Phnom Penh (FN), June 7 – The 39-page historical journal by Dr. Ang Cheng Guan in Singapore indicated that some countries in ASEAN, including Singapore, contributed to the formation of the Coalition Government of Democratic Kampuchea (CGDK), which in effect had engendered the prolonged civil war and suffering for another 10 more years to the Cambodian people who survived the Khmer Rouge’s massacre.
“The Khmer Rouge was the biggest and the best anti-Vietnam force in Kampuchea,” the then Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew talked to Sihanouk's Special Envoy, In Tam, on 24 April 1981, according to Dr. Ang Cheng Guan’s journal, entitled “Singapore, ASEAN, and Cambodia Conflict 1978-1991”.
Lee added that nothing should hinder the Khmer Rouge's fight against the Vietnamese. Lee also told In Tam that: “the tripartite meeting should also not be held in Beijing, as the outcome would not have international credibility. Lee suggested that meeting in neutral places such as Paris or New York might be better. However, if there were difficulties finding an appropriate venue agreeable to all sides, Singapore would offer its good offices.”
H.E. Lee Hsien Loong, the current Prime Minister of Singapore, on 31 May expressing his condolences on the passing of General Prem Tinsulanonda in which he said “His [General Prem] time as PM coincided with the ASEAN members (then five of us) coming together to oppose Vietnam’s invasion of Cambodia and the Cambodian government that replaced the Khmer Rouge..."
Lee Hsien Loong’s statement reflects Singapore’s position then in support of the genocidal regime and the wish for its return to Cambodia. Singapore was the host of the tripartite meeting that led to the formation of the coalition government of the Democratic Kampuchea, which had prolonged the war and the suffering of Cambodian people for another 10 years.
“Lee’s statement is an act against the survival of the Cambodian people. It is an insult to the sacrifice of the Vietnamese military volunteers who helped to liberate Cambodia from the genocidal regime,” Strongman Hun Sen reacted.
“His statement reveals to the Singaporean people and the world that leader of Singapore had indeed contributed to the massacre of Cambodian people.”
Read the 39-page document regarding that plans to revive the Khmer Rouge troops to fight against the Vietnamese and Kampuchean United Front for National Salvation in the early 1979: