The Ministry of Education has appealed to all officials under the ministry to donate equipment or money to soldiers stationed at the border in order to thank them for protecting Cambodian territory.
In a letter issued on Tuesday, Education Minister Hang Choun Naron appealed to officials under his ministry to donate equipment or money to support members of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces stationed at the front lines.
“To strengthen a unit growing more sophisticated and fully capable, the ministry asks officials to donate money or material, according to the individual, to support Paratrooper Brigade 911,” he said in the letter.
Chhum Sucheat, spokesman of the Defence Ministry, said that not only one ministry cooperated with soldiers, but all state institutions cooperated with soldiers in different areas of the country.
He added that normally, every year around a national holiday, state institutions always held events to donate to soldiers.
“Until now, cooperation between state institutions and soldiers still continues. Although officials from state institutions don’t fight, they help by donating equipment and money,” he said.
“When people support the soldiers, they are very happy to stand and protect our territory. This cooperation is like loving each other because we are one Khmer blood,” he said.
Cooperation among state institutions and soldiers has markedly increased since 2010 when Cambodia and Thailand had a dispute over the Preah Vihear Temple.
After the dispute, Prime Minister Hun Sen appealed to all donors and state institutions to support soldiers, especially those stationed at the border.
Meanwhile yesterday, Phnom Penh City Hall held a donor event for soldiers stationed at the Preah Vihear Temple.
General Srey Doek, commander at the Preah Vihear Temple, said the situation at the border was a lot more peaceful.
“The situation of soldiers at the border is a lot better. The government has changed the situation from the sound of gunfire to a peaceful area. The soldiers and residents living there are happy,” he said.