> Now it appears that Prince Thomico, a failed politician and a family man who is probably disowned by his political allies and family alike, has turned to Buddha for comfort. In his short political life he has changed too many colours. First for being very outspoken against the government and Hun Sen, after that he formed his now defunct party and dissolved it to join the Norodom Ranariddh Party. At the end he betrayed Ranariddh and joined the very people who he claimed to despise. At last they kicked him out unceremoniously. His dicision to seek comfort from the Buddha stemmed from his political failures. His short political adventure has seen him being kicked around and used as a political pawn by Funcinpec and Hun Sen to significantly weaken Ranariddh. But his political life ended with the Buddha. May the Buddha forgive him.
Prince Thomico to be ordained Buddhist monk for one week
Thursday, October 18, 2007Everyday.com.kh Translated from Khmer by Socheata
Prince Sisowath Thomico who just returned back from France recently, has decided to be ordained as a Buddhist monk for a short period of time at a pagoda near Uddong Mountain. The Kampuchea Thmei newspaper reported that Prince Thomico will be ordained on 19 October (tomorrow) at noon, at Wat Ampil Bey pagoda, also known as Wat Slakou pagoda located along the national road near Uddong Mountain. Prince Sisowath Chakreynupol, Prince Thomico’s personal aid, indicated that the prince’s decision was twofold: (1) to pay gratitude to his parents and relatives who died during the Democratic Kampuchea (Khmer Rouge) regime, and (2) to be ordained as a monk while being a royal family member who traditionally takes the vow just like all common citizens, regardless of whether it is for a short period of time or not, in order to pay gratitude to his parents. Prince Thomico will be defrocked on the full moon day of the upcoming month (i.e. in one week).