Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen is accustomed to scathing criticism from the international community for his human rights record.
But last week, he was widely praised when he welcomed a cruise liner that had been stranded at sea for more than two weeks amid fears passengers on board may be carrying the deadly new coronavirus. The ship, with more than 2,000 people, had been turned away by at least three other countries after hundreds of infections were reported on another cruise liner docked in Japan.
On February 14, Hun Sen travelled to the southwestern city of Sihanoukville to personally greet the MS Westerdam’s passengers. He presented them with flowers as they disembarked and even hugged some of them.