CNRP Officials to Visit Migrants, Build Support in South Korea

CNRP vice presidents-elect Pol Ham and Eng Chhay Eang are expected to arrive in South Korea on Thursday to meet Cambodian migrant workers.

Mr. Ham and Mr. Chhay Eang, who were elected by the party as vice presidents in February but have yet to get an all-clear from the Interior Ministry, plan to promote the party among Cambodian workers, said Yim Sinorn, head of the CNRP’s youth wing in South Korea.

“Their primary purpose as members of parliament is to come to see our citizens here, and to meet with supporters in order to provide them with the latest news and the party’s political stance,” he said.

Mr. Sinorn said the trip was not specifically aimed at fundraising for the party, but that supporters would likely make donations.

“The organizers do not require our brothers and sisters to contribute money, but very often our supporters share money to fund the event and the leftover money will go to the party,” he said.

According to Prime Minister Hun Sen, there are more than 40,000 Cambodian migrant workers living in South Korea.

Labor Minister Ith Sam Heng was sent to South Korea last month to attend the country’s first-ever Khmer New Year public celebration, which drew a crowd of about 20,000.

CNRP President Kem Sokha is currently on a two-week trip to the U.S. to raise funds and awareness among Cambodian-Americans in cities across the country and to meet with key officials in the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

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