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Thursday, 30.8.2007: Former Chief of Tuol Sleng Prison Appeals against Ongoing Detention by Co-Investigating Judges of Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Posted on 31 August 2007. Filed under: Week 523 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 523

“Phnom Penh: According to a press release from the Khmer Rouge tribunal on 29 August, Mr. Kar Savuth and Mr. Francois Roux, the lawyers for Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, the former chief of Tuol Sleng Prison, appealed on 23 August 2007 against the verdict to continue the temporary detention of the accused by the investigating judges of the Khmer Rouge tribunal since 31 July 2007; documents were sent to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia [ECCC] and the ECCC will take action on the documents soon.

“Recently, the co-investigating judges of the Khmer Rouge tribunal charged Duch, 66, with crimes against humanity and ordered his detention at the court, waiting for the court’s investigation. On 29 August, Koh Santepheap could not reach Duch’s lawyers for comments. However, Mr. Kar Savuth said in The Cambodia Daily, published on 29 August, ‘I have already filed a notice of appeal.’

“Before being taken to be detained at the Khmer Rouge tribunal on 31 July 2007, Duch had been detained at the Military Prison in Phnom Penh since May 1999. A source close to the lawyers affirmed that this case may cause complications for the trial.

“However, the detention order defines that any abuse of due process occurred before the existence of the ECCC, and the charges to be punished are heavier. Judges also took care that at this time Duch is detained in a good room, with two doctors assigned to check his sickness regularly, and even a special car is available to carry him to a hospital if needed. ‘Duch’s health is normally good, and he can walk in the complex of the detention center, as well as have some talk with the guards.’

“Mr. Kar Savuth declined comment on the discussion of the appeal. However, the tribunal’s regulations say that the co-investigating judges have five days, in order to send a case to the ECCC pre-trial chamber, which has five judges, who then have to schedule a time for the hearing. These regulations also state that the ECCC chamber will decide whether to make the hearing, the legal arguments, and the decisions to be publicly known.

“Mr. Peter Foster, UN spokesperson [for Khmer Rouge tribunal], also told the above newspaper that the pre-trial judges would have a wide margin in decision-making before the trial, whether to retain all or one part of the legal procedures confidential. Nonetheless, Mr. Foster added that he is optimistic that what will be discussed verbally and what will be in court documents will be open for the public in this case.

“He continued, ‘There is no way we can say this for sure, but our purpose is to make as much as possible about this process known publicly.’ Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6131, 30.8.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 30 August 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1431, 30.8.2007

  • One Hunter Killed and Another Seriously Wounded by Wild Buffalo [Phnom Sruoch, Kompong Speu]
  • Taliban Militants Agree to Release [19] South Korean Hostages [under condition that South Korean troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan at the end of 2008]
  • More Than 100 Die in Violence in Afghanistan
  • 27 Killed in Fighting During [Shiite] Pilgrimage in Iraq
  • Bus Crash Kills 73 People in Uganda

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.1, #14, 30.8.2007

  • Rong Chhun [president of Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association] Demands Investigation into Irregularities over High School Exams
  • Mobitel Phone Network Overwhelmingly Criticized for Bad Connections [on 29 August]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6131, 30.8.2007

  • Former Chief of Tuol Sleng Prison Appeals against Ongoing Detention by Co-Investigating Judges of Khmer Rouge Tribunal
  • 86-Year-Old Monk Beaten to Death by Unknown Person [Kandal Stung, Kandal]
  • American Citizens Have 90 Guns per 100 People [according to report of Graduate Institute of International Studies]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4376, 30.8.2007

  • Officials Demolish Houses at Building Block to Take Land and Give It to 7NG Company [Chamkar Mon, Phnom Penh]
  • Ministry of Culture Sends Senior Officials to Investigate Excavations of Khmer Ancestors’ Ancient Graves in Souphi Village [Ou Chrov, Banteay Meanchey]

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Wednesday, 29.8.2007: Actors Prepare to Raise Banners to Demonstrate Demanding the Leadership of Ministry of Culture Show Samdech Prime Minister’s Writing

Posted on 30 August 2007. Filed under: Week 523 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 523

ACTORS NOT ALLOWED TO GO TO KOREA, BECAUSE THEY DO NOT ACCEPT $300
NOT ALL MONEY FROM THE Gyeongju Exhibition HAS BEEN PAID TO ACTORS

“Phnom Penh: Actors of the Department of Arts and Movies said that they will demonstrate, raising banners to protest against the leadership of the Ministry, asking to show them Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen’s writing to the actors which the leadership of the Ministry hides.

“The actors said on 28 August, Tuesday morning, that 228 actors had submitted a letter to Samdech Prime Minister on 3 July asking for sympathy to provide $700 compensation [for each of them] in exchange for leaving for a new location, which is said to be a temporary site. The actors, whose names are not given, said after submitting the request, Samdech Prime Minister wrote on 16 July to Mr. Khim Sarit, secretary of state of the Ministry of Culture, to solve the issue for the actors, but the writing of Samdech Prime Minister was not shown to them. The actors added that they will protest on 31 August.

“The actors raised questions and said that if they had seen Samdech Prime Minister’s writing to them, saying that they have to receive only $300 each, they would not have protested and they would have received such payments according to Samdech’s writing. – But why did the Ministry not bring the letter of Samdech Prime Minister so that it would have been shown publicly to the actors? Why is it hidden? They were shown only the upper part of the letter; as for the lower part, it was not shown to them by the leadership of the Ministry.

“The actors stressed, ‘We believe in the head of the Royal Government; therefore, we have worked for the government since 1979, so we know that Samdech pities us and all people who face difficulties.’

“Concerning the departure for performances at the Gyeongju Exhibition in Korea in the near future, the leadership of the Department of Arts and Movies removed those who protested and refused to receive only $300, replacing them with actors from the Royal School of Fine Arts and from associations of poor and orphaned children, whose performances are of limited quality when presenting the national symbols to the world.

“Ms. Kanha, who was removed from the list and is not allowed by the department to go for performances in Korea, because she refused to receive the $300, said, ‘I am not allowed to go to Korea because I refused to receive the $300.’ She continued, ‘The leadership of the department does not allow the actors of the department to go neither to Vietnam nor to Korea for performances this time, because we protested.’

