Prime Minister appeals to Cambodians to respect disabled

Prime Minister, Hun Sen: “If you see someone who is blind, crippled, or has amputations, please don’t talk about them based on their appearance.” 

“Even though I am the Prime Minister, they still insult me by calling me blind,” lamented Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday during the inauguration of a junior high school in Kompong Thom province. “What about truly disabled people – how much worse do they get insulted?” 

The Prime Minister was appealing to the public to value disabled people in the wake of the Draft Law on the Rights of People with Disabilities, approved by the Council of Ministers Feb 1.

“If you see someone who is blind, crippled, or has amputations, please don’t talk about them based on their appearance,” he pleaded, adding that the language used by Cambodians about disabled people was extremely bad.

He asked all governmental and private facilities to build ramps to make their premises accessible to disabled people.

The premier said the draft law requires that all employers with more than a certain number of employees will also be required to employ a proportional number of disabled people, but that the disabled people should be appropriately skilled.

Boun Mao, executive director of the Association of the Blind in Cambodia, voiced his optimism for the passing of the draft law. He hoped it would lead to the improvement of living conditions for disabled people.

“The law will provide a good opportunity for people with disabilities to gain equal access to employment,” he said. “In developed countries such as the US, Japan, Korea or Thailand, the law sets quotas for factories or companies to employ the disabled, and if they don’t employ them, the companies are required to make a contribution to a fund for the disabled.”

Ho Vandy, managing director of World Express Tours and Travel, and president of the Cambodian Association of Travel Agents, said he would not be against employing disabled people in his company, as long as they were suitably qualified. “If the draft law is passed, I may employ the disabled to work in design or administration,” he said.

Soum Sambath, executive director of Cam-Paint Manufacturing, said his factory employees were mostly engaged in heavy labor, so seriously disabled people may be unable to do the work, while slightly disabled people would probably find it possible.

“I don’t mind employing people with disabilities if they are capable,” said Sambath. He said there were no disabled people at his factory at present. “When I recruited workers, no disabled people came to apply for jobs,” he said.

The disability draft law -14 chapters with 60 articles – was prepared by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans, and Youth Rehabilitation.     by Nguon Sovan

Source from MC&D: THE MEKONG TIMES Daily
Post by: Love_CAM
Social Network for People Living With Disabilities in Cambodia
“Help Disabled People To Help Themself”

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    bmnot said,

    Interesting. Mine victim rehabilitation is one of the concerns of Cambodia’s medical programs. I see more and more organizations for rehab are needed these days. Another organization that is improving the rehabilitation of the world is Jordan’s National Committee for Demining and Rehabilitation (, which just recently passed an important Mine Ban Law – a novel step towards the future. If you’re interested, here’s a good article about it:

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