Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Accolades pile up for PM’s son Hun Many

Accolades pile up for PM’s son Hun Many

Prime Minister Hun Sen's son Hun Many talks at Wat Botum park in Phnom Penh.
Prime Minister Hun Sen's son Hun Many talks at Wat Botum park in Phnom Penh. Pha Lina

Accolades pile up for PM’s son Hun Many

Hun Many, son of the prime minister and a lawmaker for Kampong Speu province, is once again adding to his trophy case, having been granted a medal from King Norodom Sihamoni, National Assembly spokesman Leng Penglong told the Post yesterday.

The Royal Order of Cheatopaka, for exemplary leadership, has been conferred on 27 lawmakers in the past, including National Assembly President Heng Samrin, opposition lawmakers Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha, and Hun Sen himself. According to Penglong, Many received the award on December 19 for achievements including his CPP youth leadership and various charity efforts.

“Samdech [Heng Samrin, National Assembly president] . . . saw that Hun Many has a lot of achievements and received many awards. That’s why the [decoration] committee offer him the award,” said Penglong.

In November, Many received the GUSI Peace Prize from the Philippines for humanitarian work and advocating for the protection of Cambodian national heritage. He also was awarded the Royal Order of Moha Sena, or “officer medal”, in December.

Political analyst Ou Virak said that Many’s repeated decorations, much like the meteoric rise of Hun Sen’s other sons, flies in the face of the prime minister’s repeated statements warning lawmakers against nepotism.

“That’s a problem Hun Sen is having. It’s very difficult for him to push his officials [to stop nepotism], because if you look at all of this promotion, people will say ‘you’re doing the exact same thing’,” Virak said. “It’s very difficult for the CPP to clean up its own house.”

Additional reporting by Igor Kossov

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen defends decision to dock Westerdam cruise ship

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday hit back at critics who say he allowed the Westerdam cruise ship to dock in Sihanoukville for political reasons. Speaking at an annual gathering of the Ministry of Interior, Hun Sen said he acted to avert a humanitarian catastrophe

  • Hun Sen asks Cambodians to believe in government

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday asked citizens and investors to trust that the government will overcome the challenges brought about by Covid-19 and the loss of the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme. Speaking to reporters at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh,

  • Cool heads will defeat Covid-19

    Since Covid-19 was first reported as a world health issue, cruise ships have been the worst to suffer after airlines. The experiences of those who were initially trapped on the Covid-19-stricken Diamond Princess are unimaginable. The cruise ship was rejected from docking at one

  • Westerdam passenger ‘never had’ Covid-19

    The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the US citizen that allegedly tested positive in Malaysia after travelling on the Westerdam was never infected with Covid-19 in the first place. In an article published in the newspaper USA Today on Friday, CDC

  • ‘Ghost staff’ found, $1.7M returned to state coffers

    The Ministry of Civil Service said more than seven billion riel ($1.7 million) in salaries for civil servants was returned to the state last year after it discovered that the books had been cooked to pay ‘ghost officials’. This is despite claims by the Ministry of

  • Affordable housing project in Kandal nearing completion

    Worldbridge Homes Co Ltd’s $73 million affordable housing project in Kandal province’s Koh Kor village, in Sa’ang district, is on track to be completed at year’s end or at the beginning of next year, its general manager Yuk Sothirith told The Post