“The actors said that Mr. Mao Keng, the president of the Department of Arts and Movies, threatened the actors, ‘If anyone refuses to receive $300, they will have to be excluded for five years and they will not be allowed to go for performances abroad.’

“Mr. Mao Keng, the head of the Department of Arts and Movies, could not be reached for comments on the accusation, because his telephone was switched off.

“Ms. Kanha and the actors in the department added that as for the money for the actors who performed in the Angkor-Gyeongju Exhibition in Siem Reap since last year, the whole amount has not yet been paid to the actors. They said, ‘The department leaders have eaten until their bellies were broken [= they have taken too much, so the scandal is finally revealed].’

“Regarding this issue, Mr. Chea Vanthan, vice-president of the Department of Accounting and Finance of the Ministry of Culture, said that at that time, the leadership of the Ministry thought to do their best [for the performances]; therefore they added the actors. He continued, ‘This is not a big problem. It does not relate to tens of thousands of dollars. It is less than $1,000. I will solve this issue.’

“Mr. Hang Sot, technical director-general of the Ministry of Culture, said that the reason why the money has not been paid to the actors is because the amount was already spent but not according to the budget line; therefore there is now a shortage of money for the actors. He went on to say, ‘If the implementation had been conducted appropriately, we would not have had this problem.’ He refused to say who caused the expenses outside of the budget line.

Mr. Khim Sarit, the secretary of state of the Ministry of Culture, who is in charge of providing the money of $300 to each actor, said that the Ministry cannot provide the money to the actors as they demand. The government decided to provide the actors only $300 each.

He continued that the relocation does not involve the sale of the old location – the government leases the old location out; thus, the actors have to move to a new location.

“Concerning the actors’ accusation against him for hiding the writing of Samdech Prime Minister and not showing it to the actors, Mr. Khim Sarit explained that Samdech did not write to him, but he told him directly to solve the issue in a specific way. He continued, ‘How can anybody dare to abuse Samdech’s writing, even if I swallowed 20 tiger gall bladders [to be brave like a tigers], I would not dare to put my head into such a trap.’

“He went on to say, ‘If it were the writing of another person, I would dare to do it; but the writing of Samdech, I would not – no no. If Samdech would have told me to provide the actors $700 each, I would have followed his advice.’

“Mr. Khim Sarit continued to respond about the selection of actors to go abroad, explaining that for the Angkor-Gyeongju Exhibition in Siem Reap a big number of actors – from 200 to 300 – was needed, but to go to Korea, Korea does not receive that many actors; therefore the department selects those who are important, because the number of actors and delegates to participate in Korea is only 50 to 60.

“Mr. Khim Sarit continued that the move to the new location is to be conducted in two or three months. This is also land of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. Luckily the ministry retains the land, so the Department of Arts and Movies does not have to more far to Prey Sar. Hence, there is no exchange [of pieces of land involved] like the actors said, claiming that the new location is a rented site.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4375, 29.8.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Deum Ampil, Vol.2, #33, 29.8-4.9.2007

  • Prime Minister Warns Not to Request the National Assembly to Remove the Immunity of Samdech Euv [Father King]
  • Rain Storm Destroys More Than 40 Houses in Dangkao District [Phnom Penh]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1430, 29.8.2007

  • Demand for Removal of Samdech Euv’s Immunity Is Cruel [says Prime Minister Hun Sen]
  • Delegation of German Parliament Studies Development in Cambodia
  • Thai General Election Will Be Held on 23 December 2007
  • Russia Sells 40 Warplanes to India
  • Venezuela Buys 5,000 Sniper Rifles from Russia
  • Plane Crash in Congo Kills 13 People on Board

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.1, #13, 29.8.2007

  • Court Plans to Release 14 Accused Regarding Substances for Producing Drugs in Traeng Trayueng [Phnom Sruoch, Kompong Speu]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6130, 29.8.2007

  • Preah Mohavirak Khsatr [the Great Heroic King Sihanouk] Expresses Thanks to the Cambodian People’s Party for Providing Him Justice [rejecting demand for removal of his immunity]
  • Man Tries to Rape [22-year-old] Unmarried Woman, Kills Her, and Leaves Her Body Nude [he is arrested – Moung, Battambang]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4375, 29.8.2007

  • Actors Prepare to Raise Banners to Demonstrate Demanding Ministry of Culture Leaders Show Them Samdech Prime Minister’s Writing
  • [Bambang Sudibyo] Indonesian Minister of Education Visits Cambodia
  • Kratie Forestry Administration Officials Seize More Than 200 Logs of Sralao Wood Transported in Firewood Raft

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3124, 29.8.2007

  • Prime Minister Prepares to Defeat Group That Demands Removal of Samdech Euv’s Immunity

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #490, 29.8.2007

  • Sam Rainsy Calls for Financial Contributions to Hold Party Congress in Early September

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Tuesday, 28.8.2007: Minister of Information Supports President of the Club of Cambodian Journalists to Be Representative of Khmer Journalists in ASEAN

Posted on 29 August 2007. Filed under: Week 523 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 523

“Phnom Penh: The Minister of Information supports Mr. Pen Samitthy, president of the Club of Cambodian Journalists [CCJ] and editor-in-chief of Rasmei Kampuchea, to be the representative of Cambodian journalists to participate in the Confederation of ASEAN Journalists.

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith, the Minister of Information, provided such support as he participated in the General Assembly of the CCJ, which was held at Suon Samnieng Restaurant during the evening of 25 August. The Minister said that in Cambodia, there are up to 15 journalists’ associations. However, he noticed that the CCJ has many activities. Therefore, he decided in favor of Mr. Pen Samitthy, the president of the Club of Cambodian Journalists, to be the representative of Cambodia [for Cambodian journalists] in ASEAN. He added that he will write to send Mr. Pen Samitthy’s name to ASEAN.

“Speaking to more than 100 members of the CCJ, Mr. Khieu Kanharith stated that it is the position of the Ministry of Information that the Ministry does not want journalists to be detained. He said that as a result, Cambodia has become a country in which press freedom ranked first in ASEAN. He continued that he even wants that the press freedom in Cambodia to be ranked first in Asia, and if possible, it would be best to be ranked first in the world.

