Former AFP journalist Reach Sambath dies

(AFP) – 15 hours ago

PHNOM PENH — Reach Sambath, a Khmer Rouge genocide survivor whose remarkable career took him from street vendor to AFP correspondent and finally spokesman of Cambodia’s war crimes court, has died from a stroke. He was 47.

The ever-smiling reporter covered some of the pivotal moments in Cambodia’s blood-stained history for AFP, including the death of Pol Pot, the first post-regime election and the Khmer Rouge’s final days.

As a child Sambath was forcibly moved from his home in eastern Cambodia to the north.

When the regime fell he walked hundreds of kilometres (miles) home and later eked out a living selling ice on street corners and ferrying passengers around Phnom Penh on a bicycle.

After winning a scholarship to India he joined AFP in 1991 and helped rebuild its presence in the country after Khmer Rouge rule and Vietnamese occupation, braving difficult and dangerous conditions in a nation traumatised by decades of bloodshed.

He left the agency in 2003 and went on to teach journalism before working as a spokesman for the UN-backed war crimes court, which in its landmark first case sentenced former prison chief Kaing Guek Eav to 30 years in jail in July.

“In many ways he embodied the resurrection of his country,” said Philippe Agret, a former AFP Bangkok bureau chief, who praised Sambath’s “kindness and generosity”.

He added: “Starting from scratch and with the help of the international community, he educated and guided a new generation of journalists, many of whom were born during the Pol Pot years.”

Led by “Brother Number One” Pol Pot, who died in 1998, the Marxist Khmer Rouge regime emptied cities in the late 1970s in a bid to create an agrarian utopia, killing up to two million through starvation, overwork and genocide.

Sambath himself was not spared the horrors of the Khmer Rouge years and lost many family members during the regime, including both parents. He is survived by his wife Chhoy Chanthy and their three children.

“His personal journey, from the terror of the killing fields to his years as an AFP correspondent and finally as spokesman at the Khmer Rouge trial, is an incredible story of the triumph of courage and determination over the darkest forces of humanity,” said Eric Wishart, AFP Asia Pacific regional director.

Reach Sambath, 1964-2011

May 12, 2011 from

As a war correspondent, Reach Sambath was among the bravest. Throughout the 1990s, he earned his stripes as the journalist ‘who got on the chopper first’ when Cambodia’s warring factions went into battle. Later on, he emerged alongside his most affable compatriots as his country began stitching together a peace. Sambath, sadly, passed away Wednesday after a massive stroke. He was 47 (we think).

When I began as bureau chief for Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Cambodia on July 1, 2001, Sambath’s exploits had already lent him an air of superiority. With his great friend Ker Munthit at Associated Press, the pair had formed the formidable local backbone of the international press corps in Cambodia. They survived the Khmer Rouge, and got themselves educated in Cambodia and abroad before going on to tell the noble truth.

By the time I arrived, Sambath had just returned from the United States where he had completed a scholarship for advanced journalists at Columbia University. He held the best contact book in Cambodia and a love for the job that was unsurpassed, matched only by the size of his big Khmer heart.

On only our third day on the job together, a bomb was detonated inside the Hong Kong Hotel on Monivong Boulevard. It was a wet and miserable day and Monivong was then a bog of red clay. We arrived just minutes before a second bomb went off about 130 feet away.

Sambath didn’t flinch as others dropped into the mud. Fastidiously clean, the idea of ruining a perfectly pressed shirt just wasn’t acceptable to him. Two people were dead and another seven wounded. Quickly and calmly, Sambath led our small group to shelter in case there was a third bomb.

Such stories were common among my predecessors Matthew Lee, who helped build the roof on Sambath’s family home, and Sheri Prasso, who initially hired him back in 1992.

That calmness, however, often masked a heightened sensitivity.

At times, Sambath was deeply frustrated by the asinine coverage of Cambodia that was occasionally offered by journalists looking for a sensational headline to please an editor and a by-line from the Killing Fields to appease his or her ego.

The same could be said for editors in Hong Kong and Bangkok, who liked to think Cambodia was simply an extension of Thai foreign policy and were prone to making horribly wrong assumptions. That thinking is evident in the coverage of the conflict at Preah Vihear today. They lacked respect.

