PM Calls on Candlelight Party’s Supporters Not to Take Any Illegal Actions

Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen appealed here this afternoon to all supporters of the Candlelight Party not to take any actions against the law and social order as Cambodia is hosting the 32nd SEA Games.

“I would like to call on all supporters of the Candlelight Party to remain calm and not to act in accordance with the incitement and appeal of their party’s leaders,” he said in his voice message to the public through his official Telegram channel.

At the same time, Samdech Techo Hun Sen also warned to take legal measures to respond to any illegal acts of the leaders of the Candlelight Party.

The Candlelight Party on May 12, 2023 released a statement saying that at 3 o’clock today, it would go to submit additional documents at the National Election Committee (NEC) to register for the National Election in July, and gathering the party’s leaders, members, activists and supporters across the country for the so-called peaceful advocacy in case the registration failed.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen took this this opportunity to inform the public, especially the Candlelight Party’s supporters not to be deceived to join any illegal acts whether or not this political party can register at NEC successfully.

“I urge you all not to engage in any activities with the Candlelight Party’s leaders and I order the authorities at all levels not to allow any gatherings that violate the public order as Cambodia is hosting the SEA Games. The authorities and armed forces at all levels must be ready to take legal action against the Candlelight Party’s leaders, both at national and sub-national levels, who dare to go against the public order,” the Premier underlined.

“We cannot tolerate the irresponsible conduct of the leaders of the Candlelight Party. We would like to inform them at all levels that they will receive an appropriate response if they dare to disrupt the public order, particularly Cambodia’s reputation when the Kingdom has been successfully hosting the SEA Games,” he said. “We warn you to be careful of what you do.”

According to NEC, 20 political parties have registered their parties and candidates for the National Election on July 23, 2023, but among them, only 11 political parties have been officially approved, while for 9 others, including the Candlelight Party, NEC is reviewing their respective documents.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodia to Mark 70th Birthday Ceremony of His Majesty the King Tomorrow

The 70th birthday ceremony of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, will be held on May 14.

Generally, during the ceremony, His Majesty the King goes to province where Buddhist monks chant the religious scriptures and praise for the good health of him. In return, the monarch presents offerings including some amount of money as donation for the development of the pagoda.

After the ceremony, King Norodom Sihamoni provides donation including rice, mosquito nets, blankets, scarves, T-shirts, sarongs, pants and some money to needy villagers.

The civil servants, workers and employees have a day on May 14.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse

SEA Games: Sports Competitions on May 13 Held in Four Destinations

Over 20 kinds of sports will have their competitions today in Phnom Penh capital, while two others in Preah Sihanouk province, one in Siem Reap province and one in Kampot province, according to the Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC).

In Phnom Penh, athletes will compete in Cricket, Golf, Water Polo, Badminton, Basketball, Chess Xiangqi, E-Sports, Fin Swimming, Sepak Takraw, Tennis, Field Hockey, Billard, Floorball, Gymnastics, Table Tennis, Weightlifting, Fencing, Volleyball, Judo, Petanque, Taekwondo, Boxing, Kickboxing, and Football.

Jet Ski and Beach Volleyball will be organised in Sihanoukville of Preah Sihanouk province, cycling at Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap province, and Traditional Boat Race (TBR) in Kampot provincial city.

As of this morning, Cambodia gained in total a total of 168 medals – 58 gold, 47 silver and 63 bronze, sitting behind Vietnam which tops the list with 217 medals (71 gold, 68 silver and 78 bronze) and Thailand which occupies the second place with 170 medals (60 gold, 43 silver and 67 bronze).

Indonesia and Singapore were ranked fourth and fifth with 50 gold, 43 silver and 61 bronze medals; and 38 gold, 32 silver and 38 bronze medals, respectively.

