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Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Hun Sen's latest antic unbecoming of a premier
I wonder whether it is still proper to address Mr Hun Sen as the prime minister of Cambodia. Or whether he deserves to be addressed Mr Prime Minister, given his latest antic displayed over the weekend at the Thai-Cambodian border.
The timing of Mr Hun Sen’s weekend visit to the border was viewed with great suspicion in Thailand as it coincided with the escalated political activities of the Thai red-shirt movement to increase pressure on the Abhisit government ahead of the February 26 Judgement Day when a verdict on deposed former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s 76 billion baht worth of frozen assets is to be delivered by the Supreme Court’s criminal division for political office holders.
The real issue here is not his visit which can take place anytime Mr Hun Sen so wishes. But his unprovoked insulting remarks against Prime Minister Ahisit Vejjajiva and the false allegations against Thailand and the Thai armed forces which are most disturbing and totally unacceptable from the leader of a neighbouring country who has repeatedly announced that he holds no grudges against this country but only against Mr Abhisit and his “illegimate” government.
The followings are excerpts of Mr Hun Sen’s remarks which were translated from Khmer into Thai and English:
“I am angry at a few people in Thailand. I am not angry at the whole Siamese people and two lousy English-language newspapers, the Nation and Bangkok Post.
“The most expensive excrement in Thailand because the Thai people gave it as a gift to the prime minister (Abhisit). And he still refuses to resign from the post.” (This remark was in direct reference to the case when some unidentified people threw excrement into the house of Mr Abhisit).
“You (Abhisit) are a thief who stole power (from Thaksin). If you don’t believe me, then let hold an election and you (Abhisit) will lose.”
“My wife wears a military uniform. Why it bothers Mr Abhisit?”
“If you don’t speak the truth about Siamese troops inviding Cambodia on July 15, 2008, let the sacred powers break your (Abhisit) neck, let you be shot dead, be crushed to death by a car, be electrocuted or shot dead by a stray bullet.”
“Not only that Thailand invaded (Cambodia), but they also invaded and cheated in history by changing the name of Prasart Preah Vihear into Phra Viharn.”
“If Thai troops did not intrude into Wat Keo Sekkha Kiri Savarak, let bad luck befall on me. You should know me, Suthep (Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thuagsuban).”
“I have chided you many times before. Do you (Abhisit) feel hurt? If you retaliate, I will hit back at you again.”
“I have sent a letter to tell the Siamese people that there has never been a period when the Siamese society is so chaotic as the period under Mr Abhisit. Thai foreign relations are also bad.”
“You (Abhisit) order the yellow shirts (People’s Alliance for Democracy) to stage the coup and to seize the airports.”
“Would Mr Abhisit take an oath that his family will perish in a plane crash that the Siam troops did not invade Cambodia?”
“He (Abhisit) is crazy, confused and deserves to be eliminated. This guy has no honour for his family.”
Mr Hun Sen has ordered his statement at the border to be recorded translated into English probably for dissemination to wider audience. But if he really believes that his offensive remarks will make Mr Abhisit looks like a clown, then he should think twice. Because it will be him who will be the laughing stock in the world’s community.
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