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Las Lay, Kingdom’s senior monk, dies at 106

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Prime Minister Hun Sen at the funeral for Las Lay, Kingdom’s senior monk. AKP

Las Lay, one of the Kingdom’s most senior monks, who devoted his whole life to promote Buddhism, passed away on Tuesday at Sansom Kosal pagoda in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district.

He was 106.

Samdech Preah Dhammalikhita Las Lay was First Deputy Sanghanāyaka of Cambodia and the Chairperson of Sangha Judicial Council of Cambodia and also chief of Sansom Kosal pagoda.

Born in 1914 in Kandal province’s Ponhea Leu district, Venerable Las Lay entered his monkhood since his teens, according to a statement.

Venerable Khim Sorn, chief of Phnom Penh Municipal monks, said today Ven Las Lay devoted his whole life to promote Buddhism.

“In his whole life, he has tirelessly promoted Buddhism,” he said.

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday sent a letter of condolence to Great Supreme Patriarch of Mohanikaya sect Tep Vong for the passing of Ven Las Lay.

“My wife and I are deeply shocked and saddened to hear the passing of Samdech Preah Dhammalikhita Las Lay. That is the loss of the smartest senior monk,” Mr Hun Sen said.

Senate president Say Chhum today also sent a condolence letter to Venerable Tep Vong.

“I share my heartfelt condolence and sympathy for the passing of Samdech Preah Dhammalikhita Las Lay,” Mr Chhum said.

The body of Ven Las Lay is being placed in Sansom Kosal pagoda till Tuesday for pompous funeral, Ven Sorn said, noting that the public can pay homage to him until February 3, 2020 when his body is due to be cremated.

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