Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Comment: Maybe I will Stop Farming

Comment: Maybe I will Stop Farming

Comment: Maybe I will Stop Farming

Reprinted with permission from Nokobal Pracheachun (People's Police), of Nov., 10.

Cambodia is now very easy, isn't she? The so-called banks are growing rapidly like mushrooms throughout the country.

Oh God! Because of my ambition to earn interest, I have sold my house, land and other possessions and keep my money

in the bank.

But then, of course, both the capital and interest nearly vanished finally. I almost hanged myself, but luckily

something forced me to change my mind and return to my old career-farming.

Later on, while planting rice in the field, a strange breeze hit my ears, whispering, "Please risk your fate.

. .a millionaire. . .Cambodia Pools lottery. . .U.S. $200,000. . .come on, boy!"

Oh dear, hearing this, my hair stood straight on end because I thought it would help me to regain my loss.

Working in the rice field all my life would never bring us such amounts of money, I thought, so why not sell this

rice field and take up this new career?

My God! Advertising notices are seen on every corner, and on TV and radio.

Maybe the state gets a lot of money from the lottery, which is why they permit this risky game.

While working in the police force some time ago, I was told to bust up numbers games as they thought it was a social

worm destroying society and that it only created robberies.

It makes my head ache to diagnose the situation which is a world different from before. So if you want to vanish

soon, come and join in the lottery game.

- Daem Tunauth (Palm Tree)

- Translated by Moeun Chhean Nariddh

MOST VIEWED

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • Chinese firms unveil preliminary results on metro, monorail for capital

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC) and its parent company, the state-owned China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC), met on June 24 for talks on results of the firms’ preliminary study on a potential metro

  • ACLEDA, WU to enable global money transfers

    Cambodia's largest commercial bank by total assets ACLEDA Bank Plc and global money transfer firm Western Union (WU) have partnered to offer customers cross-border money transfers to 200 countries via “ACLEDA mobile” app. In Channy, president and group managing director of ACLEDA, said the June 22 agreement

  • Walmart plans to diversify stock of Cambodia goods

    Walmart Inc, the world’s biggest retailer, on June 22 reiterated recent plans to scale up and greatly diversify its purchases of Cambodian products, according to the labour ministry. This came during a virtual working meeting between Minister of Labour and Vocational Training Ith Samheng and

  • Cambodia detects new Covid cases after 52 days: PM

    After 52 days of zero new Covid-19 cases, Cambodia has now detected new infections, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen. In his special audio address to the nation late on June 28, Hun Sen said the new cases were detected on people who had undergone PCR tests

  • Cotton club growing in Battambang

    The global market for “vegan leather” – materials that act as alternatives to traditional leather that can be synthesised from cork, apple peels, cactus, recycled plastic, grape pomace and pineapple leaves, among other things, and supposedly require no chemicals or water to produce – is expected to