The Philippines came in sixth with 31 gold, 56 silver and 73 bronze medals, followed by Malaysia with 28 gold, 35 silver and 60 bronze medals; Myanmar with 15 gold, 14 silver and 43 bronze medals; Laos with 6 gold, 14 silver and 43 bronze medals; Brunei with 2 gold, 1 silver and 5 bronze medals; and Timor-Leste with 2 bronze medals.

A 1,203-strong Cambodian delegation, including 896 athletes, have been taking part in the 32nd SEA Games that the Kingdom is hosting for the first time in 64 years under the motto “Sport: Living in Peace” from May 5 to 17.

Cambodia bagged 63 medals – 9 gold, 13 silver and 41 bronze – in the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam in 2022.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodia Sees Benefits from SEA Games

As the host of the 32nd SEA Games, Cambodia has worked hard to host the games seeing benefits: domestic expenditure, promotion of the country’s reputation on the international stage, potential investment attraction, and people’s reputation.

H.E. Ky Sereyvath, Economics expert and Director General of the Institute of China Studies at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, told AKP in a recent interview that although the Royal Government of Cambodia has spent million U.S. dollars in organising the 32nd SEA Games, it benefits the country greatly.

The host country is providing free entry for the spectators to all tournaments, free accommodation and food for all sport delegates, and free broadcasting rights for all media partners positively profiling Cambodia to the world, said H.E. Ky Sereyvath.

“Once the country’s market is known, Cambodia will benefit from tourism. Tourism brings income to the people.”

The SEA Games will also attract more investors to Cambodia through the spread of information about Cambodia by international media around the world.

The SEA Games at the same time made the Cambodian people themselves aware of the development, democracy and patriotism.

Cambodia was highly appreciated by Southeast Asian and other countries as the host of the 32nd SEA Games from May 5 to 17 under the motto “Sport: Living in Peace”.

This reaffirms the Kingdom’s commitment to hosting the regional sports ensuring warm hospitality, friendship with all participating regional countries.

SEA Games 2023 is welcoming over 12,400 athletes, coaches, and staff from the ten ASEAN member countries and Timor-Leste.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodia’s Role As 32nd SEA Games Host Appreciated

Cambodia has been appreciated by countries for its role as the host of the 32nd SEA Games.

It was viewed that Cambodia is a small country with a huge heart, as it offers free entry for all spectators, free accommodation and food for sports delegates, and free broadcasting rights for media partners.

This reaffirms the Kingdom’s commitment to hosting the sports to further boost regional unity and friendship.

H.E. Teo Chee Hean, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security of Singapore, congratulated Cambodia for the successful and amazing organisation of the 32nd SEA Games, and thanked the government for the warm hospitality to athletes of Southeast Asian region, including those from Singapore.

H.E. Mrs. Hannah Yeoh Tseow Suan, Minister of Youth and Sports of Malaysia, said the organisation of the SEA Games 2023 hosted by Cambodia is stunning, adding that Cambodia did it very well.

Vietnamese Prime Minister H.E. Pham Minh Chinh also lauded Cambodia’s hosting of the games, especially for the opening ceremony.

The official opening ceremony of the 32nd SEA Games took place on May 5 under the presidency of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, and was also attended by international guests such as Lao President H.E. Thongloun Sisoulith, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice-President Mr. Ng Ser Miang and Singapore National Olympic Council President Mr. Tan Chuan-Jin.

The ceremony took place at Morodok Techo National Stadium with over 70,000 spectators with impressive presentation.

Some 1,000 artists, 2,000 athletes, 5,000 law enforcement officials, 3,000 medical staff, and 5,000 volunteers support the organisation of the games.

Cambodia is hosting the 32nd SEA Games from May 5 to 17 under the motto “Sport: Live in Peace”. The regional athletes are set to compete in 37 sports with 581 events – 304 for men, 229 for women and 48 mixed.

The SEA Games 2023 is welcoming over 12,400 athletes, coaches, and staff from participating ten ASEAN member countries and Timor-Leste.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse