Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ‘Losing a friend’: TV legend Serey dead at age of 56

‘Losing a friend’: TV legend Serey dead at age of 56

Legendary TV sports promoter and commentator Ma Serey has died, with Prime Minister Hun Sen speaking of “losing a friend”.

Serey, sports director at the Cambodian Broadcast Service, which runs CTN, CNC and MyTV channels, succumbed to liver cancer at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital on Wednesday morning. He was 56.

He is survived by wife Sok Sokhom and three sons and two daughters.

Born to farming parents in Svay Rieng province, Serey learned French and Thai at a refugee camp on the Cambodian-Thai border during the later years of the Khmer Rouge.

He started working for the UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia in 1993, beginning his career in Cambodian media as a French and Thai translator and football commentator at TV5 before joining CBS in 1996.

Always looking to pass on his skills and experience, he was affectionately known as “Teacher” by colleagues.

Hun Sen posted on his Facebook page: “I am very sad today because I lost a friend who passed away in the morning. Besides giving my condolences, I don’t have any words, only to say goodbye with tears.”

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Explore the durian and rubber farms of Kampong Cham

Take a drive north of Kampong Cham, past the dirt roads and the dense greenery.

Kem Sokha talks politics, power and Hun Sen

Kem Sokha, leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, sat down with The Post’s Alex Willemyns and Mech Dara to discuss his supporters’ initial disappointment with this year’s

NEC officials tally votes during a recount last week in Phnom Penh.

Cambodia’s National Election Committee last week rejected 33 of 61 complaints filed over the conduct of June 4’s commune election, according to a s

People search for their names on the voter lists at a polling station in Kampong Cham’s Veal Vong commune earlier this month.

Four years ago, when the opposition snatched Kampong Cham away from the ruling party in 2013 national elections, it hinted at a deeper shift taking