Any corruption activity must be charged equally: if not, release the 5 human rights activists

Unofficial Translation from The Phnom Penh Post’s Khmer edition
TUESDAY, 27 JUNE 2017,
TONG SOPRACH

NOTE: This column contributed to the royal government’s decision releasing the four ADHOC Officers and a NEC Deputy-Secretary General for two days after publication: Groups welcome court’s release of the ‘Adhoc 5’

បើ​អ្នក​ស៊ី​ និង​អ្នក​សូក​មាន​ទោស​ដូចគ្នា អ៊ីចឹង​មាន​​តែ​នាង​​ខុម​ ចាន់តារាទី ​ហៅ​​ស្រីមុំ ​ត្រូវ​ជាប់​ឃុំ​ដែរ

Lim Mony, ADHOC Officer and Khom Chandaraty (called Sreymom) during her complaint. Photo: Pha Lina

Any accusation against any law on an article or based on this or that case in Cambodia that the court officers in Cambodia almost no need to go to the law school, judge and prosecutor school, lawyer school and the training of justice police officer, it still can do these jobs.

It is typical that their discretion seems to suffer from many pressures — politics, powerful people, affiliates and bribery.

The case of Ang Maltey, former Phnom Penh Municipal Court Chief, demonstrated to the public that the Court is corrupted.

Some cases related to the criminal act do not necessarily need to be addressed by the Court, and can instead be solved by the justice police or senior government official’s intervention.  For instance, the recent case in which a police officer, the son of the secretary of state of the Interior Ministry, fired a few rounds to threaten another person due to minor traffic accident. Finally, the case was solved by implementing the administrative punishment to the shooter.

In contrast, the monk who played a toy gun in Battambang province last week was arrested and prosecuted by hiding and using illegally.

A similar case which demonstrates corruption involved is the detention of four ADHOC officers and one NEC deputy-general secretary for 14 months. They were accused of bribing the witness Khom Chandaraty (called Sreymom), who was involved in a love affair with Kem Sokha, CNRP’s President. Last week’s investigation result shows the public perception viewed the delay or the attempt to prolong the case as long as possible. However, both sides [Kem Sokha and Sreymom] of this case were free and now walk freely and continue to do politics.

For the detainees of this case, they were being imprisoned because they just gave $204 to Sreymom as stated in the ADHOC general policy to support the victim who requested for help in the Sreymom case.

In this case, if the Anti-Corruption Unit and the court accused and detained only the five officials as involving corruption activity; so, why Sreymom despite receiving a ‘bribe’ of $204 has not been detained?

The person who receives bride is also included in the law of anti-corruption in Article 4, relating to the corruption is “Point 15: benefit of corruption: it means that any property obtained directly or indirectly via the corruption.”

Why the law is enforced only on one side to the five human rights officials, closed to18 months of detention statute. There is no equality before the law between the giver and receiver of the bribe. For this case, it is obvious that there is so much injustice.

If Sreymom, the bribe receiver, has been freed of charges, then the five officers who bribed her should have been freed on bail as well. Long detention for the victims and the court’s inability offer the justice contrast to the Charter of the United Nations which Cambodia has endorsed with by the international law standard. It requires the court have to release the detainees immediately.

Moreover, the ruling party has not gained the popularity in the election from detaining those officials instead it lost the voting count from the detention. In fact, this commune election, the ruling party experienced 1/3 decline of its seats for the commune council chiefs compared to the 2012 commune election. On the other hand, some activists of CPP criticized their own government for the declining vote caused by the detention of those five officials.

In fact, the important purpose of the detention of the five officials, the government likely used the method—killing one chicken to intimidate 100 monkeys to silence the civil society organization officials when they protest against the government.

The implement of this case showed that it is very effective in silencing the officials and they seemed not to come out and criticize the government strongly as before. The consequence of this method is the loss of the popularity of the ruling party itself since it usually expresses about their desire to serve the people for peacebuilding, instead it emotionally and physical harms anyone who does not like what the government proposes.

As for the international community, the donors have not interfered deeply since they were afraid of the government accusing them of violating the sovereignty of Cambodia.

In general, those officials did according to the principle of their organization. However, if any accusation happens, the organization will solve it. This means that they do not act based on their personal wills, which are outside of the framework of their duty. But it didn’t work that way, the individuals were arrested and detained.

Therefore, the ruling party should consider finding the solution before deadline of the detention of those five officials, or else Sreymom, bribe taker, should be detained for 14 months as well because she is also wrong.

If the government cannot do that then the detainees should free them as soon as possible. It is beneficial for the ruling party and this case will benefit the opposition party without doing anything at all with regards to justice.

Tong Soprach is a social-affairs columnist for the Post’s Khmer edition.

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Cambodia could play the role of mediator in Korean unification

Unofficial Translation from The Phnom Penh Post’s Khmer edition
TUESDAY, 11 JULY 2017,
TONG SOPRACH

កម្ពុជា​ អាច​ដើរតួ​រក​ដំណោះស្រាយ​បញ្ហា​កូរ៉េ​ទាំង​ពីរ

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (left) and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un (right). AFP

Witnessing two siblings fighting to the extent that a setting a border is necessary hurts.

When it happens to two countries, the measures taken to settle such disputes can be hot or cold. The North-South dispute nearly divided America and resulted in a Civil War, but President Abraham Lincoln was still able to unify the country. The dispute in Vietnam, on the other hand, had to be settled by war.

The War that separated East and West Germany ended with of the Cold War. Different political sections of China in another case, was unified by a revolution, except the Island of Taiwan, that still calls itself the Republic of China.

But, why are South and North Korea, two siblings born in the same peninsula, still preparing for hostilities against each other?

Tensions resulted from the persistent disputes in Korean Peninsula can be noticed almost everyday on the world news, showing no sign of reassurance.

North Korea once threatened the U.S and other countries in the region through the testing of its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), capable of reaching Alaska, in the United States. Meanwhile, South Korea and the US hold a joint military maneuver with real ammunition, causing the North to accuse the US of pulling the trigger if a war actually happens.

Australia has been concerned with the threat in Asia and intention to ally with the Korean peninsula tense if North Korea is to be the one who put the finger on the trigger. In the meantime, the People’s Republic of China has been playing an important role: preventing North Korea, its closest ally, from going too far.

The crisis is rooted in the division of Korean Peninsula into two blocs, each one with opposite political ideologies: Communism/Socialism and Republic/liberalism as the past. The North is supported by China and Russia, and the South by Japan, the US, and potentially, Australia.

The dispute, more importantly, could affect the security in the Asia-Pacific, including Cambodia.

When the two sides are pointing warheads to each other, Cambodia could also be a victim although it would not be participating in the conflict if any missile falls on ASEAN territory. Thus, ignoring the threat by the North is not really a good option for the Kingdom.

There are roughly 50,000 Cambodian workers, both legal and illegal, in South Korea, according to the statistics from the Ministry of Labour and the Cambodian Embassy in South Korea. The negaive impacts on them will be inevitable if the dispute involves into arm conflicts in the Korean Peninsula.

According to the conclusion from the third meeting of the third Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) on Nonproliferation and Disarmament (NPD) in Auckland in March 2017, I attended the case study meeting, the key findings show that Asia-Pacific countries have improved on adherence to nonproliferation and nuclear security instruments, but implementation still lags behind in many states. Implementation gaps stem from lack of capacity, lack of awareness, and/or lack of political will.

However, the meeting gave advices that CSCAP and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) should focus on raising awareness and capacity-building, while encouraging states to exercise the political will required to come into full compliance, especially in the effort to deal with countries with nuclear weapon like DPRK as a nuclear-armed state.  One of the most viable options is to renew negotiations in order to prevent war in the Peninsula and the entire region, as well as implementing the United Nations Resolution 2270 and 2321.

In response to the statement in this meeting, the Royal Government of Cambodia could try playing the mediator role to build peace for both Koreas since Cambodia has good conditions and relations with both countries. The tie that the Kingdom has with the North is the legacy of King-Father Norodom Sihanouk even though there are only a few North Korean investments in Cambodia.

South Korea, meanwhile, is tied to Cambodia through large private investments and tourism. Both have their embassies in Cambodia, unlike the One-China policy, in which China has the embassy in Cambodia but Taiwan doesn’t have.

These things that Cambodia has potentials in doing include:

1) The government can invite most senior officials from the two Korean embassies to have dinners together and discuss the issues.

2) The RGC could play a role as mediator by inviting official from both embassies to a meeting on their development and key challenging to address their tensions of their countries. Then Cambodia could offer any advice and share its experience about the long time civil war and the genocide, resulting in million of its people’s death while the country could not manage its responsibility to protect (R2P) its people.

Moreover, Cambodia can recall its prior-peacebuilding, starting with the invitations of the Khmer leaders of the four conflicting parties to a meeting in Jakarta hosted by Ali Alatas, former Indonesian Foreign Minister before reaching the signing of the Paris Peace Accord on October 23rd, 1991.

Moreover, Prime Minister Hun Sen should share the lesson learnt about his “Win-Win Policy” to both Koreas. Especially, Cambodia also has Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP) as think-tank to provide consultation over regional issues.

Besides, if Cambodia doesn’t succeed in this mediator role to facilitate the two parties, the government could be showing its lobby and advocacy to China, who is the principle actor in the Korean peninsula crisis since the Kingdom is one the closest allies to Chinese government. To encourage China to play a coordinating role to address this conflict, North Korea may accept some of its advices.

In the past, Prime Minister Hun Sen has sometimes publicly spoken by comparing the Korean Peninsula crisis and the War in Syria to what happened in Cambodia, causing people to be fed up with fear when they hear the word “war”.

In conclusion, it will be a great pride for Cambodia if it succeeds in peacebuilding in the Korean Peninsula and the region, as it also reflects its strengths in building its local peace and political stability.

Tong Soprach is a social-affairs columnist for the Post’s Khmer edition.

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Why National Hospital Service Delivery remains ignoring the poor?

Unofficial Translation from The Phnom Penh Post’s Khmer edition
TUESDAY, 06 JUNE 2017,
TONG SOPRACH

ខំ​ពង្រឹង​តែ​សេវា​សុខាភិបាល​មូលដ្ឋាន​ឲ្យ​ល្អ ​តែ​សេវា​មន្ទីរពេទ្យ​ជាតិ​ បែរ​ជា​ព្រងើយ​កន្តើយ

The patients were in public hospital recently. Photo: Hong Minea

While leaders at each ministry, institution, and department were preoccupied with election campaign by going in to their target areas ahead of commune election last week, the ordinary officials were required to attend political rallies during working time (It’s unofficial requirement but they suffered from their bosses’ pressure at workplace or they would not be promoted if those officers do not involve in political parties). They were not coming to work, at administration time, it affects working system which might be slow. But, the public healthcare service delivery is different from public administration service when the doctors are   absent during campaigning administration time. Patients in the public health system are at higher risk of mistreatment or even death.

On the other hand, generally, many medical doctors/midwifes/nurses (health officers) take advantage from their working place and/or supplementary at night time at health center or hospital, they go to work at their private clinics or work for another clinic.  Patients in the public health system are also at higher risk of mistreatment or even death, Even the government tried to increase their salary for the medical officials but the doctor still does not regularly come to work at public health facility.

There are two recent examples of the dangers of requiring doctors’ attendance at political events. The first case, a woman and baby died at National Maternal and Child Health Hospital called “Japan Hospital” which is a model hospital and in the second case, the mother unfortunately died, but the baby was saved at autonomous Calmette National Hospital. Both cases occurred during a week before the commune election on June 4. It’s horrifying that two women and an infant have needlessly died while in the care of the country’s best hospitals.

Until now there is no formal technical medical statement about both cases from the Ministry of Health or the 2 national hospitals either Medical Council of Cambodia yet although the victims’ families, the husbands, have insisted. Both husbands claim that it is carelessness on behalf of the hospitals that caused the death of their wives. There were no specialized doctors or senior doctors on standby, and there were only junior doctors/midwife interns with less experience who did not take any responsibility for these events.

Should the husbands’ allegations be true? It is really unprofessional: first, the doctors/midwives were helping to deliver the baby ran away, it is in violation of the ethical regulations regarding the medical profession: “Medical professionals shall absolutely not give up their professional performance in any form”.

Medical officials must take the responsibility to help their patients until the patient’s last breath. Health care professionals should not flee when a patient dies. Medical officials must come to work in order to ensure things run smoothly.

The method of the patient referral system: most of medical officials at the national hospitals are referral trainers, so when the patient’s condition is beyond the ability of the local health facility [health center and referral hospital], the medical officials must refer the patient to a higher level facility like the provincial referral hospital or national hospital.

In case, Japan hospital, the poor patient has to be sent for emergency immediately to highest standard hospital. in the opposite is military hospital or behind autonomous Calmette hospital which has enough materials to save both mother and baby.

In the second fatal case, the impoverished patient in Calmette hospital and it needed only the holder to take the patient to the emergency building so that they could be saved or the main doctors were not there because both victims’ families were too poor? How can people trust the public hospital if they are not guaranteed fair and high quality treatment? A lower mother mortality rate does not make rare deaths acceptable.

The Ministry of Health has reformed the healthcare system better as well including the referral system, patient monitoring system, medical equipment, health information system; especially, the improvement of local health facility service delivery and the elimination of traditional birth attendants (TBAs); that led to decline of Mother Mortality Ratio from 472 out of 100,000 live births in 2005 to 170 out of 100,000 live births in 2014 significantly. Whereas Neonatal Mortality Rate also decreased from 28 to 18 out of 1,000 live births; 2005 to 2014 respectively (CDHS, 2014).

Despite of the better reform, a major obstacle is still that the medical official uses the working time at public hospital to serve the private service and that greatly affects the whole health system. This doctor/midwife/nursery should divide clearly between the public and private service provision which is against Prokas in 2011 (ministry regulation) on Private Clinic Management. On article 29 of the Prokas says: “Only the doctor who has retired, left, or suspended his/her state service without pay with the acknowledgement of his/her department director may run a policlinic…”.

Often Leaders and senior officials of Ministry of Health usually raised about the absence of medical officers working in the hospital or local health facility or being absent from their state workplace, but they instead standby at their private clinic or other private clinics, but they keep taking salary from the state.

Therefore, the medical officers who like to take advantage from the state working time to serve or standby in private clinic feel not happy when the Ministry of Health launched the Decentralization and Decentralization reform (D&D) through pilot-test to transfer functions and human resource to sub-national administration to manage in three provinces (Phnom Penh, Battambang and Kampot provinces).

