Posts Tagged ‘The rural voters and politic of the times’
By Kok Sap, 28/09/2011
It makes no difference of who run the country in the majority view.
Besides, voter education on democratic choice in election and political party is still a novelty to millions. The Patron and Personal Cult relations still run Cambodia politic. Generations still see people with gun and genetic tie passing down is the power holder and ruler. Though no need for them to fuss and fight regardless of how incompetent or cruel of the people in the lead.
In examples, Sam Rainsy and wife, Sihanouk and Ieng Sary kids remain in current politic of Cambodia. Sihanouk kids are in top shape with lucrative benefits for life from government, and Sam Rainsy, the grandson of the colonial agent Chaovavaing Thioun with his three uncles Thioun Mumm, Thioun Thieun, and Thioun Prasith are known Khmer Rouge leaders and cause of the killing fields, represents the opposing voice. The trio have had maintained mutual association from the 50′s with the alleged killer Ieng Sary, whose kid named Ieng Vuth is wealthy and Pailin deputy governor, allowed in to play present politic with invisible protection shields.
Other hand Rainsy wife, Saumura, is no stranger. Her flamboyant playboy father Thioulong was one of the top Generals, Minister, and Sihanouk’s film star. During Sangkum regime a touristic park in Kampot named after him. Per records his hands had involved in land grabbing in Battambang during the 60′s. Then in the 70′s, the 80′s he was assigned key portfolio in DK’s GRUNK and Sihanouk personal ambassador for life.
Now both Rainsy and Saumura are sharing the legislative duty and patrons of the political party naming after a private person. Et Voila, not much the member can complain about Sihanouk ego-eccentric style and nepotism. Evidently the blood line whether bad or good still runs Cambodia. A cliché said acorn never fell far from tree. Yet he claims nothing is personal but a pure political and national interest which raised many doubts in the party. That resonates the opposition leader personae that is needed to change, quickly.
Thus without guns and inherent titles, people see nothing else can bring comfort and luxury in life for them. Having name and face, although not all good and respected, still is a way to play and rise up in politic of the kingdom. So in no time soon, Cambodia acclimate how the democracy works and plays for the common poor and men interests.
In current situation, Cambodian voters are still confused in hearing the political speeches especially in democratic paradigms. For thousands of year, people of Cambodia accustomed to single family or ruling political party whether in politic or government. Worst, there is not much of a choice for a clean sleight politician in present Cambodia, null, nada, and zit.
Fresh idea in populism or pluralism in governance seemed an out of place nuance for them. Politicians capitalize on the uneducated and underserved population for generations to seize power from one another. The basic needs in day to day for the majority are still un-addressed by the government. They seemed bypassing the intellect and cognition of the political hero. Most of them talked over the voters head. Some even went far from reality” know nothing” about the rural and remote daily living.
Customarily, politic of the era was done and operated from a single location the Capital city. To the ruling or the opposition party, the full picture of daily life of the poor is still a myth.
Presently, the outcry about Beung Kak Lake residents outplayed millions living along the borderlines. The government made concession or compromise around the urban poor demands while the rural ones are not mentioned and ignored. Up to present, along the border lines, no good road systems to travel, no running or clean water in each village, no good healthcare services available within walking distance, not too motivating for the new recruited educators to relocate in the rural, no library nor well supported schools available, no incentive for the land owners to involve in industrial agriculture, no reliable postal service and no emergency or security in place when time of panic, and no self-defense mechanism in place for them in case of foreign incursion or robbery. Understandably that the world feared of civil unrest and war might return to Cambodia, if citizen were allowed to own firearm. Unlike Siam, its frontier settlers allowed to own firearms and means for self defense. And the government built bunkers and shelters for citizens in case of war. List can go on all day long but the politician of all colours and persuasion seemed unaware of.
The above short listed issues were hardly heard from the politicos’ mouth in advocating for the benefits and esteem of the rural. The rural people live in fear and no confidence in government or armed forces. They appear as the heavy end of the political pendulum since the Independence in 1953. From times and in all regimes, record showed the power and advantage rest in people bearing guns and big titles from the urban zone. Land was lost to the gun bearers and those who could afford to hire the guns from government to inflict pain and suffering on the poor land owners. There were plenty of evidences and proofs from each and every regime.
The current politicians, especially those in the opposing side, are not savvy to earn trust and confidence from the poor. They have forgotten the paradigms of change were usually driven by the farthest places from the Capital and Royal houses of this crumbling kingdom.
To the recent memory only the Khmer Rouge leaders who seemed to catch on and bank on the rural and remote regions people to proclaim their revolutionary victory. But for unknown reasons, from observation, even the opposition seemed focusing their relentless campaign and voice around the urban crowds. Rarely any of them would stake and stand by and with the rural poor in demanding justice and equal treatment from the abusers.
Conclusively no matter who or what, Cambodia real victory in politic and agents of change still remain at the heart and soul of those living in the remote and underserved areas.
Nonetheless, yet the politicos still don’t get the vision, just yet.