Poverty and capitalism, it seems, have achieved
perfect synthesis in Cambodia�ern day
thought. In todayലend, it is the US Dollar!
In today೯ciety as a whole is dollar-driven.
Dollar dictates everything, in a country with
long history of political instability.
Dollar could buy you places in high position and
life depends on it.
Social status in Cambodia speaks louder than
word, from the brand of liquor to the position
holds in government. The common practice has
inherited into the system vary considerably in
all walk of life across the country with its own
group-specific social hierarchies that dictates
between the master and servant.
Social prejudice in Cambodia is as ancient as
anyone can recall it. Negative attitude and
malicious statement are contagious that passes
onto our children for generations. Such
self-destruction statements are harming our
children and the society they grow into.
Resentment remains fiercely on surface 襠city
represents the rich and intellect, with corrupt
mind and oppression.
Social inequality, the Khmer Rouge had declared
the war of all fronts was officially over on
April 17, 1975. But there is another major war
that has been raging internally among Cambodians
In Chey village, most of
village children, by the time they were
teenagers, they had embraced communist ideal of
social equality, and abhor capitalism oppressive
and tyrant. But the Khmer Rouge is a classic
social in itself: peasant versus urban city
At the start, it was clear that Khmer Rouge was
engaged in great ideological struggle, between
them who own life experience as a weapon to
create fear, and a nation Khmer Rouge had
As a child, I remember a time when
people of different race, creed, or ethnic
origin in Cambodia found hatred and prejudice
installed in social custom. And sometimes our
differences run so deep, it seems we share a
country, but not a society. Khmer Rouge had
convinced people with care because they care.
That is Khmer Rouge's genius, and will be their
obscured good side of their legacy.
Defeating Lon Nol was relatively easy. But Pol
Pot had inherited a dysfunctional state plagued
by unresolved internal conflicts and corruption
dating back to the early 50s and 60s under
Sangkum Reastr Niyum. It was the war that no one
dare resolve it al struggles between rich
and poor; intellect and the unfortunate
ignorance. French was everything; architectures
and their way of life still inspire Cambodian.
Khmer Rouge had created a social class in
itself. At the grass root, Khmer Rouge had
sought the end of tyranny in the world. The
regime's response was to try and test methods of
its mentor࣯mmunist ideology, control,
vigilance, dogma, and repression. Under Khmer
Rouge regime New People were reduced to subject
status and lost the rights of citizens and
Social-divided has long embedded in our society.
One of the most tenacious social problems in
Cambodia is class prejudice, the negative
evaluation of others bases solely on
materialistic value, wealth, rank and political
agenda, and membership in a particular group.
Stereotype and shamelessly bias as it comes to
Social class in Cambodia is well open in public
unlike in the west, people seems to regard it as
private matter. In general senses, people
believe that the complexities of social
prejudice have constituted a serious obstacle to
civil progress in society that leads to
corruption and exploitation.
As it comes for one to lead, Cambodian has long
embraced a god-like authority. The philosophy
based on strict obedience to a hierarchy ﭥn
obey men, young obey old, and everyone obeys the
ruler. Civil servants are completely subservient
to their boss. Kinship and family relations are
both important in Cambodian society, as well as
for those in government and commerce-based
Our fundamental attitude toward social issues is
silent-thinking privately if not publicly. For
century, such guiding principle served as the
social and political blueprint for Cambodian
society that faulted to the oppressive feudal
system. In Khmer Rouge regime that was well
content with the Communist doctrine: Obey
Khmer culture tends toward fear of authority and
internal class culture conditions set the stage
for the results that followed. The government is
a powerhouse and every one is working for it;
not for the good of the nation but
self-protectionism in society. Corruption among
rulers and civil conflicts has undermined
Cambodia is a land of politic derided for its
self-interest, combativeness, duplicity, and
triviality at the cost of a nation. It seems
everyone in politic against one another. The
winner rule and the loser take refuge for fear
of their lives. Some had gone to greater
distance only to destroy the adversaries
㳥rting that it not an individualist
responsibility for its downfall, but continuing
to exploit the nation disaster to free
themselves from political persecution, personal
freedom bases on human rights abuses, and
corrupt-mind reaches beyond remedy.
