Chou Chet, Ta Mok’s Rival

Posted by khmernews on June 21, 2007

During the control of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia was divided into six zones: South-West Zone, Eastern Zone, North-East Zone, Northern Zone, North-West Zone, and ‘Special’ Zone. The Special Zone was the areas around Phnom Penh. This zone was particularly observed by Pol Pot, Ieng Sary and Son Sen.

According to the document from Historian Ben Kiernan, the Special Zone was controlled by Vorn Veth, and Son Sen was his deputy-secretary. The South-West Zone initially included Ta Keo, Kampot, Kompong Chhnang, Koh Kong, and Kompong Speu. Ta Mok was the secretary of this zone. Ta Mok arranged his networks to grab the power very carefully. There were two brother-in-laws, 4 sons, 2 daughters, and 5 son-in-laws. They were all promoted in the district and the region where Ta Mok had been born which called Tram Kak or District 105 in Region 13. Ta Mok’s son-in-law Khae Mut started his work as a secretary of Tram kak district and then held the position as the deputy-secretary of Region 13. Khom, Ta Mok’s daughter, later held the position as the secretary of Tram Kak district in replace with her husband, and another Ta Mok’s daughter called Ho became the chief of Region 13’s hospital.

According to the above diary, Tram Kak was the first district in Cambodia to practice the ideology. Mut and Khom initiated the practice of eating together in the district since May 1973 and were admired by district’s officials for their initiative to create the co-operative eating hall. However, the idea failed later. The failure occurred when the people happened to eat tree leaves and roots. The people stood up and killed the cadres of Region 13. It was only then that the people were allowed to eat by themselves.  Cadres of Region 13 announced to build another city since the old Phnom Penh city would be demolished. Moreover, Ta Mok tried to insinuate his family members to hold positions outside his region by using his network with the Central Committee.

Chou Chet was Ta Mok’s deputy-secretary and was also Ta Mok’s rival. He had been a revolutionary man since 1954. Chou Chet had been imprisoned during Sihanouk era for communist movement.  During mid-1975, South-West Zone was separated between Ta Mok’s and Chou Chet’s. Ta Mok controlled most of the Zone where there were a lot of people such as Ta Keo and Kampot. Chou Chet was the second to be famous and controlled Region 15 and mountainous regions where there were not many plants and people. Those regions included Koh Kong, Kompong Speu, and Kompong Chnang, He received what the Central Committee called the poorest regions where soil was not fertile and where there was scarcely enough water.

Later on, Chou Chet became the secretary of new Western Zone while Pal became his deputy. Ben Soeun was the regional propagandizing commander and a member of regional committee who was in charge of security. Ly, Chou Chet’s wife, held an important position in the Western Zone too. Although they played important roles in this Zone, they didn’t gather their family members to give positions like Ta Mok had done.

Chou Chet lived in a village with small thatch-roofed cottages surrounded by coconut trees and located 2-3 kilometres away in the north of National Road No. 4 in Kompong Speu whilst Ta Mok built for himself a new huge three-floored concrete office on an island in the middle of a lake located in the north of Ta Keo town. Informal Translation, Okar

-Extracted from Rasmei Kampuchea, vol. 15, #4309, Wednesday, June 13, 2007.


7 Responses to “Chou Chet, Ta Mok’s Rival”

  1. You may already be debt relief plan wary of letting you borrow much more.

  2. site said

    A SBA 7a Term Loans have become synonymous with small business Consolidate Bills,
    that can be tough for debtors to remember and track the repayments.
    Have you fallen in the pit of ever-rising debts due consolidate
    bills to their non-repayment?

  3. thoughs said

    After checking out a number of the articles on your web site, I seriously appreciate
    your way of writing a blog. I added it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back in the near
    future. Please visit my website as well and let me know how you feel.

  4. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this,
    like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home
    a little bit, but other than that, this is wonderful blog. A great read.
    I will certainly be back.

  5. I rarely comment, however i did a few searching and
    wound up here Chou Chet, Ta Moks Rival Khmernews.
    And I actually do have a couple of questions for you if it’s allright. Could it be simply me or does it look like a few of the responses look like they are coming from brain dead visitors? 😛 And, if you are posting at other online social sites, I would like to keep up with everything new you have to post. Would you list of the complete urls of your public pages like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

  6. Woah this blog is great i adore reading through your posts. Continue being on the excellent get the job done! You comprehend, lots of people are browsing all around in this data, it is possible to guide these individuals considerably.

  7. Every weekend i used to pay a visit this site, as i
    want enjoyment, for the reason that this this
    website conations genuinely pleasant funny stuff too.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: