Selected Extempore Comments on the National Fish Day at the Reservoir Kdol, village of Kraing Kantrol, Samaki Meanjei district, Kompong Chhnang province [Unofficial Translation]

Increase in Fish and Prawn Farming

I am so glad to be here once again on the National Fish Day – 1 July that we celebrate every year. Last year, I missed the celebration because it fell on the election campaign period as I made a solemn promise that within the specified period of one month of the campaign, I would not make any statement. It is in this respect that last year we celebrated the day in Kompong Thom and HE Yim Chhay Ly had to represent me there. This year, nothing prevents me from joining all of you in celebrating the National Fish Day here in the reservoir of Kdol, village of Kraing Kantrol, Peam commune in the district of Samaki Meanjei of Kompong Chhnang province. It is indeed a great pleasure for me to be able to pay a visit to our people and Buddhist monks in the province of Kompong Chhnang.

Selected Extempore Comments during the Inauguration of the AEON Mall Phnom Penh [Unofficial Translation]

Welcome Foreign Minister Kushida Fumio, Japanese Consensus on Cambodia

I am so pleased today to be able to return to this place once again after my presence on 10 December 2012 to launch the construction of the AEON Mall in Phnom Penh. We are here today to put the mall into official opening. I have a great pleasure and thank HE Kushida Fumio, Foreign Minister of Japan, for conducting his visit to Cambodia at this inaugurating ceremony of the first biggest mall in Cambodia. HE Kushida and I have taken this chance to inaugurate jointly the mall, a Japanese investment, which is a clear message to the people of Japan about the advancement of relation between our two countries.

Address on the Occasion of the Commemoration of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Venerable Monks,
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Compatriots and Beloved Students

Today, it is my pleasure to be here with Excellencies, Ladies, gentlemen, compatriots and beloved students to commemorate the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. On behalf of the Royal Government and myself, I wish to lend my full support to all competent authorities, all branches of armed force, local and international civil society organizations, private sector and as well as countries in the region and the world for the concerted effort to fight drugs and address their associated problems.

Selected Extempore Comments on the Celebration of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking – 26 June [Unofficial Translation]

… Once again, I would like to express my deep thanks to foreign friends and development partners for providing always their financial and technical support to strengthening mechanism and taking measures to raise high work efficiency against drug trafficking in Cambodia at both national and international level…

Measures Taken to Facilitate Flow of Undocumented Workers Returned from Thailand

I am sure some of you here might have been sleepy as there was a football match at 3 am. Maybe there are many of you, because it is the World Cup football event, which happens

Selected Extempore Comments on a Visit to Handicap Soldiers and Their Families at the Techo Village Development Center at Koh Sla, Chhouk District, Kompot Province [Unofficial Translation]

It is tremendously a great pleasure for my wife and I as well as other leaders to meet you – handicap soldiers, families, teachers and Buddhist monks again today. Please allow me to excuse myself for being absent on 7 March 2012, when you organized the inauguration ceremony of a temple in your Buddhist monastery here. It was because I could not leave my late father then as he was in critical health condition. I had to ask HE Say Chhum, Vice President of the Senate, and HE Chea Sophara, Minister of Rural Development, to represent me in that very important religious ceremony.

Selected Extempore Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presenting Ceremony of the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) – [Unofficial Translation]

It is a great pleasure indeed that I have a wonderful chance to come meet professors and students of the Royal Phnom Penh University (RPPU) to celebrate two important events (1) graduation and diploma presentation ceremony for scholarship and fee-paying students and (2) launching of the RUPP’s five years strategic plan for 2014 through to 2018.

Progress Made by RUPP & Job Seeking Opportunity

Acting Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, HE Pit Cham Nan, made a report already

Selected Extempore Comments at the Birthday Anniversary of the Buddhist Headmonk Samdech Luas Lay at Sansam Kosal Pagoda, Phnom Penh [Unofficial Translation]

This is a remarkably auspicious day that once again the students of Samdech Luas Lay, one of our chief Buddhist monks, have celebrated for him his 100th birthday anniversary on this day of 14 on the full moon of Pisakha of the year of horse in the Buddhist year of 2558 or May 12, 2014. I could recall that on his 94th birthday anniversary in 2007, I did mention that we should choose the best time for this anniversary for Samdech Preah Dhama Likhet Luas Lay in the full moon time of this month and year. Dr. Pen Siman sent me an SMS inquiring what to do with the 100th anniversary of Samdech Luas Lay.

Selected Impromptu Comments at the Celebration of the 151 Anniversary of the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day [Unofficial Translation]

Today I am so happy to join with you all once again to celebrate the 151 anniversary of the May-8 Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. Last year and years before last, on May 8, every year, we gather here for the celebration of the day. We can say that the gathering is like a mark of ending dry season and entering the new rainy season. I would like to take this opportune moment to express on behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia and my own behalf my deep thank and gratitude for the contribution made by Excellencies, ladies, Oknha, gentlemen in this remarkable event of solidarity, humanity and a culture of sharing.

Selected Extempore Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presenting Ceremony of the Asia-Europe University [Unofficial Translation]

I am so happy today to be able to come preside over the graduation of 1,823 students of the Asia-Europe University in the early part of the Year of Horse of the Buddhist Year of 2558. It is a good thing to present diploma at the start of a New Year like this. I listened to the report of the Asia-Europe University (AEU) rector, Duong Lieng, concerning the progress made by the University. First started as a non-governmental organization in area of education, the University has now a 15-storey building of its own.

Selected Impromptu Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presenting Ceremony of the University of Human Resource, Phnom Penh (Unofficial Translation)

I am glad to join with all of our Buddhist monks, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, on this graduation and diploma presenting ceremony of the Human Resource University (HRU) for its 1794 graduates. The report of the HRU’s leader, once again has taken our attention to the development of the HRU, which has in fact started as a non-governmental organization. The progress made concerning the development of human resource here witnesses the share that HRU contributed and the growing relations HRU has with other institutions as partner. It is indeed my pleasure to see that we have assured expansion of education with the help of the private sector.