SRP defectors handsomely rewarded by Hun Sen [-Chao Phally: Working for democracy doesn’t pay, unlike serving Hun Sen]
Monday, February 18, 2008
Translated from Khmer by Socheata
Two of last week’s SRP defectors to join the CPP, were awarded with salaried positions to live on. The Cambodia Daily reported that Chao Phally, a member of the SRP committee and party president for Kratie province, was rewarded with the position of advisor to Hun Sen with the rank of minister, and Hor Sopheap, a member of the SRP committee from Banteay Meanchey, was rewarded with the position of government advisor with a rank of secretary of state. Chao Phally told The Cambodia Daily by phone on Sunday about the reason he decided to defect his party to join the CPP was because he felt that his 7-year work for the SRP is a waste of time. The Cambodia Daily also reported Chao Phally as saying: “I have sacrificed myself for the sake of democracy for a long time.” Hor Sopheap said that he joined the CPP to build the country. Eng Chhay Eang, SRP Secretary-general, said that among the 100 SRP committee members, only 7 left.