“Mr. Pen Samitthy, the president of the Club of Cambodian Journalists and the editor of Rasmei Kampuchea, said, ‘On behalf of all journalists, I am delighted about any support by the government for the promotion of press freedom in Cambodia.’ He added, ‘Democracy will be in good progress if a country has complete press freedom, which enables journalism to play a role as an independent monitor of what happens in society.’

“Moreover, he also said that in the present globalized world, Cambodian journalists and journalism in general must also enter into wide cooperation in the region and in the world. In collaboration with the journalists in the region and in the world, Cambodian journalists and journalism in general can gain experience and catch up with the development situation in the whole world.

“Mr. Pen Samitthy is a member among 15 members of the Board of Directors of the CCJ, which has been elected by the members of the CCJ. After getting the support from the members of the CJJ, the Board of Directors decided unanimously to elect Mr. Pen Samitthy as president of the CCJ; the CCJ had ever increasing activities under his leadership for the last two terms. As for Mr. Prach Sim, the editor of Pracheaprey, he has been elected as secretary-general of the CCJ.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4374, 28.8.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Kampuchea Asia, Vol.1, #1, 27.8-2.9.2007

  • Khieu Kanharith [Minister of Information]: ‘We Try for Press Freedom in Cambodia to Be Ranked First in Asia’
  • Government Will Construct Road to Preah Vihear Temple in November This Year
  • Asian [security] Experts Concerned that US Uses Influence to Resist China

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1429, 28.8.2007

  • Samdech Prime Minister Calls for Germany to Continue to Help Cambodia [with development projects]
  • 60 People Die in Forest Fire in Greece

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.1, #12, 28.8.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy: National Election Committee Prepares for the Cambodian People’s Party to Win Elections [in 2008]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6129, 28.8.2007

  • Sam Rainsy Party Asks for 2,426 Voters’ Names Not to Be Eliminated
  • Woman’s Lover Kills Her Husband [woman and her lover escape – Chamkar Mon, Phnom Penh]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3248, 28.8.2007

  • Yim Sovann [SRP parliamentarian, from Phnom Penh]: If There Is Appropriate Mechanism, Cambodia Will Get $80 Billion [over a period of 20 years] from Oil Drilling

Ponloeu Kampuchea, Vol.5, #111, 28.8-39.2007

  • Ministry of Labor Creates Information Management System for Labor Abroad
  • Taiwan Increases Military Expenses [to respond to China’s threat]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4374, 28.8.2007

  • Minister of Information Supports the President of the Club of Cambodian Journalists to Be Representative of Khmer Journalists in ASEAN

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #323, 28.8.2007

  • National Election Committee Prepares to Eliminate 653,989 Names [from voter lists] to Give the Cambodian People’s Party the Opportunity to Win in 2008

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #489, 28.8.2007

  • Sam Rainsy: National Election Committee Serves Ruling Party; It Is Unjust to Khmer Citizens

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Monday, 27.8.2007: ASEAN Telecommunication and Information Technology Increases Cooperation with Partners – China, Japan, and Korea

Posted on 28 August 2007. Filed under: Week 523 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 523

“Siem Reap: Ministers of Information and Telecommunication Technology of the ten ASEAN countries plus partners – China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea – held a press conference together after the meeting was finished on the afternoon of 24 August 2007, focusing mainly on cooperation with the partnership countries for the development of Information and Communication Technology [ICT] in the ASEAN countries.

“Mr. So Khun, the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications of Cambodia, said in the press conference that the ministers from China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea acknowledged the importance of the promotion of rural telecommunications and supported the statement made in Siem Reap on the use of global services in ASEAN. The ASEAN ministers of Information and Telecommunication Technology urged to increase cooperation and consultation with the partnership countries, in order to facilitate the participation of all relevant parties, including industry, telecommunication operators, and other parties, as well as the joint effort with the partnership countries, based on strategic relations and the ICT partnership.

“Mr. So Khun continued that the ASEAN ministers stressed the urgency of assistance from the partnership countries and welcomed all initiatives to support and speed up this effort and the other main activities, to achieve the goals for the ASEAN economic community by 2015.

“Concerning cooperation with China, the ASEAN ministers expressed satisfaction with the results in 2006-2007 which should be noticed, especially the five projects which have been finished, and other five projects which are being prepared to be carried out according to the action plan announced in Beijing on ICT cooperation between ASEAN and China for joint developments during 2007 to 2011. ASEAN is also satisfied with the firm progress of the ASEAN-China Greater Mekong Sub-Region Project (Super Highway), for which a study will be finished in mid 2008. The ASEAN ministers approved the action plan 2007-2008, including the strengthening of cooperation in rural telecommunications, network security, human resources development, telecommunication standards, and other issues, and agreed to keep the memorandum on ICT cooperation between ASEAN and China continuing for 2007 to 2012.

“As for cooperation with Japan, the ASEAN ministers expressed their gratitude for economic and technical support from Japan, such as technical analysis for global services, the ICT Applications in Teaching Programs at Universities on Internet Protocol and on optical technology networks, and on radio spectrum control. The ASEAN ministers approved the action plan 2007-2009, including the strengthening of cooperation, especially on new technologies, high-speed Internet links, telecommunication legislation, radio frequency legislation, information security, and on capacity building in policy and regulations. The ASEAN ministers acknowledged also the importance of information security and welcomed the request of Japan for hosting a conference on policy on information security in 2008, and encouraged the senior ministers of Information and Telecommunication Technology of the ASEAN countries to participate actively to seek cooperation in this field.

“Separately, related to the cooperation with the Republic of Korea, the ASEAN ministers acknowledged the urgency of the implementation of the Joint Cooperation toward ICT Development in East Asia in 2007 to 2011, in order to promote the ICT industry and to reduce the technology gap, and to promote related policies and information technology applications. The arrangement for an u-ICT forum [sic] in Seoul which will be held on 30-31 October 2007, with the purpose of sharing knowledge, experiences, and skills in rural development, was welcomed by the ASEAN ministers. The ASEAN ministers also welcomed the consistent support by the Republic of Korea for ICT consultations, human resources training, and for sending ICT experts to ASEAN countries.

