Monday, August 3, 2009

What Cambodia should learn from Singapore?

During the 1960s Phnom Penh with its many buildings in the style of New Khmer Architecture , was called the 'Pearl of the East'. During a visit to the city in the 60s, Lee Kuan Yew , Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore from 1959 to 1990, was so impressed he expressed his desire for Singapore to develop along similar lines. Many of those buildings were designed by a famous Cambodian Architect,Vann Molyvann.

Although, Cambodia today is now far behind from the modern Singapore today in the past 50 years because Cambodia was falling into civil wars for many decades, which have demolished almost completely all Cambodian's infrastructures built during the Golden Age Period 60s so called Sangkum Reas Niyum under the ruling of King Father, Norodom Sihanouk .

Peace has just been restored recently in Cambodia and the country needs to speed up to develop its infrastructures in order to follow the modern world. Many housing constructions and real estate development have also been booming in Phnom Penh City and its outskirts and in major provinces such Siem Reap and Preah Sihanouk Provinces.

What Cambodia should learn from Singapore include:

1.To draw a proper master plan for city development plan, i.e. for 5 years plan, for 15 years plan, for 50 years plan etc…
2.To build and rebuild the water system, the sewage system and the reservoir to clean wasted water.
3.Forming an association of builders with closed monitored from the government similarly to REDAS in Singapore.
4.To enforce the legal system regarding to the effective application of land laws to make sure that Cambodian publics can benefit in general from any development plans by the public and private sector
5.To have a good and proper valuation system on properties, i.e. training all relevant government officials, property agents working in this field and to produce a valuation report with fair and real economic and market value of properties.
6.The government can invest in the young Cambodian generations through sending them to overseas for special trainings in construction engineering and in architecture design etc…

And under the ruling of the current government led by Prime Minister, Samdech Hun Sen, the abovementioned plans can be easily implemented if there is a real commitment to do so. The government can share and delegate some tasks to young energetic Cambodian generations to rebuild the country together. It cannot be of course completed in overnight but at least, there should be a reflection in mind on this issue and to find ways to develop Cambodia as a prospered and beautiful country in South East Asia.

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

"4.To enforce the legal system regarding to the effective application of land laws to make sure that Cambodian publics can benefit in general from any development plans by the public and private sector
5.To have a good and proper valuation system on properties, i.e. training all relevant government officials, property agents working in this field and to produce a valuation report with fair and real economic and market value of properties."

Ha Ha. Yes, I can see it now. No more land grabs. No more pie-in-the-sky flog it and run pricing. It could happen tomorrow. Just like the anti-corruption bill. Just like pigs flying.

Anonymous said...

to tell the truth, this is the worst propaganda marketing spin I have ever seen in a long time. Comes out of the dark ages.A blind man giving his vision of a future paradise.

Anonymous said...

If you live on Earth, you must have dream, sometimes too much pessimistic, never look better for others, just let's yourself down and it is not good at all...I always believe in optimism...to fulfill my dream, to live on for a better life.

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