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Monday, August 21, 2017

[Demographic Vietnamization: Border Invasion, Tbaung Khmum, Indochina] Top Academic Says Heng Samrin’s Hometown Is in Vietnam

Top Academic Says Heng Samrin’s Hometown Is in Vietnam

The Cambodia Daily | 21 August 2017

The home of National Assembly President and CPP stalwart Heng Samrin is technically located inside Vietnam, though the area is settled by Cambodians, the government’s top academic tasked with researching border issues revealed on Friday.

Sok Touch, president of the country’s highest academic institution, the government-run Royal Academy of Cambodia, made the claim at a news conference announcing that a book on the creation of the Laos-Cambodia border would be published in the coming months.

Sok Touch points to a map of Cambodia’s border during a press conference in 2015 at the Royal Academy in Phnom Penh. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Mr. Touch said official maps showed that Mr. Samrin’s native village in Tbong Khmum province’s Ponhea Krek district was situated in Vietnam.
“Samdech Heng Samrin, who took Vietnam soil, lives on it because it is de facto [Cambodian soil],” he said. “Because when the map is used, the land that Samdech Heng Samrin lives on belonged to Vietnam, but he has lived there so long.”

Laos had similarly attempted to settle on Cambodian land recently, he said. “Then, we are afraid of the de facto settlement there. That’s why we impose an ultimatum,” he said, referring to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s negotiations with his Laotian counterpart earlier this month after nearly 100 Laotian soldiers amassed at the border.

When a reporter asked if Vietnam was encroaching on Cambodian land, Mr. Touch retorted that such rumors were baseless.

“Where is the border post that Vietnam stations its troops in Cambodia like Laos? And does the government not pay attention to it? Please tell me,” he said, adding that critics who allege Vietnamese encroachment were playing a “game” that could affect national security. “If you use that game, it amounts to insecurity. We will take action,” he warned. “I do not know what action because I am an academic and I am not a politician. But the law would take action. It is wrong,” he added.

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Eng Chhay Eang, a CNRP vice president, said that though Mr. Samrin never mentioned his hometown was in Vietnam, he should be lauded for developing it.

“Samdech [Mr. Samrin] tries to develop it, build roads, canals and construct homes for villagers to protect Samdech’s [Mr. Samrin’s] home village,” he said.


  1. Anonymous11:55 AM

    Ah Sok Touch just eats his job, and shows his stupidity and dumb. Every Khmer person knows that. He is crazy and trying to survive and trying to make him look powerful in Hun Sen's illegally Vietcong-installed CPP regime.

  2. Anonymous12:56 PM

    The statement, "Sok Touch, president of the country’s highest academic institution, the government-run Royal Academy of Cambodia..." If Sok Touch has a highest academic institution, why was so stupid and dumb about Khmer historical map from the beginning of Khmer Empire. He is just survived on the Hun Sen's CPP salary by doing the dirty job for Yuon's CPP. This stupid idiot Sok Touch is not a educator, but he is just a slave of Hun Sen and Yuon/Vietcong master of Hun Sen. He's rather stop this if he cares about Khmer/Cambodia and Cambodian people. He is still very stubborn. One day, he will wake up and be a part of ordinary Cambodian people or he will regret what he does.

  3. Anonymous4:38 PM

    He is very dumb and naive. He doesn't know a majority of Khmer people think he is damn out of his mind. He was just on a good salary from Hun Sen's Vietcong CPP.

  4. Anonymous12:52 AM

    UN came to Cambodia with official maps to compare, CNRP refused to attend the meeting. After UN left, CNRP started to accuse fake maps again.

    1. Anonymous6:09 AM

      Dam lies!

    2. Anonymous8:41 AM

      Proof: “And it is proof that a number of unfair politicians who always slander the government about fake maps have no more means to cheat people.”

      Just arrest all the liars and let them rot in the prison. UN will approve. For insulting UN, the opposition has lost all future support and sympathy from UN.