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Tuesday, 25.12.2007: Cambodian Prime Minister Welcomes Free and Fair Elections in Thailand

Posted on 25 December 2007. Filed under: Week 540 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 540

“Khsach Kandal [Kandal]: The Cambodian Prime Minister welcomed the success of the elections in Thailand on Sunday by saying that as a neighboring friend and as a partner in ASEAN, we congratulate free and fair elections which can be accepted by all.

“Samdech Akak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen said at an inauguration of constructions in Wat Vihear Suor [Khsach Kandal, Kandal] on the morning of 24 December, that now we wait to work with a civilian government which will be created. Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen stated that we wait to work with the new Thai prime minister and new Thai government, and we hope that Cambodian-Thai relations will be strengthened.

“Samdech Hun Sen said that this is what we want. We do not want peace for Cambodian people only, but we also want peace for our neighboring countries.

“Thailand held general elections on 23 December, after a powerful military group had conducted a coup last year to overthrow Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra from his position and appointed General Surayud Chulanont as a replacement as prime minister. Samdech Hun Sen said that Mr. Surayud also announced that the elections are free and fair; therefore, the People’s Power Party which won the elections will lead the government, and we hope that the bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries [Cambodia and Thailand] will be better.

“Regarding the Cambodian fourth term election in July next year, Samdech Dekchor told the citizens that he prayed for the Cambodian People’s Party to win the elections.

“Samdech said that it is normal that we pray for winning the elections, we do not pray for losing [the elections]; this is the truth.

“Samdech Hun Sen said however, winning or losing depends on the citizens, it cannot be forced.

“According to a source abroad, the People’s Power Party won 256 out of 480 parliamentary seats, giving this party a definite majority.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1527, 25.12.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Chakraval, Vol.15, #2741, 25.12.2007

  • Municipal Court Gives One Month for Accused Heng Pov [former Phnom Penh Municipal Police Commissioner, now in jail] to Find Lawyer by Himself [he had rejected the court appointed lawyer]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1527, 25.12.2007

  • Cambodian Prime Minister Welcomes Free and Fair Elections in Thailand
  • Mr. Sar Kheng Exposes a [“Build – Operate – Transfer”] Company of Making Cake without Flour [the company is late in carrying out a contract for construction of roads in Battambang; therefore the contract has been canceled]
  • Samdech Dekchor Says Power of Preah Vihear Suor [Buddhist temple in Khsach Kandal, Kandal] Protected Him from Rocket Attack in Siem Reap [in 1998]
  • Mr. Zhang Zulin, Mayor of Kunming [of China], Praises Strong Progress in Phnom Penh
  • China Provides 50 Electric Buses to Royal Government
  • Man Was Fired at Like in a Battlefield [by officials] for Transporting Just Five Jerry Cans of [smuggled] Gasoline [he is wounded with two bullets – Kampot]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.1, #78, 25.12.2007

  • [Free] Trade Union [of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia] Opposes Government’s Plan to Suspend UN Human Rights Office
  • Heng Pov Shouted Noisily in Court that He Has Been Jailed and No One Has Talked to Him

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6227, 25.12.2007

  • Approximately 700 Laywomen and Khmer Muslims Hold Pilgrimage to Khmer Rouge Tribunal Today

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3346, 25.12.2007

  • Public Servants of Ministry of Telecommunications Wait to See That Hun Sen Takes Action against Nhek Kosal Vithyea [Director of Telecom Cambodia], the Thief Who Stole from the Nation, and against High Ranking Officials Supporting Him
  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Stated that He Has Never Thought about Meeting with Prince Ranariddh
  • Hun Sen Supports People’s Power Party That Won Elections in Siam [Thailand]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4471, 25.12.2007

  • Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs [Koumura Masahiko] Affirms Preparation to Help with 2008 Parliamentary Elections in Cambodia
  • Cambodia Was Absent at Vote at UN on Human Rights in Burma
  • Russian Telecommunication Company [Altimo] Interested in Cambodian Market

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Monday, 24.12.2007: Kampot Stadium Site Exchanged after Hun Sen Had Threatened Kol Pheng and Nuth Sokhom Not to Sell or Exchange State Property of the Two Ministries

Posted on 25 December 2007. Filed under: Week 540 | Tags: , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 540

“Officials in the Kampot Department of Education, Youth, and Sports were utterly surprised and could not but express this saying: Now corrupt officials can sell all state property! Dekchor Hun Sen had shouted loudly – which is likely to be similar to shout to cattle and buffaloes to listen, but who will get frightened? The officials in the Kampot Department of Education got disappointed when they later saw the notice from the Council of Ministers, signed by Mr. Prak Sokhon, Secretary of State of the Council of Ministers.

“Now a reliable source revealed that the stadium has been sold to a company at $2,437,500 equal to $75 per square meter, with a total area of 325,000 square meters – i.e. more than 3 hectares. However, the sale was finally conducted in a legal way under the pretext of exchanging sites.

“It is remembered that Prime Minister Hun Sen, who sometimes bend down and eats his own words [he does not respect what he had said before], had shouted publicly in front of tens of thousands of citizens as well as of many other officials, threatening Senior Minister Mr. Kol Pheng, the Minister of Education, and Mr. Nuth Sokhom, the Minister of Health, to definitely prohibit them from selling or exchanging state property. And without being spared, Dekchor Hun Sen exposed especially Mr. Kol Pheng’s fault in a case where he had asked for policy guidance to exchange some state building sites, but this was refused as inappropriate; as this request for exchange would entail corruption.

