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Friday, 25.1.2008: Main Reason Why the US Ambassador Did Not Participate in the Ceremony at Tuol Sleng

Posted on 25 January 2008. Filed under: Week 544 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 544

“Phnom Penh: Mr. Joseph Mussomeli, the US Ambassador to Cambodia, told journalists in Kratie on 22 January that the reason why he did not participate in the march to Tuol Sleng with the Hollywood actress is that the march was political.

“The ambassador said that at first, he thought that the ceremony was peaceful and it was to recall the genocidal tragedy; therefore, he decided to register on the participants’ list in order to participate in the march, but later the march became political, criticizing a third country – then he decided to withdraw himself so as not to participate.

“The march of civil society organizations in Cambodia and of organizations from Darfur had asked for permission from the government to hold a ceremony on 22 January at [former] Tuol Sleng prison and at the Choeung Ek Genocide Memorial, but this was prevented by government authorities, because it was considered to be an initial step to criticize China.

“If the ceremony had been in line with what the permission had been asked for, it would not have been prevented.

“Mr. Joseph Mussomeli said that he would not support any activity which is unjust and uses an opportunity to criticize a third country. If the march had been humanitarian and had not criticized another country, he would not have refused to participate. Firstly, he was told that the civil society group from Darfur, which was led by Hollywood actress Mia Farrow, would conduct an Olympic-style torch march at Tuol Sleng prison against genocide worldwide. On the day when they started, the march became political and criticized a third country. The ambassador regretted what contradicted the purpose for which the permission had been asked.

“However, the ambassador praised the government authorities for not causing any injuries in preventing the march.

“Besides the Darfur issue, the ambassador referred also to the anti-corruption law in Cambodia, that it must be pushed forward in order to be applied in the country, so that it contributes to the reduction of corruption in the society, so that the development of the country can move ahead. The Royal Government has already vowed that the anti-corruption will be sped up, not delayed.

“Mr. Joseph mentioned a figure of approximately $320 million that is lost to corruption each year, to have a reference to compare to. Thus, if such a great amount would be prevented from being lost, it could be used to construct many school buildings, hospitals, and other elements of the infrastructure.

“A report from the US Embassy stated also that more than 500,000 citizens have given their thumbprints, supporting that the National Assembly should adopt the anti-corruption law soon. In Kratie alone, more than 20,000 citizens have given their thumbprints to support the adoption of such a law.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1554, 25.1.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 25 January 2008

Chakraval, Vol.16, #2750, 25.1.2008

  • Former Female Teacher of Santhor Mukh High School Robbed and Killed in Her House [Tuol Kork, Phnom Penh]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1554, 25.1.2008

  • Main Reason Why the US Ambassador Did Not Participate in the Ceremony at Tuol Sleng
  • Cambodia Becomes Attractive Destination for Nature and Culture Tourism in the Region and in the World

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #98, 25-26.1.2008

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy: Plan of Distribution of Voters’ Information Cards Is Politically Prejudiced

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6254, 25.1.2008

  • National Election Committee Calls for Relevant Institutions to Give Recommendations on Draft Regulations and Procedures for the 2008 Elections

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3373, 25.1.2008

  • President Bush Signed, on 26 December 2007, a Law Prohibiting Corrupt Officials from Entering America

Rasmei Angkor, Vol.15, #1272, 25.1.2008

  • Snadai Khmeng Wat Publisher [Sam Phannarith] Provides an Ambulance to Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4498, 25.1.2008

  • Non-Violent Demonstration with More Than 2,000 Demonstrators to Protect School Land [which is to be given to individuals by a court decision – Angk Snuol, Kandal]
  • Buildings Worth More Than $6 Million Inaugurated at Samdech Dekchor’s Bodyguard Unit [24 January – Takhmao, Kandal]
  • Krom Preah [Norodom Ranariddh] Turns to Ask Mam Sonando [director of Sambok Khmum Radio] to Help Reconcile [some political parties in order to resist the Cambodian People’s Party]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3237, 25.1.2008