Today, Cambodian continues to devalue themselves
base on face value. Social class determines a
personදcation, the car you drive, brand of
liquor, and the house you own in the
neighborhood, it does determine to a large
extent as whom to marry and dine with. Social
class is often viewed as materialistic that
constitutes power and wealth, a unique identity
in society they have fought to preserve for
The social prejudice is pervasive in Cambodia.
Although it is intimately linked with social
development, while most common belief it causes
grief and suffering when it comes to corruption
and national development issues. Yet social
prejudice has shown no sign of disappearing,
mainly because of the system of governing and
common approaches to dealing with the issues
that long instill in society asy way out
and laidback attitude that problem resolves
itself if left alone.
However, social prejudice, to some extent, as an
innocent by-product of the way Cambodian thinks
of another. Society as a whole does not accept
the fact that they harbor deep prejudices
against one another pose a realistic threat to
the society they embrace for generations and may
cause ill-feeling toward inhumanity acts. Khmer
Rouge killed simply because one is educated and
well-off than another.
The Angkorean Kings once had made Cambodian race
stood proudly across Asia has obscurely
disintegrated in the twenty-century. It's our
moral collapsing and error of ethical judgment
versus the political failure; that quite
impossible to label or find word in
self-righteousness drivel from one another. Most
have lost its bearings, and while Cambodian
ignore everything isn't at own peril, but what
Cambodian shake off, the neighboring like
Vietnam and Thailand gleefully recovered.
It also appears that Cambodian has abandoned
both politic and morality for something else.
Our Inability to distinguish between blundering
depredation of interests of nation and one's
responsibility; solidarity and consolidation of
unity; fellowship; community that signifies a
nation in gain and loss, in honor and dishonor,
in victory and defeat, a being all in the same
What has written here reflected 襠Khmer
Riche: Making a killing in CambodiaAndrew
Marshall in the Good Weekend Magazine for the
Sydney Morning Herald. Itനe reflection of
Cambodianntality true nature on facts and
values inflicts on the poor and the unfortunate
of their own countrymen. It is obvious that no
one seems to move by the injustices that people
have endured and those arenhamed to flaunt
I grew up with the lessons of another generation
頦ather-grandfatherneration. I heard the
stories of struggles and sacrifices, of fear and
division. Today, Cambodia is still a place where
dreams are too often deferred and opportunities
too often denied among us because our
indifferences in the hall of government, at
home, in school and at the sidewalks to the
money spends: Dollar.
Foreigners are most likely to take the blames
for the failure of Cambodia in indefinite
future. Questionably, Cambodian has long put the
blame on colonialism that ruled Cambodia for 90
years (1863-1953) and that of social class gave
birth to Cambodia. The American imperialist is
loved to hate around the world economically and
its military deterrent.
Internal strife is synonymous with Cambodian.
The fact that even asking the question today
seems absurd tells you how far things have
quickly deteriorated among Cambodians, living
in a society that is slipping beyond immorality
Politic and self-serving has been a consuming
passion among politicians 襠weak and poor and
uneducated is a very powerful voting bloc when
it comes to politicians seeking supports in
patronage system 衴 attitude still prevails.
Historically, foreigner wants to conquer
Cambodia simply poisons Cambodian with something
Cambodian wants. It is safe to say that
anything-and-everything-foreign moves Cambodian.
Those are self-evident. The result of lack of
self-leadership, collective efforts, and
national-alliance has constituted social
conflicts that are horrific and brutal. Let͊ not forget Pol Pot! 䠷as a symbol of the
destruction that can be wrought when colonialism
and imperialism converged.