Despite thirty-years in the making, Cambodia
remains very much an aid-dependent. The country
GDP is strongly suggested that Cambodia is an
inspires more by opportunism than by the desire
to preserve national interest, of an economy
that is rapidly coming apart.
Cambodia is a country of imports. The GDP ranks
among the lowest in Asia. Cambodia imported
commodity goods from toothpick to vegetations
found on table in excess of 1.4 billion dollar
in 2007 from Thailand alone.
Family dynasty in Cambodia may last
longer than those of Chinese. Everyone
builds their family’s name and legacy at
their appointed-ministry. Public
institutions existed only on papers. Public
office turns private businesses where
private matters are confided and decided
behind closed-door. Spy on one another is
Everyone embraces the idea
that “one people knows is one too many to
guard their secrets”. Everyone is fighting
one another to gain the respect and trust of
the boss. Ministry of X is under A Dynasty,
Ministry of Y and Z, respectively.
Garment sector, which employs
low skills workers contribute a large share
of the country GDP, requires no academic
Cambodian economy in the world view is grim
despite a member of WTO. Cambodia never has
an effective economic policy. Central to
this failure has been ignoring the inherent
connection between self-interested and
economic external aggression from Thailand
Bureaucracy and red
tape are long. Government is the biggest and
most powerful enterprise in Cambodia.
Everyone wants to be a part of it. A
government offers a lifetime career and a
name in class society.
Government offers a lifetime career and a
place in class society. Thirty years after
the war, reform and capacity building
remains one of the government top agenda.
Workshop and capacity building for civil
servant are lucrative businesses, where
training materials and rent facilities are
Most give politics a bad name.
Anything about Cambodia, Cambodian talks
about it openly in public, while suffering
privately in silence: Corruption, Political
Freedom, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of
Press, Illegal Land Grabbing, Land
Concession, Forced Eviction, Injustice,
Unemployment and Inflation.
Today, Cambodian is becoming disillusioned
at its peril. Without political freedom,
they are learning to their cause is
impossible. Their new born child is all
about: Be All You Can Be!
Cambodian has long sought
harmony and peace. But beneath the surface,
widespread hatred of injustice simmers.
Opinion about the government spills into the
street. People began to say in public
something that they had long said in
private. In public, Democracy turns
Peace and Stability:
Cambodian is in search
of self-assurance in peace and harmony in
life. Fate has been kind to Cambodia,
consider war and genocide. Today, real peace
is not just the absence of conflict; it’s
the presence of justice.
Career Vs. Employment System:
prefers career system over employment
system. Career system offers a lifetime
career and everything else living in a class
society. A central Planning Policy inherits
into the system is also plays a major part.
In patron-client relationship, civil servant
advances through bureaucratic system.
Respect Vs. Fear:
No one is quite sure if Cambodian is truly
meant when they said the word respect or
simply acts out of fear. Respect and fear
often times use interchangeably for
everything. On the road: By sunset, most
removed their helmets and begin running the
red light. Most fear of police by not
respecting the law. In public, Democracy
turns Demo-crazy. It is fear and respect?
Give & Take:
Corruption is monumental out
of proportion. Ask any one about it.
Everyone denied it and everyone is doing it.
It makes one wonders who is and who is not.
How do you address corruption in a culture
that no one seems to accept and see it as
Cambodian gives corruption is a bad name, if
everyone is corrupt; corruption is a good
thing, because everyone is doing their share
and profit from it.
Most embark on politics on the
expense of the nation. Everyone claims the
love his nation. Once in office, they
surround themselves with families and their
close cronies on the assumption of trust.
Everything quickly became secret and
confidential. Most works carry out behind
close door. Everyone guards their works with
their life. Documents could turn into a
The Rhetoric will continue!..|
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