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Thursday, 27.12.2007: Twelve Tonnes of Gold Kept; Starting from Year Zero (1979), Cambodia Has International Reserves of Approximately $2 Billion

Posted on 27 December 2007. Filed under: Week 540 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 540

“On the occasion of awarding bachelor’s and doctor’s degree certificates to graduates of the Chamroeun University of Poly-Technology on the morning of 26 December at the National Institute of Education, Samdech Akak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, said that the international reserves of Cambodia increased this year since February to US$500 million in eight months. If one calculates from the beginning of the year, we have an increase to nearly US$700 million. Samdech said that up to 25 December, the reserves increased to US$1.692 million.

“Samdech Prime Minister said proudly that starting from zero dollars in 1979 to the middle of next year, the international reserves of Cambodia will be $2 billion, and if we used the gold reserves of 12 tonnes, the reserves are more than US$2 billion, but we do not use the gold reserves of 12 tonnes so that they will not be wasted. As for not using this monetary resource [the gold], Samdech Prime Minister raised as an example that if we used the 12 tonnes of gold to deposit in a bank for interest, and if the price of gold today is $500 per ounce and tomorrow it might be $520, that would be dangerous for the bank management and for the Minister of Finance; therefore, don’t touch it [the gold], keep it to rent a safe for keeping it, because it is sensitive. Samdech Dekchor said that we have tried to work starting from zero until we have that amount, but we are still not recognized for our achievements. Samdech added that he also knows that the reserves in each house are not small.

“These figures of the national reserves were shown while the 29th anniversary of liberation day on 7 January 2007 [sic – actually 2008] approaches – this period from 7 January 1979 to 7 January 2008 also reflects the starting point of the year zero of the development of the country, and to speak on this point means also that it is the period of years from zero dollars to more than $2 billion. This is the result of the development of the national economy, and this is even achieved without using the 12 tonnes of gold.” Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6229, 27.12.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 27 December 2007

Deum Ampil, Vol.2, #49, 26.12.2007-1.1.2008

  • Thai Military Unhappy with Success of Elections of People’s Power Party

Deum Tnot, Vol.1, #1, 27-28.12.2007

  • Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association Asks for Students and Teachers Not Be Called Up, and for School Complexes Not Be Used for [ruling] Party Political Propaganda

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1529, 27.12.2007

  • Opposition Party Concerned about Impact of Dredging of Soil to Fill Boeng Kak Lake [Phnom Penh]
  • Thai People Believe that Fire on 40 m High Dragon Building Is a Bad Political Omen

Khmer Eak Reach, Vol.1, #3, 27.12.2007

  • Trees Are Ruined; Forestry Officials Just Care about Counting Money [receiving bribes from businesspeople – Siem Reap]
  • Illegal Fishing Goes On All Over in Siem Reap Area; Fisheries Officials Ignore It
  • Pursat Police and Military Police Protect [illegally transported] Wood for Businesspeople

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.1, #80, 27.12.2007

  • Mr. Son Chhay [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian from Phnom Penh] Urges that Legal Action Be Taken against Corrupt Nhek Kosal Vithyea [director of Telecom Cambodia]
  • Plan to Create Game Hunting Area in Northeastern Provinces Becomes New Concern for Environmental Organizations
  • Five Citizens at Borei Keyla Handcuffed by Authorities While Paid Workers Entered There and Demolished Their Houses [to get land for Phanimex company – Prampi Makara, Phnom Penh]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6229, 27.12.2007

  • Twelve Tonnes of Gold Kept; Starting from Year Zero (1979), Cambodia Has International Reserves of Approximately $2 Billion
  • Municipality Rejects Request of Human Rights Party for Holding [public] Forum [over gasoline prices] at Meru Park or at Phsar Chas Square
  • Town and Provincial Information Technology Administration Network Project Starts
  • District Authorities Demolish Constructions of Motorboat Workers; Construction Owners Raise Banners Demanding Compensations [Russey Keo, Phnom Penh]
  • Disabled Soldiers Call for Pensions Which Have Been Delayed for Months and Years Not Paid [Phnom Penh]
  • Chinese Investors Want to Cooperate with 7NG Company

