Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Rumour of PM’s death prompts ire from aide

Rumour of PM’s death prompts ire from aide

Medical personnel prepare Prime Minister Hun Sen for a CAT scan earlier this week at a hospital in Singapore. Facebook
Medical personnel prepare Prime Minister Hun Sen for a CAT scan earlier this week at a hospital in Singapore. Facebook

Rumour of PM’s death prompts ire from aide

A rumour shared on Facebook that Prime Minister Hun Sen had died during a recent medical trip to Singapore has provoked a threat of legal action against its creator from an aide to the premier.

The Facebook post, titled “news of death” and shared on Tuesday on an account registered under the name Kim Bopha, shows what appears to be Hun Sen laying in a coffin overlain with text that reads, “Hun Sen died after being cursed by the Khmer citizens in 2014. Please [may he] be in the seventh hell. Even if he has died, he will suffer forever!”

The post has garnered over 600 likes and 400 shares.

Ananda Yath, an adviser to Hun Sen, threatened legal action over the post.

“If an individual libels the prime minister’s life, it is illegal. It means that [the individual] has attempted murder. Criticism is a normal thing. But libel is illegal. We must have a limit,” Ananda Yath said.

Hun Sen responded to the rumour himself in a post on his own Facebook page.

“Based on research, all of you are the activists of a political party led by evil men and professional cheaters. They trained evil children to hate society. When there are problems, they have always fled and left lower level [people] to be jailed instead,” he wrote, in an apparent reference to opposition leader Sam Rainsy.

While Yath said that he had not led a complaint against the user, Hun Sen has warned that those who insult him on social media could face arrest.


  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty