With no trust left in Cambodia’s judicial system, the opposition called on the angels to punish those who betray their oath of office

Friday, June 18, 2010

Hok Lundy's crashed copper following a lightning strike

18 June 2010
By Meas Mony
Free Press Magazine Online
Translated from Khmer by Socheata
Click here to read the article in Khmer

With no trust left in Cambodia’s judicial system, one SRP MP called on the Tevodas (angels), the traditional respected Khmer belief, to punish all those who betrayed their oath of love to the nation and to the country’s territories.

Son Chhay, National Assembly whip for the SRP, told reporters on Thursday that: “The oath of office by high-ranking officials in top national institutions is merely a ceremonial showoff, these people swore that they are determined to protect our territorial integrity by putting their lives on the line to serve the nation, to fight against corruption etc…, but, in reality, how much did they abide by their oath?” Son Chhay also called on the Tevodas to punish all those who betrayed their oath of office, in particular in regards to the defense of the nation’s interest.

Son Chhay’s prayer takes place at the same time that 11 members of the Anti-corruption Council are sworn in before taking their duties.

Within the Cambodian community, even though, currently, swearing to deities does not bear much meaning, especially when we are all living in a scientific world, it still bears a great influence on the poor and the hopeless victims. Furthermore, when a natural event strikes a person that one hates, this event is usually considered as a curse of the gods sent in as response to one’s prayers.

Another noticeable event took place when the helicopter carrying General Hok Lundy, Hun Sen’s in-law, was struck by lightning in 2008. Hok Lundy was seen as a villain in Cambodia.

Nevertheless, according to scientists, taking an oath or praying to God are nothing more than psychological factors.


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