Will Come Once a Year, Either Myself or My Wife or My Children
Today, my wife and I, together with other leaders, are happy to be able to meet with all of our handicapped soldiers here. My wife and I are seeking your understanding that we have not been able to visit you as promised. We have been able to do it once a year at Ta Ken Koh Sla … however, from this year onward we will make our visit once a year. If I will not be able to do it myself, then my wife or children would take my place. My presence is here on regular basis though in form of houses, schools, hospitals, pagodas, roads, and the various crops here. As I understand, it will need to have my presence in person. I am grateful to hear of progresses reported by General Peo Sia from the beginning of the centre to these days. We have achieved many but we also have to make more progress because this centre is specially a place of our handicaps.
… Today, beside our handicapped soldiers, military officials, we also have the presence of their families here. I thank the centre and our soldiers for putting together various kinds of fruits grown and harvested here for my wife and me. I saw that my wife had given a sum of 5 million Riel in reciprocation and suggested that the money be given to households that provided those fruits. We are grateful and appreciating the fact that they are the fruits of our people’s efforts. I may say that though there were 100 more Hun Sen, if there were no efforts by our people themselves, we would not have achieved these. However, in time to come, even without Hun Sen, our people here would be able to make it.
We are providing as far as I remember a sum of three million Riel per month for the centre. I had a chat briefly with some over there. I learnt of their pensions between 700,000 and 800,000 Riel, excluding their rice ration. I hope that with our assistance, especially HE Tia Banh and other leaders, who have come here more frequently, would contribute further to the achievements that we have scored earlier. I would take this opportune moment to express my sincere thank to the Ministry of Rural Development for building a road here … I am urging a discussion between (out-going Rural Development) Minister Chea Sophara and (in-coming Rural Development) Minister Ouk Rabun to improve the road condition […]
Building a Secondary School and Resolving Pension Gaps
Today, an investor from Malaysian Lim Group to grow castor bean, offers a sum of 20,000 USD … I asked the manager of the centre, what would they need to do with it … I would say they may use it for something else. As for the need of a secondary school building, I would cover that. I would urge the Techo engineering team of General Kham Somet to build the school with six classrooms.
My wife and I, as well as other leaders appeal to everyone here that we may be handicapped but our heart and mind are not. War created by former generation turned us into victims. We must see how hard we have made our efforts from the time when we had to fight to prevent the return of the Pol Pot’s regime and rebuild the country to the time when we had had to search for a complete peace. We may remember that the belt road of Siem Reap province was before tranches of defense line of the city of Siem Reap. Peace has brought us chances. Though we have become handicaps, we still have consideration given by the Royal Government and society.
… I have instructed the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Public Functions to narrow the gap of pension between those who went into retirement at the time of low salary and those of you at the time of high salary. We will narrow the gap gradually every year. This is not the case only for handicap soldiers but also for Royal Government’s civil servants. I hope that our soldiers residing here will gradually improve their living conditions and leaders of the Ministry of National Defense and commanders in chief and every military section will continue to monitor and pay attention more on this issue.
… I have intended to walk through the village to see with my own eye its development but I could not do so today because I have a meeting of the National Assembly. We have asked to reschedule the meeting from this morning to the afternoon. I will leave Siem Reap with other members of the National Assembly … We will land our helicopters in PP International Airport and go straight to the National Assembly for its session. When the meeting is over, we will fly back to and have dinner at Siem Reap because we will have to get ready for welcoming ceremony of the new deity at 8pm.
Arrest Whoever Talk about Falsified Maps
Why do we have to go back? I would also need to send a message from here for National Assembly meeting this afternoon. I resolutely declare that whoever talks about falsified maps will be arrested. This afternoon the National Assembly will discuss about a case that one member of the National Assembly was arrested in Siem Reap. We based on two points to administer arrest – firstly, the Cambodian Constitution authorizes use of the 1/100,000 scale maps printed by the Indochinese Geographical Group between 1933 and 1953. Secondly, the map used by the Royal Government is the only map ratified by the National Assembly and signed by HM the King. No one could alter with other maps.
I am not bringing up political issue here. I just present fact. It is in flagrante delicto. When authority arrested him, his Facebook still posts about issue that the Royal Government is using falsified maps. I gave others sufficient time already. We had brought maps from the United Nations to verify with the maps in holding of the Royal Government. We also had maps from France to verify with those maps that the Royal Government has in its possession and used. They proved, on both instances, there are no differences.
In fact, in legal term, there is no need to carry out such verification. However, I wished that our people know how much land we have left. Here (before me) is the report of the General Commission of National Police prepared and sent to President of the National Assembly. While in the National Assembly session, we will not talk about stripping or not stripping immunity, because it is the case in flagrante delicto. We will only seek the National Assembly’s decision if the case should or should not proceed. To withdraw the case, they need three quarters of the National Assembly seats to do so. Otherwise, the case will proceed by law.
I just reaffirm on two points – firstly, as long as the National Assembly has not amended or removed the Article 2 of the Constitution, which authorizes use of 1/100,000 scale maps printed by the Indochinese Geography Group, and whoever talks about falsified maps, the Royal Government will have him/her arrested. Secondly, as long as the Supplementary Agreement between Cambodia and Vietnam ratified by the National Assembly and signed by HM the King is still in force, whoever talks about falsified maps, the Royal Government will have him/her arrested. We will do this no matter what the person may be – a member of the National Assembly or the Senate. It would be an act of instigation in flagrante delicto. It would lead to national disaster […]
… I hope that we will be enjoying the Khmer New Year, though the weather is rather hot … in matter of hours, we will welcome the New Year ending the supervision by deity of the year of goat of the Buddhist era of 2559 and starting the supervision by deity of the year monkey of the Buddhist era of 2560 […]/.