Selected Comments Samdech Techo Hun Sen, at the inauguration of the multi-specialty center building “Techo Aphivath building” [Unofficial Translation]


(1) Calmette sole resource would not finish the building in a timely manner

[…] At the time that my mother-in-law was being treated at Calmette Hospital, and that was the reason I missed going to the ASEAN-Korea and Mekong-Korea meetings (which, I was the one who work to promote it from Foreign Ministers forum to one of the Heads of State and/or Heads of Government) […] I saw the building was under construction. I asked the doctor Chheang Ra of Calmette Hospital, how many years has the hospital planned for the front building to finish? He said, “it would take perhaps 10 years” […] I thought that with the resource capacity of Calmette Hospital it would not be impossible to finish it anytime soon. During November 2019, we had about US$ 3.5 billion in savings after we allocated US$ 300 million for the 400 MW generator in Phnom Penh and hundreds of millions of dollars to Sihanoukville […]

(2) The country is poor, but we have to do what we can

(I then decided to) allocate USD 30 million from the Government saving. With philanthropists’ contribution, US$ 30 million through the CPP has been sent here […] making the contribution fromboth the Royal Government and the party USD 60 million. We made an appeal on my Facebook to which people got involved […] we have received an actual budget of US$ 102.8 million plus 281 million in riel. I instructed the hospital to well equip the new building. We spent more than USD 11.8 million more. The total amount that we spend is USD 82,175,149. The remaining budget is USD 20,630,886 and 207,000,000 Riels. I hope that the hospital will set up additional facilities as they plan to have more new building facilities for patients […] even though our country is poor, we have to do what we can and do not wait for foreign aid […]

(3) Capable hospitals have the ability to provide medical care build trust from diplomats, investors, tourists

I thank the management and medical staff of the Calmette Hospital for its operation and activities for the past 44 years. Three of my children were born in this hospital, and five of my grandchildren were born in this hospital […] our friends who are working in the country, when there is a clear need, they will definitely come to the Cambodian hospital first […] building a hospital capable of providing medical care is not just a separate issue for the Cambodian people, but it helps build the trust of the diplomats who come to work in our country, to build trust for investors and to build trust for tourists who come to our country […] the health sector responds to the needs of the people themselves and for other aspects […]

(4) Two codes of professional ethics for medical experts

We have a good hospital, but the most important thing is to have a good doctor to solve the problem. In order for us to have a hospital with good technical equipment, it is already a very difficult thing to achieve […] however, there are two points as I mentioned at the handout of the degree to doctors a few days ago – the first is that the doctors must hold on to professional ethics, which requires him/her to think of human life importantly. Medicine is for saving lives. This is the main ethic of the medical team. I hope that the medical personnel who have been nicknamed in the Covid-19 time – the “white coat army” will not let this honor slip away […] now that we have larger hospital, it offers more opportunities for interns […] I have said before that with the advanced technology, should there be no ethical management, it can lead to accidents. Example: terrorists are not ignorant. They are well trained high-tech people […] technology must be governed by an ethic. Secondly, I call for our effort to have our medical personnel and/or experts improve the ability to use new technologies. This is a time of higher modernization. This is a point that requires our team of doctors to research and learn to use those devices. We buy modern equipment, but if you do not know how to use it, it is like we do not have them […]

(5) Gradually expand the capacity to cover what we need by own budget

We will continue to work together to help people access a health care that provides survival and good health for the general population. I go on to say that we must make further effort to gradually expand capacity to cover what it requires with own budget. Covid-19 swallows our saving, but it was our responsibility to help people get vaccinated, reduce mortality […] We have just won the battle, not the Covid-19 war yet. We must continue to work together to fight this deadly disease […] there is no way of knowing what diseases the current climate change are causing for the world as well as for our country […]

(6) More research/diagnostic facilities

Our country now has the ability to research and analyze more diseases. Previously, there was only the Pasteur Institute for diagnostic testing […] later, we have two more places to get diagnostic tests for Phnom Penh. We deploy test sites to other locations, including oxygen production, which previously we had to ship from Phnom Penh to the provinces. We are now strengthening the capacity of the provinces to produce oxygen for patients in need of oxygen and treatment […]

(7) The private sector contributes to the protection, development, job creation and a part of profits to help develop the education and health sectors and other sectors

