President History

Mam Sonando Founder and President of Beehive Radio FM105Mhz (SBK105) and Association Of Democrats

Mr. Mam Sonando in the VOA Khmer studio (Washington DC, on May 27, 2013)
I. Mam Sonando's Biography
Mr. Mr. Mam Sonando is the founder and president of the Beehive Radio station (Sambok Khmum radio) FM105 MHz and Association Of Democrats. He was born in February 13, 1942, in a village called Kampong Siem which is located in the southeastern of Kampong Cham province, Cambodia. Growing up in a family of nine people from a small village in that province was very challenging. His father was a lawyer, Mam Soth, was born in Koh Sotin district, Kampong Cham province and his mother, Eam Ouch, was born in Battambang province. As a teenager, he was ready to take on the world and pursuit his dreams. Indeed, he loves his village and often sees his beautifully natural landscape as a form of art.

No matter how long or how far he had been gone away from his homeland, he has never been abandoning the imprint of his thought for his beloved village in Kampong Cham. As very determined young man, he figured out a way to getting himself to France, and became a professional photographer and filmmaker. Knowing that one day he would eventually return to his home village and capture the natural beauty of the landscape of his village that he has engraved in his mind to show to the world is very intriguing.

Arriving in France in 1964, he had only a small bag of clothes and 500 francs that he managed to save up from Cambodia. Knowing what he always wanted to do in his life was an easy part, but like every successful story, there are always some obstacles along the way. He originally planned for his arrival in France, just to look for and maintain a decent job, so that it would allow him to earn enough money to attend school at a later time. It was only to find out, shortly after his arrival to France, that it wasnt easy thing to do. During that time, Cambodia just regained independence from France. The king of Cambodia had signed an accord with France that did not allow French to operate a business or work in Cambodia and vice versa. With the documents had already been signed between Cambodia and France, he was not able to maintain his daily job that he had at the time. He had to work in fear, hiding from the government officials, and switching from one job to another, working long hours at a factory, or in the back of a restaurant --- washing dishes for less than a minimum wage pay.

On the other hand, he did not forget the main reason that he came to France. After saving up enough money from those low wage paying jobs, he then quickly enrolled in a technical school of photography and filmmaking in Paris. He attended that school for two years. Shortly after, he had fulfilled his dream of becoming a photographer and a filmmaker. During his enrollment in school, he developed a habit of not going out, wasting time with friends, while pursuing his education. Instead, he spent a great deal of time studying alone besides classroom hours. After attending a two years of technical school and graduated with a bachelors degree in sociology and cinematography/audio visuals, he did not want to get a job as a photographer right away. He wanted to go on with his education at the University of Paris.

During his absence from Cambodia, the country had been transforming from a monarchy to a type of democratic governments of which it is only to fool its citizens that Cambodia is now ruled by a true democratic government. This rogue government is abusing its power for their own interests and benefits for their families and cronies. It is similar to a type of communist governments that restricts the freedoms, liberties and rights of the majority of its citizens who are poor and often living in destitute conditions. Mr. Mam Sonando couldnt stand to see his fellow citizens sufferings and be oppressed by their own government. Therefore, he started to tour around Cambodia, and uses his new wealth to help the poor and lend a hand in any way possible to alleviate their sufferings.

After a few months of touring many small villages throughout Cambodia, he had a change of heart. He then realized his permanent role in this lifetime of what he shall accomplish. He was determined to change the way the poor people have been treated by the government officials in Cambodia. He has helped them to understand their rights and power as citizens of Cambodia under the constitution, to hold the government officials accountable for their actions, so that they would be free from being oppressed, poverty and sufferings and so on. They would no longer live in fears and humiliation. Mr. Mam Sonando would be the voice of the oppressed and marginalized people, for the change to the true democratic government in Cambodia.

Therefore, he knew the only quickest and easiest way to reach the people of Cambodia was through the live radio broadcasting services. Mr. Mam Sonando sold all his businesses to start the Sambok Khmum (Beehive) radio station in 1995 because he strongly believed that the people of Cambodia should have a voice that is not controlled by the government and can be heard throughout Cambodia and the rest of world through a radio internet broadcasting service .....

