PHNOM PENH: Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged officials to find work that solves problems for the people, rather than to sit and wait for the work to come to them. He commented that officials must listen to the people and accept their requests and opinions in order to formulate policies properly.
Prime Minister Hun Sen made a post on his official Facebook page on Tuesday morning, 2 August, recalling his activities related to meeting directly with farmers who have helped the government formulate policies to improve food security in Cambodia.
He wrote, "Communication between the people and the Prime Minister has made the forum a success, we have addressed the people's requests not only in agriculture, but we have also addressed schools, roads, bridges, ponds, wells, pagodas, and much more. From a country that lacked about 1 million tons of rice in the 1990s and early 2000s, we now have more than 6 million tons of rice left, along with other agricultural crops that have grown significantly, enabling us to meet domestic demand and exports as well."
The Prime Minister’s post was accompanied by a picture of him in his 40s, meeting with a farmer while wearing a sweaty blue shirt.
He further added, "Listen to the people, talk and accept the people's reasonable requests. Only then can we formulate the right policies. Be a two-legged officer, not a ten-legged officer, and run towards the work, do not wait for the work to run toward us."
Prime Minister Hun Sen first took office as the Foreign Minister of Cambodia in 1979 at the age of 27. He became Prime Minister in 1985, and has held the position until the present date, making him one of the longest-serving Prime Ministers in the world.