“It should be stated that the 7th Conference of Ministers of Information and Telecommunication Technology started in Siem Reap on 23 and finished on the afternoon of 24 August, and it made arrangements for the next meeting to be held in the Republic of Indonesia in 2008.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4373, 26-27.8.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Monday, 27 August 2007

Chakraval, Vol.15, #2709, 25.8.2007

  • More Than 1,500 Military-Colored Trucks Transport Smuggled Goods Through National Road 4
  • Each Month; Most Trucks Belong to Trader Long Meng and One-Star General Hak Moa
  • Ratanakiri: Officials of Some Organizations and Some Journalists Use Their Staff to Make Business [they protect illegal wood transports to Vietnam]
  • Russey Keo District Police Release Two Thieves [who stole generator] in Exchange for Nearly $2,000 [Phnom Penh]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1428, 26-27.8.2007

  • [UNDP] Good Will Ambassador [Ms. Misako Konno] Asks Royal Government of Cambodia and UNDP to Cooperate for Development
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States of America Opens Office in Cambodia
  • US Provides More Than $30 Million Aid to Cambodia for Health Sector in 2007
  • Big American Company [McKinsey – consulting] Studies Investment in Cambodia
  • [Former Thai Prime Minister] Thaksin’s Ally [Samak Sundaravej, a former Bangkok governor, now president of the new People’s Power Party] Will Shake Thai Politics Again
  • South Korea Provides $40 Million Aid for Flood Relief in North Korea

Khmer Machas Srok [no longer “Mchas” – now with its new own spelling in European letters], Vol.1, #11, 27.8.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy: The Case of You Bunleng Is Another New Pretext to Cause Trouble for the Khmer Rouge Tribunal; Mr. Son Chhay [SRP parliamentarian, Phnom Penh] Criticizes Hun Sen Government for Interfering in Court Institutions

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6128, 27.8.2007

  • Violent Anger at Football Matches’ Results: Cambodia’s Team [of athletes under 17] Accused of Receiving Bribes to Score Only Two Goals [to nil against Brunei’s team]; Event Occurred after the Matches [hundreds of visitors threw soft drink bottles on the vans transporting the athletes, breaking the window glass of two vans and three small cars]
  • LICADHO [Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights] Marches with About 400 Participants to Protect Children’s Rights [Sihanoukville]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3247, 27.8.2007

  • Businesspeople Who Are Close to Tuol Krasaing [Hun Sen’s headquarters] Have Better Fate Than Those Who Are Close to Chamkar Mon [Chea Sim’s group – over death of Oum Chhay, an advisor of National Assembly President Heng Samrin, who was arrested for involvement in drugs and then reported to have committed suicide]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4373, 26-27.8.2007

  • ASEAN Telecommunication and Information Technology Increases Cooperation with Partners – China, Japan, and Korea
  • UNDP Good Will Ambassador: “Cambodia Still Has Gap between Towns and Rural Areas, and Children of Schooling Age Cannot Attend School”
  • Club of Cambodian Journalists Holds Election to Select Steering Committee for Term 3
  • Newspaper Editors and [senior] Writers from East Asia Meet to Strengthen Regional Cooperation [in China]
  • Complaints against Long Chhin [over filling Kobsrov Lake] Increase to 47
  • Chinese Woman Murdered [reason not known – Chamkar Mon, Phnom Penh]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #488, 26-27.8.2007

  • Son Chhay Plans to Visit Tim Sakhan [who has recently been defrocked on accusation of perpetrating an offense against the Buddhist law, because he is accused to have destroyed the harmony between Vietnam and Cambodia, now jailed in Vietnam]

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Sunday,2007-08-26: “In Three Days, 9 People Died and 17 Were Injured in Traffic Accidents in Phnom Penh”

Posted on 27 August 2007. Filed under: *Editorial*, Week 522 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 522

We did not try to find out if these figures are observed often, or if these were exceptionally bad days. Every accident is one accident too much. But it had been reported repeatedly that the number of road accidents in Cambodia has been always fairly high, considering the number of vehicles in the country compared to the total number of the population. To reduce the number of accidents, “in which a great number of people are killed and injured each year,” was the goal when, already in the middle of 2006, the National Assembly adopted a new traffic law, and the King signed it half a year ago, so that it could be put into operation. There was, obviously, a six months transitory period agreed, before the enforcement was to start.

It is reported that during this interim period, there was no improvement. That means: the number of people killed or wounded did not decrease. They were sacrificed in order to achieve a smooth transition to the new law. It is surprising, however, that the press reports, which we mirror, make hardly any attempt to analyze in detail the reasons for the present problems, and therefore they also do not identify priority areas of action.

The new law comes with several special assumptions, expectations, and fears:

1. “The new traffic law is likely to be stricter than the old one”

This should not be a surprise, given the often chaotic situation on the roads – in overcrowded city traffic like in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, or on long distance roads which allow dangerous high speed traffic

2. “Motorcycle and Remorque Drivers Are Called to Learn to Drive Free of Charge in Order to Get Driving Licenses”

When one observes the reports about accidents and their victims, it seems that such education – important as it is – is a drivers’ education mainly for victims. Many accidents are caused by trucks and other big, speedier vehicles. There is no report that – for example – drivers of big military or government vehicles, often seen to drive fast and doing risky high speed maneuvers on the wrong side of the road, speeding ahead of others. Do these drivers have licenses?

3. “There Will Be Big Corruption in Implementation of the New Traffic Law”

It is a sign of a bad social climate, that a new attempt at regulating street traffic and at reducing the number of victims is, even before it starts, meeting with the assumption that this will be another field of exercise for corrupt actions.

4. “Municipality Announces that if People Are Asked for More than Riel 28,200 for Issuing Motorcycle Driving Licenses, They Should Take Legal Action”

But such fears of corruption, expressed in a newspaper, is obviously not far fetched: even the Municipality seems to assume that the public servants, in charge of implementing the new regulations, may try to request more money when the people come to pay for the services of the administration. What kind of self-understanding of the municipal administration is expressed in this advice to the public? What is the municipal administration doing, in order to eradicate such general practices of extortion, committed by persons in the administration, and stealing from the ordinary people?

