Archive for December 9th, 2007

Saturday, 8.12.2007: Samdech Hun Sen Agrees to Suspend Sand Dredging Countrywide

Posted on 9 December 2007. Filed under: Week 537 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 537

DEVELOPMENT OF KOH PECH ISLAND AND SAND DREDGING CAUSE COLLAPSE OF RIVER EMBANKMENT

“Phnom Penh: Samdech Akak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of the Royal Government of Cambodia, agreed with a report of the Ministry of Meteorology and Water Resources and supports it, and also with a report of the National Committee for Disaster Management on the collapse of the river embankment in Koh Norea Village, Nirouth Subdistrict, Meachey District in Phnom Penh during the night of 5 December 2007, which happened because of dredging too much sand from the bottom of the river. And another, related problem is that the barrier of Koh Pech Island [close to the meeting of the Mekong and the Tonle Bassac rivers] slows the water flow to the Tonle Basak River, so the water flow hits Koh Norea Island.

“The Ministry of Metrology and Water Resources and the National Committee for Disaster Management reported on 6 December 2007, one day after the disaster of the collapse of the river embankment in Koh Norea Village, to Samdech Akak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of the Royal Government of Cambodia, about this event, its impact, suffered damages, and an assessment of the causes of this event.

“Mr. Lim Kean Hor, the Minister of Meteorology and Water Resources, described – in the report to Samdech Dekchor – the causes of such a serious collapse of river embankment, being the result of the developments around Koh Pech Island in term of the technique used and the dredging of soil from the bottom of the river at the same time.

“As for the present developments around Koh Pech Island, the minister said that a hydrology working group is studying the water regime and it is organizing a master plan for the company that invests in Koh Pech Island, because what the company is doing at present seriously impacts the water flow of the river – it strongly changes the current of the river. Even more serious than this is the almost complete block of the small arm of the Tonle Basak River that turns the water current onto the base of the Preah Monivong Bridge. Concerning the technical aspects – technically it is the flooding that causes the collapse of the river embankment, especially at places where the current is strong; however, a collapse when water goes upstream is not as serious as when water goes downstream, because when water goes downstream, the water carries away the river embankment, that is with it a major part of the embankment soil. This causes a serious collapse of the embankment. Regarding the dredging of soil from the bottom of the river, at the area of the collapse of the embankment, there has been a lot of dredging taking out a large amount of sand to fill lakes and low areas nearby. After a Committee for Sand Management had been created, the area had been declared a completely prohibited area, and there were no more permissions for sand dredging; however, a number of wicked people secretly dredge the sand late at night.

“The Minister of Water Resources stated that measures for the future of Koh Pech Island must be technically developed, especially the company working on the development of this area must accept the results of the study by the Ministry of Meteorology and Water Resources. Otherwise, the changes of the water current will cause the Tonle Basak River to be shallower year by year, and the collapse of the embankment will continue forever. The company must build a concrete barrier to protect the river embankment at the base of Koh Pech Island, and probably three more water barriers to turn the current to the central river. The minister also asked Samdech Dekchor to completely suspend activities of businesses of all kinds dealing with sand temporarily and countrywide, in order to review the sites where dredging has been conducted so far, and to cancel the business licenses of these companies, after they are checked and when it is found that no permissions should be given to do more dredging at the bottom of rivers and streams.

“What was raised in the report of the Minister of Meteorology and Water Resources was agreed and approved by Samdech Akak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Prime Minister Hun Sen as measures to be taken on that same day.

“Separately, the report of the Committee for Disaster Management, where Mr. Nhim Vanda is the first vice-president, which had raised the same problems and a request regarding the collapse of the river embankment in Koh Norea Village, was also completely approved and supported by Samdech Akak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen, in order to prevent any dangers the in future.

“It should be stated that during the night of 5 December 2007, there was a collapse of river embankment in Koh Norea Village into the river, 75 meters wide and 95 meters long, causing four houses of citizens to fall into the river, but there were no casualties of people or animals.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1513, 8.12.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Saturday, 8 December 2007


Chakraval, Vol.15, #2736, 36.12.2007

  • Government Decides to Suspend Sand Dredging Countrywide; Development of Koh Pech Island Impacts Water Current [Phnom Penh]


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1513, 8.12.2007

  • Samdech Hun Sen Agrees to Suspend Sand Dredging Countrywide


Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6213, 8-9.12.2007

  • After Arrest and Detention of Five Persons [Duch, Nuon Chea, Ieng Sary, Ieng Thirith, and Khiev Samphan], US Shows Position of Supporting the Process of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal
  • Phnom Penh Gets First-Class Award for Environment in Competition with More Than 400 Cities [in a campaign in London for environmental renovation]


Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3332, 8-9.12.2007

  • Nhim Vanda [Vice-President of National Committee for Disaster Management] Tells Hun Sen to Stop Sand Dredging by Sok Kong [Director of Sokimex Company] because It May Make Bayon TV Station Sink [ironic]
  • Father of Tim Sakhan [who has been defrocked on accusation of having perpetrated an offense against the Buddhist law, because he is accused to have destroyed the harmony between Vietnam and Cambodia, now jailed in Vietnam] Calls for Help to Bring His Son Back from Yuon [Vietnam]
  • On 10 December, Mr. Yash Ghai [UN human rights representative] Will Hold Press Conference at UNDP Likely on Land Disputes in Ratanakiri


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4457, 8.12.2007

  • Impact of Decline of Dollar Value and of Increase of Fuel Prices on Those Who Have Low Income
  • Three Angry Soldiers, from Whom a [15 kg] Musk Deer They Had Hunted Was Seized by Conservation Park Officials, Used Guns to Threaten the Officials to Get the Musk Deer Back; They Were Arrested and Sent to Court

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Friday, 7.12.2007: Miss Tibet Gives Up Contest for Being Forced to Be Named as Coming from China

Posted on 9 December 2007. Filed under: Week 537 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 537

“A woman from Tibet said on Wednesday that she has withdrawn from a beauty contest in Malaysia because the organizers accepted pressure from the Beijing government and informed her, when the process was already half finished, that she would be excluded from the contest unless she would add the word ‘China’ to her ‘Miss Tibet’ sign.

“Ms. Tsering Chungtak, aged 22, told reporters after she returned to New Delhi, the capital of India, that she had been accepted to participate in the first part of the Miss Tourism competition for one week already, but later she was informed of the choice either to wear a sash saying ‘Miss Tibet-China’ or she could not participate any longer.

“No government officials from Malaysia were prepared to give any comment.

“People from 30 countries are competing to get the title of Miss Tourism, which will be given after the election on Saturday.

“Ms. Chungtak was wearing a sash inscribed ‘Miss Tibet’ over her long yellowish dress. She said, ‘This was not acceptable for me.’

“Ms. Chungtak said that the organizer of the competition had told her already on 1 December about the Chinese objections saying that a Tibetan could participate only under the condition to be called a Tibetan Chinese.

“She said, ‘When I was allowed to participate in the first part, I thought that there was a change in the policy of China.’

“Ms. Chungtak is a student of sociology in a New Delhi university. She had been selected as Miss Tibet in 2006 at a contest in northern India, in the town of Dharmasala, where many Tibetan exiles live, and there is also the seat of the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1512, 7.12.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 7 December 2007


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1512, 7.12.2007

  • Royal Government Urges Adoption of Draft Law on Management of Capital City, Provinces, Towns, and Districts
  • 74 Meters of Embankment in Koh Norea Collapses; Four Houses Fall into River [Meanchey, Phnom Penh]
  • Soil of Many Mountains Faces Being Depleted because It Is Expensive [and people dig it out – Sihanoukville]
  • Fake and Unlabeled Medicines Are Still Sold in Pharmacies and Sub-Pharmacies [countrywide]
  • Government and UN Provide Funds to Help Protect River Dolphins in Kampi [Kratie]
  • Miss Tibet [Tsering Chungtak] Gave Up [Miss Tourism] Contest [in Malaysia] for Being Told to Be Named as Miss Tibet China


Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.1, #67, 7-8.12.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Disagrees with Project to Destroy National Resources [by hydroelectric power plants] at Cardamom Mountain Area


Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6212, 7.12.2007

  • Two Taiwanese Women Arrested and 1.2 kg of Heroine Seized [at Phnom Penh International Airport]
  • Frightening Collapse of Embankment: Houses of Mr. Lu Laysreng [Deputy Prime Minister, Funcinpec] and of other Citizens Met Disaster at Night [of 5 December]
  • Two Journalists [of Sangkum Thmey] Accused of Causing Crash of Wood Transporting Truck Which Killed a Person in Pursat [by chasing the truck]


Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3331, 7.12.2007

  • If Sam Rainsy Party Wins Elections to Lead the Government, It Will Combat Corruption and Provide Medical Treatment to Citizens Free of Charge
  • Sok Kong [Director of Sokimex Company] Dredges, Making Villas of Lu Laysreng [Deputy Prime Minister] and Chan Sarun [Minister of Agriculture] Sink [at river bank, Meanchey, Phnom Penh]


Rasmei Angkor, Vol.14, #1254, 7.12.2007

  • Samdech Hun Sen: Only Government Is to Decide on Natural Resources


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4456, 7.12.2007

  • Khmer Mchas Srok Publisher [Ten Borana] Is Summoned to Appear in Court on 12 December, Based on [defamation] Lawsuit of Mr. Cham Prasidh [Minister of Commerce]
  • Land Slide at Koh Norea, Making Villagers Become Refugees

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