Currently, Mr. Mam Sonando Sambok Khmum (Beehive) radio station is lending his hands to help the disable hands of his people that were severely injured by the government, to fight for a new beginning. The people of Cambodia are tired of living in fears and sufferings that have been created by the hoodlums in government. We believe in the same principles as America has been built on which is guaranteed of personal liberties such as freedom of speech, the rights of free association, and a free press, and most importantly the equal treatment of all citizens in administering justice and application to the rule of laws. Government of the people, by the people, and for the people, said by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

II. Mam Sonando's Activities

July 06, 1995............. Obtained its broadcasting license from the Ministry of Information, Royal Government of Cambodia under the umbrella of the Cambodian Association for Economic Development (C A f E D) is an official local NGO registered with the Ministry of Interior on April 21,1994.

August 06, 1996......... Mr. Sonando started a radio station Called SAMBOK KHMUM RADIO FM105 MHz (SBK105) and started broadcasting its programs in the first time in Phnom Penh.

September 15, 1996... Spun off the C A f E D to become SONANDO CO., TLD CO-2376/96P, a private entity.

February, 1997........... In February 1997, for the first time, Mr. Mam Sonando starte to created a program called the "Khmer Help Khmer Program" to help find jobs for the people and save the poor destitute, elderlies, disabilities and patients until today.

05-06 July, 1997......... Beehive Radio was plagued by harassment from weapon wielding thugs dispatched by authorities that shall remain nameless. Individuals dressed in police and military uniform looted the home of the station owner, Mr. Mam Sonando, the Beehive Radio Station itself and offices at the following address: China Town Hotel No.46, St.214, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In the aftermath, the Royal Government promised to compensate Mam Sonando for the damage incurred during the incident in the amount of $70,000.00 USD. But to date no one penny has been received.

September 07, 1998... The Royal Government took action to suspend the license of Beehive Radio and forced it to shut down its operations and cease its broadcasts due to its report of spontaneous mass popular demonstrations taking place after the announcement of the results of the 1998 national elections. The Royal Government accused Mam Sonando of causing insurrection.

September 18, 1998... Mr. Mam Sonando fled the country to Thailand in response to intimidations that the Royal Government planned to arrest him.

March 01, 1999.......... SAMBOK KHMUM RADIO restarted its operation after new government had been established.

September 01, 1999... Beehive Radio started its broadcasts of programs from the Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Asia (RFA) from United States.

June 10, 2002............. On June 10, 2002, Mr. Mam Sonando going pedestrian to become a priest (hood for 16 days) in Pak Nam Pagoda at Cambodia-Vietnamese border in the Pak Nam village, Prek Chrey commune, Koh Thom district, Kandal province, which is 105 Km away from Phnom Penh to attract all people's attentions to glance at the Pak Nam village as our Khmer's village, but only have all Vietnamese people are living.

October 24, 2002....... The Royal Government threatened to stop Beehive Radio's Voice of America and Radio Free Asia live broadcast programs.

July 11, 2003.............. Until July 11, 2003, both U.S. Radio (VOA & RFA) can broadcasting on Beehive Radio again, after have the struggle to protest government.

October 31, 2009....... On 31 October 2009, Mr. Mam Sonando as a 2nd to become a priest (hood for 16 days) and going pilgrim walking to the Chob Korki pagoda at border Cambodia-Thailand, is located Chob Korki village, Ampil commune, Banteay Ampil district, Oddar Meanchey province in a distance of about 600 Km from. Phnom Penh. Sonando's targets to develop the area such as:
  • To build the Buddhish Temple
  • To build the School 1 build (3 Rooms)
  • To build hospitla for distribution of drugs to poor and sick

But this pilgrims did not reach the target, it is remain only 15 Km more. The pilgrims do not proceed by authorities blocked with other excuses.

Mam Sonando's Accomplishments

April 2000.................. In April 2000, Mr. Mam Sonando built the 1 stone school building (7 Rooms) of roofing tiles in the Dang Tong pagoda at Dang Tong village, Dam Bauk Khpos commune, Angkor Chey district, Kampot province.

December 2003.......... In December 2003, Mr. Mam Sonando built a bridge in Koh Brak village, Phoum Thom commune, Kean Svay district, Kandal province, at the request of the people because of that bridge are aged -weak, broken that can cause dangerous children, as well as other people traveling on that bridge.

Mr. Mam Sonando repaired and paved the steel ready finalization of the 6 meters and half width and 115 meters length.

July 09, 2004.............. On July 09, 2004 Mr. Mam Sonando, in collaboration with the monk, Mok My, to build the stone solidarity bridge in the Prek Touch village, Kandal province with a 4 meters and half width and 18 meters length for the people to easy travel.

