Today, 2 February 2016, at 11:09 am, my Facebook page have had the supports and likes from 2,099,740 fans. I thank our compatriots and youth inside and outside the country for always reserving me their supports. I wish to share with our compatriots about when and how I started my Facebook activity. There was a Cambodian youth, who, after finished his education in Cambodia, went to study on scholarships in Canada and USA. Noting importance of Facebook abroad, which many youth and students favored, that young man thought that Prime Minister of Cambodia should have such social media to communicate even closer to the people, especially the youth. It was with that thought that that young man came up with a Facebook page under my name “Samdech Hun Sen, Cambodian Prime Minister.” He posted in it news about my activities and Cambodian society as well as photos and news that attracted tourists to Cambodia. I followed the page regularly, while there are also many pages created under my name. My Cabinet issued a letter denying possession of personal Facebook account/pages by me. The opposition then declared that its leader won the ruling party’s leader while I did not even have a Facebook page of my own. As for that young fellow that created my Facebook page, he continued to keep it updated, though there was no official recognition. I kept following the pages created and used my name to compare its content and responsibility. I then decided to choose it as my official page. When the page created by that young man received some 1.5 million fans in September 2015, I told my son to search for the man and declared it as my official Facebook page on 20 September 2015. After verifying with Facebook that it was my page, I noted that number of supporters who liked it has increased. Since I assumed ownership of the page on 20 September 2015, over four months on 2 February 2016, number of people who supported and liked the page reached 2,099,740. I use Facebook for social interest and learn about people’s hardships, and to give people chance of living beside me. Recently, I resolved numerous national issues through social media. I am not using Facebook in competition with anyone. Number of Facebook fans signifies the support of people who like me when they learned about my official page. I welcome them all, no matter from whatever political party they may be. I thank our compatriots and youth for reserving their respect for and being with me to keep peace for our nation./.
Speech and Excerpts of Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s Off-the-Cuff Speech at the Closing Ceremony of the Tourism Conference to Review the Plan for the Rehabilitation and Promotion of Tourism in Cambodia during and after the Covid-19 Crisis, Phase 1 (2020-2021), and the First Semester of 2022. Setting the Directions of the Tourism Rehabilitation Plan in the Second Phase (Second Half of 2022-2023) [Unofficial Translation]