5. “Traffic Police Officials Will Get One Month’s Imprisonment and Will Be Fined Riel 200,000 if They Act Improperly”

The last example we quote from this week’s papers puts a major burden for the success of the changes to be brought about by the new law on the traffic police. Observing Phnom Penh traffic every day since many years, mostly on the back seat of a moto-taxi or as a pedestrian, I cannot yet imagine how the traffic police will and can act differently from what can be observed now regularly, and what I have observed myself:

  1. New luxury cars without license plates – if they create an accident and they speed away, nobody can identify them – pass regularly in front of the traffic police without being intercepted, while several police talk down on people – judging from their clothes probably people from the countryside or young women – who came on small motorbikes.
  2. Government vehicles are supposed to be used for official duty; will traffic police be able to stop and report a big Landcruiser with a military number plate on a weekend, in which half a dozen beautifully dressed young ladies are being transported somewhere?

Last week, we reported the surprising statement of the Prime Minister, that action against corruption can be conducted “if we are willing” even without an anti-corruption law. Not the absence or existence of the law is decisive, but the will to act.
Surely the new traffic law brings many improvements – on the legal level – but whether the number of accidents will decrease or not will depend to a large degree on the attitude and behavior of the stronger participant in road travel: not on the moto-drivers, but on the drivers of the heavy and the fast vehicles with public license plates: the military, the police, and the state. If their behavior is a model of adherence to the law, and if more and more big vehicles will have an inscription on their back end, saying (often in Khmer and in English), things will improve:

“How is my driving? Report any problems to the following telephone number: [and a number is given].”

Nowadays, police may be afraid to report a “powerful vehicle” belonging to a “powerful institution.” Without a change in this power game, it is difficult to see how the necessary improvement of road traffic in Cambodia can be achieved, and how it will work.

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Saturday, 25.8.2007: Action against Samdech Euv Rejected; Samdech Hun Sen: Request for Removal of His Immunity Is Stupid

Posted on 26 August 2007. Filed under: Week 522 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 522

“Phnom Penh: At a plenary session of the Council of Ministers on 24 August, Samdech Prime Minister announced the absolutely firm position of the Royal Government of Cambodia to protect the privilege and immunity the former King Samdech Norodom Sihanouk of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and it considered the demanding letter of the Cambodian Action Committee for Justice and Equity, [to lift the immunity of the former King] to be a stupid request leading towards chaos, affecting the life-and-death of the nation and changing the victims into criminals.

“Samdech Prime Minister stressed, speaking frankly, saying that if there would not have been a chief trouble maker – i.e. if there would not have been the event of the coup on 18 March 1970, which was supported by a power broker, the Khmer Rouge would not have emerged into existence, which then caused the people of the whole country of Cambodia to suffer. Now, the Royal Government is stable and the Throne is also stable; it has to remains so forever. It should be remembered that the power broker which supported the coup of Field Martial Lon Nol in 1970 is the United States of America.

“There are no additional comments, besides this, about the reaction of the Prime Minister, expressed in a press conference at the Council of Ministers. On 20 August, there had been an official letter sent to Samdech Heng Samrin, the President of the National Assembly, which was published by a Cambodian Action Committee for Justice and Equity, signed by a Mr. Suon Serey Ratha, who is known to have been living in the United States of America. Mr. Suon Serey Ratha used to write poems or leaflets seriously attacking the policy of the government via e-mail to different newspapers – the content of which the government asserts is very difficult to accept, because the content reflects the opinions of a narrow and extremist minority, which is not constructive, corrective, or providing recommendations to act, but it only incites to break up the solidarity, and it would be like using poison to disrupt the social atmosphere.

“Concerning the demand to the National Assembly to call an extraordinary session to remove the immunity of the former King, and to suspend Clause 3 of Article 7 of the Constitution during the process of the Khmer Rouge tribunal, analysts said that relating to all these issues, Preah Karuna Samdech Norodom Sihanouk had always said that he will go to the court, if he is summoned by the court.

However, the conclusion over the Khmer Rouge issue is that if there would not have been the coup on 18 March 1970, there would not have been a Democratic Kampuchea Regime [the Khmer Rouge] which caused the citizens to suffer – Who did the coup? Who supported the [anti-Sihanouk] Republicans? In fact, the Royal Government of Cambodia is stable, and the Throne is also stable and should remains so forever.” Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6127, 25-26.8.2007

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Saturday, 25 August 2007


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1427, 25.8.2007

  • Cambodian People’s Party Condemns an Attempt to Remove Immunity of the Former King
  • Major General Mak Chito: Oknha Mr. Oum Chhay [an advisor of National Assembly President Heng Samrin, who was arrested for involvement in drugs] Really Committed Suicide
  • Delegation of [about 30] Indonesian Young Ambassadors Visits Cambodia
  • All 181 Miners Trapped in Mines Might Have Died [China]


Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6127, 25-26.8.2007

  • Action against Samdech Euv Rejected; Samdech Hun Sen: Request for Removal of His Immunity Is Stupid
  • Ministry of Interior Holds [press] Conference on Death of Oknha Oum Chhay
  • Vietnamese Embassy [in Phnom Penh] Holds [press] Conference on Case of Mr. Tim Sakhan [who has recently been defrocked on accusation of perpetrating an offense against the Buddhist law, because he is accused to have destroyed the harmony between Vietnam and Cambodia, now jailed in Vietnam]; Khmer Journalists Will Be Able to Go Kampuchea Krom
  • Council of Ministers Approves and Adopts Draft Law against [human] Trafficking and Sex Exploitation
  • Tourism Law Will Be Adopted Before End of 2008
  • Open Sky Policy: Cambodia Has Three Airports


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4372, 25.8.2007

  • Prime Minister: Appointment of Mr. You Bun Leng [as Director of Appeals Court] Doesn’t Affect the Process of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal
  • Ten ASEAN Countries Sign Memorandum of Understanding [in a conference in Singapore] on Linking Electricity Supplies
  • Children, Who Looked after Cattle, Found and Hit Unexploded Ordnance: Two Die and Six Are Injured [by explosion – Phnom Sruoch, Kompong Speu]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3121, 25.8.2007

  • Two Kampuchea Krom Khmer Women Arrested and Threatened by Yuon [Vietnamese] Authorities to Put Blame on Tim Sakhan

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #487, 25.8.2007

  • Sam Rainsy Says Death of Oum Chhay Is an Act where “Evil Defeats Evil”
  • Khmer Farmers Need Land, Not Telephone Network [responding to Prime Minister Hun Sen who had said telephone network will improve farmers’ life]
  • Oknhas of Hun Sen Time Have Many Scandals


Veacha Khmer, Vol.2, #33, 24.8.2007

  • Kamprieng District Developed in Prostitution, Sex Service, Karaoke Parlors, Drugs, and Crimes [mocking – Battambang]

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Friday, 24.8.2007: Samdech Hun Sen Supports Slogan of Information and Communication Technology to Rural Areas

Posted on 25 August 2007. Filed under: Week 522 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 522

“Siem Reap: The 7th Conference of the ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers Meeting, hosted and chaired by Cambodia, selected a slogan for the promotion of Information and Communication Technology to Rural Areas, and the slogan is supported also by Samdech Prime Minister of Cambodia, because it is very appropriate for the present situation.

