Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - PM: Eat ambok on November 9

PM: Eat ambok on November 9

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said November 9 should be used to celebrate Khmer speciality ork ambok or flattened rice to represent the beating of those who wished to topple the government. HUN SEN’S FACEBOOK PAGE

PM: Eat ambok on November 9

Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Wednesday that November 9 should be used to celebrate Khmer speciality ork ambok or flattened rice to represent the beating of those who wished to topple the government.

Sam Rainsy, the “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), has said he will return to the Kingdom on November 9, calling for mass support in a show of “people power” to overthrow the prime minister.

Hun Sen’s announcement came at a graduation ceremony for 1,183 Beltei International University students at the Koh Pich Convention and Exhibition Centre in Phnom Penh.

Ambok rice is normally eaten during the Water Festival, and the prime minister appealed to all Cambodians to eat the flattened rice from November 9-12 and participate in defending nation, religion and King.

He appealed to all levels of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party to ensure they all ate ambok.

“I would like to link November 9, which is our national Independence Day, to the Water Festival and be a day for eating ambok together throughout the country. You carry out a campaign to topple me, I carry out a campaign to eat ambok,” Hun Sen said.

The prime minister said boat racing at this year’s Water Festival would go ahead without fail.

“November 9 is Independence Day and the following days are the Water Festival, so if we do not organise the boat racing, they will say we have lost.

“If those calling for the toppling of the government think the Water Festival on November 10, 11 and 12 will be cancelled, we will still go ahead with it even if the water level of the Tonle Sap River is only 1m.

“The boat racing will be held regardless of how high or low the water level is. The boat racing will be organised to beat you. I wish the day of your return will be as soon as possible,” Hun Sen told the graduation ceremony, referring to Rainsy.

The prime minister also used the occasion to warn former CNRP supporters that those participating in the “nine-finger campaign” on November 9 would be charged under the law.

Additionally, Hun Sen called on the US embassy and West Point to clarify the validity of the education his son Hun Manet received at the military academy after Rainsy called it into question.

“I appeal to the US embassy to clarify Hun Manet’s degree from West Point, or West Point should clarify this because a man is claiming that foreign students cannot pass the examination at this academy.

“On this issue, please ask West Point Military Academy! Go ask the US government! If the US government gives Hun Manet a degree without merit, the US government is also corrupt,” the prime minister said.

Hun Sen said a student had to pay up $220,000 for four years of education at West Point, and the military academy provided scholarships for only 10 foreign students in 1999 when Manet attended.

He said Manet was one of only eight to pass the examination, with the other two failing.

Emily Zeeberg, the spokesperson of the US embassy in Cambodia, told The Post via email on Wednesday that all students received a degree after graduating from any university, college or high level institute in the US if they met all the requirements of those institutions.

The country of origin of the student was not a determining factor.

MOST VIEWED

  • Investors’ $14.4M projects approved

    New investments from local and foreign sources continue to pour into Cambodia despite the Covid-19 pandemic remaining a lingering threat to regional and global economies. This comes as the Kingdom’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to contract between one and 2.9 per cent this

  • NagaWorld casinos set to reopen, schools to follow

    NAGACORP Ltd has requested that it be allowed to reopen its NagaWorld integrated resorts in Phnom Penh after the government recently approved casinos to operate again, provided they follow Covid-19 prevention measures set by the Ministry of Health. Mey Vann, the director-general of the Ministry

  • Rubber exports stretch 17%

    Cambodia exported 97,175 tonnes of natural rubber in the first five months of this year, surging 17 per cent compared to the same period last year as the Covid-19 pandemic stretches on, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries official Khuong Phalla told The Post on Thursday. Phalla,

  • ASEM supports Kingdom’s proposal to postpone meeting amid Covid

    The 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM13) scheduled to be held in Cambodia in November has been postponed until mid-2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation press statement released on Saturday said. The decision was made during a two-day meeting

  • Coffee maker roasted for producing fake product

    The Ministry of Interior’s Counter Counterfeit Committee will send a suspect to court on Monday after she allegedly roasted coffee mixed with soybeans and other ingredients, creating a product which could pose a high risk to consumers’ health. On the afternoon of July 2, the

  • Cash handout programme 80% complete

    Minister of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation Vong Soth confirmed on Thursday that the implementation of the Cash Transfer Programme For Poor and Vulnerable Households During Covid-19 had been implemented for more than 80% of the over 560,000 families. The programme was introduced one week ago.

  • Cambodia armed with money laundering laws

    Money laundering will now carry a penalty of up to five years in prison while those convicted of financing terrorists will be jailed for up to 20 years, according to new laws promulgated by King Norodom Sihamoni and seen by The Post on Thursday. Comprising nine

  • Where is Cambodia’s exit strategy that can save the economy?

    With the prospect of being slammed by a double whammy, the government is working on an economic recovery plan to deliver it from Covid-19 and the EU’s partial withdrawal of the Everything But Arms scheme in the next two to three years Cambodia is

  • Schools to be reopened in ‘three stages’

    With guidance from Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, is in the process of reopening schools in three stages. But no timeline has been set, ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha said on Thursday. Soveacha said the first stage will be to

  • Thai border crossings eased

    The Cambodian Embassy in Thailand said in an announcement on Wednesday that Thailand’s government has allowed certain passengers from several countries to enter its borders. The visitors must go back to their country immediately after their duties in Thailand are fulfilled, the embassy said.