Selected Comments Samdech Techo Hun Sen, conversation with workers in Khan Por Senchey, Phnom Penh (Day 2) [Unofficial Translation]


(1) Understanding farmers in the 1980s and 1990s led to rice exports to 73 countries

In the 1980s and 1990s, I had a lot of conversations with farmers in the fields (working with them) to solve agricultural problems. At that time, there was no industry. Through those conversations, we learned what were the farmers’ need. We have been pushing the development of agriculture since our country – a rice-producing country, but there was a shortage of rice; or an agricultural country, but the yield was too low every year. By 2002, we were still short of food. While Cambodia hosted the ASEAN summit then, India donated 20,000 tons of rice to us. Later, through our agricultural policy, we not only supply ourselves with enough food, but also export rice and have a surplus of more than 4 million tons of rice per year. We are exporting to 73 countries […]

(2) Realizing pensions policy of workers

The big problem we have reached is the development of a pension policy where workers will have the pension as civil servants and/or the armed forces. Moreover, according to the report of HE Ith Sam Heng, the law regarding the retirement of our workers seems to be lighter in terms compared to that of civil servants. Civil servants have to fulfil certain number of years before they can have (pension), but it is not the case for our workers. It is just that if you work a small number of years, you will get a smaller pension. If you work many years, you will get a bigger pension. This solution is not a quick and dirty solution. It is a solution designed for long-term use and for when you grow into old age […]

(3) CPP does not give empty promises but real actions

The season when ballots seekers make promises has arrived. It is interesting when those who live in a corrugated roof house promised others better homes […] that is the right of political parties to campaign […] for the CPP, what we do is real thing, real action. To give you an example, you may well remember that it has not gone far yet. Without anyone’s knowing, Covid-19 is here. If there was no possibility and competence, this accidental factor would probably cause our country to suffer severely through death and infection in large numbers […] there is still re-infection […] we have only won the battle, we have not yet won the war against Covid-19 […]

(4) June 20, the 46th anniversary of the uprising to liberate the country from the genocidal regime

(After meeting you here, on my way back there will be) lots of papers […] especially the provision of documents for the June 20 rally. There has a lot of complicated questions to answer […] Lon Nol’s decision to launch the coup to overthrow His Majesty the late King Father brought about the war that tens of thousands died. Later, Pol Pot killed more than 3 million people. We struggled to make ends meet, and we ended the war with a win-win policy, without the use of a single bullet. June 20 is the 46th anniversary (of the Day of the journey to search for way to remove the genocide). I will give a lecture at the Ministry of National Defense. We did not go to the border to the place where we used to. I will talk to the military to figure out historical factors related to politics, victory, departure and my character and the process of national liberation […]

(5) Phnom Penh absorbs US$ 2 billion in wages, apart from US$ 1,100 million/year in garment factories

We may ask this question – if there are no factories, what are you doing now? Clearly, the answer is that you are farming. Those who have families working with agriculture are going to do the farming. Those who are nor married and have your own families are farming with your parents, or operating a small shop or picking job as a builder. It is not like that now. We earn 2 billion (dollars) (/year) from labor in the industrial sector in Phnom Penh (in total) […] for garment factories alone people earn USD 1,100 million per year. As you can see that in Phnom Penh alone, we absorb up to 2 billion (/year) wages […]

(6) Draft amendments (of the Election Law) – Article 142 (new) and Article 143 (new)

Today there is a meeting (on the amendment of the election law) […] yesterday, I said that we will have to reform the election law regarding the right to stand (the candidate) to strengthen the responsibilities of politicians. If you do not go to the polls (it is equal to) you are not responsible. In this (draft) they do not put a ban (in) paragraphs that I had said yesterday […] in the draft here states: “(the person must have) exercised the right to vote by voting for the last two consecutive universal suffrage organized by the National Election Committee, except for the inability to exercise the right to vote for reasonable cause.” Here, I want you to know that “the general election on the 23rd (July 2023) will be one, and another general election will happen again in 2027 […] (Deputy prime Minister and Minister of Interior) Samdech Krala Hom Sar Kheng advised (Justice Minister) HE Keut Rith to tighten the point. I support it. We have decided to include the fine too. I am reading here temporary drafts of Article 142 (new) and Article 143 (new) […]

Article 142 (New)

“A fine of 5 million to 20 million riels shall be imposed by the National Election Committee, without considering other criminal offenses, for any person who, by any means of dishonesty, obstructs or incites people who have the right to vote not to go to the polls; obstructs the registration of eligible voters on the voter list and voter list booklet; disturbs or obstructs regular activities at the place for the examination of the voter list and voter registration during the examination of the voter list; urges supporters or voters to commit abuses, threats or violence against candidates or other political parties; obstructs or incites eligible voters not to go to the polls; prevents candidates or supporters of political parties from campaigning as scheduled; causes loss of confidence in the secrecy of the election; causes confusion leading to losing confidence in the election; disrupts the election process; disrupts the counting of ballots; disrupts the order of voting, and buys ballots with materials or money, will have their names removed from the voter list, or their candidacies removed, or their right to stand for election for at least 5 years removed by the National Elections Committee in addition to the punishments set out in the above paragraphs for persons who have committed any offense […] (Unofficial transcription and translation)

And Article 143 (new)“Candidates of political parties must be eliminated or fined from 10 million to 30 million riels by the National Election Committee, regardless of other criminal penalties, to political parties that have committed offenses as stated in the article 142 new above” (Unofficial transcription and translation) […]./.