BY BUTH REASKMEY KONG KEA
Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen has said that the Royal Government of Cambodia has strongly supported both the Empire and the Power of the Buddha which have contributed to the development and re-construction of the national society, economies and moral education for people in Cambodia.
To promote the development of the Buddhism in Cambodia, the Royal Government of Cambodia will strongly support and continue to construct both Empire and the Power of the Buddha buildings, he said, adding that the government will also work hard in providing its financial supports to construct more Buddhist schools, pagodas, roads and other related projects for the Buddhist monks staying and living in Cambodia.
“The Empire and the Power of the Buddha are two wheels which cannot be separated. The both are very important because they can contribute to the social development and construction of the national economics, human resources and moral education in the Kingdom of Cambodia,” he said during his opening remarks at the birthday ceremony of Samdech Non Ngeth, Chief of Cambodia’s Buddhist monks for his age of 85 going to 86 years olds on May 21 at the Wat Botum Vadey in Phnom Penh.
The Prime Minister said that the Royal Government now is working in encouraging and promoting both Empire and the Power of the Buddha to be developing together in order that they can help contributing to the progress and the development of all sectors in the Kingdom of Cambodia. He continued to say that during the Khmer Rouge Regime, the Buddhist religion as well as other religions and Buddhist have been destroyed and killed. And in 1979, there was only a Buddhist monk staying in Cambodian. But now the Buddhism and Buddhist monks have been developed and promoted in Cambodia.
He added that however, nowadays there are over 4,000 pagodas within about 6,000 Buddhist monks living in Cambodia. The numbers of the Buddhist pagodas and Buddhist monks have also increased every year due to the progress and development in Cambodia.
“On behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia, I really so proud and appreciate with the progress and the development of our Buddhism today. To promote the Buddhism development, the government will continue its hard works and strongly support both Empire and the Power of the Buddha so that they can help and contribute to the national and social developments and the moral education for our Cambodian people in future,” he said.
On the 21st of May, Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, and Her Excellency Dr. Bun Rany Hun Sen have attended the birthday ceremony of Samdech Non Ngeth, the Chief of Cambodian Buddhist monks and also Chief of Wat Botum Vadey in Phnom Penh for his age of 85 into 86 years old on May 21 at the Wat Botum Vadey in Phnom Penh.
Prime Minister also inaugurated a big Buddhist building costing a total of US$ 388,512 which was constructed by the Supreme Patriarch Non Ngeth for his achievement during the birthday ceremony.
The Supreme Patriarch Samdech Non Ngeth was born on the 5th of May 1942 in Samrong district, Takeo province. He has four siblings including three brothers and one sister. He is the second brother in his family. He became a Buddhist monk since 1948 in Cambodia.
According to the ministry of Cults and Religion’s report, nowadays there are a total of 4,307 pagodas with 55,583 Buddhist monks; 244 Muslim pagodas with 320,167 believers; 25 Churches and Catholics with 8.707 believers; and 218 Protestant Sects Temples in Cambodia.