In order to be transparent, the MoH should issue a technical medical statement regarding the deaths of these women and the infant. They should accept responsibility and investigate the circumstances.

The Ministry should evaluate the healthcare service provision at both national hospitals to know whether the death of mother and baby caused by the disease or the discrimination of medical officers on the poor people? Which principle doctors had to take that shift on the incident day, please review it up again.

Moreover, to strengthen health system delivery both national and sub-national levels, the government should reform the following three components: service delivery structure, service delivery capacity building, and incentives/special allowance for public medical officials.

Lesson learnt from Thailand, public medical officers allow to open private clinic or working at private service, but they must standby at the public service in time and the public hospital has dormitory for doctors where inside or nearby their hospital. Generally, doctors was booked online if the patients want to make an appointment or to surgery in the private clinic (APO-Health System and Policy, 2015).

Tong Soprach, social affairs columnist for the Post’s Khmer edition

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Don’t underestimate the importance of commune elections

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Opinion: Don’t underestimate the importance of commune elections

FRIDAY, 2 JUNE 2017
TONG SOPRACH

A CPP campaign rally crosses paths with an opposition CNRP rally in the capital’s Meanchey district on the first day of campaigning last month. Photo: Pha Lina

The upcoming 4th mandate of commune council elections is an achievement resulting from the Decentralisation and Deconcentration Reforms (D&D) starting in 2000, with commune elections arranged for the first time in 2002.

Since then, every commune election has usually received less participation compared to national elections, a concerning trend since some people view the commune election as less important. Meanwhile, with fewer parties competing, the dynamic of campaigns seems to become less energetic.

What’s more, many people rarely think of their commune or sangkat chief until they need their help with some paperwork. Even then, they often find that their representative has left the office to attend a meeting at the district party headquarters. For anyone who has found themselves in that position, it should serve as a wake-up call, reminding voters just how important it is to choose their local representative.

In addition, commune councils play an important role as the people’s representatives in the non-general elections that select the Kingdom’s senators, provincial and municipal councils, and city, khan and district councils in accordance with laws adopted in 2008. Commune councils serve as the representatives who vote for the people so that the people can save time and the national budget is not wasted.

If a political party receives the most elected commune council members, it means that they can elect the president of the Senate and a majority of its members from their own party, and they also can become the head of provincial-municipal councils and district-city-Khan councils as well. If the presidency and majorities of the Senate and the National Assembly are held by two different parties, it serves, from a legislative perspective, as a balance of power that manages to prevent the National Assembly from adopting laws freely, and the Senate can spot gaps in the laws and send them back to the National Assembly. It would not be like the cases of Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (LANGO) and the recent amendments to the Law on Political Parties, both of which were passed easily in the Assembly and Senate despite the national and international communities believing they had troubling political elements.

Furthermore, after the council commune elections, the commune will have a clear structure that’s representative of the people, and can transfer functions and resources from the national level to the tune of about 2.8 percent of the current domestic revenue. The amount of budget will vary according to the size of the population living in each of the 1,646 communes/sangkats, which receive around $20,000 to $30,000 per year.

The budget will be utilised for the salary of commune councils, administrative expenses and for local development in response to the demands of the local people via five-year plans and three-year rolling investment plans.

Commune councils have two main duties. First is to serve as a registrar for such issues as birth, death and marriage certificates and to sign off on the transfers of houses and land ownership, and other public services. The second duty is local development via investment programs in accordance with the people’s needs, such as the construction of infrastructure – local roads, bridges, sewage systems, schools, community kindergartens – and the provision of services like agricultural training, domestic violence prevention and intervention, and health centre management, etc.

Some action implementations requested by the people go above the abilities of the commune councils, but they can refer the proposal to district councils or provincial councils to seek a solution based on the current situation.

And because commune chiefs are both the head of the commune council and the commune’s top executive, they have a more complete and significant role than their counterparts at the district and provincial levels, where the councils and the executive are kept separate.

All of this reflects the significance of commune councils, so all the 12 political parties competing in the commune council election and the medias should together explain and encourage the people who registered their names to go to vote for their favourite local representative in accordance with the democratic system this June 4th.

Voting is far better than letting people continuously complain about the slowness of service provision from the commune council, which has been all too common in the past. But voting is a responsibility too, so don’t get upset if you get exactly what you wish for. As the Khmer saying goes: “Bar phdo reu min phdo tae kom thgno!” In translation: you can pick “Change or no change, but don’t complain!”

Tong Soprach is a social-affairs columnist for the Post’s Khmer edition.

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Post Khmer’s Edition: តោះ​នាំ​គ្នា​ទៅ​បោះឆ្នោត​ ​ឃុំ-សង្កាត់ ព្រោះ​សំខាន់​ណាស់!

The Life of Simple Man, Tong Soprach, an Accomplished Social-affairs Columnist

Unofficial Translation from APSARA Khmer Magazine/khmer79.com
25 DECEMBER 2013,
VEN CHHUNHEAT

Translated by Taing Rinith

ជីវិតសាមញ្ញលោកតុង សុប្រាជ្ញ អ្នកវិភាគសង្គមដ៏ស៊ីជម្រៅ

Soprach joined Vespa rally to celebrate Independence Day on November 9th 2009. The photo: Heng Chivoan, the PPPost.

Anyone in Cambodia, no matter it is the ordinary person, the motor-taxi driver, the government official or the politician, must familiar with the name “Tong Soprach”. This name belongs to a social-affairs columnist who is prominent for his analytical articles weekly published in the Phnom Penh Post’s Khmer Edition.

Some of his successful works include “Does Sam Rainsy choose to follow the footstep of Lenin or Mandela?” in which he compares the Cambodian politicians to Tom & Jerry, who fight and take turn to defeat each other in the famous “Tom and Jerry” cartoon. As depicted in the article, Soprach seemed to be making fun of the opposition party leader for his self-exile, saying that he was copying Lenin and therefore, might find less chance to become the prime minister.  Yet, not so long after the publication of the article, he returned to Cambodia two weeks before national election on July 28, 2013, bringing joy to all his advocates.

Before national election 2013, Prime Minister Hun Sen reacted to his column saying: “The Phnom Penh Post said correctly on the article on Cambodia should create ethic and language standards of public speaking for politician leaders”. At that time, the Premier wanted to produce the law.

Social-affairs Columnist: Phom Penh becoming a lake after rain. The Photo was taken from an issue of the Phnom Penh Post’s Khmer Edition.

In “Build only the non-toll road, not the toll road”, another similar article, Soprach referred to Veng Sreng Street which was seriously damaged, particularly from the toll in Choam Chao to the toll near The National Institute of Business in Steung Meanchey. The damages made it hard for the daily travelers and frequently caused traffic accidences, especially when it was and after raining. A short time after the article was published, the Phnom Penh Municipality crabbed the road back, removed the toll and declared the reparation of the road.

Nonetheless, some of his articles have not been responded yet, for example, the one about HE, Dr. Cheam Yeab, a senior parliamentarian, who a person to dead in a traffic accident and became a “Hit-and-run Doctor”. In another renowned article under the title “Please do not confused the real PhD with A Doctor of Philosophy to nominated honor doctor who distributes the gifts to the poor”, Soprach criticized some of the honored doctor holders, who nominated only the certificates but not ability.

That should be all for his achievement. However, it is almost unbelievable for a man, who lives a very simple life, could write so many accomplished analytical articles. While we were waiting for Soprach for his interview, we saw he approach to us, riding his 60s Vespa scooter. We had not taken notice of him as we thought that he was a student who had just left the campus, and we was so surprised to find out that it was really him.

Soprach stood with his beloved Vespa at Royal University of Phnom Penh.

In a small, quiet café, Soprach, sipping his cup of black coffee, told us all about his life and his family background without any hidden information. He was born fatherless in 1976, as his father had been killed by a Khmer Rouge cadre. Chou Tong was Soprach’s father’s name, and he was a former lieutenant in Lon Nol Regime. After the death of his father, Soprach lived with his widowed mother, whose name is Siev Khim, in Sdok Sdom village, Chroab commune, Santouk district, Kampong Thom province. Not until the end of Pol Pot Regime that they moved to Phnom Penh for his mother wanted young Soprach to gain access to higher education. Mrs. Siev Khim chose not to marry again because she was afraid that her son would suffer from domestic violence (by her new husband, of course).

Sdok Sdom Viallage On National Road Number 6 in Chroub Commune, Santouk District, Kampong Thom, about 145 km from Phnom Penh.

In 1982, six-year-old Soprach signed up for primary education in Wat Preah Puth primary school. His mother, who was a teacher, always told him that, “If you want to improve your skill in Khmer literature and writing, you have read a lot of newspapers.” However, he would reply, “I would play and go for a walk rather than read all those meaningless or poor quality newspapers at that time.”

Soprach with his mother, who is a teacher of Wat Preah Put primary school, in 1982.

Soprach (the kid standing second from the left) with his mother and other teachers after training course in Preah Sisowath high school, Phnom Penh.

In 1986, Soprach went to Bak Touk high school for secondary education, and sat the school-leaving exam (Bac. II) in 1992. Noticeably, Soprach was good at almost all the subjects in the curriculum, except philosophy subject, which he sometimes failed because it was abstract science. In spite of that, the firm academic foundation had made him an out-standing student. He received higher grade in his Bac. II exam, which was very rare at that time.

Soprach’s Bac.II certificate, which he received in 1992.

Like mother, like son; Soprach wanted to be an educator, just like his mother. He was awarded the scholarship to study in Royal University of Phnom Penh, Majoring in Chemistry. After Graduation, he successfully enrolled in the Institute of Pedagogy (now National Institute of Education), and then became a teacher of chemistry. The Ministry of Education, Youths and Sports appointed him to Bati High School in Takeo Province. After a week of teaching, he resigned as the result of financial problem, and also to take care of his mother, who was alone in Phnom Penh.

Unemployment entered his life; he could not find a job while all of his friends did. Soprach was humiliated and mocked by people. Yet, he was still cheerful and hopeful, believing in his ability and firm academic foundation. Yet, that was not for long; Soprach soon found some part-time job, and enjoyed doing them despite the low pays. In 2001, he became a full-time employee of GAD/C (Gender and Development for Cambodia), and then CARE International.

Because he did not like the complex supervision in the decent job, Soprach quitted his job in 2006, and start working as the freelance consultant until now. Being in that job for a while, Soprach spent the next two years studying at the University of Cambodia (UC) for a master degree in Public Health, which he received in 2008.

As his living standard and knowledge were improved, he was offered many job opportunities by NGOs, INGOs, the United Nations, and many other governmental institutes. Some of his important works include nearly 20 research reports which have been already published. The most well-known among them are the ones about “Gang Rape in Phnom Penh” and “Valentine’s Day of Sexual Relationships among Young People”.

The cover of the research on Valentine’s Day (2009-2014)

In his job, Soprach has received several invitations to participate in many conferences in almost all the countries in Southeast Asia and some Asian countries. He has also been on some field trips to the United States, Germany, Italy, France, England, Scotland, Sweden and so on. Moreover, in the recent years, Soprach has participated in the annual ASEAN Youth Leadership Conference.

Although he did not go abroad for tertiary education, he has taken some of the training courses at both ASEAN and international levels. These activities have given Soprach useful experience and knowledge, which enables him to make a social young analyst out of himself unconsciously.

Soprach receiving a certificate from Dr Roberta Clarke, the representative of UN Women in Asia-Pacific, Bang Kok. Photo: UN Women

It may be too hard to believe that a man, who was very bad at philosophy in his school years and had never taken any course about media or news, could become such an accomplished and impressive analyst. The readers highly value his work and will not stop reading his articles until they are finished each column. Nonetheless, Soprach added that his ability was not born with him or handed to him by his family. He bases all his works on critical thinking, from his learning of French language and quantitative and qualitative researches, along well as what he has learned from his family, his teachers, his readers and his travels.

Furthermore, he can use numbers to write as interpretation of the data which can form complete words. Soprach always tries to trace any change in the society through chatting and media. When he writes about and analyses any topic, his only purpose is to pursue policy change and behavior change positively. His working principle is “What you do is more crucial than you know or say.”

Soprach during his field trip to Cambridge University, UK in 2006.

With his wit and lively gesture, Soprach, drinking his coffee, told us about his relationship with his mother. He likes to tease her mother, saying that, “You are always impressed by Sin Sisamouth, who composed the songs about anywhere he had been while your son can write about anywhere he has been. You are also admirer of Soth Bolin, a famous journalist during the period of Sangkom Reastr Niyom. Now, your son is not bad either. The only difference between us is the time in which we are in.”

However, his excellent writing skill was not coincidentally given to him. Starting from 2007, he would write a lot of letters to the editor in English version to the Cambodia Daily and the Phnom Penh Post, most of which were published. They were about a wide range of topics, but the most successful ones were those about the loud and careless noises of sirens: “Abuse of license plates not restricted to RCAF”. After continual publication, there was no more careless, annoying siren noise in Phnom Penh.

In 2009, he met the Publisher of The Phnom Penh Post at a party. He told Soprach whether he wants to write the column for The Phnom Penh Post for some cash instead of the non-paying letter to the editor. Soprach was sure that the editor was willing to pay for his works, but he did not give his answer at once.

He spent months considering since he was afraid that his writing, in case he did not do a good job, could affect his job as the freelance consultant. Not until 21st February, 2011 did he agreed to the request and begin the career as a social-affairs columnist. Soprach confirmed that he was not a powerful man but an influential man in the society; therefore, he must be rigorous in his writing as any mistake he makes will pass the wrong message, and thus affect people.

Although he earn much from all his works for The Phnom Penh Post and many other places, he still lives a very ordinary life; he goes to work with normal clothes and a backpack, riding his 60s Vespa accompanied by his small cape helmet.

Soprach with Mexican youths in Mexico.

Unconsciously, Soprach is nearly in his 40s. His hair is getting grey, but his face makes him look around 20 years younger. Not every journalist can be a social columnist; analytical writing requires innovative ideas and thoughts. Each of the topics demands the writer to do researches, and researching skill, which Soprach has mastered, is indispensable for social analyst.

In addition, he has also devised a tool to limit the theme and meaning of his writing. “It takes only five minute for readers to finish reading my article while I spend three or four months to think of ideas and collect all the related information from newspaper and other media before writing it.” Said Soprach, laughing.

Even after he has collected all the materials needed for writing, he still cannont write his article right away. He has to prepare the outline for his writing to make sure that his work consists of all the components and statistics that can attract the readers. Next, he starts to writing, using what he had prepared; yet using only his own ideas is not enough.

