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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Preah Vihear temple model draws government’s ire


A 1/10th scale model of Preah Vihear temple near the Thai-Cambodian border. The 23rd Ranger Regiment, Thailand,  Photo supplied
A 1/10th scale model of Preah Vihear temple near the Thai-Cambodian border. The 23rd Ranger 

Regiment, Thailand, Photo supplied


Preah Vihear temple model draws government’s ire
Tue, 26 April 2016
Jack Davies and Vong Sokheng


The construction by the Thai military of a miniature replica of the Preah Vihear temple complex has been met with consternation by the government.

The 1/10th scale reproduction of the temple was constructed by the Thai army’s 23rd Ranger Regiment and Suranari Task Force on a 600-square-metre plot facing the original from the Thai side of the border.

Former 23rd Ranger Regiment chief Colonel Thanasak Mitraphanont yesterday told the Bangkok Post that the mini Preah Vihear was intended to show the Cambodian government that Thailand is ready to jointly develop the original, which has been the subject of a decades-long border dispute that escalated into military skirmishes between 2008 and 2011.


However, Cambodian government spokesman Phay Siphan was unimpressed yesterday, likening the tiny temple to a private firm’s controversial plan to construct an Angkor Wat replica in India’s Bihar state, which Cambodia successfully petitioned the Indian government to thwart.

“The purpose of this business is against the principles of civilised nations,” Siphan said, adding that any joint development will have to wait until outstanding border issues have been resolved. “We need to see demarcation and border posts placed before any activity related to joint development can take place.”

He also shot down long-standing Thai hopes of an entrance direct from Thailand to the temple complex. “We explained to them a number of times already, that a gate directly from the Thai side . . . is not feasible,” he said.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

“The purpose of this business is against the principles of civilised nations,”my ass ah siphan. Look no further at your cpp bunch, they are apes.

Anonymous said...

Hey poster 27 April 2016 at 11:08,
Hey Preah Vihear and most of Siam provinces belonged to Khmer. The only reasons you still have those stolen provinces from us because Khmer are still divided.We are still weaked from decades of civil wars and Vietnam war.

One day Khmer will reclaimed those lost provinces back. It is pathetic that Thai kept asking for join developed Preah Vihear something that was never belong to you Siam. You can even build a full size replica of Preah Vihear but will never beautiful & antiquity as our 11th century temple. It is age through millennium that count. Lol. Yea these Khmer monkeys that built all these ancient temples that Siam wanted more than anything to fool the world that were their cultures. Lol

Anonymous said...

Hey poster 27 April 2016 at 11:08,
Get over the fact that those in power are not interested in keeping Khmer land safe. So what are going to do?, build an army and invade thailand in the near future?. Dream on and get real.

Anonymous said...

27 April 2016 at 13:27
Get over the fact that those in power are not interested in keeping Khmer land safe. So what are going to do?, build an army and invade thailand in the near future?. Dream on. get real.

Anonymous said...

Well, nothing is impossible. Even small nation that can never hope of break free from giant state did broke free such as many eastern Europe, many former Soviet Republic. Even East Timor got independent from giant Indonesia. A Siam just wait when Khmer are united as one we will get our land back. We Khmer will not go away that easy.

Just a small Khmer ragtag army around Preah Vihear, Ta Krabey and Ta Moan were able to hold Siam vast superior equip army. Imagine a well armed and united Khmer. Siam lady boys will be running. Khmer had never give up those provinces even if Siam now controlled.