Additional note:

To those who call for national attention and energy to be directed towards "developing" the country instead, lets take a careful look around and see why even such a [seemingly] conventional foresight is fraught with practical challenges: unprecedented swathes of interior and border regions [equaling the size of some small countries around the world including Wales] currently owned and sealed off from the rest of local inhabitants and off-limits to their government's jurisdiction; these unconstitutional 99 years Economic Land Concession ownerships also have driven hundreds of thousands of locals off their lands through violent forced evictions over the last three decades, and this is an on-going tragedy still; the previous US ambassador to the country believed that around $500 millions in national revenue and finance is swallowed up through elite corruption annually [and this is another unnecessary tragedy and handicap for a small country hoping to rebuild from decades-long legacy of socioeconomic paralysis]; following several decades of isolation the marvel of the nation's archeological sites are open to world tourism, and whist economic benefits can be said to trickle down to some locals, from rickshaw drivers to hotel staff, overall income from this growing and substantial economic sector is again siphoned into bank accounts of powerful elites and foreign financial barons such as Sok Kong and a few other home-grown figures closely affiliated to those political elites [the money earned from Angkor Wat entrance fees alone could make the entire population of the province of Siam Reap comfortably well-off, instead most still dwell in straw huts]; the CPP's ruling leadership cannot do anything of national repercussions or consequences without seeking approval from Hanoi first; ...

Post-war nations like Japan and Germany had been able to rebuild and upgrade upon their respective damaged physical infrastructures and economies in similar circumstances because, on the whole, their governments were able to devise and direct sensible recovery strategies as well as national human resources to addressing those dire conditions. It also helped that these countries adopted the liberal political model as their governing framework, the most immediate corollary of which was to bind their policy-making process and governing institutions to the electoral will and mandate, keeping elite corruption to the minimum and constantly under the public gaze. Incidentally, Japan's economy is known to be among the strongest in the world [about that of all western Europe combined] whilst that country also has had the burden of lingering territorial disputes with her neighbours, notably with Russia over the last 70 years and counting.       

13 comments:

kh44 said...
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William said...

Cambodians people nowadays are smart,they do not listen to what you talk,but watching what s your actions:
Sorry prince your actions are zero so you can keep talk or bark what so ever.

Apsaravideo said...

Please do bring it on. Don't just talk.

SAR YUN said...

Ranariddh & his father betrayed
Khmer voters for sharing power
with Vietnam' crocodiles , after FUNCINPEC election victory .

. said...

Yeah..right!
Ce soi-disant prince n'est juste qu'un parasite, rien de plus, rien de moins à mon avis.

kh44 said...
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kavens said...

This is very bad audio, I can't understand any words at all maybe My ear need a new drum.

kh44 said...





Just read the propaganda sign on this Street view below:

“The people of Memot always remember the benevolence of Lok Chumteav Bun Rany Hun Sen.”


https://www.google.com/maps/@11.829168,106.173979,3a,20.8y,84.9h,101.62t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sDRqrt3zeelo2Kqzky-6UKw!2e0!6m1!1e1?hl=en


Doesn’t it make you want to vomit?




Anonymous Anonymous said...
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know what this stupid prince is fighting for! He got the chance to be that somebody and that somebody supposed to protect and bring normality to Cambodia but he allowed the Vietcong slave one-eye dictator to hijack his power through bloody military coup in 1997 which most of his military commanders got kill! And later he joined force with the coup maker(the dictator) to destroy what is left of Cambodia! Oh no! this stupid prince hasn't done yet and now he want to recover Koh Tral back to Cambodia? ahahhahhahahhahha

The prince maybe right after all on the future of Khmer Krom and Koh Tral. When Cambodia got patriotic government Cambodian government must take step to militarized in form of police force just like Japan. Cambodian people must militarize including the Khmer Krom, Khmer Kandal, and Khmer Leu...now Cambodia has close to 30 million Khmer people standing strong militarily equipped with the best weapons money can buy...I know about the stupid concept of neutrality but Cambodia has only police force so stupid neutrality concept doesn't apply! ahahhahhah

Four-million Souls said...

Like father like son. Cambodia the way it is today because of his father. He was a flip flop man. He killed many innocents heroes, like Son Ngoc Thach and many other natatialists and diplomats, simply because they were smarter than him. He was a king killer and for sure his evil son is no different. How had died because of being part of the Funcipic, what happened after? Where is their justice? So far, no one been charged. Hun Sen still in power! Why? And now, you still dare to show you evil fk up face. I can't believe it, just like father like son, mentally retarded.

Sithan Hin said...

Ah Kone S'dach Cheay SamLoy.

Tels pere tel fils, et vaut rien !

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