He needs to discuss with the Editor-in-Chief or Managing Editor in order to ensure that his article will appeal to readers and reflect the reality in the society. He always attempts to balance the ideas in his work to avoid overestimation or underestimation. His works are written not only for scholars such as governmental officials but also for the low-educated people.

In spite of the fact that his articles comprise what we call “criticism for improvement”, he has often criticized for political bias and perjury; that is, he gains no support from any political party. Some of the readers doubt his knowledge and critical thinking skill. As the matter of fact, Soprach has never intended to be a politician or a representative because all politicians look a little scary to him.

Soprach prefers being an ordinary citizen and helping to improve the society. Still, he accepts that most of his columns are not yet interesting to youths, as they prefer reading about scandals rather than society matter.

Soprach with ASEAN young leaders in Singapore, 2013.

In contrast to the local folks in the past, Soprach never tries to conceal what he knows and has learned. In fact, he even wants to tell people more than what he knows, so that all of them would help to develop the country. He claims that hiding one’s knowledge from the others will only reduce the quality of the overall ability and skill. Beside of writing, he always shares his knowledge to public through guest-speaker.

Eventually, Soprach recognizes that he is an important person in the society, but he never wants to emigrate to any oversea. Since his birth, he has struggled and works so hard that he could become whom he is today. Accordingly, he has no reason to leave his motherland. There are not many like Tong Soprach in Cambodia. He observes: “Many Cambodian people like talking and watching but very rare professional writing”.

Soprach during his trip to Chicago in 2012.

For family life, Mr. Soprach has been married to Mrs. Ngauy Chanthy since 2010, a freelance make-up artist and hairdresser. The couple has had two lovely children: a son and a daughter, who became the strong bond of their happy married life.

Now, Soprach and his wife, Chanthy, with whom he has three children: Karaney, Reacheany, and Monica.

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REFERENCE: The cover of the Magazine, published on December 25 2013

 

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លោក សុប្រាជ្ញ ចូលរួមហែរវ៉ែស្ប៉ាលេងនៅទីក្រុងភ្នំពេញ អបអរសារទរ​ទិវាបុណ្យឯករាជ្យជាតិ ថ្ងៃទី៩ វិច្ឆិកា ២០០៩។ រូបថត ហេង ជីវ័ន្ត ភ្នំពេញប៉ុស្តិ៍

បើ​គេ​​និយាយ​​ដល់​​ឈ្មោះ​​លោក តុង សុប្រាជ្ញ មិន​​ថា​​ពលរដ្ឋ​​សាមញ្ញ​ អ្នក​រត់​​ម៉ូតូ​ឌុប​ មន្រ្តី​​រា​ជ​ការ​ និវត្តន៍ជន​ ​ឬ​​អ្នក​នយោ​បាយ​​​ថ្នាក់​​​ទាប-​ថ្នាក់​​ខ្ពស់​​នោះ​​ឡើយ ​គេ​​តែង​​ស្គាល់​​លោក​​តា​ម​រយៈ​​ស្នាដៃ​​អត្ថ​បទ​​វិភាគ​សង្គម​​ដ៏ស៊ី​​ជម្រៅ​ ដែល​​ចុះផ្សាយ​​នៅ​​​កាសែត​​ភ្នំពេញ​​ប៉ុស្តិ៍​​ជាភាសា​ខ្មែរ​​រៀង​​រាល់​​សប្តាហ៍​។

ស្នាដៃ​​ដែល​​គេ​ចាំ​​បាន​ខ្លះៗ​​របស់​​លោក​​គឺ​​មាន​​ចំណង​​ជើង​​ថា​៖ ​​«​លោក ​សម រង្ស៊ី​​ចង់ដឹក​នាំ​​បក្ស​​តាម​​របៀប​​លោក ​ឡេនីន​ ឬ​ក៏​តាម​​របៀប​​លោក ​ម៉ាន់​​ឌឺឡា?​»​ដែល​​លោក​​ប្រៀប​ធៀប​​អ្នក​​នយោបាយ​​ខ្មែរ​ ទៅ​នឹង​​ក្នុង​​រឿង​​ភា​គ​សម្រាប់​កុមារ​​តុក្កតា​​​​ឆ្មារ​​ និង​​​កណ្តុរ​​(Tom & Jerry)​ ដ៏​ល្បី​​នោះ​​​។ ​សត្វ​​កណ្តុរ​ និង​​ឆ្មា​ តែងតែ​ដាក់​​អន្ទាក់​​ ឬក៏​​ខ្ចី​ដៃ​​គេ​​ប្រើ​​ធ្វើ​បាប​​គ្នា​ម្នាក់​​ម្តង​​។​ កាល​​ណោះ​​លោក ​​សុប្រាជ្ញ​​ហាក់​​ចំអក​​អោយ​​មេដឹក​នាំ​​ដែល​​និរទេស​​ខ្លួន​​មិន​​ហ៊ាន​​ចូល​​ស្រុក​ថា​​​សម្រាប់​​បរិបទ​​ស្រុក​​ខ្មែរ​បច្ចុប្បន្ន​នេះ ​​បើ​​លោក​ ​សម រង្ស៊ី​​ធ្វើ​​តាម​​លោក ​ឡេនីន ​នៅ​​ប្រយុទ្ធ​​ក្រៅ​​​សង្វៀន​ ហាក់​បី​​ដូច​ជា​​ទ្រង់​​យ៉ាប់​​ច្រើន​​ហើយ​​ទៅ​​រក​​ឱកាស​​ធ្វើ​​នាយក​​រដ្ឋ​​មន្ត្រី…​តែ​​ក្រោយ​​ពី​ការ​សរសេរ​​បាន​​បន្តិច​​ស្រាប់​​តែ​ ​​គេឃើញ​​មេបក្ស​​ប្រឆាំង​​វិល​​ត្រឡប់​​ចូល​​ស្រុក​​យ៉ាងគ្រហឺហឺ​វិញ ធ្វើ​​ឲ្យ​​អ្ន​ក​​គាំទ្រ​​លោក​​សាទរ​​ជា​​ខ្លាំង​។​

កន្លងមកលោកនាយរដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ធ្លាប់មានប្រតិកម្មចំពោះអត្ថបទវិភាគរបស់លោក តុង សុប្រាជ្ញ​ ថា៖«កាសែតភ្នំពេញប៉ុស្តិ៍​និយាយត្រូវ ចំពោះអត្ថបទដែលថា កម្ពុជា​គួរ​បង្កើត​ក្រម​សីលធម៌​ និង​ស្តង់ដារ​ភាសា​សម្រាប់​​​ថ្នាក់​ដឹក​នាំ​ជាតិ​ថ្លែង​ក្នុង​ទីសាធារណៈ។ កាលណោះ លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ចង់​ឲ្យ​មាន​ច្បាប់​ហ្នឹងតែម្តង។

ក្រុងភ្នំពេញក្លាយជាបឹងពេលភ្លៀងខ្លាំង។ រូបថត អត្ថបទវិភាគសង្គម នៅលើទំព័រ កាសែតភ្នំពេញប៉ុស្តិ៍។

អត្ថ​បទ​ស្រ​ដៀង​​នេះ​​មួយ​ទៀត​​ដែល​​គេ​ចាំ​​បាន​​នោះ​ គឺ​​សរ​សេរ​ថា៖ ​«យក​លុយ​នៅ​ផ្លូវ​វេងស្រេង តែ​មិន​អភិវឌ្ឍ​ផ្លូវ» ​អត្ថបទ​​នេះ​សំដៅ​​ទៅ​លើ​ផ្លូវ​វេង​​ស្រេង ​ចាប់ពី​​ថ្លឹង​រថយន្ត​​យក​​លុយ​​ចោម​ចៅ​ រហូត​​ដល់​​ចំណុច​​ថ្លឹង​​រថយន្ត​​យក​លុយ​​ច្រមុះ​​ជ្រូក​​បឹង​ក្រពើ​     ជិត​​សាលា     ពា​ណិជ្ជ​​សាស្រ្ត​​ស្ទឹង​​មាន​ជ័យ​ បើ​គេនិយាយ​​ដល់​​ផ្លូវ​នោះ​​ពេល​​មេឃ​​ភ្លៀង​​គ្រលុក​​ជម្រៅ​​ជង្គង់​ ឬ​ជ្រៅ​​ជាង​​នេះ​ ហើយ​​បើ​មេឃ​​រាំង​​វិញ​​ផ្លូវ​​ជាតិ​​ដែល​​មាន​​សក្តានុ​ពល​​សេដ្ឋកិច្ច​​មួយ​​នេះ​ ហុយ​​រក​មើល​​អ្វី​​មិន​​យល់​​ទេ​ ដល់​​ពេល​មេឃ​​ភ្លៀង​​សុទ្ឋ​​តែ​​ភក់​​ល្បាប់​ ជា​ហេតុ​​ធ្វើ​ឲ្យ​​មាន​​គ្រោះ​ថ្នាក់​​ចរាចរណ៏​​ញឹក​ញាប់​។ ​ហើយ​​ក្រោយ​ពី​ចុះ​​ផ្សាយ​​អត្ថបទ​​ខាង​លើ​មួយ​​រយៈ ​ស្រាប់​​តែ​​ឥឡូវ​​សាលា​ក្រុង​​ប្រកាស​​ស្ថាបនា​​ផ្លូវនេះ​​ឡើង​វិញ​​ភ្លាមៗ​​ដែរ​។ ​

តែ​​ផ្ទុយ​​ទៅ​​វិញ ​មាន​​អត្ថបទ​​ខ្លះ​​ការ​​សរសេរ​​របស់​​លោក ​ក៏​មិន​ទាន់​ឃើញ​​មាន​​អ្វី​ប្រែ​ប្រួល ​និង​​ចាត់វិធាន​​ការជា​​ដុំកំភួន​​ដែ​រ​ដូចជា​ ការ​លើក​​យក​​គ្រោះ​ថ្នាក់​​ចរាចរ​ណ៍​​ របស់​​លោក​ បណ្ឌិត​រដ្ឋ​​ ជាម​ យៀប ​សមា​ជិក​​សភា​​ជាន់ខ្ពស់​​ នៅ​ពេល​​​បុក​​ប្រជា​ពលរដ្ឋ​​ស្លាប់​ ក្លាយ​​ទៅ​​ជា​​បណ្ឌិត​​រត់​ទៅ​​វិញ​។​  អត្ថបទ​​មាន​​ប្រជា​ប្រិយ​​ភាព​​ជាងគេ​​នោះ ​គឺ​សរសេរ​​ចំអកទៅ​​បណ្ឌិត​​មាន​​តែ​​សញ្ញាបត្រ​​មួយ​​ចំនួន​​ និងបណ្ឌិត​ដែល​មាន​​តែ​នៅ​ក្នុង​ព្រះរាជ​ក្រិត្យ​ មាន​​ចំណង​​ជើង​​ថា៖ ​​ «​​កុំច្រឡំ​​បណ្ឌិត​​ពិត​ និង​​បណ្ឌិត​​ចែក​​អំណោយ»​…​ជា​ដើម។

យើង​​មិន​​បរិយាយ​​ឲ្យ​ច្រើន​​ពេក​ទេ​ចំពោះ​​ស្នាដៃ​​វិភាគ​​សង្គម​​នេះ ​ប៉ុន្តែ​​យើង​​សូម​ចូល​ដល់ជីវិត​បែប​សាមញ្ញ​​របស់​​លោក​ សុប្រាជ្ញ វិញ បើ​និយាយ​​ទៅ​គ្មាន​​អ្នក​ណា​ជឿថា​​រូបរាង​​របស់​​លោក​ខាង​​ក្រៅ​វិញ​ សម​​នឹង​ពាក្យ​​សាមញ្ញា​​និយាយថា​​មិន​​ស៊ី​ទៅ​​នឹង​អត្ថបទ​​វិភាគ​​ជ្រៅៗ​​នោះ​ទេ​។ ​នៅ​ពេល​​អ្នក​​យក​​ព័ត៌មាន​​យើង​ សុំ​​សម្ភាស​​ហើយ​​ ណាត់គ្នា​​ហើយ​​​ចាំមួយ​​សន្ទុះ​​ស្រាប់​តែ​​ឃើញ​​លោក​​ជិះម៉ូតូ​​វ៉េស្ប៉ា​ឆ្នាំ​៦០​ប្លាយ​​ទៅ​ដល់ ​ពេលនោះ​​អ្នកព័ត៌​មាន​​យើង​​ឃើញ​​រូប​​លោក​​ហើយ​ ក៏​មិ​ន​​ចាប់​​អារម្មណ៏​ដែរ​ ស្មាន​​តែ​និស្សិត​​ចេញ​​ពី​​សាកល​វិទ្យា​ល័យ​ ពេល​នោះ​ ​​​ខ្ញុំភ្ញាក់​​ព្រើត​​លោក​ សុប្រាជ្ញ ​មុខ​នៅ​​ក្រៅ​​អ៊ីចឹង​​ទេ​​តើ​!​។​

លោក សុប្រាជ្ញ ជាមួួយនឹងវ៉ែស្ប៉ាសំណព្វចិត្ត នៅសាកលវិទ្យាល័យ​ភូមិន្ទភ្នំពេញ។

នៅ​ទាម​​កាហ្វេ​​ស្ងាត់​​មួយ​​នោះ​​ហើយ​ លោក​ តុង សុប្រាជ្ញ ​មុខ​ក្មេង​​សម្តី​ចាស់​​និយាយ​​មិន​លាក់​​លៀម​ពី​​ប្រវត្តិ​ខ្លួន​ឯង​ និង​​ក្រុម​គ្រួសារ​​នោះ​ទេ​​ ដោយ​និយាយ​​បណ្តើរ​​ដៃ​ម្ខាង​​លើក​ពែង​​កាហ្វេ​​ក្រេប​តិចៗ​​បណ្តើរ​ ក្រោយពី​​ចាប់​​កំណើត​​នៅ​អំឡុង​ឆ្នាំ​១៩៧៦ ​បាន​​មួយ​​ឆ្នាំ​​មិន​​ទាន់​ឃើញ​​មុខ​​ឪពុក​​ផ​ង របប​​អាវខ្មៅ​​វាល​ពិឃាត​​បាន​​សម្លាប់​​ឪពុក​​ឈ្មោះ ​ជូ តុង​ គាត់​​ចោល​​បាត់​​ទៅ​​ហើយ​ ដោយ​សារ​​គាត់​ជា​​អតីត​​ទាហាន​​សក្ត័​៣​​ផ្នែក​​រដ្ឋបាល ​ក្នុង​​សម័យ​លន់ នល់។

