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Saturday, 21.7.2007: Japanese Investment Company Announces Investment in Refining Castor Oil to Produce Diesel Fuel

Posted on 21 July 2007. Filed under: Week 517 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 517

“Phnom Penh: Thirty Japanese investors expressed their ideas about large scale investments for the first time in Cambodia on 20 July 2007, after they had visited Cambodia from 16 to 20 July. In the meantime, they expressed their purpose of investment in refining castor oil for diesel fuel with a capital approximately US$800 million [sic].

“Mr. Hayashi Mitsuo said that the amount of approximately $800 million is calculated for the arrangement of the factory to produce oil and for the arrangement of the structure of the factory. He continued, ‘We have decided on this investment. We have already tested growing castor plants; as soon as we are guaranteed to have land, we will start.’

“He continued, ‘We will get the first output after three years on land of approximately 48,000 hectares for 100,000 tonnes of oil.’ He continued, ‘We can use the 100,000 tonnes of oil as diesel fuel.’ The investment is planned to be conducted in three years on land of approximately 50,000 hectares. Mr. Hayashi Mitsuo went on to say, ‘We have already discussed with the citizens and farmers who grow castor plants. Concerning this issue, we have to provide the technique to produce the oil, and one more thing we asked them is to use good seeds, on which we have done research. We start to use the existing seeds in Cambodia, but we have to improve them so they are suitable to the fertile soil in Cambodia.’

“The Japanese investor continued, ‘I speak only for my company; for the other 29 other companies I don’t know for sure about their plans.’ He continued, ‘We get about 40% of oil out of the castor beans.’ He affirmed that the harvesting from one castor plant may continue for up to three years.

“He continued, ‘We have done research on this issue for ten years, and we know about the fertile soil in Cambodia which is suitable for castor plantations. If we think also about the number of workers to be involved – it is from 40,000 to 50,000 [sic] for land of approximately 10 hectares [sic – but these figures can hardly be correct].

“It is noticed that it is the first time that the Japanese Biwako Bio Laboratory Company [info and pictures in Japanese only] decided to make a large scale investment in Cambodia after the visit of Samdech Hun Sen, the head of the Royal Government of Cambodia to Japan, to support and attract big Japanese investors to Cambodia.” Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6097, 21-22.7.2007

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Saturday, 21 July 2007

Chakraval, Vol.15, #2699, 21.7.2007

  • In Late August, Opposition Party Will Hold Congress to Remove Ms. Mu Sochua [as Secretary-General and replace her with Yim Sovann, a parliamentarian from Phnom Penh – according to a source from the Sam Rainsy Party]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1397, 21.7.2007

  • Italy Wants to Provide Assistance to Strengthen Legislative Institutions in Cambodia
  • Young Unmarried Woman Raped by Schoolboy of Tbaeng Meanchey High School [who escapes – Preah Vihear]
  • Mr. Thaksin [Shinawatra, former Thai Prime Minister] Takes Legal Action against Thai Assets Examination Commission [the government’s anti-graft organization] for Freezing His $2.1 Billion
  • Rain Storms and Lightnings Kill 59 People in China

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6097, 21-22.7.2007

  • Japanese Investment Company Announces Investment in Refining Castor Oil to Produce Diesel Fuel
  • Concern in Cambodia: 40% of Children under 5 Are Malnourished [according to World Vision press release]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3216, 21-22.7.2007

  • Nuon Chea Considers Khmer Rouge Tribunal to Be His Final Battlefield; Khiev Samphan Says It Seems Too Soon to Say that He Is a Criminal
  • Mr. Sam Rainsy: Prohibition against Khmer Corrupt Officials from Entering America Does Not Affect Relations between the Two Countries
  • Tim Thiem, Father of Monk Tim Sakhan [who has recently been defrocked on accusation of perpetrating an offense against the Buddhist law, because he broke the unity between Vietnam and Cambodia, who disappeared], Wants to Know for Sure Whether His Son Is Alive or Dead

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4342, 21.7.2007

  • Nuon Chea Says He Will Defend Himself in Front of Khmer Rouge Court
  • World Bank Supports Reform Process in Cambodia
  • Italy Proposes to Cambodia to Create Honorary Consulate in Phnom Penh

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Friday, 20.7.2007: US Senate Asks Bush to Prohibit “Cambodia’s Family Tree” from Entering the Country

Posted on 21 July 2007. Filed under: Week 517 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 517

“Global Witness congratulates the US Senate for drafting a law asking President George W. Bush to ban more than 100 Khmer leaders and businesspeople from entering the United States of America.

