Cambodia ratifies ASEAN Charter

My first prediction came true, Cambodia will be the next country to ratify the Asean Charter and so it was. Today, February 26, 2008, the Cambodian National Assembly unanimously approved the ASEAN Charter.

Pen Pagna, Chairman of the legislation and justice committee of the parliament said that the ASEAN Charter can help Cambodia to "rule by law and walk to democracy and development". They are also very much interested in the economic and social integration with their ASEAN neighbors, as laid down and written in the ASEAN Charter.

This is great news, Cambodia showing interest and believes in the ASEAN Charter as a tool for democracy and the rule of law. This can be used as a leverage for Myanmar (Burma). The ASEAN Charter is now approved by half of its 10-member states. First was Singapore last January 7, 2008; then Brunei last February 15, 2008; third is Malaysia on February 18, 2008; Laos fourth, on February 20, 2008; and now Cambodia, February 26, 2008.

The next five that will ratify it are (in the following order of my prediction): VietNam, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Myanmar.

Thailand already said that they will ratify it by June; Philippines gave word that they will start its ratification anytime soon. Indonesia on the other hand will seem to have some problems ratifying the it, but I am still optimistic that they will approve the ASEAN Charter before Thailand.

VietNam, being one of the countries that most benefited from ASEAN is set to ratify it next, and if you are not aware, VietNam is the most active ASEAN member to date having hosted many functions in different ASEAN sectors, as well as boasting how ASEAN could implement the ASEAN Economic Integration by 2010, 5 years ahead of schedule.

Philippines and Myanmar, I see the Philippines ratifying it before Myanmar, as the former already gave a statement on their change-of-heart. This is good, as once 9-member states ratify the Asean Charter, Myanmar will feel the pressure to ratify it before the 14th Asean Summit this December at Bangkok, Thailand, where it all began.

In fact, there will be a celebration already scheduled for the ratification of the ASEAN Charter by all 10-member countries, this will be held at the Saranrom Palace, where the ASEAN Declaration was signed on 8th of August 1967, 41 years ago by that time. Truly historic and a day to remember.

And I expect that this year’s ASEAN Day, as per the ASEAN Charter, all 10-member countries must recognize, it will be a great day of celebration and the best time to spread ASEAN to the people themselves (enough of the Elite level media hyping). After all, August 8, 2008 is 888, for those who believes in numerology. What will happen on that day? I don’t know, but I sure hope it will be positively memorable, and all countries declare it an official non-working holiday.

Congratulations to Cambodia! Thank you for your support of the ASEAN Charter, my Asean brothers and sisters!!

Source: Cambodian National Assembly approves ASEAN Charter

"Asia’s Perfect 10" founder, Denith, told us last week that Cambodia ratified the ASEAN Charter already, but news didn’t came out until today. I can only imagine how it is like to see and hear TV and Radio stations filled with "ASEAN" and the "ASEAN Charter". I have yet to see and hear reports about it here in the Philippines. Until then, I can only imagine….

Cite from Asia Perfect 10 weblog:

8 thoughts on “Cambodia ratifies ASEAN Charter

  1. I can\’t express myself enough on how happy I am to see people supports ASEAN. This is our future and our strength and we must make it work at all cost. I know it is hard, but with respect and understanding for our fellows Asians, we can do.Furthermore, ASEAN must not stop here because the key to powerand strength is Mass. The bigger it is, the more strength it will have. Thus,we should strive to add more members into our Union. It will be greatif we can persuade China to join. Okay, never mind that, maybe I am fantasizing zing now, LOL.Later Folks,KruSeul.

  2. To be honest, I feel that ASEAN will encounter some problems with Burma since that country doesnt show any sign of lucrative progress about its democracy and human rights there. However, I hope the ASEAN and the whole world will help push Burma to reform its behaviour and policy.

  3. Denith, it is not uncommon for brothers and sisters to have some differences, butyou don\’t call outsiders to pressure them or to punish them. If you parent knowyou doing this, I am sure they will kick your ass big time.That is so immoral of ASEAN to call on outsiders to pressure our brother Burma.I am disappointed, and I am pissed to see leaders has such bad moral. The key to resolvedifferences between brothers is patient, understanding, and continuing dialog, but NOFOREIGNER. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER…!!!Later buddy, I hope you understand what I am saying.KruSeul.

  4. I do agree that if we mean community, we shall make a uniform aspect of each of its elements and beings. That is why the charter is created and introduced to every of its members to ratify in order to set up a consistency in the ASEAN. The motion is by far lucrative and showing ideal progress as most of the members agree to pass it.