ក្រោយពី​​ឪពុក​​ស្លាប់​​ទៅ​​កុមារ​សុប្រាជ្ញ​​ នៅជាមួយ​​ម្តាយ​​ដែល​​ជា​ស្រ្តី​​ម៉េម៉ាយ​ អ្នកស្រី ស៊ីវ ឃីម ​នៅ​​ក្នុង​​ភូមិ​​ស្តុក​ស្តម្ភ ​ឃុំជ្រាប់​ ស្រុក​​សន្ទុក​ ខេត្ត​​កំពង់ធំ​​ រហូត​​ដល់​​បែក​​ ប៉ុល ពត​ ​ទើប​​រត់​មក​​រស់​នៅក្នុង​​ក្រុង​ភ្នំពេញ​នឹង​​គេ​ ដើម្បី​​ឲ្យ​កុមារ​​សុប្រាជ្ញ ​រៀន​​បាន​ខ្ពង់​​ខ្ពស់​​នឹង​គេ​នៅ​​ពេល​​ធំ​​ឡើង​ នេះ​គឺ​​ជាក្តី​​ស្រម៉ៃ​​របស់​​ម្តាយ​​កុមារ​​សុប្រាជ្ញ​។ ​ហើយ​ក៏​​មិន​មែន​​ជា​ការ​​ចៃដន្យ​​ដែរ​​ដែល​ ​ម្តាយ​​         សុប្រាជ្ញ ​សម្រេច​​មិន​​រៀបការ​​ជាលើក​​ទី២​ដែរ​ ពីព្រោះ​​ខ្លាច​​មាន​អំពើ​​ហិង្សា​​ក្នុង គ្រួសារ​កើត​​ឡើង​ម​ក​​​លើ​​សុប្រាជ្ញ​។​​

ភូមិស្តុកស្តម្ភ ឃុំជ្រាប់ ស្រុកសន្ទុក ខេត្តកំពង់ធំ នៅលើផ្លូវជាតិលេខ៦ ចម្ងាយ១៤៥គីឡូម៉ែត្រពីភ្នំពេញ។

នៅ​ពេល​​អាយុ​​បាន​​៦ឆ្នាំ​ កុមារ​​សុប្រាជ្ញ ​បាន​​ចុះឈ្មោះ​​ចូលរៀន​​ថ្នាក់​ទី១​ នៅ​សាលា​​បឋម​​សិក្សា​​វត្ត​ព្រះពុទ្ធ​​នៅ​ឆ្នាំ​​១៩៨២​ ​​   ខណៈ​​ដែល​​ម្តាយ​​ធ្វើការ​​ជា​​គ្រូ​បង្រៀន​​សុប្រាជ្ញ​​ផ្ទាល់​​ផង​​ដែរ​ គាត់​តែង​​តែ​​ដាស់​តឿន​​កុមារ​​សុប្រាជ្ញ​​ថា​ បើ​ឯង​​ចង់​ពូកែ​​ខ្មែរ​ និង​តែង​​សេចក្តី​​ទាល់​តែ​​ ឯង​​អាន​​កាសែត​​ឲ្យ​បាន​​ច្រើន​ តែ​​កុមារ​​សុប្រាជ្ញ ​បាន​​ឆ្លើយ​​តប​​ម្តាយ​​វិញ​​ថា​៖​«​កាសែត​​​ទាំង​នោះ​​មើល​​ទៅ​អត់​​មាន​ខ្លឹម​​សារ​​ផង​ អាន​នាំ​តែ​​ខាត​​ពេល​​វេលា ​ដើរ​​លេង​​វិញ​ល្អ​​ជាង​!​»​។

រូបថត កុមារសុប្រាជ្ញ ជាមួយម្តាយ ដែលជាគ្រូបង្រៀន​បឋម​សិក្សា​វត្តព្រះពុទ្ធ កាលពីឆ្នាំ១៩៨២។

កុមារសុប្រាជ្ញ ឈរនៅក្បែរម្តាយដែលឈរនៅចុងខាងស្តាំ។ រូបថតអនុស្សាវរីយ៍ បន្ទាប់ពីបញ្ចប់វគ្គបំប៉នបន្ថែមគ្រូបឋមសិក្សានៅរាជធានីភ្នំពេញនៅឆ្នាំ១៩៨១  ក្នុងបរិវេណវិទ្យាល័យព្រះស៊ីសុវត្ថិ។

នៅឆ្នាំ​១​៩៨៦  ​​លោកបាន​បន្ត​​មក​រៀន​​វិទ្យាល័យ​បាក់​ទូក​រហូត​​ដល់​ឆ្នាំ​​១៩៩២​​ ​​នៅ​ពេល​​ប្រលង​​បាក់​ឌុប​ តែ​អ្វី​​ដែល​គេ​​កត់​​សម្គាល់​​នៅ​ពេល​​នោះ​គឺ​ ​សុប្រាជ្ញ ​ជា​កូន​​សិស្ស​​ពូកែ​​ស្ទើរ​តែ​​គ្រប់​​មុខ​វិជ្ជា​ តែ​​មុខវិជ្ជា​​ដែល​​ខ្សោយ​​តែ​មួយ​​ទេ​មាន​​ធ្លាក់​ម្តង​​ម្កាល​​ដែរ​​គឺ​មុខ​វិជ្ជា​ទស្សន​វិជ្ជា ​ដែល​​ជា​មុ​ខ​វិជ្ជា​យក​មក​វិញ​​ថ្មី​​ស្រឡាង​​កាលពី​​សម័យ​នោះ ហើយជា​មុខវិជ្ជា​មើល​មិន​​ឃើញ ​តែ​ដោយ​​តែ​​សុប្រាជ្ញ​​មាន​មូល​ដ្ឋាន​គ្រឹះ​​រឹងម៉ាំ​​ដូច​​នេះ ​ទើប​ក្លាយ​ជា​សិស្ស​​ឆ្នើម​​ជាប់​និទ្ទេស«ល្អបង្គួរ» ខណៈ​​សម័យកាល​​នោះ​​ការ​ប្រលង​​តឹង​​ជាង​ខ្សែ​​ចាប៉ី ​មិន​​ងាយ​​យក​​និទ្ទេស​​«ល្អបង្គួរ»ជាប់បាក់​ឌុប​​បាន​​ដោយ​​ស្រួល​​នោះ​​ទេ។​

លោក សុប្រាជ្ញ ទទួលបាននិទ្ទេស «ល្អបង្គួរ» ពេលប្រឡងបាក់ឌុបឆ្នាំ១៩៩២។​

ដោយ​សារ​​ស្លឹក​​ឈើជ្រុះ​​មិន​ឆ្ងាយ​​ពីគល់​យុវវ័យ​​ សុប្រាជ្ញ ​​ចង់​​ធ្វើជា​​​គ្រូបង្រៀន​​​ដូច​​ម្តាយ​​ដែរ​​ ក៏​បាន​​ប្រឡង​​ជាប់​​អាហារ​រូប​ករណ៍​​រដ្ឋ នៅ​សាកល​​វិទ្យាល័យ​​ភូមិន្ទ​​ភ្នំពេញ​ និង​​ប្រលង​​ជាប់​ធ្វើ​ជា​គ្រូ​​​​គីមីវិទ្យា ​​នៅ​​សា​លា​​គរុ​កោសល្យ​​ ដែ​ល​​បច្ចុប្បន្ន​​ជា​វិទ្យាស្ថាន​​ជាតិ​អប់រំ​​ដល់​ឆ្នាំ​​១៩៩៨​ ហើយ​​ក្រសួង​អប់រំ​​បាន​​បញ្ជូន​ លោក​ ​សុប្រាជ្ញ​​ឲ្យ​ទៅ​បង្រៀន​​នៅ​វិទ្យា​ល័យ​​បាទី​ នៅ​​ខេត្តតាកែវ​​           ឯណោះ។​ ​ហើយ​​ដោយ​សារ​​ម្តាយ​​នៅ​តែ​ឯង​ និង​​គ្មាន​​សោហ៊ុយ​​ធ្វើ​ដំ​ណើរ​​ទៅ​​បង្រៀន​​ផង​ ក៏​ឈប់​វិញ​​បន្ទាប់​​ពី​ទៅ​​បង្រៀន​​បាន​ត្រឹម​​តែមួយ​​អាទិត្យ​​ប៉ុណ្ណោះ​​។​

ជីវិត​​ការងារ​​របស់​​លោក ​សុប្រាជ្ញ ​ចាប់ផ្តើម​​តែល​​តោល​ ចាប់​​នេះ​​ខុស​ ចាប់​​នោះ​​ខុយ​ ត្រូ​វ​បាន​​​គេ​ចំអក​ជារ៉ើយៗ​​ឲ្យផង​​ខណៈ​​ដែល​​រក​ការងារ​​ធ្វើ​មិន​​បាន​ មិត្តភក្តិ​គេ​មាន​ការ​ងារ​ធ្វើ​​អស់​​ហើយ​។​ តែ​​លោក​ សុប្រាជ្ញ ​នៅតែ​​ប្រឹង​ប្រែង​ ដោយ​មាន​​ជំនឿ​​លើ​សមត្ថ​ភាព​ និង​​មូលដ្ឋាន​​គ្រឹះ​​ផង​ គឺ​នៅ​តែ​​មាន​​សង្ឃឹម​​រហូត​។​ មិន​​យូរ​​ប៉ុន្មាន​លោក​​ សុប្រាជ្ញ​​រកការ​ងារ​​បាន​​ធ្វើ​​បណ្តើរៗ​ ទោះ​​បី​ជា​ប្រាក់​​បន្តិច​បន្តួច​​ ហើយ​​ឆ្នាំ​​២០០១​ បាន​​ចូល​ធ្វើការ​​អង្គការ​​ក្រៅ​​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​​​ពេញ​​សិទ្ធិ​ នៅ​​អង្គការ​​GAD/​C​ បន្ទាប់​​មកទៀត​​ប្តូរ​ទៅធ្វើការ​​នៅ​អង្គការ​​CARE​វិញ​។

នៅឆ្នាំ​​២០០៦ ​ដោយ​សារ​ លោក ​សុប្រាជ្ញ ​មិន​សូវ​​ចូល​ចិត្ត​​ធ្វើការ​​មាន​​មេ​មាន​​កើយ​​ច្រើន​ គោរព​​លិច​ គោរព​​កើត​​រញ៉េ​រញ៉ៃ ​ក៏​ចាប់ផ្តើម​​ដើរ​ធ្វើ​ការងារ​​ជាទីប្រឹក្សា​​ឯករាជ្យ​ដែល​មាន​រយៈពេល​ខ្លីៗ​​ទៅ​ គ្មាន​​នរណា​​គ្រប់​គ្រង​​ទេ​ ហើយងា​យ​​ស្រួល​តាំង​ពី​ឆ្នាំ​២០០៦​​រហូត​មក​​ទល់​​ពេល​នេះ​។ ​

ជាមួយ​នឹង​​ពេល​​កំពុង​​ធ្វើការ​ងារ​​បណ្តើរ​ លោក​​ សុប្រាជ្ញ ​សម្រេច​​ចិត្តប្តូរ​​យក​​ប្រាក់ខែ​​រៀនបន្ថែម​​​២ឆ្នាំ​​ទៅ​​ដើម្បី​​យក​មក​​សំងំ​រៀន​​រហូត​​ចប់​​អនុ​បណ្ឌិត​​ផ្នែក​​សុខ​ភាព​​សាធារណៈ ​នៅ​សាកល​វិទ្យាល័យ​​កម្ពុជា​​ឆ្នាំ​២០០៨​​។​ ចាប់​ពី​ពេល​នោះ​​មក​ជីវិត​​របស់​​លោក ​សុប្រាជ្ញ ​ចាប់​ផ្តើម​​​មាន​​ពន្លឺ​កាន់​​តែ​​ភ្លឺ​​ឡើងៗ​ បាន​​ទាំង​​វិជ្ជា​​គុន ​បាន​​ទាំង​​អក្សរ​​សាស្ត្រ ​ទទួល​​បាន​​ការងារ​ល្អៗ​​ពេលខ្លីៗ​​នៅតាម​​បណ្តា​​អង្គការ​​ជាតិ​ ​អន្តរ​​ជាតិ​ ​អង្គការ​​សហ​ប្រជា​ជាតិ ​និង​ស្ថាប័ន​​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​​មួយ​ចំនួន​​ជាដើម​។ ​សម្រាប់​​ស្នាដៃ​​សំខាន់ៗ​ ដែល​​លោក ​សុប្រាជ្ញ ​សរសេរ​​របាយការណ៍​​ស្រាវជ្រាវ​​ទាំង​ការងារ​ និង​ទាំង​ខ្លួន​ឯ​ងបាន​ជិត២០​ក្បាល​​ផ្សព្វផ្សាយ​​​រួចហើយ ​ស្នាដៃ​ល្បី​​ជាង​គេនោះ​​គឺ​ការ​សិក្សាលើបញ្ហា​ការចាប់​រំលោភ​សេពសន្ថវៈ​ដោយ​ក្រុមស្ទាវ ​«រំលោភបូក​»​​ និង​​ទិវា​​នៃ​​ក្តី​ស្រ​ឡាញ់​(ហៅ​បុណ្យ​សង្សា​)។​​

ក្រប​របាយការណ៍ស្តីអំពីទិវានៃ ក្តីស្រឡាញ់ ឆ្នាំ២០០៩ – ឆ្នាំ២០១៤។

ក្នុង​​ការងារ​​នោះ​​លោក​​តែង​ត្រូវ​​បាន​​គេ​​អញ្ជើញ​ឲ្យ​​ចូលរូម​ សិក្ខា​​សាលា​​ថ្នាក់​​អន្តរជាតិ​​ច្រើន​​ធ្លាប់​​ចេញ​​ទៅ​​សិក្ខា​​សាលា ​សន្និសិទ​អន្តរជាតិ​​ច្រើន​ប្រទេស​​​ក្នុង​​តំបន់​​អាស៊ី​អាគ្នេយ៍ ​និង​​ប្រទេស​​អាស៊ី​ខ្លះ ​ចំណែក​​ការ​​ចូលរួម​​ទាំង​​ប្រជុំ ​ទាំង​ដើរ​​លេង​​កម្សាន្ត​​សិក្សា​​មាន​៖​​ សហរដ្ឋ​អា​មេរិក​ អាឡឺម៉ង់ ​អ៊ីតាលី បារាំង​ អង់គ្លេស ស្កត់ឡេន ស៊ុយអែត ដានណឺម៉ាក ន័រវ៉េស​​…ជាដើម​។​ ច្រើន​ជាង​​នេះ​​ទៀត​តែ​ង​បាន​​ប្រឡូក ​ក្នុង​​វេទិកា​​អ្នក​ដឹកនាំ​វ័យក្មេង​​របស់​​អាស៊ាន​​នៅ​កម្ពុជា​កាល​​ពីឆ្នាំ​២០១២​កន្លង​​ទៅ​ថ្មីៗ​​​។​​