  • US Ambassador Says Each Year Cambodia Loses $320 Million Equal to 10,000 School Buildings Due to Corruption, Funds Which Cannot Be Recovered
  • Black-Clad Thai Soldiers [special border protection unit] Enter Nearly 100 Meters into Khmer Land to Prohibit Demining in Oddar Meanchey

Srorch Srang Cheat, Vol.10, #268, 25.1.2008

  • Cambodia Still Has a Limited Number of Internet Users, and They Face Difficulties

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Thursday, 24.1.2008: Launching Ceremony of Textbook for Computer Use in Khmer and Inauguration of Low Cost Computing Research Laboratory for Education Under the Framework of the ICT Education Master Plan

Posted on 25 January 2008. Filed under: Week 544 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 544

“Phnom Penh: The Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports, in collaboration with the Open Institute [a Cambodian Non-Government Organization] launched a program to use low cost [and low electricity consumption] computers under the framework of the Information Communication Technology [ICT] Development Master Plan on the afternoon of 22 January 2008 at the National Institute of Education, presided over by Mr. Im Sethy, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports.

“The launch of a computer textbook in Khmer, and the inauguration of the use of low cost computers was conducted under the framework of the ICT development master plan, and as part of the Open School Program, developed in cooperation between the Ministry of Education and the Open Institute, with the goal to promote the quality of education in Cambodia through the use of ICT. The Open School :Program is a three stages project, which develops and applies the ICT Master Plan in Education.

“The first stage of the project is to provide computer training programs in Khmer at schools, Teacher Training Colleges, and other educational institutions. The second stage is to do research and prepare more details towards the elaboration of the ICT Master Plan in Education. The textbook about the use of computers in Khmer is a new reference textbook in Khmer for all schools, training institutions, and the administration of the Ministry of Education.

“Mr. Im Sethy said at the launch ceremony that it is important to have ICT integrated in education in Cambodia in the future.

“He went on to say that this achievement must reach all students in the educational system, in their own language which they understand clearly; it must be used consistently and systematically based on the carefully prepared steps in the Master Plan for ICT in Education.

“Mr. Im Sethy added, ‘No economic development can happen without a policy encouraging the use of technology in the national language, which the citizens can understand and use.’ He continued that more and more younger people absorb the use of new technologies; our children know how to use many modern technologies that we cannot use. This is the reason why we have to make sure that all students, not only those who live in cities, can get new knowledge and new technologies. Mr. Im Sethy said that the mainstreaming of new technologies must ensuree that all can understand it – the only way is the use of such technology in the Khmer language, putting ICT study programs, and providing appropriate ICT structures, into all schools by 2012.

“At that occasion, Mr. Im Sethy expressed also his gratitude to the Open Institute, to the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation, to InWEnt [Capacity Building International, Germany], to UNESCO, and to other human resource development partners in line with the policy of the Royal Government of Cambodia.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1553, 24.1.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 24 January 2008

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #31, 24.1.2008

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1553, 24.1.2008

  • Launching Ceremony of Textbook for Computer Use in Khmer and Inauguration of Low Cost Computing Research Laboratory for Education Under the Framework of the ICT Education Master Plan
  • National Election Committee Asks Political Parties to Participate in Checking the Distribution of Information Cards [giving voters detailed information, for example about their polling station number, etc.]
  • [Unidentified] Man Hangs Himself on Tenth Floor of New Tax Department Building [Tuol Kork, Phnom Penh]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3372, 24.1.2008

  • Corrupt Leaders and High Ranking Officials of Cambodian Government Can Be Prohibited from Entering America
  • A Man Seriously Wounded with Bullets [by two men, one in a bodyguard uniform, both of them escape – 22 January – Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh]; It Is Suspected that This Relates to a Love Triangle, Involving a High Ranking Official’s Mistress

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4497, 24.1.2008

  • Ministry of Education Launches Textbook for Computer Use in Khmer
  • Cambodia Contacts Vietnam to Investigate the Printing of Angkor Wat Picture on Shoes
  • New German Ambassador [Frank M. Mann] Meets with Senior Minister Keat Chhon

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3236, 24.1.2008

  • National Election Committee Calls for Representatives of Parties and Civil Society Organizations to Participate in the Distribution of Information Cards

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