|Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks at a graduation ceremony at the National Institute of Education yesterday in Phnom Penh. Facebook|
Mech Dara and Erin Handley, The Phnom Penh Post
Thu, 23 March 2017
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday distributed a suite of roles held by his late deputy Sok An among other ministers, reversing an earlier announcement by his spokesman that all the responsibilities would go to Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin.
Hun Sen chided his spokesman Phay Siphan, and journalists, for making assumptions that the diverse portfolio held by his late right-hand man would go to Chhin.
“You should not want to be famous and do not act like you know everything,” Hun Sen said, referring to both spokespeople and journalists. “Sometimes the journalist is not wrong but we give wrong information and the ill-intended persons make it widespread … in order to correct it, I now inject a vaccine to get rid of the craziness.”
Sok An, who died last week, oversaw so many committees that he was likened to a Hindu god with many arms. Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin was announced as Sok An’s successor as minister of the Council of Ministers, but the premier dismissed the suggestion – made by Siphan and circulated by local media outlets – that Chhin would adopt all of Sok An’s former duties.