Sambath even once chided Hun Sen for not giving him enough respect. They met for the first time after his return from the United States and Sambath told me within earshot of a standoffish prime minister: ‘He thinks I’ve been tainted by foreign influences.’

Nothing could have been further from the truth.

Sambath could be prickly as he juggled a family life with the hard and fast dictates of a wire service while also moonlighting as a university lecturer and for some of the world’s great mastheads.

His favourite gigs were with Seth Mydans at The New York Times, although the list of journalists with whom he shared a cold beer, many more laughs and his political insights, was endless. Among them: Michael Hayes, Hurley Scroggins and Seth Meixner—all of The Phnom Penh Post at some point—and The Cambodia Daily’s long-serving editor, Kevin Doyle.

In the early days, the idea of a Khmer Rouge tribunal scared Sambath. He wasn’t opposed to the idea of justice—both his parents were killed by Pol Pot, and he loathed the Khmer Rouge who orphaned him. As a result, I don’t think Sambath ever knew his real birthday or his true age.

This is a point too often lost on Cambodians who grew up abroad, and long time observers whose incessant and sometimes hysterical demands of the tribunal to deliver on their sense of justice scare the daylights out of the very people they claim to represent.

Sambath genuinely feared a tribunal would lead his devastated country back to war, and revenge was never in his book. He spent a disproportionate amount of his time getting journalists out of trouble and was the only person I knew who could calm and cajole an irate Hok Lundy, the much feared bully and former National Police Commissioner.

His attitude to the tribunal, like many Cambodians, did eventually change after years of arduous negotiations evolved into the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) and the surviving leaders of Pol Pot’s 1975-79 rule were charged and remanded. In time, Sambath warmed to the ECCC and eventually embraced it whole-heartedly.

He would leave AFP and work an array of media institutions including the New York-based Independent Journalism Foundation, before joining the ECCC as Case 001 got underway with Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch, in the dock.

As the fortunes of justice fluctuated, Sambath rose to the occasion, serving the courts as chief of public affairs. I will always cherish the smile on Sambath’s face that day last year when Duch was found guilty and jailed for crimes against humanity and the extermination of his compatriots.

Sambath was a man of many moods, happiest and best when taking charge of his students at the Royal University of Phnom Penh or spending an afternoon as host for the thousands of men and women who were trucked from remote kampongs to the ECCC, where they witnessed the trial process first hand.

In his final hours, doctors were preparing him for a medical evacuation to Thailand. But in the end, Sambath died where he belonged—in Cambodia. He leaves behind a wife, Chhoy

Chanthy, three children—Champaradh, Rithvong and Samboreak—an indebted nation and a generation of young Cambodian journalists who he inspired. He was also my friend, and I will miss him.

Reach Sambath, the most respectful person

From Year Three Students at the Department of Media and Communication of the Royal University of Phnom Penh,

We are really saddened to hear about the demise of our respectful lecturer Reach Sambath. We had honor to know him and had the greatest respect for him. He was a really good guy that we remember his goodness to us. We spent our time with him last year both in academic and social life. He lightened us to be a good person and student. He provided us a lot of knowledge. He made us happy and laughed all the time when we were with him. When we were sad, he spoke something to make us happy. When we did not understand and wanted him to help with something, he was very helpful and kind in any circumstance.

It was taken while we went to do the story with lecturer Sambath

Every Saturday last year, he always took us to interview people both in the city and outskirts of the city which was the time that we got to know each other more and closely. He shared our good time with him. Our relationship was always closed with him. He was like our father, brother and sometimes he was like our friend since his intimate relationship with us like friends. I remembered his activities that we ate food, danced and took photos together.

It was taken at IFL

He is an easy going person. I remembered one day we went to eat something together at IFL. At that time, he took his spoon to eat rice with a friend of mine who was eating rice and then I realized that he was a very simple person who should be admired for what he had done to us.

Last year, we went to his hometown province in Svay Rieng because he organized a ceremony for his late parents. We enjoyed with him over there. He served us everything. I remembered one thing that he did with us. He danced with us with the style of youths.

it was taken while we were in Svay Rieng together

Lok Kru Sambath, we committed your name, your face, your laugh, your smile, your activities and even your sadness to our memory. We cannot forget you in our life.

