Tong Siv Eng Dies at 82

Tong Siv Eng, 82, one of Cam­bodia’s prominent female politicians, who was Minister of Health and Minister of Social Action during the 1950s and 60s, died Tues­day in a Bangkok Hospital.

Her body was flown back to Cambodia on Thursday. A cremation ceremony, which King Noro­dom Si­hanouk has been invited to over­see, will be an­nounced.

Tong Siv Eng was a mem­ber of parliament and acting president of the National Assembly in past decades. More recently, she was a member of the State of Council.

“She is considered Cam­bodia’s first heroine,” said Kek Galabru, Tong Siv Eng’s el­dest daughter, the founder of the human rights group Licadho. “I want the King to chair the cremation ceremony because she had served him for many years.”

Her husband, Pung Peng Cheng, 84, is member of the Supreme Council of the King and a former member of the Con­stitutional Council.



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