Preah Vihear province
GMAC led by Mr. Van Sou Ieng, set on the trip on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September 2010 joining the Ministry of Commerce under the leadership of His Excellency Dr. Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister and officials, with the large group of Angkor Beer teams, led by Dr. Saysana Phommasy.
DELEGATE POST FOR A PHOTO IN ONE PART OF THE TEMPLE
GMAC brought along with clothes, caps, materials needs for the hundreds of soldier families living in Preah Vihear area. Our donations helps them to improve their living condition especially the household items, farming tools, and other materials supplied. One soldier, Voeun, claimed to have received some donation previously told us that our donation this time (agricultural tool) will help him and his family to do more home-grow vegetables. The clothes might be too big for him. He hoped to get some from the donation.
SENIOR MINISTER CHAM PRASIDH INFORMS SOLDIERS OF GMAC’S SUPPORT
(MR. VAN SOU IENG, CHAIRMAN OF GMAC IN PINK)
Senior Minister, H.E Cham Prasidh informed all soldiers presented during the informal (under the trees) meeting that all donations will help be distributed to all divisions in a very transparent manner. He thanked GMAC, all factories, staff, and Angkor Beer for contributing and joining the trip to witness the heritage temple, and to encourage soldiers and police at the border temple. Excellency said there would have been more donations and more factories visiting Preah Vihear, if bad unions did not conduct illegal strike during the week of 13-16 September 2010.
Preah Vihear temple was built by King Soryavarman 1st in 1038. Later because of series of invasion, Cambodians abandoned it for a period of 800 years. In 1899, Thai princess, Sunsipath found the temple. In 1949-1954 Thai soldiers occupied the temple. On October 6, 1959 Cambodia submitted the claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). On June 15th, 1962 the ICJ judged that Preah Vihear belongs to Cambodia so Thailand had to withdraw all troops from the temple, and returned all artifacts to Cambodia. Click to see the ICJ ruling: http://www.icj-cij.org/
Mr. Van Sou Ieng said he was so excited to see a marvelous Khmer temple, Preah Vihear, built on a so high-mountain top like that. He said “I am happy to have such opportunity. I hope more GMAC members will visit and support more in the future!”. While country need help to protect the sovereignty, peace, and economic development, all Cambodians have to work hand-in-hand to answer the need “Union should join GMAC to help the country, not always think about strike which can only destroy the country. The government must also look into the disaster made by bad unions” he added.
“I can’t imagine how our ancestors built such temple on such high mountain! We drive the car up and only walk from one end to another, I stopped 3 times”. Operations Manager of GMAC said.
GMAC with Soldiers
- Where is Preah Vihear? In Preah Vihear province, northern part of Cambodia
- What temple looks like? Like many thousands temples in Cambodia, but it is considered to be the only temple built on the high-mountain top on Dangrek mountain right at close to the border.
- Is it big or small? It is big and spreading from one side of the mountain to the other.
- How far is it from Phnom Penh to Preah Vihear temple? It is 317 km from Phnom Penh, it would be ideal to plan over night stay whether in Siem Reap or Preah Vihear province.
- Can we drive our normal car there? We can drive our normal car there as the road is smooth, but from mountain foot to the top (temple site) we need to have good quality strong 4WD car to go up as the road leading to the temple is very stead.
- Is it safe? It is safe.