“Samdech Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of Cambodia, stated during the opening ceremony of the conference that the selection of the slogan of Information and Communication Technology to Rural Areas acknowledges that there is a gap related to information technology which is still big, both among ASEAN countries and within each member country.

“Samdech raised the example of Cambodia which has, at the present time, a rate of telephone use of approximately 12% of the population. However, in cities and towns, the rate is up to approximately 45%, which is very different from the rate of the use of telephones in rural areas, where the rate is approximately 1% only.

“Samdech said that at a quick glance, it seems that the gap is not big. However, when the gap is overcome, the real advantage, which can result from overcoming this crisis, is very big. Samdech raised another example: that the availability of mobile phones in rural areas in Bangladesh made the farmers’ income increase by approximately 20%. Mobile phones enable the farmers to reduce a lot of expenses on communication, and also enable the farmers to have the possibilities to observe new market prices of goods from the cities – information which they could not get very long ago.

“Samdech added that, moreover, the influence of getting sufficient information promotes the capacity of poor people in discussions or negotiations about appropriate prices of goods, related to the original prices of production, and to enable them to receive proper benefits from their participation in the market. Recently, reports of the World Bank and of some other agencies also show the same about a surprising development in Africa due to the promotion of information and communication through the services of the technology for telecommunication and information sharing.

“It should be stated that the Conference of the ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers is held in the Sokha Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap, starting on the morning of 23 August 2007, and presided over by Samdech Hun Sen. Before opening the conference, Samdech Prime Minister also gave an audience to the ministers of telecommunication of the ten ASEAN member countries plus Japan, China, and [South] Korea in the Sokha Angkor Hotel. The conference was to continue for two more days under the leadership of Mr. So Khun, the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications of Cambodia.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4371, 24.8.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 24 August 2007


Areyathor, Vol.14, #1264, 24-25.8.2007

  • Case of Oknha Oum Chhay [an advisor of National Assembly President Heng Samrin, who was arrested for involvement in drugs, and is reported to have committed suicide] Ends with His Suicide Jumping Down [from the building], but Many People Involved Are Pursued to Be Arrested…

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1426, 24.8.2007

  • Samdech Hun Sen Notices Advantages of Mobile Phones for Rural Areas
  • Municipality Announces that if People Are Asked for More than Riel 28,200 [US$7] for Issuing Motorcycle Driving Licenses, They Should Take Legal Action [against the officials]
  • People from Four Villages [Takhmao, Kandal] Come to Samdech Hun Sen’s House to Complain about the Authorities Taking Away 200 Hectares of Dry Season Rice Fields
  • Thai Police Help to Free Eight Khmer Laborers Who Had Been Forced to Work Like Slaves [Nakhon Pathom, Thailand]
  • Smuggled Gasoline Mostly Imported through Svay Rieng Corridor [from Vietnam]


Khmer Amatak, Vol.1, #10, 24-25.8.2007

  • Yim Sovann [SRP parliamentarian, from Phnom Penh]: I Suspect that Oum Chhay’s Suicide May Be Related to theInvolvement of Other High Ranking Officials
  • Mr. Yash Ghai [Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Human Rights in Cambodia] Considers Appointment of You Bun Leng as Director of Appeals Court to Be Political
  • Mr. Khim Bor [former Governor of Kandal, who has recently been removed for filling Kob Srov Lake], Who Committed a Mistake as Big as a Mountain, Is Appointed to a New Position at the Council of Ministers

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4371, 24.8.2007

  • Samdech Hun Sen Supports Slogan of Information and Communication Technology to Rural Areas
  • International Committee of the Red Cross Still Continues to Provide Aid to Cambodia
  • World Health Organization Provides $500,000 to Fight Dengue Fever [in Cambodia]

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Thursday, 23.8.2007: Ministry of Education and Open Institute Sign Agreement on Training of Cambodian Teachers in the Use of Information and Communication Technology

Posted on 24 August 2007. Filed under: Week 522 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 522

“Phnom Penh: The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) and the Open Institute (a local non-government organization) signed an agreement to develop the human resources structure of the MoEYS for training in the use of Information and Communication Technology [ICT] in the education system.

“The agreement includes also the creation of ICT programs for high schools and universities, and research on the selection of the most appropriate ICT technologies to be used. The most important element are the arrangements for the drafting of a Master Plan for ICT in Education, to systematically guide the progress towards the integration of educational technologies with all sectors of teaching, learning, and management in schools during the next five to seven years.

“According to the press release, this effort, called the Open Schools Program, integrates policies and experiences of the MoEYS and important skills of the Open Institute, as well as the experiences of the cooperating group members.

“The Khmer computer project KhmerOS is a project under the coordination of the Open Institute, which has created and tested Khmer language computer software in different professional and school environments for four years. The Open Institute operates also another project, called the Open Learning Project, which will create the tools and the Khmer language skills for distance learning.

“The Open Schools Program’s main focus is on the effectiveness and the sustainability of ICT education in Cambodia. The technology and the ideas that will be tested before the implementation of the Master Plan for ICT in Education are centered on the use of Khmer language computer programs (instead of English language programs) for the use of ICT in education, the use of low-priced computers with a low consumption of electricity, which generally means to find solutions which are sustainable over a long time, and programs that can support different operational systems that guarantee that the systems can also use higher-priced computers. One part of this work is the training of all ITC teachers also in computer maintenance, to have a first level of computer support even in schools in remote areas.

“At the signing ceremony, Dr. Kol Pheng, Senior Minister and Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, recalled the recent report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) with came to the conclusion, ‘Unless the Least Developed Countries adopt policies to stimulate technological catch-up with the rest of the world, they will continue to fall behind other countries technologically, and face deepening marginalization in the global economy.’ [Adding from the MoEYS’s 2005 Policy and Strategies for the use of ICT for Teaching and Learning] ‘A country advances when technology becomes common, and technology only becomes common when it is in the language of the country.’

