Cambodian People to Get Their Khmer New Year Holiday Back Soon

AKP Phnom Penh, July 08, 2020 —

The Royal Government will give back the Khmer New Year holiday, postponed in last April due to COVID-19 crisis, to people in the near future, H.E. Phay Siphan, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister and Chairman of the Royal Government Spokesperson Unit (RGSU) told AKP this afternoon.

“Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, did ask relevant ministries and institutions to study the possibility of returning the Khmer New Year holiday to the citizens. […] Samdech Techo will decide when and how many days to pay back,” he said.

The compensation would happen soon and for the whole week, from Monday to Sunday, added the RGSU chairman.

This year’s Khmer New Year holiday was scheduled for April 13-16, but it was postponed in order to contain the COVID-19 spread. The Premier used to announce to compensate the citizens with five-day holiday when the situation gets better.

As of this morning, Cambodia reported 141 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 69 Cambodians, 40 French, 13 Malaysians, 5 British, 3 Chinese, 3 Vietnamese, 2 Americans, 3 Indonesians, 2 Canadians, and one Belgian. Most of them are imported cases. Of the total positive cases, 131 have recovered successfully.

Since the first case detected in Preah Sihanouk province in late January, the COVID-19 pandemic has so far hit 13 provinces and capital of Cambodia.

By Heng Panha