Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - PM gives wife road, not rubies, for anniversary




PM gives wife road, not rubies, for anniversary

Prime Minister Hun Sen kisses Bun Rany during a women’s leader forum last month in Phnom Penh. Facebook
Prime Minister Hun Sen kisses Bun Rany during a women’s leader forum last month in Phnom Penh. Facebook

PM gives wife road, not rubies, for anniversary

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced yesterday that he would name a $14 million overpass in Phnom Penh to commemorate his 40th wedding anniversary.

Diverging from the traditional gift of rubies to celebrate four decades of matrimony, the premier said yesterday that the so-called “Techno flyover” on Russian Boulevard, set to be officially inaugurated this morning, would be officially dubbed the January 5 Sky Bridge, in honour of his tying the knot with his wife, Bun Rany, 40 years ago.

Hun Sen, occasionally pictured sneaking a peck on the cheek from his long-time spouse, took to Facebook to reminisce, recalling the pair was hitched during a mass wedding arranged by the Khmer Rouge in Kampong Cham’s Tbong Khmum district.

“Forty years ago, on January 2, 1976, I was invited by Angkar to attend the wedding party that took place on January 5, 1976, which makes a period of 40 years,” Hun Sen wrote, using the name the Khmer Rouge employed to refer to their regime.

“I and my wife were married together with a crowd of 12 other grooms and brides, we were the 13th pair.”

The premier said the flyover, which also includes an underpass linking Mao Tse Toung and Kim Il Sung boulevards and is the forth overpass built in greater Phnom Penh, would help ease traffic congestion.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hungarian exposes 90 to Covid in Siem Reap

    The Ministry of Health has discovered 90 people who have been exposed directly or indirectly to a Hungarian man infected with Covid-19. They all are required to quarantine at home and the hospital. The ministry is searching for other affected people. Among the 90, one is the

  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring

  • PM warns of ‘new Cold War’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the possibility of a so-called new Cold War has become a significant concern and that all countries have to reject outright, any attempt to allow history to tragically repeat itself. He made the remarks in a speech during 75th Session

  • ‘Bad news is an investor’s best friend’ – unlocking investment potential in Cambodia

    It is time to shop. Economic woes provide good pickings for investors if they know where to look The poem If, written by English Nobel laureate poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling for his son circa 1895, is widely perceived as fatherly advice for John who would

  • PM requests Russia’s Covid vaccine

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that Russia provide Cambodia with its Covid-19 vaccine after the former announced it planned on mass vaccinating its population next month. The request came on Thursday through the prime minister’s Facebook page as he met with Anatoly Borovik,

  • First ‘mobile kitchen’ in Cambodia enters service

    A catering company recently rolled out Cambodia’s first “mobile kitchen” – a $50,000 container capable of serving up to 200 people at a time. The kitchen is the brainchild of Seng Hok Heng Catering Services. At 4.4m-high, 6.8m-long and 2.4m-wide (expandable to 6.8m), the kitchen is equipped