|The whole 'brutal' truth and nothing but the truth?|
School of Vice: With every report we get to hear of this ignoble deal involving some of the most vulnerable people on earth today who had had to flee their beloved homelands in search of basic security for themselves and their offspring, one cannot but detect in this seedy transaction in human lives the sense of utter disregard on the part of those officials involved for all things predicative of attributes and values that otherwise attest to the good and praiseworthy side of mankind.
That the Cambodian regime is accustomed to telling lies to itself, its population, the outside world; to turning black into white and vice versa is hardly a secret, but when a major 'western' country's government - itself geographically close enough to this part of the world to know and see better - exploits this neo-KR regime's well-documented disdain for human lives and moral principles, what little remains of our collective faith in humanity as such is coming under serious examination!
I stopped reading as soon as I got to the sentence marked in red about Interior Ministry officials from Cambodia having left for Nauru with this mission to communicate what they term "realistic" 'summation of contemporary Cambodia'!! Now, since when have these good officials ever said or done anything that can be objectively described as 'realistic' or truthful? Name just one, if you will, please?
Even as I write this scores of unarmed protestors who have been attempting to get some measure of justice for their plundered lands and livelihoods are being violently beaten on the streets of Phnom Penh. Their crime? Well, they tried to hand in their petitions at specific venues, including the PM's official residence, who has a well-documented history of violent paranoia towards people going by his heavily guarded compound. Still, that these land grab victims insist upon delivering their complains and petitions to the PM himself is understandable, for everyone in the country knows he alone makes all the rain, floods and thunder there: without his express will and executive signal nothing happens. Besides, he claimed recently he knew nothing of their troubles because no one had ever told him so!!
For those refugees from the Middle East, I doubt they have quite the kind of familiarity with being told the 'truth' by their rulers or given a 'realistic' report/promise prior to being lured into a deadly trap. Most Cambodians who survived the Pol Pot regime will have recalled how that regime lied to them from day one, from having been told to evacuate the capital for only a few days, to leaving your family behind 'temporarily' without taking along basic necessities on a 're-education' trip, only to find themselves rounded up for brutal execution at those isolated spots not far beyond the village's bamboo grove ...
That's the only brutal truth about this KR/VC remnants, and it's all thanks to the Australian government and those other major powers that these innocent victims of other wars in other parts of this world will fall prey once more to their cynical and despicable lies.
Tue, 21 October 2014 PPP
Kevin Ponniah and Taing Vida
As a group of Cambodian officials reportedly departed for Australia and asylum seeker detention centres on the Pacific island of Nauru last night, the Interior Ministry said that refugees would be given a brutally “realistic” summation of contemporary Cambodia before they choose to come here.
Under an agreement signed last month, asylum seekers on Nauru found to be genuine refugees – who have been told they will never be allowed to settle on the Australian mainland – will be given the choice to relocate to Cambodia instead, with resettlement costs to be met by Australian taxpayers.
But Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak made it clear yesterday that the government would not be pulling its punches with the refugees about life in Cambodia, leading observers to question whether its professed desire to engage in “humanitarian” resettlement was genuine.
“This is not a trip to advertise [and] to attract tourists to Cambodia, this trip is to tell them about Cambodia,” he told the Post yesterday. “About life, about culture, about the history of Cambodia and where we came from. For example, the three years, eight months and 20 days [of the Khmer Rouge regime], how we suffered. The reality of Cambodia, not the advertising.