Ruom Ritt, the childhood friend of ex-king Sihanouk, has re-entered the political fray against after absence from the political limelight for the past 5 years, reports Radio France Internationale.
Ruom Ritt, whom many people believed was Sihanouk himself, has published many critical and controversial articles about Cambodian political affairs in Sihanouk's monthly BMD bulletin and has disappeared from public controversy since 2005 after Prime Minister Hun Sen bitterly attacked him and challenged him to show his face in public. However, 2 weeks ago Ruom Ritt gave an interview to an online radio called World Khmer Radio in which he came out strongly in support of Mr. Sam Rainsy's border policies. However, the U.S-based Khmer-language Angkor Borei Newspaper claimed that the voice in the radio was a fake Ruom Ritt and it was actually the voice of Mr. Ngin Chhorn.
Prime Minister Hun Sen again bitterly attacked the fake Ruom Ritt and Prince Sisowath Thomico (pictured), Sihanouk's royal advisor, quickly informed the ex-king about the appearance of the fake Ruom Ritt. Ex-king Sihanouk immediately released a short statement vehemently denying that the voice on the radio was a real Ruom Ritt.
Prince Thomico was quick to set the record straight and came out to clarify the issue in an interview with Radio France Internationale. Prince Thomico said the real Ruom Ritt never gave an interview, he only write. He never have contacts with anyone, except his childhood friend, ex-king Sihanouk.
On the question of why the real Ruom Ritt didn't come out to personally denounce the fake Ruom Ritt, Prince Thomico said that Ruom Ritt is too frail and bedridden and he has no modern technology (internet) to listen to the interview, therefore it is possible that he didn't know about the latest controversy.
On the topic of members of the royal family entering politics, Prince Thomico abandoned his original belief that members of the royal family should be allowed to enter politics like any ordinary citizens. This time he said members of the royal family should not involve in politics in order to preserve the dignity and honour of the throne.
Click here to listen to the interview in Khmer (MP3)