We wish we could have next life to be with each other again or even becoming your sisters, your brothers, your relatives, your daughters, your sons, and your friends.

Please pass on our sincere condolences to his family members. We will truly miss him, May he rests in peace…………

Sincerely Condolences

U.S and China influence discussed by students……….

By Sun Narin

Department of International Study Program at the Institute of Foreign Languages of the Royal University of Phnom Penh conducted a penal discussion today afternoon at Cambodian Japanese Cooperation Center (CJCC) over the penal discussion of U.S and China competition in Southeast Aisa and its implications.

The meeting was attended by some 400 students and presented by five presenters regarding the topic related to China and the U.S.

There are 4 topics presented including:

1. Military doctrine in both country

2. Political influence

3. Economic influence

4. Human security and Human rights, investment, donors…..

World Press Freedom Day

Cambodia celebrated World Press Freedom Day at Korean Cultural Center today to cheer the right of journalists and people to access information under the support from UNESCO, Club of Cambodian Journalists and Cambodian Association for Protection of Journalists. The meeting was participated by the nongovernmental organizations, media companies and media students of the Royal University of Phnom Penh.

The meeting also discussed the new frontier and new barriers, focusing on the advances of internet which allows people to access information online by reading news online and use social network such as facebook, twitter to share information.

Khmer Rouge see the light

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 15:03
Sun Narin, Phnom Penh Post

Battambang province

Last week, investigating judges at the Khmer Rouge tribunal announced that they had concluded investigations in the court’s controversial third case.

Parishioners at a service in Battambang’s Samlot district, Photo by: Sun Narin

Despite the gravity of the crimes the court is tasked with investigating, many observers believe judges have no intention of taking this case – which has run into opposition from Prime Minister Hun Sen and other officials – to trial.
Battambang province’s Samlot district was one of the last redoubts for the Khmer Rouge insurgency, and remains home for former KR navy commander Meas Muth and many other former cadres. The area would be an obvious starting point should the tribunal choose to make arrests in its final cases, but whatever the outcome of these investigations, many Samlot residents are more concerned with judgment of a different sort.

“I want God to forgive what I did during the regime,” said former Khmer Rouge member Mann Man, 50.

“I want my soul to be open and laid to rest by God.”

Mann Man is one of a small community of Christians in Samlot’s Ta Sanh and Meanchey communes, areas largely populated by ex-Khmer Rouge. Around 300 converted Christians currently worship at the six churches in the two communes, among a population of roughly 10,000.

Sang Horn, a former Khmer Rouge soldier who now serves as pastor at Ta Sanh’s O’Sngout village, said Christianity’s theology of redemption had proven appealing to many ex-KR members seeking to leave behind their role in the Kingdom’s Communist nightmare.

“If they confess their sins to God, God will polish their souls and they will have new life,” he said. “If they really believe in and follow God, God will forgive them.”

Sang Horn’s colleague, San Timothy, served as pastor to the area’s most famous convert, former Tuol Sleng prison chief Kaing Guek Eav. The infamous jailer, better known as Duch, became a born-again Christian and had been living for years under an assumed name in Samlot when he was arrested in 1999.

During Duch’s trial at the Khmer Rouge tribunal in 2009, Cambodian-American Christopher Lapel appeared to testify after being summoned by the defence. Lapel was another former pastor of Duch’s and was responsible for bringing Christianity to many other former cadres in the area, Sang Horn said.

Duch repeatedly said he accepted responsibility for his crimes and hoped to be forgiven. However, he ultimately chose to appeal his 30-year jail term and is currently seeking acquittal, claiming he was only a mid-level official following orders from above.

The penitence of other ex-Khmer Rouge members appears more genuine. Mann Man said she had been in charge of supervising people working in a rice field and hoped to be forgiven for the zeal with which she approached her work.

“I ordered them to do heavy labour quickly and without stopping. This was a bad deed,” she said. “I feel pity for them and I should not have done that.”

Sim Sun, 42, a former KR soldier, said he prayed to be forgiven for killing troops from the opposing Lon Nol and Vietnamese armies in battle.

“I want God to forgive me and guide me in both this life and the next,” he said.


Provincial Students never come back to hometown

By Sun Narin

Thousands of provincial students come to pursue their study in Phnom Penh after they graduate from high school and the number has increased from year to year. They wish to work and live in the city after graduation since they find it better than living in the province in terms of employment, education and life opportunity in the modern city. More serious than this,​the fact that they do not return to work at their hometowns results in the shortage in human resource in the provinces where the educated youths are the main human resources to develop their homeland.

Cambodia is an agriculturally-based economy, which most people in the province do farming for a living. However, a number of provincial students who study agriculture in Phnom Penh never return to work at their hometown. Yang Saing Koma, president of Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CDAC), said that educated youths are important not only in agricultural sector, but also in the other development sectors, explaining that the graduate students are able contribute to the development of their provinces and the society as a whole.

“It can cause the deficiency in human resource in the province if they only want to work in the city,” he said.

A Kampot province-born student, Min Savang who graduated in Agricultural Economics and Rural Development in Phnom Penh in 2009, said that the lack of job opportunity and no development in his province lead him not to work there.

“I do not know what to do there related to my expertise, only to do farming. There are no organizations I can work with,” he said. Before, he worked in Phnom Penh, but now he is working in Battambong province as the rural planning coordinator. However he said that, “If there is a good job opportunity in my province, I will go back to work there because I want to meet my family and help build up my province.”

However, CDAC President Yang Saing Koma pointed out that students do not always do the business relevant to farming in the province and they only want to work as the official working with NGOs or government.

“They are educated and skilful in the agriculture, so they can use their knowledge to improve their farming in the province and make farming as their big business,” he said.

“We have to encourage them to return and work at their hometown so that we have human resource at the basic level,” he said, explaining that the market for agriculture is large in Cambodia because Cambodia now still imports food stuffs such as vegetable and meat from other neighboring countries.

A Banking-majoring recently-graduate student from Battambong province, Dam Sophieng, who has been working in Phnom Penh for nearly three years, said that there are not plenty of jobs in the province and no possibility to get more education.

“[In Phnom Penh], I am able to seek for new profession, to pursue my study and to learn new things and knowledge,” she said, but she also expressed that in Phnom Penh she has to spend a lot of money on food, accommodation and other things else.

Im Samrithy, the executive director of the Education/NGO partnership said that students always have the wish in their studying.

“The higher they study, the higher and better job they want to seek for. How can they come to the countryside, what job can they do,” he said.

He said that the government should promote development more in the province, creating employment and education opportunity; therefore, students will come back to the province.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) is working to develop the province by improving the farming, infrastructure and other business at the basic levels.

Peter Brimble, the Senior Country Economist of ADB, said that if the province does not have the business and many other developing things to demand the human resources. The educated people will not go to the province to live and work.

“People do what is the best for them. If you want to develop the province, you need good people, but if good people do not come, how can you develop,” he said.

He added that the consequence can be the far gap of development between the province and city and the negative impacts on the city are traffic jam, overcrowding, slum area, unemployment and other social ills.

“[The government] should create the better environment, activities, urban-rural linkage, and balanced development between the province and city so that the human resource will come back,” said Peter Brimble. However he stressed that it is quite challenging to ameliorate the issue by indicating that, “It is like the chicken and egg problem. We do not know which one is the initial.”

In 2005, the Royal Government of Cambodia set up a strategic framework for decentralization and deconcentration (DND) reforms which is the policy that guides the process of governance reform to develop management structures at provincial, district and commune levels and it is considered the first step to start developing the basic levels.

Due to the fact that there are a lot of pressure in Phnom Penh including expenditure, work competition, crowdedness and not good environment, a 24-year-old Heng Hangphumihan, is going to his native province in Siem Reap to be the physics teacher from grade 10 to 12 in the upcoming October after being educated for four years in Phnom Penh.

“I want to live with my family and teach my provincial people since there is lacking of teacher over there. By doing this, I can contribute to developing my province and producing human resources,” he said.

