Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Vietnam stamps draw ire

Vietnam stamps draw ire

Vietnam stamps draw ire

Khmer Krom organisations have denounced what they see as discrimination on the part of Vietnamese authorities, after pagodas in the neighbouring country’s An Giang province were urged to adopt new official stamps only written in Vietnamese.

During a press conference at Phnom Penh’s Samaki Rainsy pagoda yesterday, the chairman of the Board of the Association of Khmer Kampuchea Krom, Taing Sarak, said the stamps had been introduced in early April.

Sarak said that 27 out of 37 pagodas in Svay Torng district had adopted the new stamps, while 10 had refused. Previously, stamps were also written in Khmer.

“The goal is the elimination of the Khmer language, step by step, on the part of the Vietnamese government, and we have to react to that,” he said.

Speaking at the press conference, Samaki Rainsy pagoda chief Thach Hasom Arng said the Khmer Krom organisations and their supporters would not rest until the new stamps were withdrawn.

“If the Vietnamese authorities do not change the seal, we will keep demanding,” he said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh could not be reached for comment yesterday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen to the rescue

    Cambodia has won praise for allowing passengers of the MS Westerdam cruise ship to dock at Preah Sihanouk port, thanks to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s humanitarian act. In a message via Twitter on Wednesday, the director-general of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu

  • PM orders immediate action against ‘sexy’ live streamers

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday ordered immediate action against women who live stream their sales pitches on Facebook wearing revealing clothing. The prime minister said the practice erodes traditional Cambodian values and disgraces women. Hun Sen gave the order to officials attending the Cambodian

  • Trump tweets praise for Kingdom docking ship

    Cambodia continues to earn praise for its humanitarian act of allowing the MS Westerdam cruise ship with more than 2,200 passengers and crew on board to dock at the Preah Sihanouk port. The praise this time comes from none other than US President Donald Trump. “Thank

  • Tourist area greenlit in Sihanoukville

    The National Committee for Coastal Management and Development will coordinate with relevant ministries over the establishment of a billion-dollar tourist area named Neak Reach in Preah Sihanouk province after it was proposed by the Ministry of Tourism. The Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and

  • PM issues human rights circular

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday issued a circular urging officials at all levels to work more closely with the Cambodia Human Rights Committee (CHRC) to protect human rights in Cambodia. In the circular, Hun Sen urged all institutions to collaborate closely with CHRC, including

  • Organic vegetable retailer unveils QR code scheme for origin source

    Organic vegetable retailer Natural Agriculture Village has introduced QR codes on its product packaging, which will allow consumers to see where their produce comes from. Natural Agriculture Village president Bun Sieng, who is also a member of local distributor Green Gold, told The Post on