Public institutions throughout the Kingdom are displaying banners with the slogan “Thanks to Peace” on their fences as part of an initiative by Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Mr Hun Sen yesterday took to Facebook to convey his gratitude to the people for supporting his new political message – “Thanks to Peace”, saying that it has become a slogan for every peace lover.
“Thank you to my countrymen for supporting my political message [Thanks to Peace], which I find to be immutably priceless for today and tomorrow. Everyone needs peace, except terrorists who want to destroy it,” he said.
Prey Veng provincial Governor Chea Somethy yesterday said he has instructed all public institutions in the province to hang the banners with the slogan to reflect the peace that people are enjoying.
“Without the word – Peace, we would not have had a chance to build and develop our nation as it is today. We are thankful for the peace and pledge to maintain it,” he said.
Pailin provincial Governor Phan Chanthul yesterday said the country’s peace enables Cambodian people to live in harmony and enjoy all public holidays without concerns.
“The government has put in a lot of effort to address concerns and problems for the people. There is development in all sectors including roads, bridges, schools, and public health centres,” he said.
Sok Hoeun, 58, a Phnom Penh resident, yesterday said she was aware of the motto, adding that everyone needs peace to live happily.
“I saw the banners and the slogan on Facebook then I saw it on the fence of a school. Later, I learned that it’s a slogan made by the Prime Minister,” she said. “I hope the country will remain peaceful. I do not want war.”
Former CNRP lawmaker Ou Chanrath yesterday said that while he acknowledges the country is at peace, the current political situation remains fragile and there are problems which the government should address for the people.
“The social situation in the country is indeed stable but there are tons of problems that cause people to suffer,” he said. “The government must ensure full freedom for people and address political problems so that everyone in the country will agree on the word peace he is trying to say.”
Hang Vitou, a political analyst, yesterday echoed Mr Hun Sen’s statement on peace but noted that the slogan comes ahead of victory day on January 7, when the Kingdom will mark the 41st anniversary of the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime.
“The slogan aims to tell people that the ruling CPP has secured peace for decades and it’s undeniable. It is going to remind people about the collapse of the Khmer Rouge regime,” he said. “At the same time, I think the government should work hard and look into problems that people are facing besides talking solely about peace.”