ដោយ ស៊ុន​ ណារិន

សិស្សមកពីខេត្តរាប់ពាន់នាក់បានមកបន្តការសិក្សាជារៀងរាល់ឆ្នាំនៅទីក្រុង ហើយចំនួនមានការ

កើនឡើងពីមួយឆ្នាំទៅមួយឆ្នាំ។ ពួកគេភាគច្រើនមានសេចក្តីប្រាថ្នាធ្វើការ និងរស់នៅទីក្រុងបន្ទាប់

ពីគេបានបញ្ចប់ការសិក្សា ដោយពួកគេយល់ឃើញថា ការរស់នៅនៅទីក្រុងប្រសើរជាងការរស់នៅ

តាមខេត្តដោយផ្តោតទៅលើឪកាសការងារ ការអប់រំ និងជីវិតនៅក្នុងទីក្រុងទំនើប។ អ្វីដែល

ធ្ងន់ធ្ងរជាងនេះទៀត ពួកគាត់ភាគច្រើនមិនត្រលប់ទៅខេត្តកំនើតរបស់ខ្លួនដើម្បីរស់នៅ និងធ្វើការ

ដែលវាអាចបណ្តាលអោយមានការខ្វះខាតធនធានមនុស្សនៅតាមខេត្ត ដែលយុវជនចេះដឹង


ប្រទេសកម្ពុជា ជាប្រទេសដែលសេដ្ឋកិច្ចពឹងផ្អែកទៅលើវិស័យកសិកម្ម ដែលភាគច្រើននៃប្រជាជន

នៅតាមខេត្តប្រកបរបរធ្វើស្រែចម្ការដើម្បីរស់នៅ។ ទោះបីជាយ៉ាងណាក៏ដោយ សិស្សមកពីខេត្ត


ពួកគេទេ។ លោក យ៉ង សាំងកុមារ ប្រធានមជ្ឈមណ្ឌលកម្ពុជាដើម្បីការស្រាវជ្រាវ និងអភិវឌ្ឍផ្នែក

កសិកម្មបានអោយដឹងថា យុវជនចេះដឹងសំខាន់មិនមែនតែវិស័យកសិកម្មទេ វាសំខាន់ផងដែរលើ

ផ្នែកអភិវឌ្ឍន៍ផ្សេងៗ ដោយពន្យល់ថា សិស្សដែលបញ្ចប់បរិញ្ញបត្រអាចចូលរួមចំណែកនៃការអភិ

វឌ្ឍខេត្តរបស់ពួកគេ និងសង្គមជាតិទាំងមួល។

លោកមានប្រសាសន៍ថាៈ«វាអាចនាំអោយមានការខ្វះខាតធនធានមនុស្សនៅតាមខេត្ត នៅពេល

ដែលពួកគាត់ចង់តែធ្វើការនៅទីក្រុងភ្នំពេញ» ។

មិន សាវ៉ាងដែលមកពីខេត្តកំពត ហើយបានបញ្ចប់ថ្នាក់បរិញ្ញាបត្រផ្នែកសេដ្ឋកិច្ចកសិកម្ម និងអភិ

វឌ្ឍជនបទកាលពីឆ្នាំ២០០៩ បាននិយាយថា កង្វះខាតឪកាសការងារ និងការមិនអភិវឌ្ឍនៅខេត្ត

របស់លោក បាននាំអោយលោកសម្រេចចិត្តមិនទៅធ្វើការនៅទីនោះ។

លោកមានប្រសាសន៍ថាៈ«ខ្ញុំមិនដឹងថាទៅធ្វើអ្វីនៅទីនោះអោយទាក់ទងនឹងមុខជំនាញរបស់ខ្ញុំ ក្រៅពីការធ្វើស្រែចម្ការ។ មិនមានអង្គការណាដែលខ្ញុំអាចធ្វើការជាមួយ»។ ពីមុនលោកធ្វើការនៅ

ទីក្រុងភ្នំពេញ ប៉ុន្តែឥឡូវនេះ លោកកំពុងធ្វើការជាមួយអង្គការមួយនៅខេត្តបាត់ដំបង ជាអ្នកសម្រប

សម្រួលផែនការជនបទ។ ទោះបីជាយ៉ាងណាក៏ដោយ លោកបានបញ្ជាក់ថាៈ«ប្រសិនបើមាន

ឪកាសការងារល្អនៅស្រុកកំណើតរបស់ខ្ញុំ ខ្ញុំនឹងទៅធ្វើការនៅទីនោះ ពីព្រោះខ្ញុំចង់ទៅជួបគ្រួសារ និងជួយអភិវឌ្ឍខេត្តរបស់ខ្ញុំ»។

