Selected Comments Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Inaugural Adlib Address to the Inauguration of the Sihamoni Raja Buddhist University [Unofficial Translation]


(1) There is Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo building in Sihamoni Raja Buddhist University

I am very grateful and I just learnt it last night that there is a building in this university named after Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo. Probably it is the building that I came for the inauguration previously and Samdech (Preah Sangkhareach Bour Kry) named it after me. I deeply thank Samdech very much. More so the building stands in this location next to the building of Samdech Preah Akka Moha Sangkhareach […]

(2) Oknha Association raised funds to help build Sihamoni Raja Buddhist University

I asked Samdech Preah Moha Sangkhareach Bour Kry, how much would the construction of the Sihamoni Raja Buddhist University cost? US$ 1,999,999, one dollar short to cost two million – Samdech Preah Moha Sangkhareach Bour Kry replied. I then foresee that if there is a lack of (financial) support, we will not know when it will be ready. When I finished my turn to offer alms to the monks (in the Royal Palace), I told HM the King and the Queen Mother that there might be a need for me to raise money to build it as this is to carry the King’s name. I sent my first contribution of USD 300,000 to Samdech (Preah Moha Sangkhareach Bour Kry). After that I called the president of the Oknha Association – Ly Yong Phat, and asked him to help. He raised the money and we finished building it […]

(3) The Sihamoni Raja Buddhist University emerges through the art of sharing

The problem lies in the need to train quality human resources. The school really lacks a building. (This achievement is made possible by) promoting through the art of sharing. We did not use state funds to build it. I have my method that I have used before. It is nothing new. The art of sharing or the culture of sharing has been around for a long time in our country. The construction of temples, the construction of schools from the past to the present continues with the participation of the philanthropists. In some places we also use the national budget, in some places we use the money from philanthropists […]

(4) The Sihamoni Raja Buddhist University approved for doctoral studies

Naming the Sihamoni Raja Buddhist University (SRBU), (the university provide studies) not only for the monks. Male and female students came to study here. (The Sihamoni Raja Buddhist University) is also receiving approval from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, as well as the Ministry of Cult, who jointly signed a letter approving the study to the doctorate degree […] we require the promotion of quality training. (I have a suggestion that) one way to ensure it is to recruit talented and experienced professors to be doctoral supervisors in the study […] the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports has to pay attention to the selection of doctoral supervisors and the dissertation committee […]

(5) The 18-March-1970 coup was a political mistake and beginning of destruction

We cannot lack human resources. To develop a country, we have to have enough human resources. We have bad experiences – the first is the war and the second is the destruction of human resources – which makes countries rich in natural resource become poor, while countries with little or none natural resources become rich because – firstly, their politics is right and secondly, they have human resources […] for us, we had political mistakes and we lacked human resources. What is the political mistake? the coup d’état of March 18, 1970, overthrowing King Norodom Sihanouk, was the beginning of destruction […] if Preah Norodom Sihanouk was allowed to continue to lead our country, even if the the country would still be slowed down by war in South Vietnam and some instability along the borders, it was obvious that peace was there in the country. Despite the disturbance of the Khmer Rouge, the Khmer Khieu (blue) in this/that area, the country was generally developing at that time […]

(6) To prioritize education, budget must be allocated to the education sector

Improving the quality of training is a big issue, requiring the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports to continue the reform, especially the Accreditation Committee […] we have pushed financial management to a new stage as we have just moved out of the budget phase linked to the policies. Even if we enter a new phase, we will not give up the policy-linked budget. If the policy prioritizes education and health, the budget must have a large share in education and health. This is called the budget linked to the policy. If the policy is oriented towards any priority, the budget allocation is oriented towards that goal […]

(7) Even not the Prime Minister, still controls Cambodian politics as CPP leader

(We have to) prepare a place for the Buddhist parishioners to take shelter in the rain […] The budget is not a problem, the (Phnom Penh) Mayor will take care of it. We will discuss about it further. I will provide for the Samdech (Preah Moha Sangkhareach Bour Kry) and the temple here to be worthy of both a pagoda and a university […] once we are doing merit for Buddhism, we must take care of it from start to finish. Let us take care of this as I am still the Prime Minister. If I stop being the Prime Minister, the Buddhist monks here will have to talk to the next Prime Minister for further help. However, I have not gone anywhere yet. Despite not being prime minister, I will still manage Cambodian politics as the leader of the CPP […]

(8) No hesitation to invest in education, human health for the progress of the nation (That is something we) must do. This is necessary. This is an effort to provide accommodation for poor students. It is good to have a dormitory for poor students. Otherwise, they will have to take shelter here a little and there a little. It is difficult. This place accepts most the poor students […] we should not hesitate to spend on education issues and/or human health related services. We should not hesitate in making investments. This is the desire of the nation for progress […] some say that Hun Sen has high power. When one becomes the Prime Minister, in terms of the executive branch, would there be anywhere else higher than the Prime Minister? […]./.