Cambodia’s interior minister Sar Kheng expressed hope last Saturday for a deeper Buddhist engagement with Cambodian society during a visit to Prey Veng Province. The senior politician made his statement during a dedication ceremony at a pagoda in the Popeus commune of Svay Antor District on 25 May.
“We have rapidly developed solid infrastructure [for Buddhists],” Sar Kheng told monks and attendees at the ceremony. “I want to point out that we have built pagodas and other Buddhist buildings and sponsored schools. We have constructed them quickly at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars. Overall spending has been huge. But I want to put further emphasis on doing what we can to ensure Buddhism has a deeper and stronger influence.” (The Phnom Penh Post)