The ruling Cambodian People’s Party yesterday criticized former opposition leader Sam Rainsy and the court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) for politically taking advantage of government lockdown measures to curb COVID- 19 and make people disobey the instructions of the authority.
Rainsy also accused the government of starving people to death thanks to the strict measures applied to curb the COVID-19 epidemic in the community of Phnom Penh, the city of Takhmao and important places in the Kingdom.
However, the Justice Department said yesterday that Rainsy was prepared to do anything to destroy government measures for the purposes of “political gain”, regardless of the welfare of the people.
CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said yesterday that Rainsy is urging residents of the country to disobey measures taken by the government to prevent COVID-19. He said the ex-CNRP also intended to kill people from the pandemic.
“The convicted illegal rebel group (ex-CNRP), unemployed and lonely, are trying to get people to be infected with or die from COVID-19 to blame the royal government,” he said.
Eysan called on people to stay strong during these trying times to save their own lives from COVID-19 by respecting government measures.
“The incitement of the illegal rebel group that wants people to die from COVID-19 will not receive any support from the Cambodian people,” he said, adding that their activities have been condemned by the Cambodian people.
“They are increasingly showing treason and betraying the people with poisonous tactics to kill Cambodians. The illegal rebel leader is the son of a traitor with a betrayal gene, ”he said. “Despite his flight to France, he (Rainsy) still tries and commits treason.”
Due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases, the government has locked down Phnom Penh, three cities and dozens of townships and villages across the Kingdom.
In a video clip posted to his official Facebook page yesterday, Rainsy, who lives in exile in Paris, said people told him about the situation in the capital during the lockdown, saying he saw photos of the quiet town with no one. in the streets.
“The city appears strangely calm, reminiscent of the Pol Pot (Khmer Rouge regime) era after people were evacuated from the city or their homes, leaving people starving,” he said. “Pol Pot chased us from our homes, starving us to death, but this regime keeps people in their homes hungry,”
He claimed that the measures taken by the government to lock down the capital and force people to stay in their homes were “disproportionate” to the COVID-19 situation in Cambodia, saying it had caused people to panic.
“They (the authorities) are reacting to a situation of panic, which troubles the nation and makes the people miserable,” he added.
Rainsy said the public will rise up against the government for strict lockdown measures in a matter of weeks if the measures are not lifted.
“Suppose these measures are correct but not properly implemented because they do not understand how to implement them. They are only strict with the poor who have no money to bribe them. They put people in crowded places and there are no measures to prevent person-to-person transmission, ”he said.
“I think such measures cannot be sustained over the next one or two weeks. I believe that people are revolting because they have no choice, ”he added.
Phnom Penh has been on lockdown since April 15 to curb the coronavirus epidemic in the community, with three other cities on lockdown.
Yesterday, Sihanoukville in Preah Sihanouk province, Takhmao city in Kandal province and Poipet City in Banteay Meanchey province were blocked to stem the spread of COVID-19. In addition, other localities, villages and municipalities have also been temporarily closed due to an increase in the number of cases.
In his recent ruling, Prime Minister Hun Sen said the authorities responsible for implementing the lockdown would distribute “emergency aid” including rice, noodles, canned fish, fish sauce. and soy sauce to vulnerable, poor and underprivileged people in the Zone areas ”.
The Ministry of Commerce is also facilitating the procurement, transport and distribution of food, including rice and water, as well as other essential foods for sale to people living in the lockdown areas.
A Khmer Times reporter observed dozens of military trucks transporting food and supplies to vulnerable and poor people in lockdown areas, especially in “red zones.” However, some residents have expressed their displeasure over the rise in food prices, saying town hall does not appear to have had a clear plan before the lockdown.
Justice Department spokesman Chin Malin said yesterday that Rainsy was using the lockdown to gain political interest.
“His act of calling on the people to revolt against the government’s measures to fight COVID-19 is against the law. It is his political style that everyone knows, ”he said. “He is ready to do anything to destroy the measures of the government, whatever the interests of the nation and the well-being of the people. What he does is for political gain for his group and his faction. “
Malin also spoke of Rainsy’s recent tactic of calling on people to take COVID-19 vaccines from China, which he had previously strongly opposed.
Mr Hun Sen said the opposition group prepared the scenario as expected, saying that at first they prevented people from taking the Chinese COVID-19 vaccines, and subsequently they would push people to fight to get the vaccine. Cambodia.
“It is very clear that they made people not get vaccinated and spread that Chinese vaccines are deadly, but today they are praising Chinese vaccines,” he said in a recent post. “This is how we push ‘boats on the water’, not for the safety of people, but their main purpose is to encourage people to rush out to get vaccinated when we don’t have enough. vaccines. “