Minority leader of Cambodian parliament embodied

Posted by: | Posted on: January 22, 2015

What is minority leader?

Leader of MinorityIn most democratic countries, minority leader is very essential to ensure “critics quality” to drive force of nation building. Nonetheless, minority leader doesn’t entitle  without having proper privileges and obligations at all. In Canada, minority leader is appointed and endorsed by the Queen with full power and privileges. There are packages of budget reserved for minority office to effectively run its businesses such as campaign, rally, researches, advisory groups, assistants and staffs, and other necessary expenses.

Reading the endorsed letter issued by President of the Assembly, H.E. Heng Samrin, the two groups are nominated: parliamentarian leaders from both parties. What differences are: the CPP has one president and two deputies; but the CNRP has one president, one deputy, and one secretary. While the endorsement allowed each group to obtain office with secretaries at least 2 to 4 for daily operation. The two wings are incomparable and sophisticated.

Hence, there is the statement to recognize H.E. Sam Rainsy as the Minority Leader in the parliament, but the letter doesn’t state clearly on privileges and obligations at all.

Could any one clarify on this unsettled odd? Why Cambodian parliament, sometime, produce sophisticated and complicated bureaucrats to supplement the existing sophisticated and complicated status-quo?

Political Paradigm of Young Khmer Generation 5

Posted by: | Posted on: January 20, 2015

This part is about leaders must sacrifice.

Political Paradigm of Pragmatism from Khmer Younger Generation 4

Posted by: | Posted on: January 20, 2015

This part 4 is essential to reminding leaders on how they could embrace proper behavior.

Comparison on the politics of outdated policy and pragmatism

Posted by: | Posted on: January 16, 2015

An analysis on Cambodia politics: old tactician is facing with new pragmatic politicians in Cambodia and those pragmatic younger generations.


Cambodia’s Sam Rainsy Says Ruling Party Seeks to Divide Opposition

Posted by: | Posted on: January 16, 2015

Cambodia’s Sam Rainsy Says Ruling Party Seeks to Divide Opposition



Sam Rainsy speaks to reporters in Phnom Penh after returning from his trip to Europe, Jan. 11, 2015.


Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Thursday accused the country’s ruling party of seeking to undermine its competition ahead of general elections set for 2018 by establishing several smaller parties in a bid to split opposition voters.

Speaking to supporters of his Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in Kampong Speu province, Sam Rainsy said Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodia People’s Party (CPP) was “behind the establishment” of the smaller parties and called for “unity among [the country’s] democrats.”

No party had been able to defeat the CPP over the past 30 years because the country’s nationalists and democrats have remained split, the opposition chief said.

“The CPP knows that if the democrats are united, it will lose,” he said.

“They are establishing smaller parties to split the [opposition] votes.”

Sam Rainsy noted that the royalist Funcinpec party, as well as his former Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) and CNRP Deputy President Kem Sohka’s former Human Rights Party (HRP), had long split the opposition vote, allowing the CPP to sweep national elections.

Since the SRP and HRP merged to become the CNRP in 2012, however, the CPP has faced a significant challenge to its control of the government.
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CAMBODIA: Some Thoughts for 2015 by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth

Posted by: | Posted on: January 15, 2015

I wrote that CNRP lawmakers must work hard on behalf of the many who voted them in office and keep the electorate and members of the international community abreast of their efforts. The people and the world would know who engaged in malice. I raised my frustration over CNRP leaders’ anti-Vietnamese rhetoric and appeals to emotionalism, urging statesman-like behavior to make themselves a credible alternative to the CPP.

In the July 2013 elections:with 9.67 million eligible voters and 6.62 million votes cast (68% voter turnout), a reported 3.2 million votes (48.8%) were cast for Hun Sen/CPP despite alleged fraud, and a reported 2.9 million votes (44.4%) went to the CNRP, providing no overwhelming victory for the ruling party. The Premier and his CPP had heaven to thank for the competing half dozen parties that collectively received a half million votes, theoretically more than enough to have won the election for the opposition CNRP had the smaller parties not competed.

January 15, 2015

Leadership SkillsAn article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission

CAMBODIA: Some Thoughts for 2015

I begin this New Year 2015 with a renewed reminder: It is less what we know, but more how we think, that determines the quality of our life and our future.

We must imagine, explore, and challenge what we believe we know. That is how we improve ourselves and our circumstances.

Reality and the little buddhas?

Journalist and author Elizabeth Becker mirrored a common affirmation when she observed, “To be Cambodian is to be Buddhist.” Most Cambodians would agree. Lord Gautama Buddha (563 BC-483 BC) teaches to do all good, avoid all evil, and purify the mind (through meditation).   Yet, look around. Among relatively intelligent friends, siblings, and relatives; at offices; between neighbors; among members of communities and nations, there’s a world of friction and disharmony, disorder and discontent.

Many talk the talk – they go to Temple, recite memorized religious teachings – but are less consistent in their actions. Buddha counsels, “However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do if you do not act upon them?”

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