… I have a great pleasure of returning to Khpop Tanguon of Kompong Cham province once again and last week and the week before last I came to the districts of Tbong Khmum and Ponnheakrek respectively. Khpop Tanguon is not far from Peam Koh Sna, my birth place. I am pleased to see once again memorial places that I had seen when I was in my childhood. It reminds me of a pagoda – Talvoan, which had fallen into the river already. There used to be a good racing boat here called Lumpeng Chei. Pagodas in this area, as well as in other places throughout the country, had suffered completed ruins and destruction under the Pol Pot’s genocide. Also causing them destructive was natural calamity, let alone land erosion.
… It could not be said to be efforts of one or two people to rebuild the pagoda, but it is important to mention roles of venerable head monk and its parishioners. I am grateful to all efforts that are made in making achievement happened and inaugurated today. Our areas of Khpop Tanguon, Preah Andoung, and Peam Prosna have suffered land erosion caused by water current and a recently built pagoda had been washed off already. The pagoda of Preah Andaoung that I may go to inaugurate a Buddhist temple tomorrow is lucky to have its underground structure. From Kratie down to this area I have rebuilt roads already and there are more bridges to be built and we will connect the area of Prek Prasap with Khpop Tanguon. Gen. Kung Ieng has conducted a study already and the construction will start only by next dry season as rain has come already and we have to provide ferry for free to our people in the two areas.
… We have started already between the bridge of Ta Yi and the canal of Acha Suon at Tuol Roka and we still have two bridges to be built, as we are currently studying the water current, the Prek Sangke Bridge about 20 meters and the Prek Sdey Bridge about 35 meters and will be built in concrete. The Ministries of Economy and Finance and Rural Development should take this matter into granted with the company of Nguon Vudhi. As we are waiting for a thorough technical study of building the road, the construction of the two bridges could start. We may have to use Bailey Bridges if the construction areas are not favourable as they are now too close to the river. Maybe I have here uncles and aunts and various other people that I know and they may have a feeling that why Hun Sen does not build his home village before other places. I have a special consideration that my home village could attain development later than other places and I am not just a commune head or a district head but Prime Minister of the whole country. I would have problem if I am paying too much attention at my home village.
… I have built colleges in many provinces, and districts of Kompong Cham but I have built none in my home village. Just now our children said to me they would like to have a Junior College closer to home and now I think I would build a two stories college of twelve classrooms and I may consider the need for making this place a senior college later. We should conduct the feasibility study as soon as we can and let me know how much it would take to build a twelve-classroom junior college and a twelve-classroom senior college together. Our children would no longer cross the river to study on another side. Our children could choose to go to whatever school they may like. At present we pay no money to go to school, but when I was young, children of the poor had limited opportunity for schooling. Now our children could continue their studies to higher levels of education.
Samdech Hun Sen offered Riel 20 million, a band of traditional music equipments, 25 tons of cements, a sum of US$ 3,300, five tons of steels and US$ 2,500 and a generator to the Santhoraingsei Pagoda, five million Riel to the pagoda of Peam Koh Sna, seven million Riel to the Pagoda of Botum Kessar, fifteen tons of cement each for the Pagoda of Khpop Tanguon Kraom and the Pagoda of Veal Lum Pong, Riel five million to the Pagoda of Preah Kak, a school building of five classrooms to the Primary School of Tuol Preah Khleang, a school building of five classrooms for the Primary School of Tuol Sambuor, 29 tons of rice for labour to the people of Mesar Chrey Commune.