Government spokesman Phay Siphan on Thursday appealed to media outlets to stop seeing the potential loss of duty-free trade with the E.U. as “an evil that is terrifying for Cambodia.”
“Samdech has said that if workers don’t worry and keep working, they will still get their salaries and get paid twice per month. Salaries will still keep increasing,” Siphan said, using an honorific for Prime Minister Hun Sen. “Don’t show an interest in people who use the EBA to terrify. They are not paying attention and sacrificing as the government has. That is the important point.”
The E.U.’s “Everything But Arms” (EBA) deal with Cambodia is currently under review due to alleged human rights and political abuses, including the dissolution of the main opposition CNRP eight months before the 2018 national election.