One bad eye but not blind “I Will Cut Off My Head If…”, prime minister Hun Sen
Opposition leader Ms. Mu Sochua likes the Khmer proverb, “The worth of a person lies in his/her words, the worth of an elephant lies in its tusks.” She quotes it often.
Hun Sen’s words have made the Prime Minister a laughingstock among regime opponents. In a video examined in my last article, he threatened companies that don’t obey the order of the Ministry of Agriculture (to cease destructive logging): “Just you try… If you aren’t going to obey, just you try. If I don’t take away your concession and shut down your factory, I will cut off my head and throw it away,” he announced dramatically http://www.humanrights.asia/countries/cambodia/opinions/columns/AHRC-ETC-014-2012.
Chinese trade data from the United Nations Comtrade shows that in 2011 alone 9,973 cubic metres of precious logs were bought by China from Cambodia for a total of almost US$22 million, with a grand total of more than 32,000 cubic metres being imported between 2007 and 2011.