In 2006....................... In 2006, Mr. Mam Sonando built 3 hermitages to observe the Buddha Statue for the people to organize other fesival :

  • in Ang Chrey Vea village, Odong district, Kampong Speu province
  • in Kraing Yov commune, Kandal province
  • Sala Sansam Bunn Samaki Khmer Piphop Lok in Toul Thnort village, Korki commune, Kean Svay district, Kandal province

July 2007.................... In July 2007, Mr. Mam Sonando helped to drain the slimes from the pond according to the request of the people that lack of drinking water and use. That pond size width of 125 meters and length is 195 meters, is located in the Taing Roleang village, Me Pring commune, Batheay district, Kampong Cham province. Sonando also just completed surrounded the fence around pond, as well as to prevent animals invaded the pond.

January 2013............. In January 2013, Mr. Mam Sonando also appeal to all people in the local as well as outside the district to attend to build the 1 stone school building (3 Rooms) of roofing tiles, name Sala Bakthom Siksa Samaki Khmer Piphop Lok "Primary School Education World Solidarity" for more than 300 children in the Ausvay Lich village, Prek Koy commune, Kang Meas district,

1996-2013 Charity Donations

1996-2000................... When Mr. Mam Sonando started the process media Beehive Radio in 1996, when also start the rescue of the poor destitute, no family elderlies, disabilities and patients some also. Especially in 2000, with the risk natural the serious floodwater in the Kingdom of Cambodia, Sonando transport food, such as: rice, fish dried, fish sauce, soy sauce, fish-paste (Prahok) and packages of rice noodle etc. a lot of Tons by waterway to rescue Khmer people have no settlement and there is no food to eat, in particular have no nets and clothes.

​Mr. Mam Sonando created the pump wells and the deep wells to poors people who have problems water use, such as in the Kandal province, Kampong Speu, Takeo, Kampot, Svay Rieng, Kampong Cham and Kampong Chhnang .... and Mr. Mam Sonando also bought the water jars, electric machines and some water pump machines to the people.


2008 & 2009............... In July 2008, during the conflict in the border line Cambodia-Thailand until have use weapons that cause a number of Khmer military deaths and injuries. Mr. Mam Sonando transported charity donations, food, rice, and instruments of food to provide Khmer military standing in the first line fighting front in the area of Preah Vihear Temple, 3 times:
- On July 18, 2008
- On November 15, 2008
- On February 20, 2009


November 20, 2008... Mr. Mam Sonando transported the food to give the Khmer military standing in the first lin fighting to protect Ta Mon temple (Chicken Temple) and the Ta Krobei (Cattle Temple).


2008 & 2009............... 
Mr. Mam Sonando also transported the charity donations, food, rice, and instruments of food to provide the poors, monks, polices and Khmer militaries at Chob Korki area called "Chai Chhke Area", 3 times:
  • On September 01, 2008
  • On November 20, 2008
  • On July 06, 2009


November 14, 2008... Mr. Mam Sonando gift budget to the 3 military families who died in the Veal Entry battle field (Eagle Batle Field) per family to $500.00 USD. Mr. Mam Sonando also gave the money to the 2 militaries injured in battle each other in a budget of $250.00 USD.


July 01, 2011.............. Mr. Mam Sonando transported the charity donations from relatives in Canada such as: rice, fish dried, fish sauce, soy sauce, fish-paste (Prahok) and packages of rice noodle etc. ... Total of 9 tons distributed Khmer military standing in the first line fighting front in the area ofTa Mon temple (Chicken Temple) and the Ta Krobei (Cattle Temple).


2013........................... In the risk natural the serious floodwater in the Kingdom of Cambodia, Mam Sonando transport food, such as: rice, fish dried, fish sauce, soy sauce, fish-paste (Prahok) and packages of rice noodle etc. a lot of Tons by waterway to rescue Khmer people have no settlement and there is no food to eat.

On October 06, 2013 distribute to Khmer flood victim 350 families in the Prek Koy commune, Kang Meas district, Kampong Cham province.

On October 19, 2013 distribute to Khmer flood victim 290 families in the Watt Sovann Rangsey (Pagoda) at Kang Meas Kroa and Kang Meas Knong village in Kork Banteay commune, Rolea Pa'ear district, Kampong Chhnang province distance 90 Km from Phnom Penh.

On October 21, 2013 distribute to Khmer flood victim 400 families at Bak Pry village, Boeng Dor commune, Preah Sdach district, Prey Veng province distance 65 Km from Phnom Penh

On October 22, 2013 distribute to Khmer flood victim 150 families (4 villages) at Prey Pkum commune, Angkor Borey district, Takeo province distance 60 Km from Phnom Penh.