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3348, 27.12.2007

  • Prime Minister Dissatisfied with Broadcasting by National Television (TVK) [he called TVK reports rotten or dead for long time; he suggested not to get free reports from China and France any more, but to buy reports from Reuters, CNN, and AP etc. Minister of Information and government spokesperson Khieu Kanharith told a foreign newspaper that the ministry has no money to buy reports]
  • Hope that Hun Sen Government Will Not Spare Nhek Kosal Vithyea, Thief Who Steals from the Nation
  • Yash Ghai [Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Human Rights in Cambodia] Affirms that Cambodian Government Has the Right to Write to the UN Secretary-General [to ask him if they want to have a special envoy for Cambodia any longer]
  • Parliamentarian Ho Vann [from Sam Rainsy Party, Phnom Penh] Criticizes Phnom Penh Authorities for Using Force to Expel 120 Families from Borei Keyla

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4473, 27.12.2007

  • Nearly 1,000 Hectares of Tonle Bet Conservation Land in Kompong Cham Becomes Property of Rich People
  • Thai People’s Power Party Declares to Create Government on 4 January 2008

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3217, 27.12.2007

  • Yeay [“grandmother”] Phan [Suy Sophan, the president of the Phanimex company] Expels People at Borei Keyla and Transports Them to Abandon Them Like Baby Cats at Trapeang Anhchanh [Dangkao], Tens of Kilometers from Phnom Penh

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Wednesday, 26.12.2007: Mr. Son Chhay Demands Release of Documents Related to a Spy

Posted on 27 December 2007. Filed under: Week 540 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 540

“By not revealing the name, speaking toward an unnamed person who had initiated ‘dying of color’ [hinting but not revealing] over an [also unnamed] spy, which shocked Khmer citizens in the past few weeks, yesterday Mr. Son Chhay demanded the release of related documents.

“Mr. Son Chhay, a Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian from Phnom Penh and chairperson of the Commission of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation, Information and Media of the National Assembly, said, ‘So far there has been a serious accusation by this person to be a spy of this person, this person to be a spy of that person, and we want the information and the documents, because they cannot be kept secret any longer.’

“As for the reaction of this parliamentarian – though the name of the person who threatened that he has clear documents was not mentioned – it can be understood that the threatening person is Hun Sen, the power-addicted Prime Minister of Cambodia.

“It seems that all this is a repetition of last week, when Hun Sen, who is a former soldier of the Khmer Rouge which led Cambodia into a hole of death, said that he has documents, voice and video recordings, to show that a person, who now criticizes him of using money secretly to reduce the fuel prices, saying that this is non-transparent, is his spy, and he is even prepared to publish secret documents to prove it. The speech of Hun Sen referred to Mr. Son Chhay.

“However, this parliamentarian, who frequently criticizes the government for scandals without hesitation, is not frightened of Hun Sen’s public threat at all. Mr. Son Chhay at this time wants to see the documents related to the insult to him which say that he is a spy.

“It should be noticed that on 13 December, in a public forum, Hun Sen said that his government spent $26 million in one year secretly to prevent the increase of electricity prices, and nearly $200 million to prevent the increase of fuel prices – but Mr. Son Chhay said that these are non-transparent activities.

“This parliamentarian’s words made Hun Sen very furious and made him speak badly, and he said, ‘Must you be told about these expenses?’

“Such an understanding by Hun Sen caused criticism from national and international circles, saying that it is not suitable for a leader of a democratic country – quite to the contrary, it seems to show clearly that this prime minister is leading the country with a dictatorial communist system, because in democratic countries, the leaders always regard their citizens as Heavenly Lord and Master, and all decisions on spending money by the government must be based on an agreement by the parliamentarians as representatives of the citizens in advance; expenses cannot be made quietly like this, because it is money from tax payments, coming from the citizens’ sweat and blood.

