Hun Sen’s Father Passes Away at 89

Hun Neang, the elderly father of Prime Minister Hun Sen, died in the early hours of Friday morning at the age of 89, government officials said.

“[Hun Neang] passed away at 4:10 a.m. at the age of [89] due to old age,” said Chhin Ketna, secretary-general of the National Committee for Organizing Na­tional and International Festivals (NCONIF).

“I myself will pay my respects this afternoon,” he added.

Hun Neang was born in Kompong Cham’s Stung Trang district in August 1923. He was married to his late wife, Di Pok, and had six children, of which Mr. Hun Sen is the third child.

A devout Buddhist, Hun Neang spent his latter years at Wat Botum pagoda, and a number of schools across the country are named in his honor.

In 2011, King Norodom Sihamoni gave Hun Neang the title of Neak Oknha Moha Pheakdey Saburisak Phoukea Thipadei, which roughly translates as “Oknha of great honesty and charity.”

In March last year, Mr. Hun Sen said his father was in a serious condition and that preparations were being made for a funeral ceremony in the event of his death.

Outside Mr. Hun Sen’s imposing compound in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district on Friday, luxury cars with CPP election stickers lined the streets. Inside, a large white marquee had been erected by the end of the morning and soft funeral music could be heard playing. A handful of traffic police, military police and Mr. Hun Sen’s security guards were stationed outside.

Senior CPP lawmaker Cheam Yeap said members of the Per­manent Committee and other members of the National As­sembly have been invited to pay their respects on Sunday.

“We’ve been invited, and I will go on 14th,” Mr. Yeap said, add­ing that the NCONIF is helping to organize the funeral.

“As his son, I would like to share condolences to Samdech’s family, and would like to pay my last respects,” he said.

According to Mr. Yeap, the funeral proceedings will end on July 17, when Hun Neang’s body will be cremated and his ashes scattered along with those of his wife in Sen Sok district’s Teok Thla commune.

Mr. Yeap added that the CPP would not let the death of Mr. Hun Sen’s father detract from campaigning in the run-up to the national election on July 28.

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