“Ms. Chim Manavy, the Executive Director of the Open Institute, said in her statement, ‘The Open Schools Program is the result of the efforts of four years in the development of computer programs and training materials in the Khmer language, and it is connected with other projects of the Open Institute, such as Open Learning, Women and ICT, Khmer Language Dictionaries (Lexicography).’

“The first stage of the program receives support from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, from the Spanish cooperation agency Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional, and from Capacity Building International Germany – InWEnt.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1425, 23.8.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 23 August 2007


Deum Ampil, Vol.2, #32, 28.8.2007

  • In Three Days, 9 People Died and 17 Were Injured in Traffic Accidents in Phnom Penh


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1425, 23.8.2007

  • Ministry of Education and Open Institute Sign Agreement on Training of Cambodian Teachers in the Use of Information and Communication Technology
  • Cambodian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Reacts against a Company [“Meilleur Angkor” – actually this is only a decorative script, not the company name, which is Iradium – in France] That Uses a Picture of Angkor Wat on Its Phone Cards

Khmer Mchas Srok, Vol.1, #9, 23.8.2007

  • There Will Be 7,000 People to Attend Sam Rainsy Party Congress on 8-9 September 2007

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6125, 23.8.2007

  • US Aid for Neutralizing Substances for Producing Drugs Increases to $140,000
  • Sam Rainsy Party Plans to Hold Congress Next Month, and Asks National Election Committee to Retain Some Voter Names [which have been eliminated]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3244, 23.8.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Asks Im Soursdey [President of National Election Committee] to Retain Voters’ Names in Some Provinces
  • There Will Be Big Corruption in Implementation of New Traffic Law

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4370, 23.8.2007

  • Stung Saen River Water Level Doesn’t Go Down; Tens of Thousands of Hectares of Rice Destroyed [by flood water – Kompong Thom]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3119, 23.8.2007

  • A Medium Should Be Consulted to Evoke Spirit of Oum Chhay [an advisor of National Assembly President Heng Samrin, who was arrested for involvement in drugs, and is reported to have committed suicide] to State Whether He Really Jumped Down from the Building to Commit Suicide

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #485, 32.8.2007

  • Oum Chhay Had More Than $50 Million in Banks, and Many Pieces of Land
  • Hor Namhong Asks Khmer Embassy in France to Protest against Iradium Company Which Uses [picture] of Khmer Angkor Wat [on its phone cards]
  • Father of Tim Sakhan [who has recently been defrocked on accusation of perpetrating an offense against the Buddhist law, because he is accused to have destroyed the harmony between Vietnam and Cambodia, now jailed in Vietnam] Says Tim Sakhan Has Khmer Nationality; Cambodian Watchdog Council Threatens to Hold Demonstration
  • Funcinpec Officials Ask Nhek Bun Chhay [Funcinpec Secretary-General] to Resign [because of his former advisor Chea Chung’s involvement in drugs in Kompong Speu – according to an unnamed Funcinpec official]

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Wednesday, 22.8.2007: Traffic Police Officials Will Get One Month’s Imprisonment and Will Be Fined Riel 200,000 if They Act Improperly

Posted on 22 August 2007. Filed under: Week 522 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 522

“The new traffic law is likely to be stricter than the old one, and to be enforced in 2007.

“It should be remembered that the new traffic law was adopted by the National Assembly in mid 2006, and it was also signed by Preah Karuna King Sihamoni of the Kingdom of Cambodia six months ago, in order to reduce traffic accidents in which a great number of people are killed and injured each year.

“Experts of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport affirmed, ‘It is time that we all have to respect the law.’ Experts also have scrutinized the law for many months; now even motorcycle drivers must have driving licenses, as stated in the new law. Before the official enforcement of this new traffic law [starting now], which has actually been valid already since 9 January 2007, it is observed that traffic accidents have not yet declined.

“A traffic police official said that the statistics of deaths and injuries in traffic accidents add thousands of people every month. However, he hopes that when the new law is enforced, the deaths and injuries in traffic accidents will decline, and those who do not respect the law, especially those who are drunken, may not dare to abuse the law and drive fast any longer.

“It is considered that the new traffic law is stricter than the old one. It contains 95 articles, stating in detail the rules of street traffic so as to protect the general safety of Cambodian citizens.

“Article 34 of the traffic law states that it is prohibited to let cattle roam freely in the streets, which also leads to accidents among participants in road travel. Article 72 states that any policeman who threatens drivers and confiscate their driving licenses inappropriately will be punished with one month’s imprisonment and fined Riel 200,000 [US$50].

“Articles 81-84 speak about imprisonment from one month to three years for any driver who intentionally causes injuries or deaths. For the time when the new traffic law will be applied, the question was raised, ‘How many days will the law be enforced? It has been observed that a number of drivers seldom respect the law, and some officials, who are responsible to implement the law, can they do it for a short time only?’

“For instance, the check-up on motorcycle wing mirrors, how many days did it last? The mirror sellers benefited from this issue. It is not believed that the punishment of a number of wicked police officials, who are good at stopping cars and motorcycles of innocent citizens and then extort money from them, that this new law will provide a stronger control over wicked officials who make business and corruptly benefit from the citizens – because the lessons from such behavior existed already and are well known.” Areyathor, Vol.14, #1263, 22-23.8.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 22 August 2007


Areyathor, Vol.14, #1263, 22-23.8.2007

  • Traffic Police Officials Will Get One Month’s Imprisonment and Will Be Fined Riel 200,000 if They Act Improperly
  • Oknha Oum Chhay [an advisor of National Assembly President Heng Samrin, and the president of the Chhay Chhay Company] Jumps Down from Five Meters High Second Level Floor of Anti-Drug Department Building [of Ministry of Interior] and Dies
  • Sam Rainsy Party Sleeps and Dreams about Votes in 2008