ប្រធានសេដាក លោកយ៉ង់ សាំងកុមារបានបង្ហាញថា សិស្សមិនដែលធ្វើការរកស៊ីទាក់ទងនឹងកសិ

កម្មទេនៅតាមខេត្ត ហើយពួកគេចង់ធ្វើតែមន្រ្តីខាងកសិកម្មតែប៉ុណ្ណោះ។លោកមានប្រសាសន៍ថាៈ

«ពួកគាត់ជាអ្នកចេះដឹង និងមានជំនាញខាងកសិកម្ម ដូច្នេះពួកគាត់អាចប្រើចំនេះដឹងរបស់គាត់ទៅ

ធ្វើអោយប្រសើរការធ្វើស្រែនៅតាមខេត្ត និងធ្វើអោយកសិកម្មក្លាយជាមុខជំនួញរបស់គេ»។

លោកបន្តថាៈ«យើងត្រូវតែលើកទឹកចិត្តគាត់អោយត្រលប់ទៅស្រុកកំនើតវិញ ដូច្នេះយើងនឹងមាន

ធនធានមនុស្សនៅតាមថ្នាក់មូលដ្ឋាន»។ លោកពន្យល់ថា ទីផ្សារកសិកម្មគឺធំនៅប្រទេសកម្ពុជា

ពីព្រោះកម្ពុជានៅតែនាំចូលនូវគ្រឿងបរិភោគដូចជាបន្លែ សាច់ពីប្រទេសជិតខាង។

កញ្ញាដាំ សុភៀង ជានិស្សិតមកពីខេត្តបាត់ដំបងដែលទើបបានបញ្ចប់ថ្នាក់បរិញ្ញាបត្រផ្នែកធនាគារ

ថ្មីៗបាននិយាយថា មិនមានការងារច្រើននៅតាមបណ្តាខេត្តដែលសមនឹងចំណេះដឹងរបស់នាង និង


កញ្ញាបាននិយាយថាៈ«នៅភ្នំពេញ ខ្ញុំអាចស្វែងរកការងារថ្មី និង មានលទ្ធភាពក្នុងការបន្តការសិក្សា និងការរៀនអ្វីដែលថ្មី» តែកញ្ញាបានលើកឡើងថា នៅភ្នំពេញនាងចំណាយច្រើនបើប្រៀបធៀបទៅ


កញ្ញាបាននិយាយថាៈ«នៅទីក្រុងភ្នំពេញ ខ្ញុំអាចស្វែងរកការងារថ្មីៗ បន្តការសិក្សា និងរៀនអ្វីដែល

ថ្មី និងចំនេះដឹងថ្មីៗ»។ ប៉ុន្តែនាងបានបញ្ជាក់ថា នាងត្រូវចំណាយច្រើនទៅលើអាហារ ការស្នាក់នៅ


លោក អ៊ឹម សំរិទ្ធី ជានាយកប្រតិបត្តិដៃគូអប់រំ និងអង្គការក្រៅរដ្ឋាភិបាលបានមានប្រសាសន៍ថា


លោកបានមានប្រសាសន៍ថាៈ«កាលណាគេកាន់តែរៀនខ្ពស់ ពួកគេនឹងស្វែងរកការងារដែលខ្ពស់ និងប្រសើរសំខាន់ខ្លួនគេ។ តើពួកគេអាចទៅខេត្តយ៉ាងដូចម្តេច?តើពួកគេអាចធ្វើការអ្វីនៅទីនោះ»។

លោកបានបន្ថែមថា រដ្ឋាភិបាលគួរតែធើ្វអោយប្រសើរនូវការអភិវឌ្ឍបន្ថែមនៅតាមខេត្ត ដោយ

បង្កើតការងារ និងឪកាសអប់រំ ដូច្នេះនិស្សិតនឹងត្រលប់មកខេត្តវិញ។

ធនាគារអភិវឌ្ឍអាស៊ី កំពុងតែធ្វើការលើការអភិវឌ្ឍថ្នាក់ខេត្តដោយធ្វើអោយប្រសើរនូវការធ្វើស្រែ