ថ្វីត្បិត​​តែ​លោក​​មិន​បាន​​ទៅសិក្សា​​នៅ​ប្រទេស​​ក្រៅ​​ក្តី​ លោក​​ក៏​បាន​​​រៀន​​​តាម​រយៈ​​បណ្តុះ​បណ្តាល​​វគ្គ​ខ្លីៗ​ និង​ប្រជុំ ​ថ្នាក់​​តំបន់​​អាស៊ាន ​និង​​អន្តរជាតិ​​នានា​​ផង​ដែរ​។​ ទាំងនេះ​ ហើយដែល            ​​បទពិសោធន៍ដ៏​​ច្រើន​​​សន្ធឹក​​សន្ធាប់ ​ធ្វើឲ្យ​​លោក ​សុប្រាជ្ញ ​មាន​​ជាមូល​ដ្ឋាន​គ្រឹះ​​កាន់​តែ​​រឹងម៉ាំ​​ថែម​ទៀត​ ក្នុង​ការអភិវ​ឌ្ឍ​ខ្លួន​​ធ្វើឲ្យ​​លោកក្លាយ​​ជា​​អ្នក​វិភាគ​​សង្គម​វ័យក្មេង​​ដោយ​​មិនដឹង​​ខ្លួន​​នោះ។​

លោក សុប្រាជ្ញ ទទួលវិញ្ញាបនបត្របញ្ជាក់ការបណ្តុះបណ្តាល ពីលោកស្រី Roberta Clarke តំណាងអង្គការសហប្រជាជាតិដើម្បីស្ត្រី  UN Women ប្រចាំអាស៊ីប៉ាស៊ីហ្វិក។

មិនដឹង​​ខ្លួន​ហ្នឹង​​នៅ​​ត្រង់​ថា​ កាល​ពី​នៅ​​រៀន​​ខ្សោយ​​ណាស់​​មុខវិជ្ជា​​ទស្សន​វិជ្ជា​ហ្នឹង​​ ហើយ​​ថែមទាំង​​ពេលខ្លះ​​ពិន្ទុ​ធ្លាក់​ទៀត​​ និង​​មិនដែល​បាន​​រៀន​​​វគ្គសារ​ព័ត៌មាន​​ណា​​បន្តិច​​ផង​ បែរជា​​ក្រោយ​​ពី​សរសេរ​​ចេញ​ជា​​រូបរាង​ ក្លាយ​​ទៅ​ជា​​អ្នកវិភាគ​​សង្គម​បែប​​ទស្សនៈ​​ដ៏​ពូកែ​​ម្នាក់​ទៅវិញ​ ​ដែល​អ្នក​អាន​ទាំង​អស់​​តែង​ផ្តល់​​តម្លៃ​ឲ្យ​​នោះ​។​ ផ្តល់​​តម្លៃនោះ​​នៅ​ត្រង់​ថា​ អត្ថបទ​​នីមួយៗ​​បើសិន​អាន​​ហើយ​គឺ​​មិន​ចង់​​ឈប់​នៅ​​ត្រឹម​ពាក់​កណ្តាល​​នោះទេ ​មានន័យ​​ថា​អាន​​ទាល់​តែចប់​​ទើប​​អស់ចិត្ត​។ ​

ទោះ​ជា​យ៉ាង​ណា​ ក៏​លោក​​សុប្រាជ្ញ​ នៅតែ​​សារ​ភាព​​ថា ​មិនមែន​កើត​មក​​ចេះ​ ឬក៏​​ពូជ​​          លោក ​សុប្រាជ្ញ​នោះ​​ពូកែអ៊ី​ចឹង​​នោះ​​ទេ ​គឺ​អ្វីៗ​​ធ្វើទៅ​​តាម​លក្ខណៈ​​បែប​​ការ​គិត​​ដោយ​​សុភវិនិច្ឆ័យ មក​ពី​ការ​សិក្សា​​ភាសា​បារាំង​​ និង​​​តាម​​លក្ខណៈ​​បច្ចេក​ទេស​​ស្រាវជ្រាវ​​ទាំង​​បរិមាណ​​វិស័យ ​និង​គុណ​ភាព​​វិស័យ​​ច្រើន​​ជាង​គេ ​ក្រៅពី​​នោះចេះ​​ពី​គ្រូ​ខ្លះ​ ពីមិត្ត​ភក្តិខ្លះ ​ក្នុង​​គ្រួសារ​​ខ្លះ​ ពី​​មិត្តអ្នក​​អាន​​ខ្លះ​​​ដែរ​។

ជាមួយ​គ្នា​នេះ​​ដែរ​​លោក​​ក៏​បាន​ចំណេះពី​ការ​​ដើរ​​កម្សាន្ត​​ទាំង​ក្នុង​​ស្រុក​ និង​​ក្រៅ​ស្រុក​​ផង​ដែរ​។ ​អ្វី​ដែល​​ជាចំណុច​​ខ្លាំង​​នោះ ​លោក សុប្រាជ្ញ មើល​​ឃើញ​​លេខ​​សរសេរ​​ឲ្យ​​ទៅជា​អក្សរ​​បាន​​ហើយ​​មាន​ន័យ​​គ្រប់គ្រាន់​​ទៀត​ ការ​ជជែក​​គ្នាជាមួយ​​មនុស្ស​​ទូទៅ ​និង​ការ​​តាមដាន​​នូវរាល់​​អត្ថបទ​​នីមួយៗ​​ថា​តើ​មាន​អ្វីខ្លះ​​ប្រែ​ប្រួល​ ឬ​​មាន​​ការ​ផ្លាស់​ប្តូ​រ​ហើយ​​ឬនៅ​?​ បើ​​នៅតែ​ ​ព្យា​យាម​​លើក​​យក​​បញ្ហា​​នោះ​​មក​​លើក​​ក្រោយៗ​​ទៀត​។ ជា​ង​​នេះទៅ​​ទៀត ​លោក ​សុប្រាជ្ញ ​មាន​​គោល​បំណង​​ច្បាស់លាស់​​ក្នុង​​ការ​​សរសេរ​​នេះ​​  គឺ​ចង់​ឲ្យ​មាន​​ការផ្លាស់​ប្តូរ​​នូវ​             គោល​​នយោ​បាយ ​និង​​ឥរិយាបទ​​ជា​វិជ្ជ​មាន​។ ​ហើយ​​លោក ​មាន​​ទស្សន​ទាន​​ប្រកាន់​​យក​​គោលការណ៍​​ចេះ​ដប់​ ហើយ​​ត្រូវ​ចេះ​​ប្រសព្វ​​មួយ​​ទៀត​​​។​

លោក សុប្រាជ្ញ ទៅទស្សនកិច្ចសិក្សាសាកលវិទ្យាល័យខេមប្រីដជ៍(Cambridge)នៃចក្រភពអង់គ្លេស នៅឆ្នាំ២០០៦។

និយាយ​​ផង​ ធ្វើកាយ​​វិការ​​ផង​ ម្តងម្កាល​​យក​​ដៃ​ឆ្វេង​​លើក​វែន​តា​ ដៃស្តាំ​​លើក​​ពែង​​កាហ្វេ​​ហូប​​បណ្តើរ ​លោក ​សុប្រាជ្ញ ​បាន​រៀប​​រាប់​ពី​ទំនាក់​ទំនង​​រវាង​​ម្តាយ​ ​និង​លោក​ និយាយ​​បែប​​លេង​​សើច​​ជាមួយ​​ម្តាយ​​ថា​៖«​ម៉ាក់​ឯង​ចេះ​​តែ​សរសើរ​​ លោកតា​ សាមុត ​ទៅដល់​​កន្លែង​​ណា​​គឺ​បាន​​ចម្រៀង​​មួយ​ប​​ទ​​ហើយ ​កូន​ម៉ាក់​ឥឡូវ​​មិន​អន់​​ជាង​​តា ​សាមុត​​ប៉ុន្មាន​​ទេ ​ទៅទីណា​​បាន​​មួយ​​អត្ថបទ​​វិភាគ​ដូច​គ្នា​​តើ​?​ មាន​​ទៅ​អន់​អី​ប៉ុន្មាន​?​​ …ម៉ាក់​​ឯង​ធ្លាប់​​សរសើរ​​លោក ​សុទ្ធ ​ប៉ូលីន​​អ្នក​​សរសេរ​​កាសែត​ល្បី​​កាលពី​​សម័យ​សង្គម​​រាស្រ្ត​​និយម​ តែកូ​ន​​ម៉ាក់ឯង​​ក៏​មិន​អន់​​ជាង​​គាត់​ប៉ុន្មាន​​ទេម្យ៉ាង​​ម្នាក់​​ទេ​តើ​? ​គ្រាន់​ខុ​ស​​សម័យ​​កាល​គ្នា​តើ ​ស្រការ​​ចាក់​​ដូច​គ្នា​​ទេ​​តើ​!​»។​

ទោះជា​​យ៉ាងនេះ​​ក៏ដោយ​​ ក៏វាមិនមែន​​ជារឿង​​ចៃ​ដន្យ​​ដែរ​ ការសរសេរ​​ពូ​កែ​បែប​នេះ ​គឺ​ដើម​​ឡើយ​នៅ​ឆ្នាំ​​២០០៧​​ ​លោក​​បាន​ស្ម័គ្រចិត្ត​​ដោយ​​ខ្លួន​​ឯង ​សរសេរ​​បែប​​លិខិត​​មិត្ត​​អ្នក​អាន​​ជាភាសា​​អង់គ្លេស​​ផ្ញើទៅ​​ឲ្យ​​កាសែត​​ឌឹឃែម​បូឌា​​ដេលី ​និង​​កាសែត​​ភ្នំពេញ​​ប៉ុស្តិ៍ ​ឧស្សាហ៍​​ចុះផ្សាយ​​ឲ្យ​​ដូចជា ​អត្ថបទ​​វិភាគ​រឿង​​ឡាន​​សារ៉ែ​ន​​បើក​​ប៉ាត​ណា​​ប៉ាតណី​ ​​និង​​អត្ថបទ​​ផ្សេង​​ទៀត ​អស់​​រយៈ​​ពេល៤​​ឆ្នាំទើ​ប​ឃើញ​​ថា​មាន​​ឥទ្ធិពល​​ធ្វើឲ្យ​ស​ង្គម​​មាន​ការផ្លាស់​ប្តូរ​ ឡាន​​សារ៉ែ​ន​​លែង​បើក​​ឆ្វេក​-ឆ្វាច​​ច្រើន​​ដូច​មុន​​ទៀត​​ហើ​យ​។ ​

នៅឆ្នាំ​​២០០៩​​ លោក​​​បាន​ជួប​ជាមួយ​​ចាងហ្វាង​​កាសែត​ភ្នំពេញ​ប៉ុស្តិ៍ លោក រ៉ូស ដាំងឃ្លី ​នៅ​រាត្រីស្រមោលស​នៃ​ពិធី​ជប់​លៀង​​មួយ ​ហើយ​​លោក​​ក៏បាន​​សួរ​មក​​លោក​ ​សុប្រាជ្ញ​​ថា​​ឯង​សរសេរ​​អានេះ​(លិខិត​មិត្តអ្ន​ក​អាន​)អ​ត់​​លុយ​ទេ​​ តែ​​បើឯង​​សរសេរ​​អានោះ​(អត្ថបទ​វិភាគ​)​បាន​​លុយ​ ហើយ​ចុះ​​ឲ្យ​ឯង​​រាល់​​លេខដែល​បានចុះ​ទៀត​!​។

នៅពេល​​គេ​​​ប្រាប់​ថា​សរសេរ​​កន្លែង​នេះ​​គេមាន​​​លុយ​​ឲ្យ​ សរសេរ​​ដូច​​មុន​អត់​​មាន​​លុយ​ទេ​។ ​ពេលនោះ​​លោក​​​​ពិចារណា​ថា​គេ​ចង់​ទិញ​យើង​ហើយ ​​ឬអី​? ​បន្ទាប់មក​មិនទាន់​ហ៊ាន​​​ឆ្លើយ​​​តប​​ភ្លាមៗ​​ទេ​​ ពិចារណា​​យូ​រ​ខែ ​​ព្រោះ​​ខ្លាច​​សរសេរ​​អត់​​ល្អ​ទៅ ​ធ្វើ​ឲ្យ​​ប៉ះ​ពាល់​​ការងារ​​ដាច់​អាជីព​ជា​​ទីប្រឹក្សា​​រយៈពេល​ខ្លី​ៗ​​នោះ​ទៀត​​។ ​រហូតដ​ល់​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២១ ​ខែ​​កុម្ភៈ ​ឆ្នាំ​២០១១​ ទើប​​សម្រេច​​ចិត្ត  ​​សរសេរ​ឲ្យ​ភ្នំពេញប៉ុស្តិ៍​​​ជាអ្ន​កវិភាគ​​សង្គម​​ប្រចាំ​​សប្តាហ៍​របស់​​កាសែត​​ភ្នំពេញ​ប៉ុស្តិ៍​ រហូត​​មក​ទល់​​ពេល​​បច្ចុប្បន្ន​។​​

លោក​ សុប្រាជ្ញ​​បាន​​បញ្ជាក់​​យ៉ាងច្បាស់​ថា​​លោក​​មិនមែន​​ជា​មនុស្ស​​មាន​អំណាច​​នោះ​ទេ​ តែ​ជាម​នុស្ស​មាន​ឥទ្ធិពល​​នៅក្នុង​​សង្គម​​ ហេតុ​ដូច​​នេះរាល់​​ការសរសេរ​​មាន​ការ​ប្រយ័ត្ន​​ប្រយ៉ែង​​ខ្លាំង​​ណាស់ ​បើ​ឲ្យ​សារ​​ខុស​​ធ្វើឲ្យ​ប៉ះ​ពាល់​​មិត្ត​អ្នក​អាន​ និងសង្គម​។ ​ប៉ុន្តែ​​ទោះ​​មាន ប្រាក់​​ខែ​នៅ​​កាសែត​​ភ្នំពេញប៉ុស្តិ៍ ​​និង​​នៅកន្លែង​​ផ្សេងៗ​​ច្រើន​​ទៀត​​តាម​រយៈ​​ការធ្វើ​​ការងារ​ខ្លីៗ​​ក៏ដោយ​ បើ​មើល​​មក​ជីវិត​​ផ្ទាល់​​ខ្លួន​​វិញ​ លោក​​ធ្វើ​បែប​​សាម​ញ្ញ​​មិន​ព្យាយាម​​ជិះ​ឡាន​​ទំនើប​ ខោអាវ​​បែប​អ្នក​​ឡូយ​​ឆាយ​​អីទេ​ ជិះតែ​​ម៉ូតូ​​វេស្ប៉ា​​កញ្ចាស់​​​ឆ្នាំ​ហុក​សិប​​លាន់​សម្លេង​​ប៉្រែនៗ​​​ពាក់​មួក​​សុវត្ថិភាព​កា​តិប​​ សំពាយ​សាក់​កាដូរ​​ទៅធ្វើ​ការ​​រាល់​ថ្ងៃ​​បែប​​ធ្វើ​មិន​​ដឹង​។​