On October 24, 2013 distribute to Khmer flood victim 600 families (10 villages) at Lve village & commune, Kosh Sotin district, Kampong Cham province distance 150 Km from Phnom Penh.

On October 25, 2013 distribute to Khmer flood victim 440 families at Mesor Brochan commune, Pearaing district, Prey Veng province.

On October 26, 2013 distribute to Khmer flood victim 2 places :


  • In the morning, distribute to 4 villages (255 families) from Tong Tralach village, Khtoeng villages, Chunleat Dai villages, and Boeng Ting villages in the Tong Tralach commune, Cham Santhor District, Kampong Cham province distance 40 Km from Phnom Penh.
  • In the afternoon, distribute to 4 villages more such as:
    1. 85 families from Bram Yam village
    2. 83 families from Cherng Toek village
    3. 42 families from Chi Bray village
    4. 44 families from Dey Thkor village


On October 28, 2013 distribute to Khmer flood victim 238 families from 4 villages at Baray commune, Srey Santhor district, Kampong Cham province.

On October 29, 2013 distribute to Khmer flood victim 200 families from 2 villages at Mean commune, Cherng Prey district, Kampong Cham province distance 100 Km from Phnom Penh.

On October 30, 2013 distribute to Khmer flood victim 2 places :

In the morning, distribute to 250 families from 2 villages at Barung commune, Lvea Em district, Kandal province.

  1. In the afternoon, distribute to 252 families from 2 villages at Khsach Kandal district, Kandal province.

On November 01, 2013 distribute to Khmer flood victim 234 families from 3 villages such as Koh Chin, Kampong Kdey, and Kampong Reab village at Kampong Reab commune, Koh Sotin district, Kampong Cham province distance 140 Km from Phnom Penh.

On November 02, 2013, Khmer flood victim 158 families from 5 villages such as Banteay Sloek, Sangke Chuor, Anhchanh, Dara Kum, and Chey Chok villages at Chey Chok commune, Borey Cholsa district, Takeo province:

  1. 24 families from Banteay Sloek village
  2. 30 families from Sangke Chuor village
  3. 22 families from Anh Chanh village
  4. 43 families from Dara Kom village
  5. 39 families from Chey Chork village

On November 03, 2013, Khmer flood victim 436 families in Lve commune, Sithor Kandal district, Prey Veng province


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January 30, 2003....... Mr. Mam Sonando is arrested following anti-Thai riots under the pretext of inciting violence. The Royal Government sent two officials to arrest him at his office at 7:30PM. These officials appeared with neither identification nor a court issued arrest warrant. He is jailed from to January 30, 2003 to February 11, 2003 for eleven days (11 days) in Cambodia’s notorious Prey Sar Prison, near Phnom Penh, where he announces that he is proud to be in prison for the interest of people's opinion.


October 11, 2005....... Mr. Mam Sonando, owner and director of independent Beehive FM105 Radio, was arrested in prison Tuesday morning and charged with defamation following a lawsuit lodged on behalf of Prime Minister Hun Sen. He is jailed from October 11, 2005 to January 17, 2006 for 99 days in Prey Sar Prison.

January 17, 2006....... Mr. Mam Sonando, owner and director of independent Beehive FM105 Radio, was released from Prey Sar prison after several hours meet between Prince Minister Hun Sen and a senior US official.


July 15, 2012.............. At 9:00 AM, Mr. Mam Sonando is arrested by Government Officials at his office: #33, Street 26BT, Phoum Thnort Chrum, Sangkat Boeng Thompun, Khan Meanchey, Phnom Penh for to tried to foment a secessionist movement in Broma village, Kratie province by following 4 Cases:
  1. To insurrection
  2. To obstructing authority
  3. To masterminding
  4. To inciting people to take up arms against the state


​Mr. Mam Sonando is the government appeal to prison for 20 years on charges of minimum intervention and to create a state in the state, but on 05-06 March 2013, Mam Sonando be hearing Appeal Court hided sentence to 5 years, and the switch charges of create a state in the state to track deforestation. However, Mr. Mam Sonando was in the prison for the third time from July 15, 2012 to March 15, 2013 for 8 months, and remaining a few moment has been suspended a sentence.

March 15, 2013....... At 8:00 AM, Mr. Mam Sonando, owner and director of independent Beehive FM105 Radio, was released from Prey Sar prison that have thousands of Khmer people and journalists (Khmer and Foreign) welcome him.