Archive for January 18th, 2008

Friday, 18.1.2008: Preparation to Start the Lightning Campaign 2008

Posted on 18 January 2008. Filed under: Week 543 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 543

“Phnom Penh: Samdech Akak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen ordered the municipal authorities to take action to crack down on all big and small gambling sites in Phnom Penh, for the citizens’ safety for the New Year 2008.

“A source from the Phnom Penh authorities said that Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen’s order has already reached all officials’ hands and the authorities have also started to meet with each other in order to plan a schedule to conduct a big crackdown in Phnom Penh.

“In the letter, Samdech Prime Minister noticed eight main targets for the campaign to be conducted successfully. However, it is not stated in which districts the eight targets are. A military police official said that the main sites to be suppressed are not big casinos but a number of guesthouses and hotels that secretly operate drug trafficking. Looking from the outside, some guesthouses seem to have guests entering to stay as normal, but inside, drug trafficking and sex trafficking is operated illegally. Some big casinos have even small children entering to gamble, badly affecting the society.

“A Municipal official said that some sites have some tacit agreements with local authorities. Generally, they hide something from the higher levels to keep their individuals’ interests. As for officials of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, they said that they do not know whether the sites are legal or illegal; they just know that the sites operate and pay taxes to the state – that is all.

“The official added that in some hotels they put up signs as massage and karaoke parlors, but actually they operate sex trafficking and gambling.

“A police official of the Phnom Penh Municipal Police Commission told Kampuchea Thmey that the police has already received the order, they are just waiting for the time to start the suppression. According to Samdech Hun Sen’s order, gambling at hotels and guesthouses will be suppressed, and if evidence is found that owners of the hotels and guesthouses commit crimes, they will be arrested and brought to the courts for punishment. The new year campaign to crack down on gambling, drug trafficking, and sex trafficking is named ‘Lightning Campaign 2008’.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1548, 18.1.2008

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Friday, 18 January 2008

Areyathor, Vol.14, #1301, 18-19.1.2008

  • A Report Says [National Assembly President] Samdech Ponhea Chakrey Heng Samrin Signed a Letter for the Suspension of Pumping of Soil to Fill Boeng Kak Lake [the Phnom Penh governor and vice-governor allegedly also disagree with each other about pumping of soil to fill Boeng Kak lake]

Boeng Kak Lake in Phnom Penh - 16.1.2008

Boeng Kak Lage in Phnom Penh – 16.1.2008
The BoengKak Lake in Phnom Penh is contracted to an hardly known Korean company for “development” – 90% are to be filled in and built up. For a long time, it served as a reservoir to take in flood water. Several hundred families would be displaced…

Chakraval, Vol.16, #2748, 18.1.2008

  • Head of the Royal Government Orders Suppression on Illegal Gambling and Gambling Which Is Sheltered by CamboSix Club [gambling company for football match betting]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1548, 18.1.2008

  • Preparations to Start the Lightning Campaign 2008
  • AK-47 Gun Robbers Rob People in Their House and Take More Than $10,000 [Angk Snuol, Kandal]

Khmer Amatak, Vol.9, #548, 18.1.2008

  • It Is Time Hun Sen Should Save the Nation by Taking Action against Corrupt Nhek Kosal Vithyea [Director of Telecom Cambodia]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #94, 18-19.1.2008

  • Government Should Take Urgent Action over Issue That Yuons [Vietnamese] Use Picture of Khmer Angkor Wat to Print on Shoes
  • Corruption in Educational Institutions Is a Bad Model for Society

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6248, 18.1.2008

  • The International Children Education Organization [a non-profit organization established with the aim to upgrade the standard of education in remote areas] Constructs Four School Buildings [one in Prey Veng and three in Kompong Chhnang] and Asks that Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen’s Name Be Used as the Name of the Schools
  • More than 10,000 Complaints Submitted to Khmer Rouge Tribunal for Hearings in 2008 [says Chhang Youk, Director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3367, 18.1.2008

  • When Sam Rainsy Party Wins 2008 Election, There Will Be No Grabbing of Citizens’ Land

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4492, 18.1.2008

  • Samdech Krom Preah Has Submitted a Complaint to the Supreme Court [against the verdict to detan him over the sale of the Funcinpec headquarters]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #603, 18.1.2008

  • Sim Hong [Commander of Stung Treng Military Police] Uses Ambulance Which Was Donated by [the CambodianRed Cross President] Bun Rany Hun Sen to Transport Luxury Wood from Stung Treng to Phnom Penh
  • Sam Rainsy: Citizens Must Change the Government So That Gasoline Prices Decline

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Thursday, 17.1.2008: American Movie Star Attempts to Campaign Pushing China to Help to End Violence in Darfur, but Cambodian Authorities Are Likely to Reject the Attempt

Posted on 18 January 2008. Filed under: Week 543 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 543

“Phnom Penh: The 63-year-old American movie star Mia Farrow, now a UNICEF good-will ambassador wants to come to Cambodia at the end of the campaign, urging the Chinese government to help to end abuses in Darfur in the western part of Sudan, but Cambodia is likely not to allow the event.

