Prime Minister Hun Sen’s mother-in-law, Bun Seangly, passed away at 2:12am on Monday at the Prime Minister’s residence in Phnom Penh, according to a Facebook announcement. She was 96.
“Bun Samlen and her husband, Kim Touch, and their children and grandchildren, Kri Touch and Try Ngov Nam and their children and grandchildren, Bun Rany Hun Sen and her husband, Hun Sen and their children and grandchildren, Bun Sotha and her husband Tan Panhavuth and their children and grandchildren, are mourning Bun Seangly as a mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother,” the announcement said.
It said Seangly’s remains are being kept at Prime Minister Hun Sen’s residence in Chaktomuk commune, Daun Penh district, Phnom Penh on May 4-5 for a Buddhist ceremony.
On May 6 at 7:18am, a funeral procession will depart from Hun Sen’s villa to the burial site in Village 2, Roka Khnor commune, Kroch Chhmar District, Tbong Khmum province.
The seven-day ceremony will be held on May 9 starting from 2:00pm at the residence located in Village 2, Rokar Khnor Commune, Kroch Chhmar District, Tbong Khmum province.
A video biography of Seangly, published by Fresh News on Monday, said she was born to Ok Bun and Nai Huy on May 4, 1925. Her family were farmers in Koh Beipey village, Koh Pi commune, Kroch Chhmar district, Kampong Cham province.
Seangly was the second daughter among four siblings – three daughters and a son.
The video said when she was a child, she didn’t attend school but spent her childhood helping her parents on the farm.
Seangly married Lin Kry in 1943 in Rokar Khnor commune, Kroch Chhmar district, Kampong Cham province. They had five children – three daughters and two sons.
Upon hearing the news, many government officials from all levels across the country sent condolence messages to the family, including former CNRP president Kem Sokha who sent a message of condolence to Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife.
“Dear Samdech, my wife and I are deeply sorry and saddened about the loss of Bun Seangly, your mother-in-law and mother of Bun Rany Hun Sen, president of the Cambodian Red Cross.
Sokha said Seangly’s death represented the loss of a mother and grandmother and a great person who nurtured, nourished and disciplined her children in a great manner.
“In this sad time, my wife and I wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to Samdech Hun Sen, Bun Rany and your children and grandchildren with great sadness,” he said.