Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Friday called on the Cambodian diaspora in Asia to “inspire” those back home to “stand up and make a change” to the country’s government, urging them not to allow Prime Minister Hun Sen to buy their loyalty.
Speaking with RFA’s Khmer Service in Gwangju, South Korea amid a conference organized by local youth members of his party, the acting president of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) said the tens of thousands of Cambodians living and working in South Korea are being “cheated” by Hun Sen in a bid to gain their support for his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).
“Hun Sen often gives them little gifts to buy their support for his authoritarian and corrupt regime, and his family, but Cambodians living in Korea don’t need his gift,” Sam Rainsy said, adding that “there is no gift-giving and cheating here, like in Cambodia.”
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