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Khmer Rouge’s12-Piont Regulation

Posted by khmernews on January 4, 2007

All people got up at 5:00 a.m. every day as the bell rang. People living in some areas were offered a spoon or half-empty bow of watery porridge for breakfast, whilst people in another area were not.

All people had to go to work at different sites at 6:00 a.m. Some working sites were tens of kilometers away from villages and some were near villages. They had a break for lunch at 11:00 a.m. and started working again at 2:00 p.m. They had a break again for dinner at 5 or 6:00 p.m. and then they continued to work until 10 or 11:00 p.m.

This was a routine work during a regime ruled by Khmer Rouge. All people had jobs to do. Those jobs were forest clearings, canal diggings, farming and so on. Young children were assigned to collect bull’s and buffalo’s dung for being used as fertilizers. After working hard in the field, the people and soldiers were summoned to a meeting by the Khmer Rouge cadres. The cadres used to repeat a 12-piont regulation which was considered as an important basis of Khmer Rouge codes of conduct. Those points are:

1-    Must always love, respect and help the people, workers and farmers;
2-    Must try your best to help the people in areas you are living;
3-    Must not do anything that can harm the people; taking a chili pepper and a piece of salt and using a cursing word are not allowed;
4-    If you do something wrong to the people, you have to apologize them, and if you destroy people’s properties, you have to compensate them;
5-    Must act out your sleeping, walking, eating, dressing and playing behaviors as ordinary people do;
6-    Must not abuse women;
7-    Must not eat and drink something which is not a manner of revolution;
8-    Must not play gambling;
9-    Must not take public properties – even a one-Riel note, a tine of rice, or a tablet of medicine;
10-    Must be polite to the people and be aggressive with enemies;
11-    Must love and always sacrifice;
12-    Must fight against enemies and overcome every obstacle courageously and must dare to sacrifice yourself for the people, workers, farmers, party and revolution without conditions in every circumstance.

If every point of the regulation had really been applied in a new society that was created by the Khmer Rouge, there would be a perfect society with high morality. By contrast, such a 12-point regulation was just a means that was used to deceive the world.

Extracted from: Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.14, #4157, Wednesday 13 December 2006

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