រូបថតអនុស្សាវរីយ៍ លោក សុប្រាជ្ញ ជាមួយក្រុមយុវជន​ម៊ិចស៊ិកកូ នៅប្រទេស​ម៉ិចស៊ិកកូឆ្នាំ២០០៤។

និយាយៗ​​ភ្លេចៗ​​ខ្លួន​​មក​ទ​ល់​​ពេល​​នេះ ​លោ​ក ​សុប្រាជ្ញ ​អាយុ​​ក្បែរ​សែ​សិប​ឆ្នាំ​​ទៅ​ហើយ​ មើល​​ទៅ​សក់​វិញ​ល្បាយ​​អាចម៌​​ខ្លាលាយ​​ស្កូវ​​មួយៗ​​ទៅ​ហើយ​ តែបើ​​មើល​មុខ​​នៅក្មេ​ង​​ដូច​យុវវ័យទើប​ជាង​​២០ឆ្នាំ​​ប៉ុណ្ណោះ​។​​ យ៉ាងណា​​ក៏​ដោយ​​ការ​វិភាគ​​សង្គមនេះ ​​មិនមែន​​ឲ្យ​តែ​​អ្នក​   កា​សែត ​សុទ្ធ​តែ​ធ្វើ​បាន​​គ្រប់គ្នាៗ​​នោះ​ទេ​ ហើយ​​ការ​សរសេរ​​មិនថា​​ចេះតែ​​មាន​​គំនិត​​សរសេរ​​គ្រប់​​ពេល​​ដែរ​ ជួនកាល​​ ក៏សុញ​ក្ឌៀន​យោបល់​ដែរ​។​​

​​បើ​នឹក​​ឃើញ​​សរសេរ​​មួយៗ​​គឺ​ត្រូវ​ការ​​ស្រាវ​ជ្រាវ​​ខ្លាំង​​មែន​ទែន​ ដែល​​ជំនាញ​​នេះមិន​​អាច​​ចៀស​​បាន​ ពិសេស​​លោក​​មាន​​ដុង​ស្រាវជ្រាវ​​​ហ្នឹង​ច្រើន​​ឆ្នាំ​មក​ហើយ ​​ជាង​នេះ​​ទៅទៀត​​លោក សុប្រាជ្ញ​ ​បាន​រៀប​ចំ​ឧបករណ៍​​វែង​កម្រិត​​អត្ថន័យ​ និង​​ខ្លឹមសារ​​នៃ​អត្ថបទ​​មួយៗ ​មិន​​ចេះតែ​​សរសេរ​​តាមចិត្ត​​នឹកឃើញ​​នោះ​ទេ​។ ​​ជាមួយ​គ្នា​នេះ​​ដែរ​ លោក​​លើក​​បែប​​កំប្លែង​​លេង​​ថា​៖«​មិត្តអ្នក​អាន​គាត់​អាន​អត្ថបទ​​ខ្ញុំ​ស្រួល​ទេ​ ប្រើ​រយៈ​ពេល​តែ៥​នាទី​គាត់​​អាន​ចប់​បាត់​ តែខ្ញុំ​អ្នក​​សរសេរ​​វិញ​ដេក-ដើរ​​គិត​ អាន​​សារព័ត៌​មាន ​និង​​​ឯកសារ​ច្រើន​​ណាស់ ​មួយ​​អាទិត្យៗ​​ទ​​ម្រាំ សន្សំ​​បាន​​មួយ​​អត្ថបទ​ ជួន​កាល​​សន្សំ​​គំនិត​​តាំង​៣ ទៅ៤​​ខែ​មុន​ឯណោះ​ ទើប​​យក​​មក​​ប្រើគឺ ធ្វើម៉េច​​ឲ្យ​មាន​​អ្វីថ្មី​​សម្រាប់​​អ្នក​​អាន​​»។

ពេល​នឹក​​ឃើញ​​រឿង​​រ​ក​មុមសរសេរ​​បាន​​ហើយ ​ក៏មិន​​ទាន់​​សរសេរ​​ភ្លាម​​ដែរ ​គឺ​ត្រូវ​​រៀប​​គ្រោង ​ឆ្អឹង​​នៃ​រឿង​​ថា ​តើចា​ប់​ផ្តើម​​ប្រធាន​​បទ​​ពីអ្វី​ ចូល​​តួសេចក្តី​​ភ្ជាប់​​ដោយអ្វី​ មាន​​ទិន្នន័យ​​តួលេខ​អ្វី​ខ្លះ​ ដែល​​ធ្វើឲ្យ​​អត្ថបទ​​មាន​​ទម្ងន់​ ជា​ចំ​ណី​ឆ្ងាញ់​​របស់​​មិត្ត​អ្នក​អាន​។ ​ជាទូទៅ​រាល់មុនពេល​ចាប់ផ្តើម​ក្នុង​ការសរសេរ​ លោក សុប្រាជ្ញ ​បានលើក​គំនិត​ផ្តួចផ្តើម​នូវ​រឿង​ដែល​នឹង​ត្រូវ​សរសេរ​មកពិគ្រោះ​​យោបល់​​គ្នា​​ជាមួយ​​នឹង​​លោក​​និពន្ធ​​នាយក​ ឬក៏​ប្រធាន​គ្រប់គ្រង​កា​រី​ និពន្ធ​ដើម្បី​ជ្រើសរើស​យក​ប្រធានបទ​ណាមួយ​ដែល​សាក​សមទៅ​នឹង​សភាពការណ៍​បច្ចុប្បន្ន​ផងដែរ​។ ​នៅពេល​ដែល​បាន​មុមច្បាស់លាស់​ហើយ​គឺចាប់​ផ្តើម​ស្រាវជ្រាវ​ប្រមូល​ឯកសារ​ ច្បាប់ ​និង​ទិន្នន័យ​ដែល​ពាក់ព័ន្ធ​ធ្វើការ​ដកស្រង់​មកប្រើ ​​បន្ទាប់​មកចាប់ផ្តើម​រៀបចំ​​ទ្រង់ទ្រាយ​​គ្រោងឆ្អឹង​​គ្រប់​ហើយ​ក៏​ចាប់ផ្តើម​​សាងសង់​​សរសេរ​​អត្ថបទ​​នោះ​​ឡើង​។

ប៉ុន្តែគំនិត​​ខ្លួនឯង​​តែម្នាក់​​ក៏មិន​មែន​​សុទ្ធតែ​​គ្រប់ជ្រុង​​ជ្រោយ​​នោះ​​ដែរ​ គឺ​ធ្វើ​ការ​បញ្ជាក់បន្ថែម​ជាមួយ​អ្នក​ប​ច្ចេកទេស ​ឬក៏​ជំនាញ​ជាក់​លាក់​វិស័យ​ណាមួយ​ដែលអាច​យកជា​ការ​បាន​គឺ​​ធ្វើយ៉ាង​ណា​ឲ្យអ្នក​អាន​ពេញ​ចិត្ត និង​ដើម្បី​ឲ្យ​អត្ថបទ​នីមួយៗ​ឲ្យ​ឆ្លុះ​​បញ្ចាំង​​តថភាព​​ក្នុង​​សង្គម​​ពិតៗ​។ ​ហើយ​​រាល់​ការ​​សរសេរ​​សុទ្ធ​​តែមា​ន​​ថ្លឹងថ្លែង​​ឲ្យ​មាន​​តុល្យភាព​​ជានិច្ច​ មិន​ឲ្យ​​លើស​​មិន​​អោយ​​ខ្វះ ​មិន​​សរសេរ​​សម្រាប់​​តែ​អ្នក​​ចេះ​​នោះ​​ទេ ​ត្រូវ​​ឲ្យ​អ្នក​អាន​​ចាប់​ពី​ ម៉ូតូ​ឌុប កម្មករ​រោងចក្រ ​​អ្នក​បើក​​ធុកៗ​ ពលរដ្ឋ​សាមញ្ញ អ្នកស្រាវជ្រាវ ​រហូតដល់​មន្រ្តីរាជការ​ថ្នាក់​ខ្ពស់ ​​ក៏​អាច​អាន​អត្ថប​ទ​​របស់​​លោក​ សុប្រាជ្ញ​​បាន​​ទាំង​អស់​​គ្នា​​។​​

ទោះ​​ជា​អត្ថបទ​​ល្អ​​រិះគន់​​បែប​​ស្ថាប​នា​ក៏​ដោយ​ ក៏​លោក ​សុប្រាជ្ញ​​តែង​ទ​ទួល​​បាន​មតិ​​រិះគន់ ​ពី​មិត្ត​​អ្នក​អាន​​ទាំងអស់ ​មិន​​ថាពល​​រដ្ឋ​អ្នក​​ចេះ​ដឹង​​នោះទេ ​សូម្បី​​អ្នកគាំទ្រ​​​ទាំង​ពីរ​​គណបក្ស​​គឺ​កាន់​​អំណាច​ និង​​​បក្ស​ជំទាស់​​​ តែង​​ប្រតិ​កម្ម​មក​​លោក​ ថា​លោក​​សរសេរ​នេះ​​លម្អៀង ​ទៅ​​គណបក្ស​​នេះ​​បក្ស​នោះ​​ជាដើម​។ ទី​បំផុត​​គ្មាន​បក្ស​ណា​មួយ​​ដែល​​លោក​​ពេញ​ចិត្ត​បម្រើ​​នោះ​ទេ ​​លោក​​មិន​ចង់​ក្លាយ​​ជា​តំណាង​​រាស្រ្ត​​អីទេ ​មើល​​ទៅ​​អ្នក​ន​យោបាយ​​គួរ​ឲ្យ​ខ្លាច​​បន្តិច​ ចំណែក​​លោក​​វិញ​​ធ្វើ​ជា​ពល​រដ្ឋ​​សាមញ្ញ​ អាច​​ជួយ​កែ​​លម្អរ​​សង្គម​​បាន​​មួយ​​ចំណែក​ ចាត់​ទុក​​ជា​ការ​ប្រសើរ​​ណាស់​ទៅ​​ហើយ​។ ​តែ​​លោក ​សុប្រាជ្ញ ​ទទួល​​ស្គាល់​​ថា​​អត្ថបទ​​របស់​​លោក​​ភាគ​​ច្រើន​​នៅ​មិន​​ទាន់​ទាក់​​ទាញ​​យុវជន​​ឲ្យ​ចូល​ចិត្ត​​អាន​​នៅ​​ឡើយ​​ទេ​ ដោ​យ​សារ​​តែ​​ពួក​គេចូល​​ចិត្ត​​អាន​​រឿង​​បែក​​ធ្លាយ និងឈូរឆរ​តាមគ្នា។​​​

លោក សុប្រាជ្ញ ថតអនុវស្សាវរីយ៍ ជាមួួយអ្នកដឹកនាំវ័យក្មេងអាស៊ាន នៅប្រទេសសឹង្ហបុរី ឆ្នាំ២០១៣។

យ៉ាង​ណា​​ក៏ដោយ​ លោក​ ​​សុប្រាជ្ញ មាន​គំនិត​​ផ្ទុយ​ពី​ទស្សនៈ​​មនុស្ស​​កាល​ពី​សម័យ​​ដើម​ ដែល​​គាត់​ចេះ​​១០​ គាត់​​ប្រាប់​គេ​​តែ​៨​​ទេ​​ទុក​២​​ការពារ​ខ្លួន ​ដល់​​ពេលនាំ​គ្នា​លាក់​​ម្នាក់​​បន្តិចៗ​ ខ្លាច​​គេចេះ​​ជាង​​ខ្លួន ​តែ​គា​ត់​​មិន​បាន​​ប្រឹងប្រែង​​ខិតខំ​​ទៅ​មុខ​​ទៅ​មុខ​​ទៀត​​ទេ ​ហេតុ​ដូច​នេះ​​ហើយ​​ធ្វើឲ្យ​​វិជ្ជាគុន​​ចេះ​តែ​ខ្សោយ​​ទៅៗ​។ ​

រីឯ​​លោក ​សុប្រាជ្ញ​​វិញ​​គឺ​ចេះ​​១០ ​ចង់​​អ៊ួត​ប្រាប់​​គេឲ្យ​ចេះ​​ដល់​​ទៅ​១២​​ឯ​ណោះ ​ព្រោះ​​លោក​​ច្បាស់​​ណាស់​​ថា​ទ​ម្រាំ​​គេ​​ចេះ​​ដល់​​លោក​ គឺ​លោក​​ចេះ​អ្វី​ប្លែកៗ​ថ្មីៗ​​ទៅ​មុខ​​បាត់​ទៀត​​ហើយ​ អ៊ីចឹង​ហើយ​​លោក​​អាច​​ប្រាប់​​បាន​​ទាំង​អស់​​ពី​រ​បៀប​​សរសេរ​ នៅ​ពេល​លោកត្រូ​​វ​បាន​គេ​អញ្ជើញ​ធ្វើជាវា​​​​គ្មិន​ម្តងៗ ​ដើម្បី​​​ឲ្យ​​​ចេះ​​​​ទាំងអស់​​គ្នា​ អភិ​វឌ្ឍន៍​​ប្រទេស​​ទាំងអស់​​គ្នា​ តែ​បើ​​សួរថា​​សប្តាហ៍​​ក្រោយ​ហ្នឹង​ចេញ​​ពីអ្វី​​គឺ​មិន​​អាច​​ប្រាប់​​បាន​​ទេ​​រឿង​​នេះ​។​​