“Nonetheless, all income and expenses of the government, which is controlled by Hun Sen, are now seen to be handled illegally, depending only on what powerful people say, like Mr. Son Chhay explained that no transparency exits, which shows that those who act like this seriously look down on the citizens who pay taxes.

“In order to hide such very bad and non-transparent activities, it is observed that the country’s leader always holds blood in his mouth and spits it on other people [=accusing other people], such as this accusation that this person or that person is planning to oppose him, or that that person is his spy, which is a threat and a strategy to attract and to divert public interest.

“Moreover, according to a professor of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, this is a bad way which serves the political ambition of a foreign country which is the enemy of Khmer [Cambodia], in order to break up the nation, causing confusion and doubt, and leading to the killing of each other – among Khmers and Khmers.

“As for Mr. Son Chhay, he gives the impression that the current situation of Cambodia is not very different from the Khmer Rouge regime.

“Mr. Son Chhay said, ‘Cambodia used to be ruled by the dictatorship of the Khmer Rouge group, and though the government affirmed that it had destroyed the political organization of the Khmer Rouge, it is observed that the Khmer Rouge influence still continues. The government of our country is making all citizens frightened because of threats; even to publicly protest as an effort to participate in politics is difficult.

“In such a situation, the head of the Hun Sen government should reconsider what makes the nation progress, and what makes the nation lose something, and to accept criticism from others to correct himself and to stop immediately to serve foreign political benefits by breaking up his own nation, because a prime minister can also be used as a spy by a foreign country, which is most dangerous for the country and for Khmer citizens.” Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.1, #79, 26.12.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 26 December 2007

Angkor Kampuchea, Vol.1, #8, 25.12.2007

  • Khmer Rouge Tribunal Plans to Hold Hearing of Nuon Chea’s Appeal on 4 February 2008
  • Trees in Pursat Are Ruined because Forestry Officials, Environmental Officials, Police, and Military Police Collude with Businesspeople

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1528, 26.12.2007

  • Khmer Rouge Tribunal Will Get Enough Funds Next Month [according to Reach Sambath, Khmer Rouge tribunal spokesperson, but source of funds is not mentioned]
  • Christmas Day Invades Young People and Small Children throughout Phnom Penh [young people and small children celebrate Christmas]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.1, #79, 26.12.2007

  • Mr. Son Chhay Demands Release of Documents Related to a Spy
  • Mr. Yim Sovann [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian from Phnom Penh] Plans to Invite [Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior] Sar Kheng to Explain why Officials Used Violence against Monks and Other Citizens [who petitioned at the Vietnamese embassy demanding release 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]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6228, 26.12.2007

  • 90 Grenades Found in Mountainous Forest in Chhouk District; Cambodian Mine Action Center Will Destroy Them Today [Kampot]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3347, 26.12.2007

  • Boeng Kak Lake Will Be Filled Next Month [Phnom Penh]
  • Monks and Khmer Compatriots in US Call for Hun Sen Government to Respect Human Rights

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4472, 26.12.2007

  • Norodom Ranariddh Party Lobbies 22 Embassies over Samdech Krom Preah [it contacted 22 embassies including the British, French, German, Japanese, and US embassies and other embassies of Asian countries, to help Prince Ranariddh to return to the country for the 2008 elections, explaining irregularities in lawsuits and in his overthrow as Funcinpec president, in court procedures, and about the interference of powerful people]
  • Thai National Arrested; 5,137 Amphetamine Tablets and 290 g of Drug Powder Seized [Malai, Banteay Meanchey]
  • Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn [of Thailand] Visits Development of Kompong Chheuteal High School [which is sponsored by her – Prasat Sambour, Kompong Thom]
  • [Former Thai Prime Minister] Thaksin Plans to Return to the Country and to Work as Advisor to the Party That Won Elections

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #585, 26.12.2007

  • After Announcement of Election Results; Situation in Thailand Is Still in Trouble and Dark

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