Phnom Penh (FN), May 23 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet urged foreign allies not to pressure the Royal Government of Cambodia regarding law enforcement, but instead to advise the opposition to refrain from illegal activities.

The premier spoke on Thursday (May 23) at the launching of “Roadmap for Global Health Coverage in Cambodia 2024-2035” at Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel.

"I urge all foreign friends advising Cambodia not to use the law to silence voices, but to counsel those who violate the law," said the premier.

On that occasion, Prime Minister Hun Manet stated that Sun Chanty, President of Nation Power Party, was arrested for misrepresentation of the Royal Government's efforts on the National Social Assistance Program. The 4.7 million beneficiaries of the program are being served transparently, contrary to Sun Chanty's allegations that it favours party members or relatives of provincial governors and government officials.

Premier Hun Manet noted that recently in Germany, someone was sued for accusing the German foreign minister on social media X of being a criminal for not sending weapons to Ukraine to counter Russia. "If they can enforce the law, Cambodia can too," he said.

On the occasion, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet stated that the Royal Government of Cambodia supports freedom of expression but must enforce the law against false accusations that cause social unrest. He added that politicians must uphold higher standards, ethics, and responsibilities than the general public and cannot speak irresponsibly, as it harms society.

Samdech Thipadei added that Sun Chanty's actions go beyond mere criticism of the current government; he has consistently criticized the government under the guise of a free forum while fabricating stories for political gain and creating chaos. Therefore, the legal actions against Sun Chanty are measures to protect the legitimacy of the Royal Government.