“According to a report of Reuters, the American movie star had started a campaign with an Olympic-style torch relay, in order to push China, which has good relations with the government of Sudan, to help to end abuses in this area of conflict, ending the campaign in Cambodia, after she had already carried on the campaign which had started in Chad, near to Darfur.

“The same source said that Cambodia is the sixth country through which the American actress Mia Farrow carried the torch, after starting in Chad, and moving through Rwanda, Armenia, Germany, and Bosnia.

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith, the Minister of Information and the government’s spokesperson, did not answer his telephone; as for Mr. Khieu Sopheak, the Ministry of Interior spokesperson, he did not answer his telephone either on the afternoon of 16 January, but he told the Herald Sun [Australia] that Cambodia does not welcome such a campaign, and Cambodia will also not allow any gathering for such an Olympic-style torch relay.

“He told the same source that whoever conducts the event would face a trial.

“So far, the crisis in Darfur is still the hottest in the world. Violence has killed approximately 200,000 people during five years of war, starvation, and diseases.

“Mia Farrow was born on Monday 9 February 1945. She started making movies in 1964 until now. She is also playing a role as a UNICEF good-will ambassador.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4491, 17.1.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 17 January 2008

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #52, 16-22.1.2008

  • Mr. Keat Chhon Asks Municipality to Reduce Lightening in Streets [in attempt to save fuel]
  • Chhang Youk [Director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia]: Khmer People Know the Value of Life More Than All Other People Do [because the Khmer people lived through a regime of mass killings

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1547, 17.1.2008

  • Ms. Ho Naun [Cambodian People’s Party parliamentarian – verbally] Attacked Mr. Sam Rainsy in National Assembly Session [Sam Rainsy had said some investors are a mafia, then Ho Naun said that what Sam Rainsy said is not in line with the purpose of the session, and it also contradicts the facts]
  • Opposition Leader [Sam Rainsy] Leads 300 Workers [of Cambodia Apparel Industry Garment Factory – Samraong Tong, Kompong Speu] to Strike [demanding that the factory accept three worker representatives, who were dismissed without reason, back at work]
  • Bird Flu Recurs in India
  • Cold Weather and Avalanches Kill 85 People in Afghanistan

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #93, 17.1.2008

  • Four-Years Anniversary of Death of Mr. Chea Vichea [leader of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia]; the Demand for the Arrest of the Real Murderers Still Continues
  • US Tries to Reduce Chinese Influence in Cambodia

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6247, 17.1.2008

  • National Assembly Adopts Agreements to Protect Japanese Investments, as a Result of the Visit of Head of the Royal Government of Cambodia [to Japan in June 2007]
  • 6,517 Unexploded Grenades Collected [by police] from a House of a Scavenger in Poipet to Be Destroyed [by Cambodian Mine Action Center]
  • 224 Soldiers to Be Assigned Temporarily as Military Police to Maintain Security for Elections [Banteay Meanchey]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3366, 17.1.2008

  • Hun Sen Government Serves Yuon [Vietnamese] Company [Tan Bien – phonetic – for which the Cambodian government provided 8,100 hectares of land, including the land of 1,300 families in Santuk District, Kompong Thom, for a rubber plantation] without Thinking about the Sufferings of the Khmer Citizens

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4491, 17.1.2008

  • American Movie Star Attempts to Campaign Pushing China to Help to End Violence in Darfur, but Cambodian Authorities Are Likely to Reject the Attempt
  • Shanghai Group [of China] Will Contract Construction of Road 62 from Tbaeng Meanchey to Preah Vihear Temple [Preah Vihear]
  • Illegal Logging of Luxury Wood Trees Is Rampant in Thala Barivat District [Stung Treng]
  • Forestry Officials Seized a Car Transporting Wood, Then They Drove It to Their Office and Hit a Motorcycle Driver Who Died from the Accident [16 January – Svay Leu, Siem Reap]

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