Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Hun Sen’s baby vows

Hun Sen’s baby vows

Prime Minister greets a new mother yesterday, after pledging in a speech to ensure every garment worker who had a child got $100, and more for twins and triplets.
Prime Minister greets a new mother yesterday, after pledging in a speech to ensure every garment worker who had a child got $100, and more for twins and triplets. Facebook

Hun Sen’s baby vows

Prime Minister Hun Sen promised to pay female garment workers $100 for each newborn child on his latest factory tour visit, adding to an already growing list of pledges, with the premier saying some of it would come out of his own pocket.

With an eye on next year’s elections, the premier has been touring industrial parks in and around the capital and met with thousands of workers promising at least a $160 minimum wage, free health care and insurance, and free bus rides for those residing in Phnom Penh.

Hun Sen, who was speaking at Canadia Industrial Park, which was the site of worker protests that were violently quashed in 2014, said the National Social Security Fund would hand out a $100 allowance for each baby born to a worker after January 1, $200 for twins and $300 for triplets or more.

“And besides that, those with multiple babies will also get extra allowance from me and my wife,’’ he said.

The premier’s promise is similar to a ruling party charitable initiative of honouring triplets as honorary “godchildren” of the Prime Minister, who are also entitled to close to $750, two boxes of formula, 200 kilograms of rice, five kilograms of sugar, two sarongs and two kramas.

Asked about the premier’s promises, Phall Sophea, a worker at Gladpeer garment factory, was concerned the logistics of the announcement would be its undoing, because getting regular maternity pay was already difficult. “My co-workers are waiting between two to three months and still not getting it. I’m concerned it will take so long to get that [new] payment,” she said.

MOST VIEWED

  • WHO: Covid in Cambodia goes into new phase

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia said that Cambodia has reached a new phase of the pandemic with “decreasing case numbers, high vaccination coverage and a more transmissible circulating variant threatening a hidden surge”. In a press release on September 6, the WHO said that

  • Purging Sihanoukville’s past with a new masterplan

    Amid illicit activities, haphazard development and abandoned projects, the coastal city of Sihanouk province needs a reset to move forward. A new masterplan might be the answer to shake off its seemingly mucky image to become the Shenzhen of the south Gun toting, shootouts, police

  • Chinese may be first in tourism revival: PM

    Cambodia's tourism industry is gearing up to roll out the red carpet for Chinese travellers after Prime Minister Hun Sen on September 17 indicated that the Kingdom could soon throw open its doors to international holidaymakers vaccinated against Covid-19 – starting with guests from China. Cambodia Chinese

  • 'Pursue your goals, reach out to me': Young diplomat tapped as envoy to South Korea

    Chring Botum Rangsay was a secretary of state at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation before being designated as the new Cambodian ambassador to South Korea. According to her official CV published on the foreign ministry’s website, she started her first government

  • Tourism concerns laid bare

    To ensure the success of plans to reopen the tourism market for international visitors, Cambodia must pay utmost attention to two primary determinants – the ongoing paradigm shift in domestic tourism services towards the ‘new normal’, and the factors influencing choices of destinations among foreign holidaymakers.

  • School reopening ‘offers model for other sectors’

    World Health Organisation (WHO) representative to Cambodia Li Ailan said school reopening process should be used as a role model for reopening other sectors currently mothballed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Li strongly supports the government’s decision to reopen schools, saying it is a decision