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Buddhist icon's health stable


Supreme Patriarch Nun Nget left for Singapore on Saturday. Photograph: Sam Rith/Phnom Penh Post

Supreme Patriarch Nun Nget, the leader of Cambodia’s Kanak Mohanikay branch of Buddhism, had made a full recovery after receiving medical treatment in Singapore, his personal assistant said yesterday.

“His health has recovered,” aide Roth Sophal said, adding that the 90-year-old had left on Saturday and returned last night. “It is not serious; he only had a stomach problem.”

Medical treatment in Singapore is the choice of many high-ranking Cambodia People’s Party officials such as Senate president Chea Sim, Deputy Prime Minister Sok An and Prime Minister Hun Sen’s father Hun Neang, who have been recent in-patients in the prosperous ASEAN country.

Nget has been in the news recently for his purported role in silencing activist monk Loun Savath.

Savath told the Post he had been “forced” to thumbprint an agreement in Nget’s presence to no longer engage in political protests.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kim Yuthana at



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