“Separately from this, the Three-Star General Mr. Ung Samkhan asked for approval from the Prime Minister to exchange a naval site, reasoning that there is no longer a Khmer Rouge threat at present, and there is enough stability and security, as an appropriate reason for seeing the benefits of exchanging a present site for another one. But the Prime Minister definitely did not approve. But finally, after. Dekchor Hun Sen had spit his saliva and then bent down to lick it up [using derogatory language for “eating one’s own words,” that is: withdrawing a former statement].

“The land of the Kampot Stadium, 325,000 square meters, was finally sold according to firmly defined procedures, especially with the approval by Dekchor Hun Sen, by the Ministry of Education, and with the approval of the department at all levels, which has been well known throughout Kampot, and Lay Borin, the chief of the Department of State Property of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, came forward to do the paper preparations. By now, he has the opportunity to buy three or four modern Lexus cars to drive around arrogantly, and it seems that he hurts the feelings of other officials who did not get anything from the sale.

“It is observed that in all sales and exchanges of state immovable property, Funcinpec ministers never get benefits; they are not even treated equal to secretaries of state from the Cambodian People’s Party; this is true.

“The officials in the Kampot Department of Education stated that the sale of land at $75 per square meter is just to deceive other people’s eyes; actually, the company offered to buy the land at $150 per square meter; therefore, they prepared the papers to sell the stadium, getting a benefit from the sale, with is twice as high as stated in the papers, as a ‘commission’ to share with each other.

“The land of 325,000 square meters is stated to be worth $2,437,500 – this is just a figure on which they agreed with each other; but in the contract of selling and buying, the price is $150 per square meter. Thus, Mr. Lay Borin, the chief of the Department of State Property of the Ministry of Education, who is the main person handling the paperwork, might get also quite some commission.

“The same officials stated that an exchange of the stadium site means that the stadium has to be rebuilt in the Kompong Bay district; however, this is not indicated in the notice from the Council of Ministers, signed by Mr. Prak Sokhon, the Secretary of State of the Council of Ministers, but it is changed to be bought at Kompong Touk, which is four kilometers from the provincial town. The approval of Dekchor Hun Sen for the exchange of the stadium site is a source of income for the officials involved, so they become rich very fast, according to their skills of destroying the nation.” Bakong, Vol.7, #240, 24-25.12.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Monday, 24 December 2007

Bakong, Vol.7, #240, 24-25.12.2007

  • Khmer Rouge Tribunal Lacks More Than $4 Million to Continue the Process
  • Kampot Stadium Site Exchanged after Hun Sen Had Threatened Kol Pheng and Nuth Sokhom Not to Sell or Exchange State Property of the Two Ministries
  • 210 Families Are Homeless because of Construction of Prek Kdam Bridge [Ponhea Leu, Kandal]

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.1, #24, 24-25.12.2007

  • Sok Sareth [deputy governor of Banteay Meanchey] Orders Police of Battalion 891 to Expel Citizens of Baliley Village in Order to Get Land for Businesspeople
  • Poipet Immigration Police Extort Money from Citizens Entering Casinos

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1526, 23-24.12.2007

  • Cambodia Will Add New Weapon [law] for Protection of Natural Resources
  • Illegal Sawmills Destroy Trees in Prey S’ak Area, Anlong Veng [Oddar Meanchey]
  • 700 Live Snakes Found in a [Thai Airway] Plane in Vietnam
  • Thailand and Malaysia Inaugurate Bridge Across Border

Khmer Amatak, Vol.8, #539, 23.12.2007

  • Cambodia Wants to Follow Dictatorial Burma by Demanding Closure of UN Human Rights Office [over reaction against Yash Ghai, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Human Rights in Cambodia]
  • According to Documents, Nhek Kosal Vithyea [Director of Telecom Cambodia] Stole National Money of Riel 16,564,918,610 [approx. more than US$ 4 million] in One Year

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6226, 24.12.2007

  • Wildlife Thief at Triangle Borders [Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand] Took Two Women into Forest; He Killed the Old Woman and Kept the other [18-year-old] Woman for Sex [he is arrested and the young woman is freed – Tbaeng Meanchey, Preah Vihear]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3345, 24.12.2007

  • [Minister of Posts and Telecommunications] So Khun Tells [Deputy Prime Minister, Minister in Charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers] Sok An that [Director General of Telecom Cambodia] Nhek Kosal Vithyea Stole Tens of Million of Dollars from the Nation

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4470, 23-24.12.2007

  • Sam Rainsy Exposes Formula [developed by] Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh to Create a Party in Which Prince Ranariddh Is to Be President and Sam Rainsy to Be Vice-President [and prime ministerial candidate – Sam Rainsy said Prince Ranariddh wants to do so, but Sam Rainsy and his party are not interested to ally with Prince Ranariddh]
  • Thai Fortune Teller: After Elections [in Thailand] There Will Still Be Chaos; in Future, Thaksin [Shinawatra, former Thai Prime Minister] Will Still Lead the Country
  • China Produces First Passenger Plane [of 90 seats capacity]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #583, 23-24.12.2007

  • National Assembly Creates Medical Care Room for High Officials of This High Institution

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