Self-exiled opposition leader of Cambodia, Sam Rainsy, who arrived in Malaysia yesterday, stresses that democracy shall prevail in Cambodia too as it has prevailed in Malaysia.
He said he wanted to return to his homeland on November 9, Cambodia’s Independence Day, along with other opposition figures to lead an uprising against longtime Prime Minister Hun Sen who has ruled for more than three decades.
“Keep up the hope. We are on the right track.
“Democracy will prevail. Democracy has prevailed in Malaysia. Democracy will prevail in Cambodia,” Sam Rainsy was quoted by Aljazeera saying in a message to his supporters when he arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Saturday.
His party, Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has been banned by the Cambodian government who characterises his bid as a coup attempt against Hun Sen.
Meanwhile, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told reporters that Malaysia will not allow the Cambodian opposition leader to “use Malaysia as a base for struggle in other countries”.
According to Aljazeera, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said he would not let Sam Rainsy into the country. In Phnom Penh, Phay Siphan, a spokesman for Cambodia’s government, told Reuters news agency that Sam Rainsy would face outstanding charges against him in court if he did return.
“If he comes to cause instability and chaos, we will destroy him,” he said.