Jailing Mu Sochua will
produce many side-effects such as pressure from the international
communities, mass demonstration by Cambodian people, and martyred
will become Khmer An San Su Kyi inevitably.
Op-Ed by Khmer Young
July 5th, 2010 early morning, she landed in Pochentong international
airport of Cambodia to what she had promised to come back to Cambodia
despite gradual pressures from Hun Sen's government about arresting her
to put in jail if she rejected to pay the penalty from a countersuit
case filed by Hun Sen.
This legal scheme begun by a lawsuit filed
by Mu Sochua to sue Hun Sen regarding his speech at Kompot mentioned
the derogative word such as "satrey cheung klang or strong leg woman",
"strip off her bra by herself but accused other..." etc This speech was
broadcasted countrywide via TVK, a government TV channel. Everyone
perceived well that a woman mentioned in his speech is no one else but
MP Muchua. Through the mass media, MP Sochua was known to the publice
for her sharp speech and active advocate for farmers and human rights in
Kompot province, which is her constituency.
However, Mu Sochua's
lawsuit was disregarded by the Phnom Penh court; but Hun Sen's
countersuit was considered by the court as relevant. Subsequently, the
case was brought up to the supreme court which Mu Sochua expected to
receive a balanced judgement from this highest court. At the end, the
supreme court ruled over this case by accusing that Mu Sochua is the
defamer. She is fined to pay both prime minister Hun Sen and national
treasury in an approximate amount of 4000$.
Cambodian people and
world watchers are astonished by this final ruling of the supreme court.
Mu Sochua has firmly kept her conscience not to
pay this fine. Whenever she authorizes to pay the fine required by the
law, it means she accepts her fault of defaming the premier. Observers
see that Mu Sochua is a victim, not a perpetrator. A victim should not
be transformed into a perpetrator. She is one of the Cambodian woman who
has been perpetually harassed by men verbally, physically and
financially. Khmer culture of patrimony has been deeply embedded in this
society. Not only premier who made a joke and sexily referred to a
woman in his speech in Kampot, many other Cambodian men have
traditionally practiced this.
Mu Sochua's decision to challenge a
powerful man has drawn attention from Cambodian people nationwide and
people worldwide. This decision is very significant:
Chronically, the supplemental treaty of
border marking between Cambodia and Vietnam in 1995 has visibly put
Cambodian dissents into hostage while this controversial lawsuit between
Hun Sen and Mu Sochua will put all Cambodian people into hostage if Mu
Sochua accepts herself as a culprit. So, the solution must be admitted
into the course by withdrawing the countersuit or jailing the woman.
Mu Sochua will produce many side-effects such as pressure from the
international communities, mass demonstration by Cambodian people, and
martyred Mu Sochua will become Khmer An San Su Kyi inevitably.
Cambodian Brighter Future depends on enduring conscience and tireless strivings of Cambodian Younger Generation!