ជា​ចុង​ក្រោយ​​នេះ ​លោក​ ​សុប្រាជ្ញ ​មាន​សារ​​មួយ​​​ខ្លីថា​ លោក​ដឹង​​ខ្លួនឯង​​ច្បាស់​​ណាស់​ថា​​លោកជា​​មនុស្ស​​សំខាន់​​ម្នាក់​​នៅ​​ក្នុង​​សង្គម​ ហើយ​​មិន​ច​ង់​ទៅរស់​​នៅ​ស្រុ​កគេ​​​ដែរ​ ព្រោះ​​តាំង​ពី​កើត​​ជំនាន់ ប៉ុល ពត ​មកធ្លាប់​ឆ្លង​​កាត់​ការ​លំ​បាក​​គ្រប់​​កាល​​ទេសៈ​ឆ្អែតហើយ​ ​ទម្រាំ​​បាន​​រីក​ចម្រើន​​មក​​ដល់​​បច្ចុប្បន្ន​​នេះ​រឿង​​អី​ លោក ​សុប្រាជ្ញ​​ត្រូវ​​ទៅ​​នៅ​ស្រុ​ក​​គេ​?​ លោកបន្ត​ទៀត​ថា៖ «ជាទូទៅ​​ស្រុកខ្មែរ​​យើង ​​សម្បូរ​​​ណាស់​​អ្នក​​​និយាយ​ ​និង​​អ្នកចាំ​​តែ​​ថា​​ តែ​​​កម្រ​​​មាន​​​អ្នក​​​សរសេរ​​​បែប​​​វិជ្ជាជីវៈ​​​​ណាស់​​»។​​​​​

រូបថត លោក សុប្រាជ្ញ​ដើរកំសាន្តនៅទីក្រុង Chicago នៃសហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក ឆ្នាំ២០១២។

មក​​ដល់​​ពេល​​នេះ ​សម្រាប់​​ជីវិត​រស់​​នៅ​​ក្នុង​​គ្រួសារ​វិ​ញ​ គឺ​លោក ​សុប្រាជ្ញ​ ​មាន​បុ​ត្រា ​និ​​ង​បុត្រី ​២​នាក់​ហើយ ​បន្ទាប់​​ពី​រៀប​​​អាពាហ៍​ពិពារហ៍​តាំង​​ឆ្នាំ​​២០១០​​មក​​ម្លេះ​​ជាមួយ​​អ្នក​​ស្រី   ង៉ូយ ចន្ធី ​   អ្នក​​ជំនាញ​​ខាង​​រៀប​ចំ​សម្អាងសក់​​មុខ​មាត់​ស្ត្រី ​គឺ​បើក​​មុខរបរ​​ធ្វើនៅ​​ផ្ទះ​​ខ្លួនឯង​​ផ្ទាល់​៕​​

បច្ចុប្បន្ននេះ ឆ្នាំ២០១៧ លោក សុប្រាជ្ញ និងអ្នកស្រី ចន្ធី មានបុត្រ៣ហើយគឺបុត្រា១ (ករណី) និងបុត្រី២ (រាជនី និង ម៉ូនីកា)។

ឯកសារយោងពីទស្សនាវដ្តីខែ្មរអប្សារាដែលបានចុះផ្សាយកាលពីថ្ងៃទី២៥ ខែធ្នូ ឆ្នាំ២០១៣៖

ទំព័រមុខរបស់ទស្សនាវដ្តី ដែលបានចុះផ្សាយកាលពីថ្ងៃទី២៥ ខែធ្នូ ឆ្នាំ២០១៣។

 

តុង សុប្រាជ្ញ ស្មេរវិភាគ លើទំព័រកាសែត។​  ទស្សនាវដ្តីខ្មែរអប្សារាទំព័រទី៣៦

 

ទស្សនាវដ្តីខ្មែរអប្សារា តពីទំព័រទី៣៦…

Valentine’s Day Expert, Prominent Columnist Deserves The Outstanding Graduate Alumnus Award from UC

WEDNESDAY, 28 DECEMBER 2016,
TONG SOPRACH

Tong Soprach received the Outstanding Graduate Alumnus Award from UC, 24 December 2016.

Tong Soprach received the Outstanding Graduate Alumnus Award from UC, 24 December 2016.

His Education Background:

Mr Tong Soprach, was born on 06 January 1976 (during Khmer Rouge regime 1975-79) in Kampong Thom province of Cambodia. He finished primary school in 1986 at Wat Preah Puth primary school, Phnom Penh and Bac II in 1992 at Bak Touk high school, Phnom Penh.

In 1997, Soprach received the bachelor degree in Chemistry at Royal University of Phnom Penh and he also gained the diploma in Demography from UNFPA/RUPP in 1998. While, Soprach got the diploma in Upper Secondary School Teacher, National Institute of Education in 1998.

Mr Tong Soprach graduated the master degree in Public Health, major: Public Health of The University of Cambodia in 2008. At the moment, he is continuing another master degree in Business Administration, major: International Business, School of Business, The UC.

Tong Soprach received the Master Degree in Public Health from Dr. Haruhisa Handa, UC Chancellor in 2008

Tong Soprach received the Master Degree in Public Health from Dr. Haruhisa Handa, UC Chancellor in 2008

Tong Soprach and his former MPH Classmates at UC in 2008.

Tong Soprach enjoyed with his former MPH Classmates at UC Graduation Day Ceremony in 2008.

Received the Outstanding Graduate Alumnus Award from UC:

On December 24, 2016, Tong Soprach was selected by The UC Award Committee as an Outstanding Graduate Alumnus Award among 15 graduate awardees and other 15 undergraduate awardees at The 2nd Annual Alumni Reunion on December 24, 2016. On the other hands, this is the first time that The UC offered this award to the Outstanding Alumni since the university opened in 2003.

Tong Soprach received the Outstanding Graduate Alumnus Award from UC President, Dr Keo Kimhourn on 24 December 2016.

Tong Soprach received the Outstanding Graduate Alumnus Award from UC President, Dr Keo Kimhourn on 24 December 2016. Photo: Sovannara Kem

Tong Soprach, other Awardees and UC President were taken a photo at the ceremony on 24 December 20016.

Tong Soprach, other Awardees and UC President were taken a photo at the ceremony on 24 December 20016. Photo: Sovannara Kem

Mr Tong Soprach fulfilled the four UC relevant criteria requirement [the impact during study and after graduated  Public Health degree from UC] of the Alumnus Award to be distinguished the ward 2016:

 1. His Work and Current Positions:

  • Weekly Columnist: Tong Soprach is working for The Phnom Penh Post as weekly Social-affairs Columnist’s Khmer Edition and;
  • Consultant: currently, he is providing a monitoring and evaluation consultancy service for SPIDERE Project of Stockholm University to support The InSTEDD iLab Southeast Asia through M&E Association as Research, M&E Managing Director.

2. His major professional accomplishments:

  • Involved National D&D Reforms: Recently Soprach has been working on the government policy on decentralization and deconcentration reform through the National Committee for Sub-national Democracy Development (NCDD). As LDDHS Health Functional Assignment Advisor, he was providing technical assistance to sub-national administration officers and district councils; especially, at the district level he was focused on reassigning public health functions from national to sub-national administrations. While doing this, he was also involved in formulations of national policy, strategy, guideline and Prokas. The pilot project of LDDHS was cooperated with NCDD/MOH/MEF and funded by DFAT/UNCDF from June 2014 – December 2015. The project targeted only five district administrations: Kandieng, Bakan, Moung Ruessei, Koas Krala and Rukhak Kiri.

 Signed the LDDHS project agreement between NCDD, MOH, MEF, UNCDF and the five District Governors at NCDD Secretariat on October 2014.

The LDDHS project agreement between NCDD, MOH, MEF, UNCDF and the five District Governors at NCDD Secretariat on 07 October 2014. Photo: NCDD-S

Field visit of the LDDHS project in Prey Tralarg health center, Rukhak Kiri district, Battambang province by national and provincial delegations.

Field visit of the LDDHS project at Prey Tralach health center, Rukhak Kiri district, Battambang province by national, provincial and district delegations. Photo: NCDD-S

Field visit at Rohal Til health center, Bakan district, Pursat province by Officers from NCDD-S, MOH, MEF, OD Bakan Director and Bakan Governor.

Field visit at Rohal Til health center, Bakan district, Pursat province by Officers from NCDD-S, MOH, MEF, OD Bakan Director and Bakan District Governor. Photo: NCDD-S

  • Research Publications: Soprach has published 20 research reports as an author or co-authors. However, two reports stand out to me: one on Youth-Gang Rape in Phnom Penh (2003) which was followed up to linked to the new research findings on Love and Sexual Relationships among Young People in Phnom Penh on Valentine’s Day (2008, 2009 & 2014).  The three latest of Valentine’s Day reports were used his own finance to contribute to society. These reports have had significant impact on society nationally and internationally. Especially, on 04 March 2010, during International Women’s Day, Prime Minister Hun Sen quoted from the report on Valentine’s Day to advocate change in young people’s sexual behaviors and their parents; meanwhile, the First Lady Bun Rany Hun Sen gave me an Acknowledgement of an Important Report to contribute to Cambodian society. (Linked: http://soprach.com/research)
First Lady Bun Rany Hun Sen's The Acknowledgement of an Important Report was sent to Tong Soprach, On February 2010.

First Lady Bun Rany Hun Sen’s The Acknowledgement of an Important Report on Valentine’s Day was sent to Tong Soprach, March 2010.

The cover page report on Love, Sexual Relationships among Young People on Valentine's Day, 2009- 2014.

The cover page report on Love, Sexual Relationships among Young People on Valentine’s Day, 2009- 2014.

Here's one of most interesting columns from the audiences on The National Medial Awards can be unvaluaed, published on 21 December 2016.

Here’s one of most interesting columns from the audiences on The National Medial Awards can be unvalued, published on 21 December 2016. Post Khmer

  • Received Awards:
  • National Award: Tong Soprach received The National Brown Medial Award which was signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen in July 2015. The Honor Award expresses his great achievement on taking part in implementation of the Decentralization and Deconcentration Reform, NCDD-MOI as National Health Functional Assignment Advisor to LDDHS Project – Health Sector.
His National Brown Medial Award

His National Brown Medial Award

  • United Nations Award: Soprach also received The YOUTH CHAMPION AWARD: The Power of Young People on Sexual and Reproductive Health among Young People and Gender issue from UNFPA Cambodia, February 2016.
Tong Soprach Received The Youth Champion Award from Dr Marc G. L. Derveeuw, UNFPA Cambodia Representative, February 2016.

Tong Soprach received The Award from Dr Marc G. L. Derveeuw, UNFPA Cambodia Representative. Photo: UNFPA Cambodia

  1. His contributions to society and the community with relevant information:
  • Media Advocacy: Besides successful research reports and columns, Soprach is also a key contributor to promote gender, sexual and reproductive health, human rights, D&D reform, and peace building in society nationally and internationally through public and private media including printing media, online, TV, radio and newsletters. For example:

– The Washington Post Article: The country where Valentine’s Day is the most dangerous day of the year, By Terrence McCoy, February 12, 2015

– Aljazeera TV: Gang Rape documentary: It’s a man’s world, by Aela Callan, March 8, 2013

– UN Women Article: Beijing+20 in the eyes of the media, by Veronika Stepkova, UN Women/Cambodia, November 23, 2014 .

Soprach contributed on ASEAN Integration, BTV, 2015.

Soprach contributed on ASEAN Integration, 2015, BTV.

Tong Soprach was interviewed by Soy Sopheap on D&D Reform to BTV in September 2016.

Tong Soprach was interviewed by Soy Sopheap on D&D Reform Process and its Update to BTV in September 2016.

Soprach shared his perspectives on Harmonization in Cambodian Society, CNC-TV, 2013.

Soprach shared his perspectives on Harmonization in Cambodian Society in 2013, CNC.

Soprach joined in the debate on Youth & Materialism Impact, YourTurn program, CTN-TV, 2015.

Soprach joined in the debate on Youth & Materialism Impact, YourTurn program, CTN, 2015.

Soprach joined in Round Table on Youth on Valentine's Day. National Radio, February 2016.

Soprach joined in Round Table on Youth on Valentine’s Day, February 2016, National Radio.

Soprach was on live chart on Youth Sexual Relationships on Valentine's Day, RFI, February 2014.

Soprach was on live chart on Youth Sexual Relationships on Valentine’s Day, February 2014, RFI.

Soprach shared his successful work in promoting human rights. CCHR Radio, 2015.

Soprach shared his successful life and work. CCHR Radio, 2015.

Vespa Rally in Phnom Penh to celebrate National Independence Day, 9 November 2009. Photo: Heng Chivoan, the Post

Vespa Rally in Phnom Penh to celebrate National Independence Day, 9 November 2010. Photo: Heng Chivoan, The Post

Vespa Rally in Phnom Penh to celebrate the International Women's Day, 8 March 2009. Photo: Sovann Philong, The Post

Vespa Rally in Phnom Penh to celebrate the International Women’s Day, 8 March 2009. Photo: Sovann Philong, The Post

  • Public Lecture: In 2011, He was selected to be an outstanding presenter on Critical Thinking by TEDx Phnom Penh at Zaman University. I am also continuing to provide lectures to universities, youth NGOs and youth community.
25-min Lecture on Critical Think, TEDx Phnom Penh, Zamen University, 2011.

25-min Lecture on Critical Think, TEDx Phnom Penh, Zaman University, 2011.

Soprach presented the Valentine's Day findings on Sexual Relationship among Young People to the publics at UC conference room, February 2009. by Rachael Brugger, UC Bulletin.

Soprach presented the Valentine’s Day findings to the publics at UC conference room, February 2009. by Rachael Brugger, UC Bulletin.

  • Public Lecture Participant: He always spends his value time to attend the public lectures at universities, government institutions, NGOs findings workshop or independent academic researchers. The latest attendance, he Last week attended the Student Academic Leadership Conference at UC.

 

  1. His time at UC has helped:

 International Relationship: UC has been introducing Tong Soprach to the globe through networking, workshop and international conference such as The European Population Conference, Liverpool, UK in 2006. After that he was selected by the UC committee as one of the Outstanding Young Leader Representatives for The 7th Asia Economic Forum in 2011 in Phnom Penh; and by continuing with UC/CSIS Young Leaders Non-resident fellowship; in June 2015, he was invited to attend the Forum on International Development Cooperation, WSD Handa Fellow/ Pacific Forum CSIS Young Leaders, Tokyo, Japan. Recently, on behalf of UC/CSIS Young Leader, he recently attended the 4th Myanmar-US/UK Nonproliferation Dialogue, Naypyidaw, Myanmar, December 5-6, 2016.