“On 18 July 2007, Global Witness told a foreign news agency in London, England, that Global Witness welcomes a report which says that a committee of the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations [actually its Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs] drafts a law asking Mr. Bush to ban more than 100 Khmer officials and logging businesspeople from entering America, whose names are in the Global Witness report released on 1 June 2007, titled ‘Cambodia’s Family Trees – Illegal logging and the stripping of public assets by Cambodia’s elite.’

Environment officials said that large scale logging, like the one by the Seng Keang Company of Mrs. Sean Keang, the former wife of Mr. Dy Chouch called Hun Chouch, who is Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cousin, in the Prey Lang area, Tum Ring Commune, Sandan District, Kompong Thom, affects not only the environment in Cambodia, but also the environments in the neighboring countries and in the countries in the regions – through floods and drought. Therefore, the authority of the government, where this illegal logging is done, must be punished.

“However, it is not expected that the law in Cambodia will punish those who committed these crimes, because the members of Cambodia’s Family Tree are relatives of Prime Minister Hun Sen, some are leaders of Mr. Hun Sen’s bodyguards, some are close friends of Mrs. Bun Rany, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s wife.

“Cambodian government officials rejected the report many times by saying that it is not true, and that the accusations by Global Witness are revengeful and political, in order to defame the name of the government that closed the [Global Witness] office in Phnom Penh some years ago.

“Nevertheless, Global Witness still confirms that the report is true, which reveals in details the logging in the Tum Ring area by the Seng Keang Company of more than 100,000 cubic meters annually, sold for more than $13 million into private pockets every year. Though government officials rejected that this is true, big news agencies in the world believe that the report is true, and a committee of the US Senate drafts a law asking President Bush to ban those who are named to be involved in illegal logging in the Global Witness report from entering America.” Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #457, 20.7.2007

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Friday, 20 July 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1396, 20.7.2007

  • Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen Receives Lao Minister of Defense [Douangchay Phichit]
  • Lao Deputy Prime Minister [Douangchay Phichit, who is also Defense Minister] Promises Safety and Security Along Border with Cambodia
  • [Oknha] Tan Seng Hak Sentenced to Twelve Years’ Imprisonment for Assassination Attempt [against police officials – Phnom Penh – related information was in the Mirror on 24 and 29 March 2007]
  • [Phnom Penh Municipal Court] Prosecutor [Uk Savuth] Appeals Release of Gunman Who Shot Garbage Truck Driver

Khmer Amatak, Vol.8, #498, 20.7.2007

  • Sam Rainsy Fears People Will Pressure Him to Join with Samdech Krom Preah for Democracy
  • Siam [Thailand] and Yuon [Vietnam] Encroach on Cambodian Land because [current] Khmer Leaders Are Too Weak

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6096, 20.7.2007

  • First Six Months of 2007: Number of Tourists Increases by 19.91%; Number of [South] Korean Tourists Is Leading
  • [Pakistani President] Musharraf Declares War against Muslim Extremists

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3215, 20.7.2007

  • When Election Approaches Authorities at All Levels Must Prepare to Issue Identification Cards to All Members of Cambodian People’s Party [mocking at issuing of identification cards to Vietnamese immigrants]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4341, 20.7.2007

  • Five [former] Khmer Rouge Leaders [Nuon Chea, Khiev Samphan, Ieng Sary, Ieng Thirith, and Duch] Are the First to Be Indicted

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #457, 20.7.2007

  • US Senate Asks Bush to Prohibit “Cambodia’s Family Tree” from Entering the Country

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