Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Utilise internet, PM tells monks

Utilise internet, PM tells monks

Utilise internet, PM tells monks

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday asked government ministers to produce YouTube videos of tes sna, or traditional Buddhist preaching concerning social issues, in order to encourage a wider audience to follow the Buddha’s teachings.

Speaking to about 500 Buddhist monks and senior government officials during the close of the annual Buddhist conference at Chaktomuk Theatre, the premier noted that many Cambodians simply don’t have the time to listen to daily tes sna broadcasts.

“Not every Cambodian person is able access the tes sna on televisions and radio, but Cambodians, including Cambodians living overseas, would be able to access the website and YouTube,” said Hun Sen. “At least 10 per cent of the tes sna should be posted on YouTube.”

The premier called on the Ministry of Information and the Ministry of Cult and Religion, along with other institutions, to figure out a way to implement his recommendations.

“This is the age of information technology. Therefore, we have to use this technology to widen the preaching of the Buddha and to link into our society in order to encourage people to commit a good deed,” said Hun Sen. “I have become addicted to listening to the tes sna. After I listen, it makes me relaxed.

“When more people commit good deeds, it means that there will be less people in prison.”

Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith estimated about 40 per cent of Cambodians listened to the tes sna broadcasts.

“Tes sna could educate people not to be overly ambitious, but we need to translate some verbal [Pali] into simple language to ensure people’s understanding,” Kanharith said.

Rong Chhun, president of the  Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association, said he supported the idea, but encouraged the premier to follow his own advice.

“Even if Prime Minister Hun Sen is still not able to cool down, he must act as a model and stop acting cruelly against the opposition and civil society,” Chhun said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Man arrested for fake PM endorsement

    The owner of currency exchange company GCG Asia Co Ltd was temporarily detained by the court yesterday for attempted fraud after Prime Minister Hun Sen reacted to the company using his name and pictures to allege his endorsement of the firm. Phnom Penh Municipal Court

  • Archeologists find ancient phallic statue

    An archeological team has found a metre-long tipless stone linga (penis) of the Hindu deity Shiva in the foundations of a temple in Kratie province’s historical Samphu Borak area, a former capital of the pre-Angkor Empire Chenla period. Thuy Chanthourn, the deputy director of

  • China steel company relocates to Cambodia

    Chinese state-owned iron and steel company China Baowu Steel Group Corp Ltd has unveiled plans to relocate its blast furnaces from Xinjiang Autonomous Region in the northwest of China to Cambodia, which will be the first overseas Baowu production plant, a Reuters report on Wednesday

  • Sihanoukville authority orders structure dismantled

    The Preah Sihanouk provincial administration has ordered owners of two unauthorised construction sites to immediately dismantle them and warned of legal action if the owners failed to comply. Ly Chet Niyom, development management and construction bureau chief at the provincial hall, told The Post on