Prime Minister Hun Sen encouraged Cambodians to strive for Chinese-style millionaire status as he inaugurated a sugar refinery located inside two controversial plantations belonging to CPP Senator Ly Yong Phat and his wife in Kompong Speu province, .
“I have one clear policy on strengthening local investors, and that is making Cambodians become rich,” Mr. Hun Sen said in his inauguration speech.
“Let’s invest in small and big firms. Let’s make Cambodians become millionaires. Only in Cambodia are there no millionaires. In China there are many millionaires, so don’t think that a communist country has no millionaires,” the prime minister continued.
Mr. Hun Sen said that promoting a wealthy class was the best way to help the poor.
“Make the bosses rich in Cambodia,” he said. “Because when there are problems – such as when people need help with flooding – our local investors give a huge amount of money.”
“If a country has no millionaires, where can the poor get their money from?” he asked, adding that he would like to see 500 millionaires doing business in the country.
One such business person already doing work in Cambodia is Mr. Yong Phat, who the prime minister praised for employing more than 8,000 people at his new sugar refinery.
While Mr. Hun Sen said locals would stand to earn up 20,000 Riel (~ 5 USD) a day working at the factory, human rights groups have accused the surrounding plantations of encroaching on 2,000 hectares of farmland belonging to 1,000 families in Yong Phat has always maintained that the families have all been fairly compensated for their land.. Mr.
The senator also owned a sugar refinery and adjacent plantations in– likewise embroiled in a land dispute with local farmers – until reportedly selling his interests last year.
Those plantations export sugar to the U.K. duty free under a free trade scheme arranged by the aka “Everything But Arms“.
Theis currently assessing whether to investigate the role of the plantations in abusing people’s land rights.
Mr. Hun Sen’s support for Chinese-style wealth comes as Beijing is in the midst of dealing with a number of high-profile scandals that have shown voracious officials using their positions to stockpile huge amounts of wealth for their own benefit.ia Daily ”Source: Cambodia Daily “Hun Sen Encourages Cambodians to Emulate Chinese-Style Wealth”
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