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Hun Sen spooks critics

Prime Minister Hun Sen inaugurates the US$43.5 million Cambodia-China
Prek Tamak Friendship Bridge in Kandal province during a ceremony
yesterday. Photo by: Heng Chivoan
Prime Minister Hun Sen today criticised his political opponents for not
acknowledging the government’s accomplishments in improving the
country’s infrastructure, warning them that ungrateful critics could be
hit by a so-called “guardian spirit”.
Speaking at the inauguration of
the Cambodia-China Prek Tamak Friendship Bridge in Kandal province, the
premier said that certain people have not recognised the government’s
achievements in building roads and bridges, even though they have
benefited from the projects.
“You are also walking on the
streets, so be careful: The guardian spirit will hit you, the guardian
spirit’s [magic] is strong now,” Hun Sen said.
Hun Sen added that
newly constructed bridges and roads were not intended only for the use
of the supporters of the Cambodian People’s Party.
“It is quite
difficult to blow a flute to the cow; they cannot listen,” he said of
his critics, pointing to the country’s progress since the downfall of
the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979.
“Compare things with 1979, what we had at that time and what we have at this time.”
Speaking
at the inauguration of the bridge, Pan Guangxue, China’s ambassador to
Cambodia, said the US$43.5 million Cambodia-China Prek Tamak Friendship
Bridge was the third Chinese-funded bridge to open in Cambodia, after
the Cambodia-China Sekong Friendship Bridge in Stung Treng province and
Cambodian-China Prek Kdam Bridge, also in Kandal.
Phnom Penh and
Beijing have inked agreements to build two more bridges, the
Cambodia-China Chroy Changvar Bridge in Phnom Penh and another project
in Takhmao.
Hun Sen said several other highway projects have also
been signed or are under negotiation, and that China has already funded
the construction of more than 1,500 kilometres of roads in Cambodia.
Opposition Sam Rainsy Party officials could not be reached for comment today.
Last
month, during Hun Sen’s  five-day visit to China, he and Chinese
leaders signed 12 project agreements related to infrastructure and
agriculture projects.
In November, during the visit of China’s
top legislator Wu Bangguo, Beijing and Phnom Penh signed an additional
16 economic agreements, with China pledging to provide $1.6 billion by
2015 for infrastructure projects.
Phnom Penh Post
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