Soprach at the UC Alumni Network

Soprach at the UC Alumni Network

UC Young Leaders attended the 7th Asian Economic Forum, Phnom Penh. by UC/Pacific Forum CSIS

Six UC Young Leaders attended the 7th Asian Economic Forum in 2011, Phnom Penh. Organized by UC/Pacific Forum CSIS

Soprach attended the Forum on International Development Cooperation, Tokyo, May 2015 by WSD/Pacific Forum CSIS Young Leader

Soprach attended the Forum on International Development Cooperation, Tokyo, May 2015 by WSD/Pacific Forum CSIS Young Leaders

Soprach attended the meeting with US Embassy Officers in Tokyo, Tokyo, May 2015 by WSD/Pacific Forum CSIS Young Leaders

Soprach attended the meeting with US Embassy Officers in Tokyo, Tokyo, May 2015 by WSD/Pacific Forum CSIS Young Leaders

Soprach and other Young Leaders at US Embassy in Tokyo, May 2015.

Soprach and other Young Leaders of the  Pacific Forum CSIS at US Embassy in Tokyo, May 2015.

Opening Speech by Dr. Haruhisa Handa, Donor and UC Chancellor as well.

Opening Speech by Dr. Haruhisa Handa, Donor and UC Chancellor as well. In Tokyo

Soprach attend The Young Parliamentarians' Global Opinion Summit, Tokyo, May 2015. Pacific Forum CSIS.

Soprach attend The Young Parliamentarians’ Global Opinion Summit, Tokyo, May 2015. Pacific Forum CSIS.

Dr Handa and Cambodian Delegation in Tokyo, May 2015 by Pacific Forum CSIS

Dr Handa and Cambodian Delegations in Tokyo, May 2015 by Pacific Forum CSIS

Cambodian Delegations in Tokyo, May 2015.

Cambodian delegations and Cambodian students who study in Japan, Tokyo, May 2015.

Soprach and Cambodian Young Parliamentarians in Tokyo, May 2015.

Soprach and CPP & CNRP Cambodian Young Parliamentarians in Tokyo, May 2015.

  • Other International Conference Learning in Brief :

– 4-5 December 2016: The 4th Myanmar-US/UK Nonproliferation Dialogue, CSIS Pacific Forum, Naypyidaw, Myanmar.

– 28-31 May 2015:    Forum on International Development Cooperation, WSD/CSIS Young Leader, Tokyo.

– 23-25 April 2015:   Congress on Dangerous Dialogues/Courageous Conversation, MBB, Bucharest, Romania.

– 18-21 Nov. 2014:    Conference on the Beijing+20 of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Review, Asia and the Pacific, UNWomen/UNFPA, Bangkok, Thailand.

– 12 July – 2 Aug. 2014:   Youth and Community Conflict Resolution, IVLP/US State Department, USA.

– 14-16 Sept. 2012:   Cambodia Studies Conference, Northern Illinois University, Illinois, USA.

– 14-17 Sep. 2010:   Women’s Leadership and Training Summit, Vital Voices of the Asia, Delhi, India.

– 9-11 March 2010:   To End Violence Against Women, Vital Voice, Washington DC, USA.

– 21-24 June 2006:   The European Population Conference, Liverpool, UK.

– 18-23 July 2005:   The 25th International Population Conference: 11 years of ICPD, Tours, France.

 

  • Professional Career Impact:

– During and after graduating with a Master’s Degree in Public Health. Soprach build network with classmates and schoolmates to share knowledge and experience each others and keep in touch until now. Moreover, Soprach feels more confidence at work and to explore creative ideas. For example: “Study on Valentine’s Day” is from my own initiative which applied the lessons from UC.

‘- His career position is moving up to advisory group and top management and as Advisor/Manager. His English language skill also improved.

– His salary had increased five times compared to before entering school.His jobs had encouraged him to continue to study more at UC, now he is studying International Business major at School of Business. After that he is planning to pursue a PhD in Political Science.

  •  Family Life Impact:

– He is responsible to support my whole family. His two children are studying at International School.

*However, the UC Award Committee required including his update CV to verify. Therefore, Mr Tong Soprach deserved to receive this Outstanding Graduate Alumnus Award.

Corruption on Imports and Export Lead to Nuclear Endanger in Cambodia and Region

Unofficial Translation from The Phnom Penh Post’s Khmer edition
TUESDAY, 13 DECEMBER 2016,
TONG SOPRACH

ពុករលួយលើការពិនិត្យទំនិញ អាចគ្រោះថ្នាក់ធ្ងន់ពីសារធាតុ នុយក្លេអ៊ែរ

The poor quality of goods had been found and destroyed recently. Photo: Facebook

The poor quality of goods had been found and destroyed recently. Photo: Facebook

Cambodia is sometimes seen as a dump site for foreign waste due to the power of corruption and greed, which have led to imports of dangerous chemicals without any heed of the risks to people’s health.

For example, on Nov 30, 1998, 30,000 tons of toxic waste were imported from Taiwan by Taiwanese petrochemical giant Formosa Plastics. The shipment of toxic waste was dumped in Sihanoukville province. The waste, which contains high levels of mercury, was illegally dumped near the popular coastal resort of Sihanoukville.

Senior government officials have alleged that up to three million dollars in bribes may have been paid to corrupt officials to allow the waste into Cambodia.

More than 100 government officials were suspended from their posts following the incident, but only three have been charged with endangering human life, property and the environment. (BBC news)

This chemical waste caused skin diseases among several local people when they collected the plastic back for using hammock while the other the chemical used to make the road, both of which could provoke radiation. The Cambodian government did later negotiate with Taiwanese authorities, who arranged to bring the waste back to Taiwan. It ended up with only the sack of a few custom officials and authorities in Shihanoukville port (Local news).

On the other hands, Cambodia is also an easy destination for the import of cheap goods, expired products or spoiled food such as chicken wings, chicken knees, and chicken’s legs, originally treated as “rubbish” in Thailand yet turned into food for Cambodians.

Imported drinks, meanwhile, such as wine, beer, and chemical soft drinks, have damaged the health of the kingdom’s people amid their already poor living conditions.

At least 15 villagers, both male and female, died after drinking rum and another 80 were hospitalized in Kampong Chhnang Province, which the doctors at the provincial health center found containing high level methanol substance. This original rum is also imported from neighboring countries (local news).

While the consequences are suffered by the Kingdom’s health sector, its beneficiaries are the custom officials, Camcontrol [General Department of Commerce Ministry] officials, and the economic police who are positioned along the border, at ports and airports.

According to USAID finding report on Corruption in Cambodia in 2009, Cambodia loses national budget some USD 550 million due to corruption per year.

Some weak prevention systems at Cambodia’s borders increase risks of proliferation from liquid, solid, and gas wastes for Cambodia and nearby countries. It could lead to the emergence of nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, and biological weapons and proliferation even though Cambodia is a signatory of Non-proliferation Nuclear Treaty (NPT), Chemical Weapon Convention (CWC), Biological Weapon Convention in 1993. Also, article 54 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia says that production, use and stockpiling of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons are absolutely prohibited.

Moreover, Prime Minister Hun Sen previously said “If we have a quick look at the chemical issue it seems to be far away, if we look deeply into it, it seems to be close to our nose” (The chronology of laws involved National Authority for P-CNBRW, 2015).

Compared to Myanmar, in terms of the laws and regulations over formulation and the implementation of the prevention of non-proliferation, Cambodia is likely going at the same pace with former junta in responding to international conventions, supported by US/EU aid and experts. Yet Cambodia came up short regarding the regulation formulation on using chemical substances, especially those containing nuclear, radiation, and biological elements, in order to positively use them in health, agricultural, and energy sectors. Additional Protocol (AP), Modified Small Quantitative Protocol (SQP), and UNSCR 1540 Standard are examples.

However, Myanmar stands ahead of Cambodia with respect to human resources, as most of those working on these issues are college professors and externally trained experts, who specialize in nuclear technology, and now they have strong borders and inspections over such substances.

In Cambodia, only the Institute of Technology of Cambodia and Royal University of Phnom Penh have their own small laboratories. Chemical substances are also tested in laboratories at some relevant ministries but capacity is lacking.

Cambodia and Myanmar pay the same level of attention to bilateral, ASEAN, ASEAN+3 and international summits on nonproliferation; they are both especially concerned about nuclear/missile issues on the Korean Peninsula that could cause mass destruction and on terrorism, which could endanger stability in the region.

In general, Cambodian people think if we talk about nuclear they refer to nuclear weapon refers only to the Atomic Bombs, dropped by the US on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing tens of thousands of people in 1945 during WWII, and leaving its devastating for the many years ahead.

The use of Uranium to produced nuclear weapons is banned by almost the whole world, yet it’s still allowed to be used in a positive way in producing energy. In Fukushima, for example, there is a nuclear power plant to produce electricity.

This facility, nonetheless, was proved possibly disastrous after it was hit by an earthquake/Tsunami in 2011.

Cambodians being informed about nonproliferation is limited amid the shortage of dissemination and documents, both paper-based and online, which focus on Cambodia. The gap of import controls due to limited capacity and corruption today has an impact onf the chemical substance control. Import and export companies are largely free to use any chemical substance as they see fit after the government issues licenses for the companies.

Cambodia should heed the advice to Myanmar at the latest Pacific Forum meeting in  Naypidaw: pay more attention to enforcing laws and regulations to control all chemical substances through strengthening strategic trade controls at all borders by better screening. Also, the private sector has to participate to regulate themselves weather their goods are on the list permitted by the state.

Moreover Cambodia needs to respond more to other regulations/guidelines through international standards including transparency measures and keep joining in national, regional and international agreement meetings to stay updated on global trends on nonproliferation to build peace. Cambodia needs to eliminate any corruption at the borders and to disseminate the nonproliferation information to the public to take part in prevention as well.

 Tong Soprach is a weekly social-affairs columnist for the Phnom Penh Post’s Khmer edition

E-mail: soprach.tong@phnompenhpost.com

Financial decentralization to help cut down costs from field missions

Unofficial Translation from The Phnom Penh Post’s Khmer edition
TUESDAY, 16 AUGUST 2016,
TONG SOPRACH

ការធ្វើវិមជ្ឈការហិរញ្ញវត្ថុ ជួយបន្ថយពេលវេលាចុះមូលដ្ឋាន

Training on Law on Administration Management at Capital/Province and Municipality/District/Khan levels at Pursat province recently. Photo: SUPPLIED

Training on Law on Administration Management at Capital/Province and Municipality/District/Khan levels at Pursat province recently. Photo: SUPPLIED

The government’s deputy- directors of department of each ministries / institutions have spent their time on missions to visit people to attract popularity during weekends and working days. That is in order to strengthen their party at grassroots level. The money is spent through the national level or from the party on gasoline, foods, hotel and participants.

Has the government ever assessed the expenditure of such missions of the national level? Based on the Cost-and-Effect Analysis, which one sounds more effective, between going on the mission just to distribute gifts and talk to people, or decentralizing the power and resources to those working in the districts/municipalities and commune levels who work closely with the local people?

Often there are some complaints and urges by The National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development (NCDD), under the supervision Sor Kheng, Deputy-Prime Minister and Minister of Interior,  that the activities of the decentralization are behind the plan of the IP3 Implementation Phase 3   project from 2010 to 2019.

Sar Kheng last week criticized the ministries who have played a role in transferring the powers and functions to the sub-national level very slow, as it affects the core of the D&D reform.

Since 2015, Prime minister Hun Sen has pushed such functional reassignment, saying that at least a function in all Ministries needed to be transferred to their sub-national level by the end of 2015. So far the goal has not been reached.

In theory, decentralization is aimed to transfer not only the functions and human resources but also the budget.

“Decentralization refers to the transfer of ownership over authorized functions and resources to respond to the local needs. The council is accountable for the issue for the sakes of the local people,” says the Provincial/Capital, District/Municipality, and Commune/Sangkat management law.

District/Municipality administrations, who represent their councils, have received the budgets for funding their operations but not the budgeting for transferring function and resources. Some, such as the health, education, and environment sectors, though in their first step in doing it, are just pilot projects.

According to sub-decree No. 36 about the District/Municipal Fund Management and its process issued in 2013, the D/M fund received 0.8 percent of previous year current revenue in 2012 and variance the economic growth. In 2013, D/M fund received USD 17 million compared to in 2017, where the D/M fund will raise USD 33.5 million (MoEF, 2016). But it is not unusual to them. There is the complaint over the inadequate budget from the D/M administrations; not even enough to spend on governing their authorized territories due to the fact that they have very small amount revenue too.

But the budget management is still not transparent between the D/M councils and board governors. Sometimes, the D/M councils do not know whether D/M board governors use the budget. They both seem unclear about their role and responsibility. Furthermore, D/M council members are still discriminated between CPP members and CNRP members.

“Although I am a council member, I don’t know anything about district administration’s activities of expenditure details.  I know only the total expenditure and participated in approval”, said Keo Sareun, a Angkor Chey district council member from CNRP.

“I’ve never received any budget for the missions. Sometimes, I cannot even find a space for seat and work”. Rith Hok, a member of Somroung Tong district council members in Kampong Speu, who is also from CNRP, claimed he had same experience.

“Though a member of the district council, I have not been told about my job and obligations”, said Hok, “They (those from CPP members) work with each other, and never let me know what they’ve been doing with the budget. We are the black chicken rosters, and they are the white ones!”

This is a part of the financial reform in the district administration, which should be the accountability of the councils, but now is still politically discriminative. Decentralization in the district level is different from that in the commune level, where it is much easier as it is directly managed by the councils.

According to the mid-term evaluation on National Strategic Plan Development by the Ministry of Planning for 2009-2014, D&D Reform could improve the welfare of the people through the construction of roads in the rural areas, and contribute by 10 percent to the percentage goal of poverty reduction set by the government [1 percent per year] (Boret, 2011).

While the decentralization on district level plays an important role as the one on the commune level, the government, under the control of the ruling party, could reduce the cost of continuous missions from national level. Keeping this budget for D/M administration for functional assignment activities in order to parallel with D&D reform.

In addition, it could provide opportunities for D/M administration to run autonomous finance. As example of one-window service in each Khans of Phnom Penh and other major cities. If their implementations are good, it would draw more attention to the voters.

Otherwise, the D&D Reform would be only an illustration, used to cheat for more cash from the donors while not reach the IP3 program.

That the reform needs more time is an out-of-date excuse when comparing Cambodia to the other countries in the region such as Indonesia (1998-2000), the Philippines (1990-1991) and Pakistan (2014-2015). It is not “better late than never” for the Kingdom; it just takes too long (OSI, 2015).

Tong Soprach is a social-affairs columnist for the Post’s Khmer edition.

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