Top police honored with new royal title

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Gen. Em Sam An is among the recipients of the honor. Supplied

The newly-created royal title “Sante Bandit” has been bestowed on 13 senior Interior Ministry officials to recognize their efforts in maintaining security and public order.
 
A royal decree signed by acting head of state Samdech Say Chhum on Monday said the title had been conceived to honor those who make great contributions to national security and are skilled in commanding police forces.
 
In the past, such individuals were awarded with honorary doctorates from the Cambodian Police Academy. This title, which is also affiliated to the academy, is intended to replace those doctorates.
 
The 13 recipients include Interior Ministry secretaries of state Gen. Em Sam An, Gen. Teng Savong, Gen. Ouk Kimlek and Gen. Dul Koeun, ministry under-secretaries of state Gen. Lour Ramin, Heng Hak and Chan Ean and National Police Chief Gen. Neth Savouen.
 
Gen. Mao Bunnarin, the director-general of logistics and finance, Gen. Sok Phal, the director-general of immigration, Gen. Mao Chandara, the director-general of identification, Chan Kimseng, the director-general of prisons, and Khieu Sopheak, the chief of the Interior Minister’s cabinet, also received the title.
 
“The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia will implement this royal decree from this day onward,” the decree said.
 
Speaking to Khmer Times yesterday, Mr. Sopheak said the title is an incentive for those who have devoted their lives to protecting national security and social order.
 
“I worked when there was no salary, just an exchange for rice,” he said. “It is our honor and we thank the government, the CPP and the King for this title. We will continue our best efforts.”
 
Yim Sovann, the spokesman for the opposition CNRP, claimed the title had been created to serve officials in the ruling CPP.
 
“We don’t care about this. We are only thinking of creating jobs for the public.” he said.

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