Samdech Hun Sen, Cambodia’s PM PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 July 2016 15:28

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

I watched the over an hour video download of Cambodia’s Prime Minister, Samdech Hun Sen on his visit to a wet public market, perhaps in Cambodia’s capital City of Phnom Phen (?), personally talking to sidewalk vendors selling fish, vegetables, meat and other items, as well as bystanders of old and sick people, probably seeking the Prime Minister’s help and assistance. The Prime Minister who walked the whole stretch of the wet public market found time to listen to ordinary Cambodians, and although Table Talk does not understand a word on what they were talking, the gestures, body language with hands clasp as if praying and kissing the hands of the Cambodian Prime Minister, and taking off their hats, as the leader passes by, reveal one thing. Ordinary Cambodian Citizens revered and respect Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen. It was glaringly noted in the video, that the Prime Minister walked the stretch of the public market without armed bodyguards. Only his close-in aides and perhaps market officials.The highest and most powerful man of Cambodia, land of the Buddhist Monks, walk like an ordinary market goer during that visit..

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Cambodia has also her history of bloody uprising. Few years back, when Cambodia was under military rule, the Buddhist Monks rebelled against the military establishment and had caused the death of several Monks who disappeared and sometimes their bodies found floating in rivers. Before the military rule of Cambodia, the country was ruled by communist leaning officials, where those opposed to their rule were sent to education camps and were forced to till the vast land of Cambodia’s countryside. Then there was the harrowing story of the “killing fields” and during those dark years of Cambodia which was called Kampuchea then and Pol Pot was the despotic dictator. Today, democracy again rule Cambodia and Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen is changing the picture of Cambodia’s bad past into a land of compassion by listening to his citizens tale of miseries as what the video showed.

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One aspect of good character that Cambodia’s ordinary citizen showed at their public market in the video of Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen visit at the market, was that all those Cambodians who happen to be where the Prime Minister passes, removed their hats, men. women and children alike with clasp hands like praying and with vowed heads. When the Prime Minister talks to one of them, they raise their heads to answer but still clasping their hands as if in prayer. This is a sign of deep and high respect to their leader.  Like the old school character building lesson in the Philippines  taught by the Americans to Filipino students during the early years of American occupation in the country.  A school teacher was called “master” and students including their parents must remove their hats, when the master passes by even outside the school premises. It is long and gone today and cannot even be found in school books of good manners and right conduct, a subject in the Philippine elementary grades that was also abolished a long time ago.

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte must find ways and means to reinstate elementary subjects that were abolished, Like Geography and Good Manners and Right Conduct. They are most useful and important for our youths character formation. The new curriculum in the elementary grades has been found to be harmful in our youths character formation, like teaching our youths too early about sex education and confusing religious beliefs. Philippine Education must point to one direction and not to many directions as taught by many different school institutions. It should be one nation, one flag, and one education. There should be no difference in learning

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Scoop: Early sex education has not stopped the occurrence of teenage pregnancies in the Philippines, a news report reveals. Perhaps sex education has even encouraged teenage pregnancies because of curiosity.  You may agree or disagree.