More than 300 people arrived in the small port estuary town of Steung Hav on Christmas Eve to participate in ceremonies for the 82nd birthday of Madam Phou Sun Suy.
Madam Lim Chivv Ho, chair of LCH Investment group, invited hundreds of family members and friends to attend a two-day celebration of the life of her mother in the quiet seaside community about 27 kilometres north of Sihanoukville.
A traditional Buddhist ceremony took place at the home of Madam Lim's sister, Madam Lim Meng Yean.
The family uncle, Ung Sun, 83, was also honoured as family members and close friends, most dressed in ceremonial Khmer Buddhist uniforms, showered the elderly pair with jasmine and flower petals following a Buddhist chant presided over by a group of important Khmer Buddhist monks, seated in their orange robes.
Madam Phou Sun Suy and Ung Sun were then placed in special chairs and carried several times in a circle around the house courtyard as a Khmer orchestra played traditional instruments in an area strewn with flowers and banana leaf decorations, ceremonial boats and fruit offerings.
Also in attendance were family relatives from France, Australia, New Zealand and the United States as well as distinguished visitors from Phnom Penh including Ohkna Ly Hour and also HE Ly Bun Thoeun.
Madam Lim Chivv Ho is perhaps the most successful entrepreneur among Madam Phou Sun Suy’s children. Lim started out running boats back and forth to ships at sea when Cambodia was still under armed military control, bringing in all kinds of necessary supplies. She endured severe hardships during the Pol Pot regime and half the family was wiped out.
Today, Madam Lim Chivv Ho’s flagship building is Attwood Center on Russian Boulevard toward the Phnom Penh Airport. In addition to her service as chair of LCH Investment group and managing director of Attwood Import Export, which has exclusive rights in Cambodia for Hennessy, Johnnie Walker and Heineken brand names, she chairs the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone Co Ltd, which hosts a number of factories in a protected area south of Phnom Penh – including a newly-opened Japanese factory for specialised mechanical devices.
One of her most ambitious projects is the development of the SteungHav International Port and Special Economic Zone near her sister’s home where the honouring ceremony of her mother and uncle took place on Saturday. Substantial works are now underway on that project including a complete jetty and docking facility, warehouse and other infrastructure.
Attwood Investment Group also owns LCH CE Mobiles Ltd, which is the licensed distributor of Samsung Mobile, and her sister, Lim Chivv Y, is the exclusive distributor of Phillips Consumer Electronics in Cambodia.