Business Class: the resistance begins
Posted: Wed May 08, 2019 4:52 pm
Moral degeneracy of expat businessmen in the kingdom of Cambodia
Or Business Class: The resistance begins...
First of all, please don't take offense.
Phnom Penh: Over the last 10 years that I have been reading these Cambodian expat fora, I've read a lot about what posters seem to view as moral degeneracy. From NGOs to "teflers", "bottom feeders" to "hipsters", there doesn't seem to be anyone that has escaped the moral degeneracy tag.
EXCEPT businessman, and those who work for foreign companies (that aren't NGOs).
I would like to suggest that they should be included in the moral degeneracy trope, along with all the rest. In fact, that they should be put at the very top of the list, as the glace cherry tops a trifle. Although some of the people in all the expat trope groupings are undoubtedly morally degenerate, my targeted group contain a greater percentage of the morally reprehensible and defunct.
I intend to prove my point quite simply right here, right now, and I dare anyone to contest it. Although, I know you won't be able to, so I'm not expecting any responses. Not sensible ones anyway.
The fact of the matter is that this, my targeted group, although earning very good income with perks which provide them with moral choices, continue to back an extremely immoral and degenerate government over the Cambodian citizens that have been disenfranchised and who are suffering at its hands, for purely selfish, morally despicable/ degenerate reasons.
As an example of why supporting this government is morally degenerate behaviour, I offer the below:
Recently, there has been news of a US company, PacRim Bridges, accepting a $500,000 contract with the Cambodian government to improve relations between the US and the Cambodian government. US state Sen. Doug Ericksen and former US state Rep. Jay Rodne have undertaken, to the horror of the Cambodian diaspora including the recently émigréed CNRP hierarchy, to lobby on behalf of the HE regime.
Ericksen and R-Ferndale have reportedly praised the country’s widely condemned 2018 elections, which took place amid a crackdown that included shuttering independent media outlets and dissolving the main opposition party. Ericksen called the vote “free, just, and nonviolent, expressing the wills of the Cambodian people,” according to a March 22 report by Fresh News, which said the comments were relayed through a government spokesman. The comments echoed earlier remarks Ericksen had made about the elections, which he observed at the invitation of the HE government.
Ericksen’s parlaying of his elected position into a business relationship with the authoritarian HE regime is attracting condemnation from human-rights activists, local Cambodian Americans, exiled leaders of Cambodia’s opposition party and even a Republican congressman.
U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Florida, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill seeking sanctions against Cambodian leaders over human-rights abuses, blistered Ericksen’s assessment of the country’s elections.
“There is not a democracy in Cambodia. It’s a sham. It’s a dictatorship. A brutal dictatorship,” Yoho said in a phone interview. “I don’t know Senator Ericksen. I have never talked with him, never met him. But anybody that has a modicum of just a little bit of decency and intelligence would know that that is not a fair and open election"
I rest my case.
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-ne ... attle-news