Opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Tuesday he was concerned
Cambodians will face severe livelihood degradation in the wake of the global
“I say that because of the economic crisis and also because
of the lack of country management in general,” he said. People were worse off
than they were 15 or 20 years ago, he said.
Sam Rainsy spoke to VOA Khmer following a private meeting
with former king Norodom Sihanouk in Beijing
earlier this week.
Joblessness, the loss of production in forests and fisheries
and depreciating value of goods in the months ahead could lead to “turmoil,” he
said, and people “protesting for solutions to their living.”
Sam Rainsy’s remarks come as the International Monetary Fund
expected growth rate for 2009, down to 4.25 percent from a height of 10 percent
in recent years.
Cambodian People’s Party lawmaker Cheam Yiep said he trusted
Prime Minister Hun Sen’s plan to weather the economic storm.