Wednesday, 28.11.2007: Samdech Dekchor: “To Be Brave, Prime Ministerial Candidates Should Give Up One Nationality”

Posted on 29 November 2007. Filed under: Week 536 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 536

“Phnom Penh: Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen said, ‘Politicians in Cambodia should stop using two nationalities, they are not brave at all; especially prime ministerial candidates should give up their second nationality if they are brave.’

“Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen of the Royal Government of Cambodia said so on the occasion of awarding bachelor’s degrees certificates to teacher trainees of the advanced, and teacher trainees of the basic level on the morning of 27 November.

“Samdech Hun Sen asked, ‘Do prime ministerial candidates dare to give up their second nationality? If not, how can they be trusted? They work in Cambodia, but they take money to pay taxes to France.’

“Samdech went on to say, ‘Let’s wait and see when the anti-corruption law is adopted it will be serious. I warn them to prepare themselves, because when the anti-corruption law is adopted, wealth has to be declared. If wealth has to be declared, those with two nationalities who have property in Cambodia will be asked by France why they have property in Cambodia, and why did they not pay taxes to the state for years?’ Samdech continued that the crucial point is not for those with Cambodian, but for those with two nationalities.

“Samdech Hun Sen continued that he also has fears, because he has a grandchild who was born in America; thus this child has American nationality. He does not known how to give up this nationality. Because if America would enter into war, this child might be called for military service, and when this child grows up and lives and does business in Cambodia without paying taxes to America, America will issue an arrest warrant.

“Samdech continued that some people [who have two nationalities] have up to 600 hectares of land in Siem Reap, and some have land even in Mondolkiri. Some boast that they are clean, but they have hundreds of hectares of land for sale; but if France would asks them how they got money to buy land and houses in Cambodia, that would be serious.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4448, 28.11.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Chakraval, Vol.15, #2733, 28.11.2007

  • Mr. You Hockry [secretary-general of the Norodom Ranariddh Party] Writes to Oknha Kith Meng [director general of Cambodian Television Network] to Take Action against Mr. Soy Sopheap [a CTN reporter – for using CTN to denigrate the Norodom Ranariddh Party]
  • Owners of Newsstands Opposite Borei Keyla Protest – They Don’t Want to Move [Prampi Makara, Phnom Penh]
  • Ou Chrov District Police Inspector [Ing Song You] Drives Car and Hits Three Travelers on Motorcycle: Man Died, His Wife and Daughter Are Seriously Wounded [Moung Russey, Battambang]
  • Ing Song You, Ou Chrov District Police Inspector, Issues Letter Allowing Businesspeople to Export Second-Hand Clothes through Corridors, Losing State Income
  • Son of Kandal Deputy Governor [Kol Sam Ol] Drives Car and Hits Another Car: Three People Are Seriously Wounded [Kien Svay, Kandal]
  • Prey Veng: Customs Officers Suppress Small Gasoline Sellers but Spare the Big Ones

Deum Ampil, Vol.2, #45, 28.11-4.12.2007

  • Man Pretends to Be a Nephew of Municipal Court President [Chiv Keng] to Deceive Wife of Teav Chhay [wood businessman who is jailed] into Giving Him More Than $100,000 to Prepare Papers for Her Husband to Be Released [he is arrested]
  • Human Rights Party Signboards Continue to Be Removed; Keo Remy [vice-president of HRP] Says This Is an Acts of Cowards

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1504, 28.11.2007

  • Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen Tells Opposition Groups to Wait to See Competent Successors in the Cambodian People’s Party
  • Woman and Her Two Children Died in Chong Khnies Commune, Stung by Wasps [Siem Reap]
  • Trees on Hundreds of Hectares of Forest Land in Trapeang Krasang Village, Srae Nouy Commune, Are Illegally Cut [Varin, Siem Reap]
  • Man Takes His [18-year-old] Daughter to Work in Thailand, but Rapes Her [he is arrested – Banteay Meanchey]

Khmer Amatak, Vol.8, #529, 28.11.2007

  • Positions of Economic Police Are Freely Sold
  • Government of Big Head and Small Butt Is Poisoned with Stars [mocking generals]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.1, #60, 28.11.2007

  • Hun Sen Wants Prime Ministerial Candidates to Give Up [second, foreign] Nationality, Because It Is then Easier to Arrest and Jail Them [mocking]
  • [President of Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association] Rong Chhun Tells a Conference in Ireland about Bad Human Rights Situation in Cambodia
  • Newspaper Sellers Opposite Bak Touk School Demand $5,500 in Exchange for Moving Away

Khmer Mekong, Vol.5, #312, 28-30.11.2007

  • Illegal Wood Businesswoman “Chae Huor” [“Sister Huor”] Is Well Off from Having a Warehouse at the CAMKO Satellite City [Phnom Penh]
  • [Hundreds of] US Diplomats Refuse to Go to Work in Iraq

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6204, 28.11.2007

  • If People Vote for Me, I Will Still Be Prime Minister for Life; but Young People of the Cambodian People’s Party Are Ready to Enter into Other Positions [says Hun Sen]
  • US National Democratic Institute for International Affairs Trains Women from Political Parties [Cambodian People’s Party, Funcinpec, and Sam Rainsy Party]
  • Toyota Company Plans to Create Automatic System for Cars to Stop When Traffic Light Is Red

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3323, 28.11.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Prepares to Declare His Wealth When an Anti-Corruption Law Is Created
  • Mr. Yim Sovann [SRP parliamentarian from Phnom Penh] Urges Armed Forces’ Generals to Be Independent from Politics in Order to Avoid that They Help Parties
  • Seeking for $3 Billion Investments Will Not Be Successful because of Corruption

Rasmei Angkor, Vol.14, #1251, 28.11.2007

  • Samdech Euv [the Father King], Samdech Mae [the former Queen], and Samdech Koun [King Sihamoni] Leave for Beijing Today

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4448, 28.11.2007

  • Samdech Dekchor: “To Be Brave, Prime Ministerial Candidates Should Give Up One Nationality”
  • Government Asks [National Assembly] for $1.5 Billion 2008 National Budget [2007 national budget is $1.2 billion]
  • Three Main Parties [Cambodian People’s Party, Funcinpec, and Sam Rainsy Party] Strengthen Capacity of Women for 2008 Election
  • US Warship USS Essex Visits Cambodia to Strengthen Relations
  • Singaporean Prime Minister [Lee Hsien Loong] Thanks Cambodia for Effort to Find Singaporean Sportsmen Who Drowned in Boat Race
  • Siem Reap Starts to Use Electricity Bought from Thailand Which Is Cheaper than the Previous One Used
  • Thai Military Asks for $8.8 Billion [from government] for Weapons

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