  5. I think what ASEAN is trying to do is to help their poor members (Burma, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam)to catch up with them. I am greatful for that, but in order for that to work, we must do our part well becausethey can\’t do for us alone. We must cooperate with them as much as we can, and that goes for Burma, Laos,and Vietnam as well.However, just because many ASEAN members are richer than us, it doesn\’t mean they know everything. We must thing of long term prosperity, not short term. That is we most respect each other at all times. For instant, if you abused your own brother, we most likely to resent that, and the fight will go back and forth and drag everyone behind. Thus, try to think long lasting Union just as a man and his spouse.Anyway, many of us have the right instinct not want to see our kids invited outsider to help fight the battlewithin our family. I am sure you will yell at your kid is one of them as his friend to beat up his brother, right?Do you know why you have that instinct? In case, you don\’t know, I tell you why. It has to do with trustingoutsider. I am sure you parent must at least told you once not to trust stranger when you were a toddler.And do you think they did the wrong thing by teaching you this? Of course not, they don\’t want expose youto unnecessary risk because it can be fatal. But to fully appreciate the big picture here, allow me to give to put you on a hypothetical situation. Let say, you have two kids, one strong and one weak. Now come the bad part: after you passed away, your strong kids murdered his weak brother and keep all your asset to himself. Sound nasty isn\’t it? I tell you the truth Mother Nature is not always that pretty. She hassome bad side too, but we better take her as she is or risk making it worse. What I mean is do preferto accept the above situation or you preferred to see your weak kid a the French Kid to kill his strongerbrother, and only to have the French Kid take all your asset away and let your weak kid starve to dead.Now your gene is finish, and your assets are gone. This is like the end of Khmer Race. Okay, now you may argue that that will never happened in a million years. I tell you I hope you are right, but no one canpredict the future. When thing get rough the weak and stupid will died first. So why would you want toteach your kid to trust stranger? Do you know what I mean?

  6. The journey begins and we are proving ourselves with the help of the Korean Investors. (while mainly ASEAN is focusing onto the regional economics development).The burden of "seeking foreigners help" has been the most crucial force which deepen in Khmer perspective since the 15th century. Even now it is still exist and nationwide. (Note the word "បរទេស" doesnt just mean nationally outsider). The obvious example is Sam Rainsy and Prince Ranarith… we know what they always claim. As for racism, it is the thing which can not be eroded. Just like how the Thai sees us and others to others. That is why I created ASEAN Clan, in the hope of at least, do something onto these issues.

  7. Okay, there is no danger in foreigner open trade or economic assistance. But what you don\’t want to dois set example for future generation to take unnecessary risk. Let us face fact: we will not be here 500 yearsfrom now and we don\’t know what the world will be like and we don\’t want our future generation to be extinct from our account.Just look at the French: one of our king invited them over to protect us from our neighbors aggression and they end up take control of our country, and it wasn\’t that easy to get it back either. Hadn\’t the Vietminh puthard pressure on the French in Vietnam, they will never give us our independent back. Furthermore, I believenot all of land was lost from foreigners aggression either. Some of it was lost because we invite foreigner to helpus fight or settle our own dispute, and foreigner end up staying with the winning side to protect them.Today, there are over 20 millions Thai that possesses Khmer blood and they are very proud of being Khmer, butbecause we are a racist toward them, they can\’t return their love toward us. I have talk to some of them, and I treated them like family, and they did not mistreated me in anyway or form. Thus, I have nodoubt that we can stop the racist tension within the region. It is a matter of knowing and understanding the truth. Later Buddy,KruSeul

  8. This is the matter of misunderstanding only. Because Khmer, specially city people, are clouded by negative comments and perspectives, that is why there is little progress in international relations. That is why I hate such people like them, they based their thought mainly on history and adapt the grudge and aggression toward certain countries specially the neighbor which prevent some projects from emerging. You see, it THEM who has problems, they said "Thailand is bad, Vietname is bad… blah, blah, blah… but their whole points are based on the thing that HAPPENED, unresourceful rumuors and unreliable words of mouth. In addition, due to the present low education standard and restriction, the new generations are being twisted by "words"… of those racism people. I gotta tell you I know a young talent boy who spend his nite listen to VOA while doing his homework, and I can see he adopts those perspectives. I\’m thinking about resolution… and I know that I\’m alone can not do it but I will at least help ease this situation. Again, this is also one reason I created ASEAN Clan.

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