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1424, 22.8.2007

  • Oknha Oum Chhay Mysteriously Dies Opposite Building of Anti-Drug Department
  • A Soldier Disappears; It Is Suspected that He Was Killed by His Chief [to silence him – Pailin]
  • Samdech Hun Sen Receives Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister [Phạm Gia Khiêm]
  • Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen Receives New German Ambassador [Frank Marcus Mann]
  • Cambodian and Vietnamese Ministers of Foreign Affairs Discuss Economic Projects and Border Demarcation
  • Referendum on New Thai Constitution Will Bring More Fragility

Khmer Mchas Srok, Vol.1, #8, 22.8.2007

  • Death of Oum Chhay Is Mysterious – Related to Documents about Drugs in Cambodia; Chea Chung [drug producing chief in Traeng Trayueng, Phnom Sruoch, Kompong Speu] Arrested and Jailed

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6124, 22.8.2007

  • Oknha Oum Chhay Commits Suicide by Jumping Down from Five Meters High Second Level Floor of Anti-Drug Department
  • Senior Chinese and US Military Officials Met Senior Cambodian Military Official [Tea Banh, Minister of Defense] on the Same Day [21 August – to strengthen relations]


Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3243, 22.8.2007

  • Oum Chhay Jumps Down from Second Level Floor of Anti-Drug Department Building to Commit Suicide; Chea Chung Is Accused by Court of Drug Crimes
  • US Promises to Help Cambodia to Fight Terrorism


Rasmei Angkor, Vol.14, #1216, 22.8.2007

  • Oknha Oum Chhay Jumps from Building of Temporary Detention to Commit Suicide


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4369, 22.8.2007

  • Police: Oknha Oum Chhay Committed Suicide
  • Deputy Prime Minister Nhek Bun Chhay’s Advisor [Chea Chung] Detained on Accusation of Drug Trafficking


Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3118, 22.8.2007

  • Suicide of Oum Chhay Is Doubtful

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Tuesday, 21.8.2007: A Company in France Produces Phone Cards with a Picture of Angkor Wat, but with an Inscription “Viêt-Nam”

Posted on 21 August 2007. Filed under: Week 522 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 522

“Phnom Penh: The Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association asked Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong to check a French company which produced phone cards with the picture of Angkor Wat, but with the inscription “Viêt-Nam” on the picture.

“The company’s name is Iradium, additional inscriptions say “Viêt-Nam” and “Meilleur Angkor” [a better Angkor].

“Mr. Rong Chhun [the president of the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association] stated that the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association has recently received phone cards from Khmer people living in France. On the cards, issued by Iradium or Meilleur Angkor [actually, “Meilleur Angkor” is a decorative inscription, not the name of a company] in France, the picture of the Khmer Angkor Wat is shown , and “Viêt-Nam” is written on the picture. The company did not write “Cambodia” on the picture of Angkor Wat.

“The president of the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association thinks that the case that the above-mentioned company uses the picture of Angkor Wat with the writing “Vietnam” would confuse the Khmer history, this means the company wants to eliminate the Khmer history from the world.

“Mr. Rong Chhun considers this to be a serous issue for the honor of Cambodia that a company insults and looks down on the soul of the Khmer ancestors who built Angkor Wat, which is priceless in the world, also for Khmers of future generations.

“The Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association also asked the Prime Minister [unclear – maybe Deputy Prime Minister?], the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, to tell the Royal Ambassador of Cambodia in France to check, and let the company explain the issue clearly.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4368, 21.8.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Chakraval, Vol.15, #2608, 21.8.2007

  • The Cambodian People’s Party Sits on a Mountain and Watches the Sam Rainsy Party, the Kem Sokha Party, Funcinpec, and the Norodom Ranariddh Party “Fighting against Each Other” [for votes]
  • Mr. Nguon Lay [Chief of Pursat Prison] Spends His Own Money of Approximately Riel 12 Million [approx. US$3,000] to Repair the Prison

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1423, 21.8.2007

  • Mr. Khieu Kanharith [Minister of Information]: Code of Conduct Is Protective Shirt of Journalists
  • Armed Robbery Recurs in Siem Reap
  • Man Cruelly Rapes Ten-Year-Old Girl [he strangled her after the rape, but she is not dead and he is arrested – Poipet, Banteay Meanchey]
  • Taiwanese Plane [Boeing 737-800] Exploded and Burnt after Landing in [Naha Airport] Okinawa [Japan – 165 people on board escaped safely]

Khmer Mchas Srok, Vol.1, #7, 21.8.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Demands Im Soursdey, Head of National Election Committee, Retain Voters’ Names in Four Provinces [Battambang, Pursat, Prey Veng, and Kompong Speu – because it is not reasonable to delete the names]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6123, 21.8.2007

  • Request for Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Intervene: Phone Cards Produced with the Picture of Angkor Wat but a Writing in Vietnamese
  • US Provides [Cambodia] More Than $53 Million for Demining
  • Khmer American Man Arrested at Phnom Penh Airport on Accusation of Raping [15-year-old] Girl [in Battambang]
  • [17-year-old] Girl Jumps into Sangke River in Attempt to Commit Suicide [she is rescued by police; she said she had been sold by her mother to a man for sex – Battambang]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3242, 21.8.2007

  • Ruling Party Sends Its Officials to Poll Supporters; It Is an Act Frightening Voters in 2008
  • Yuons Use Picture of Khmer Angkor Wat on Phone Cards of iRandium [actually Iradium] or Meilleur Angkor [actually, this is a decorative description, not a company name – text says the company is owned by Vietnamese]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4368, 21.8.2007

  • A Company in France Produces Phone Cards with a Picture of Angkor Wat, but with an Inscription “Viêt-Nam”
  • Khmer Preah Vihear Temple Will Be Listed as a World Heritage Site in July 2008
  • Keat Kolny [sister of Keat Chhon, Minister of Economy and Finance] Says She Is Right and Clean [over land dispute in Ratanakiri]
  • Mr. Touch Naroth [Municipal Police Commissioner]: Checking for Weapons and Disarming Is More Difficult Than Suppressing Robbers and Fighting against Pol Pot
  • Murderer Paid $3,500 for Car Bombing and Killing the Owner [for business interests; car owner is seriously wounded; murderer and payer are arrested – Banteay Meanchey]


Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #483, 21.8.2007

  • Phone Cards in France Produced with Yuon [Vietnamese] Writing on Khmer Angkor Wat
  • Yesterday Prince Ranariddh Talked on the Phone with Hun Sen Asking for Way to Return to Country

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