Selected Impromptu Comments at the Launch of Construction of the Tehno Overpass in Phnom Penh [Unofficial Translation]

Phnom Penh – From Empty to Congested Capital

I am so glad today to be able to join with Buddhist monks and compatriots in the launch of the construction of an overpass and an underpass at the Techno junction that we will, as is proclaimed by Mayor of Phnom Penh, Pa So Cheatvong, call it the Techno Overpass. Our starting had been a difficult one. We came from a capital where there were no dwellers and roads on which there were no commuters. We have now come to a state of traffic congestion in the capital after 30 years of the liberation from the regime of Pol Pot. Our needs at liberation time were different. In those days, all we needed was sufficient food for the people. There was not a big problem too as far as lodgment or housing was concerned. There were many empty houses available. Now we have more needs to answer.

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