Dato’ Raja Aznil Raja Hisham, Limkokwing Vice President and Representative of Limkokwing University, his Colleagues Professors of the University,
Samdech, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen!
Today, my wife and I are delighted and deeply honored to be awarded the Honorary Doctorate in “Outstanding Leadership” by Limkokwing University in acknowledgement and appreciation of my activities and effort in the cause of the nation and beloved people. On behalf of all Cambodian people andmyself, I am pleased to accept this Honorary Doctorate awarded by LimkokwingUniversity.
Taking this great opportunity, I deeply thank His Excellency Paduka Limkokwing, President of the University, and particularly Vice-President Dato’ Raja Aznil Raja Hisham who representsLimkokwing University in this event and his colleagues for spending quite a long time to examine my activities and achievement in all sectors to date under my leadership which have been praised at both national and international levels. Today, Limkokwing University, which operates in Asian, including Cambodia, Europe and Africa acknowledges and appreciates my achievement to date.
This pride and honor reflect the right and realistic path taken by Cambodia with ownership to effectively address past isolations, deadlocks and crises and fully prepare itself for the current situation while continuing to prepare the national development strategy with sharp vision for its future.
This honor further highlights my present and future obligations that I cannot afford to take it easy, relax or neglect at any single minute as we are moving closer to integrating ourselves into the ASEAN Economic Community at the end of this year and the whole world is striving to address some major challenges, including economic slowdown. This certainly requires capacity, talent, wisdom and realistic approach of leaders to inspire our spirit and will to push for sustainable and robust national development and security and happiness for the people and society.
In fact, this diploma attests not only to the University’s acknowledgement of my personal effort, but also to its attention to and interest in the effort of the Royal Government and people of Cambodia to achieve peace, social welfare and economic development in the Kingdom of Cambodia, which also contributes to Southeast Asia’s stability and progress, both economically and politically. This diploma further motivates me to continue to serve the people and the nation, continue the socio-economic development effort and promote national cultural heritage, preservation of tradition, civilization and the development of scientific education in line with the trend of contemporary globalization.
The honor I receive today belongs to you all because my effort and sacrifice are purely in the cause of my beloved nation and people. On this occasion, I would like to share this great honor with my beloved family, wife, children and grandchildren who have always motivated and stood by me under all circumstances in both my work and private life. In times of difficulties, my beloved wife,children and grandchildren are always beside me.
At the same time, I would also like to share this great honor with my friends and colleagues in the executive and legislative branches, civil servants, servicemen, servicewomen, all members of armed forces, advisers, assistants who have been always loyal to me and worked hard to serve the nation and the people by fulfilling their duties in a highly responsible manner and upholding the national interest in the cause of national protection and development. Indeed, this great honor bestowed upon me now by Limkokwing University of Malaysia is the honor of the country as a whole.
Finally, I would like to wish His Excellency Paduka Limkokwing, President of the University, Dato’ Raja Aznil Raja Hisham, Vice President of the University, his colleagues and professors of theLimkokwing University of Malaysia as well as Samdech, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen good health and success in all endeavors.