ហេដ្ឋារចនាសម្ព័ន្ធ និងការរកស៊ីផ្សេងៗនៅថ្នាក់មូលដ្ឋាន។

លោកភិធឺប្រិមបល ជាអ្នកសេដ្ឋកិច្ចជាន់ខ្ពស់ប្រចាំADB បានមានប្រសាសន៍ថា ខេត្តមិនមានការរក

ស៊ី និងការអភិវឌ្ឍដើម្បីទាក់ទាញធនធានមនុស្ស  អ្នកចេះដឹងនឹងមិនទៅខេត្តដើម្បីរស់នៅ​ និងធ្វើ


លោកបានប្រសាសន៍ថាៈ«មនុស្សធ្វើអ្វីដែលល្អបំផុតសម្រាប់ពួកគេ។ ប្រសិនបើអ្នកចង់អភិវឌ្ឍខេត្ត

អ្នកត្រូវការអ្នកមនុស្សល្អ ប៉ុន្តែប្រសិនបើអ្នកចេះដឹងមិនទៅ តើអ្នកអាចអភិវឌ្ឍខេត្តបានយ៉ាងដូច

ម្តេច»។ លោកបានបន្ថែមថាៈ ផលប៉ះពាល់អាចជាគម្លាតឆ្ងាយនៃការអភិវឌ្ឍរវាងទីក្រុង និងជនបទ

និងប៉ះពាល់ដល់ទីក្រុងដូចជាការស្ទះចរាចរណ៍ ចំនួនមនុស្សកកស្ទះ តំបន់អាណាធិបតេយ្យ និកម្ម


លោកបានបន្ថែមថាៈ«រដ្ឋាភិបាលត្រូវតែបង្កើតអោយមានសកម្មភាព ទំនាក់ទំនងរវាងជនបទ និង

ទីក្រុង និងការអភិវឌ្ឍស្មើគ្នា ដូច្នេះធនធានមនុស្សនឹងត្រលប់ទៅខេត្ត»។ ទោះបីជាយ៉ាងណាក៏

ដោយលោកបានបញ្ជាក់ថា វាជាការលំបាកក្នុងការធ្វើអោយប្រសើរនូវបញ្ហានេះ ដោយលើកឡើង

ថា «វាដូចជាបញ្ហាមាន់ និងស៊ុតមាន់។ យើងមិនដឹងថា តើមួយណាជាអ្នកចាប់ផ្តើម»។

កាលពីឆ្នាំ២០០៥ រដ្ឋាភិបាលកម្ពុជា បានបង្កើតនូវក្រមខ័ណ្ឌយុទ្ធសាស្រ្តសម្រាប់ប្រព័ន្ធវិមជ្ឈការ

និងវិសហមជ្ឈការដែលជាគោលនយោបាយនាំអោយមានដំណើរការគ្រប់គ្រង និងអភិវឌ្ឍ

រចនាសម្ព័ន្ធការគ្រប់គ្រងនៅតាមថ្នាក់ខេត្ត ស្រុក ឃុំ និងវាត្រូវបានគេចាត់ទុកជា ជំហានដំបូងនៃ


ដោយសារតែគំនាបនៅទីក្រុងភ្នំពេញ ដូចជាការចំណាយ ការប្រកួតប្រជែងការងារ ភាពកកកុញ

នៃមនុស្ស និងបរិស្ថានមិនល្អ លោក ហេង ហង្សភូមីហាន អាយុ២៤ឆ្នាំ នឹងទៅខេត្តកំណើតសៀម

រាប ដើម្បីធ្វើជាគ្រូរូបវិទ្យានៅខែតុលា បន្ទាប់ពីត្រូវបានអប់រំអស់រយៈពេល៤ឆ្នាំនៅទីក្រុងភ្នំពេញ។

លោកបានមានប្រសាសន៍ថាៈ «ខ្ញុំចង់រស់នៅជាមួយគ្រួសារ និងបង្រៀនមនុស្សនៅខេត្តពីព្រោះ

ការខ្វះខាតគ្រូនៅទីនោះ។ ការធ្វើដូច្នេះ ខ្ញុំអាចចូលរួមចំណែកក្នុងការអភិវឌ្ឍខេត្ត និងការបង្កើត