[…] Do not be poor in heart. Let us not ask from foreign sources for thing that costs us only USD 200,000, USD 300,000, USD 1 million, USD 2 million. If it is thing that we can do ourselves, we do it. I pray for the strength of the Cambodian private sector […] we must strengthen the Cambodian private sector, which has contributed to the protection of development by creating jobs and, in part, they have contributed profits to the development of education, health and other fields […] we have a lot of other expenses to cover […]

(8) War and excessive sanctions are the reasons for the global economic downturn

[…] Covid-19 has devastated our economy, but the biggest devastation is the war between Russia and Ukraine, as well as excessive sanctions that have caused the world economy to collapse. Sanction creates problems because dying from it are not only those in the countries that they sanctioned, but countries that sanctioned them. Sanction affects themselves. As for us who do not know anything, also have impacts […] this punishment affects only the target country, but us all […]

(9) Supplementary policies on social protection as an investment in human life and a part of effort to reduce child and infant mortality

[…] The economy is not yet (in good condition). We need to strengthen the domestic economy by taking the right measures along with stimulating economic growth. There is also a social protection section. I have expanded the scope of support for pregnant women from conception to when their babies are two-year-old, both factory workers and women of poor households in informal economies […] we will spend money on that. We are not afraid (to spend). This is an investment in human life to strengthen nutrition for children as well as mothers, and a part of effort to reduce child and infant mortality and make children born healthier […]

(10) One hand builds the country and one hand prevents the Khmer Rouge from returning to power

I thank all the foreign friends, ambassadors, as well as representatives of all foreign friends who are present today. Please look at Cambodia’s achievements. We are poor, but we strive to live. We have striven to be alive since when Phnom Penh had nothing. Now we have the ability to do things gradually our own. It is very easy for the president and prime minister of other countries (to lead and manage the countries) because everything is there for them. I started from when Phnom Penh had only 70 people […] in your countries, prime minister or president […] just set out a policy and lead the implementation. For us, we started with one hand to stop the Khmer Rouge from coming back, and the other hand to build the country from scratch. The hand we built the country was also wounded because the country was under embargo. However, we hung one to survive. Hope you can see what character we are? […]

(11) How can I trust the one who shake my hand and step on my foot?

Sometimes you are the creator of obstacles. Let me say again. The prisoners stay longer in the prison because you love them too much. I refuse to forgive because I do not trust you. I may make a statement in front of you. Yesterday, I said in front of the Chinese ambassador, and today I say it to the French, Japanese and other ambassadors clearly. Why do I have to trust you, while working with me, after leaving me, you go to work with the accused. What do you think I am? […] do you think you can just shake my hand and step on my foot? That is not the case […] from now on, those who dare to intervene with any person, if convicted, say 5 years, let him/her serve the full term of 5 years. I will not ask for pardon […]

(11) Do not associate your country’s relation to Cambodia’s internal affairs

Do not interfere in our foreign affairs. This is the work of Cambodia, and please do not link the relationship between Cambodia and your country with some works that is totally Cambodia’s internal affairs. We talk frankly with each other because the election is near and some can shout this from the east and that from the west. It bothers us. I must dare to speak face to face or people say that Mr. Hun Sen only spoke behind their backs. I have already confirmed that if you do not understand us on land, I also have the right not to understand things in the water. That is equal rights. You have the right not to believe me, and I have the right not to believe you […] I have been the Minister of Foreign Affairs since I was 27 years old. I have been the Prime Minister since I was 32 years old. So far, I have been the Prime Minister for over 38 years. More than a half-life. I am not that ignorant and unable to respond to the situation. From now until the election, please be silent, let us use the local rules to solve the problem of democracy in Cambodia […]

(12) On land you do not understand me, how I can understand you in the water […] Some are not ambassadors here. ASEAN ambassadors remain silent. There is nothing to say. some diplomats like (to talk) […] Cambodia has not asked any country to interfere in its affairs and will not accept (any interferences) […] I am tired of this interference. On land, we have already explained, and you refused to understand. Now you are in the water, I also do not understand. I do not believe you. We have the same rights. I had to use a bargaining formula. Do you believe me? If you do not believe, I do not believe you. That is all. You all have to look at Cambodia beyond Cambodia. Please do not forget that as an ASEAN member, Cambodia has the right to veto […]./.