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Friday, 25.4.2008: Sam Rainsy Reacts against Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen’s Speech in Kratie

Posted on 25 April 2008. Filed under: Week 557 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 557

Khieu Kanharith: Sam Rainsy Has Ambitions like Pol Pot

“The Sam Rainsy Party issued a statement on 24 April 2008 condemning Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen’s speech in Kratie of 22 April 2008 as a threat against voters.

“The statement recalls Samdech Prime Minister Hun Sen’s speech, which said that there will be instability if the Cambodian People’s Party [CPP] looses power after the upcoming elections in July. The Sam Rainsy Party considered the speech to be a threat against voters, creating a bleak atmosphere in society.

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith, the spokesperson of the royal government of Cambodia, said that Sam Rainsy has an ambition to divide the people according to stereotypes, while he has not yet power; his present ambitions are not different from Pol Pot’s ambitions.

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith explained that Samdech Prime Minister Hun Sen’s speech in Kratie is just a response to Mr. Sam Rainsy, who tells citizens in different areas of the country that, if he wins the elections, he will take the land and property of the rich and give it to the poor, and he will replace old investors with new ones. These politics of Mr. Sam Rainsy, of removing the grass and its roots, will lead to instability in society if he wins the elections.

“Samdech Prime Minister Hun Sen’s advisor Mr. Om Yentieng said that Sam Rainsy’s statement goes beyond the limit. The speech of Samdech Prime Minister Hun Sen is just describing a strategy that Samdech has seen, and he estimated its consequences.

“Mr. Om Yentieng said that the CPP has never discriminated among the citizens, and the CPP is also the party that liberated the citizens from the brutal genocidal regime.

“Sam Rainsy Party Deputy Secretary-General Ms. Mu Sochua said that the speech of Samdech Hun Sen in Kratie would frighten the voters.

“She said that this serious speech of the head of the royal government is like a war warning.

“She said that if other parties had made that speech, the CPP would have considered them to be agitators.

“The Sam Rainsy Party stated that Prime Minister Mr. Hun Sen’s speech, during an inauguration of buildings in Kratie on 22 April 2008, saying that there will be instability if the CPP looses power after the upcoming elections in July, is a threat to voters, and it is also creating a bleak atmosphere in society; it contradicts the obligation and duty of the royal government to guarantee calmness in order to promote the political rights of voters before the election day.

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith said that Sam Rainsy’s thought is that anyone who is not at his side will become his flesh-and-blood opponent. He divides people into stereotypes – those who support him are good, but those who do not support him are enemies.

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith added that if Mr. Sam Rainsy is elected to lead the royal government, and then he starts to confiscate the property of the rich for the poor, or to remove old investors and replace them with new ones, there will be chaos in society.

“Citizens who are rich are because of their hard work with their business. Therefore, if Sam Rainsy has the ambition to take their property for others, will they agree? Disagreement would lead to turmoil or to other reactions.

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith stated that the CPP is a party that has led the government of the country since when the citizens had nothing, until they became richer and live with stability and peace in the country.

“Thus, what Mr. Sam Rainsy has mentioned, is just a step toward a dream situation which is very far to reach.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1624, 25.4.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 25 April 2008

Chakraval, Vol.16, #2772, 25.4.2008

  • Please Read the Details about the Trial of [US based leader of Cambodian Freedom Fighters] Chhun Yasith in the USA Where He May Get Life Imprisonment

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #87, 25.4.2008

  • [Human Rights Party vice president] Keo Remy Tells Voters that There Won’t Be Any War after Elections Despite Hun Sen’s Threats
  • Hun Sen Threatens Voters because He Wants to Control Oil Treasury

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1624, 25.4.2008

  • Sam Rainsy Reacts against Dekchor Hun Sen’s Speech

Khmer Amatak, Vol.9, #573, 25.4.2008

  • Fearing Loss of Elections, Hun Sen Threatens People and Investors [by saying that if he is elected, there will be no war]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #140, 25.4.2008

  • Sam Rainsy: US Senior Officials Observe Political Events in Cambodia
  • [Funcinpec vice president] Luy Laysreng: I Have Told Samdech Hun Sen Many Times Not to Quarrel with the Loser [Prince Norodom Ranariddh]
  • While Elections Approach, and Knowing that People Get Angry throughout the Country, Hun
    Sen Pretends to Blame Investment Companies for Grabbing People’s Land

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6328, 25.4.2008

  • Cambodia Promises to Greatly Increase Tax on Cigarettes in Order to Reduce the Number of Smokers; Cambodian Delegation Studies Experiences in the Kingdom of Thailand
  • Nothing to Be Feared of Red Phone Numbers [appearing on the screen during incoming calls, as a rumor says 14 people have been killed by red phone numbers in Srae Ambel, Koh Kong]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3443, 25.4.2008

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Asks USA to Apply Correcting Influence on Phnom Penh Government [for free and fair elections]
  • No One Can Make War or Cause Political Instability Besides Hun Sen and the Cambodian People’s Party [responding to Prime Minister Hun Sen who said if the Cambodian People’s Party loses elections, there will be war]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4572, 25.4.2008

  • 150 People with Knives and Axes Entered a Farm, Destroyed It, and Threatened to Stab People [on a farm on 20 April 2008 – over land disputes – Kos Kralor, Battambang]
  • Shandong Province of China [山东省 (山東省) – Shāndōng] Promises to Encourage Investors to Go to Cambodia
  • Thai Embassy Arranges a Program to Grant Tourist Visas in Battambang]
  • Russey Keo District Officials Suppressed 7 Brothels and Arrested 27 People [including the visitors – on 23 April 2008 – Phnom Penh]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #329#, 25.4.2008

  • A Senior Official of the Cambodian People’s Party Has Money to Buy a Supermarket in New Zealand
  • More Than 50% of Goods Transported through Long Meng Port and Warehouses without Paying Tax [Koh Kong-Phnom Penh]

Have a look at last week’s editorial: How irrational emotions may be a block to see reality and its challenges

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Thursday, 24.4.2008: Eight Questions of the Private Sector Answered

Posted on 25 April 2008. Filed under: Week 557 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 557

“Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen has dealt with eight requests of the co-chairs of Working Groups of the private sector, which were raised by Senior Minister Keat Chhon at the 13th Government-Private Sector Forum [the Working Groups are the main fields of activities of the forum; each is co-chaired by a minister and a member of the private sector]. On the occasion of this forum, the Cambodian Prime Minister addressed also ‘the situation of inflation and measures to maintain the stability of the macro-economy, and to guarantee further growth in Cambodia.’

“On Wednesday 23 April 2008, Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of Cambodia, presided, as usual, over the 13th Government-Private Sector Forum, convened to provide outlook, strategies, measures, and high level decisions for implementation.

“Senior Minister and Minister of the Economy and Finance Mr. Keat Chhon coordinated the forum.

“The difference between the 13th Government-Private Sector Forum and previous forums was that, among all eight representatives of the Working Groups, not one person raised the questions directly to Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen. Senior Minister Mr. Keat Chhon raised the eight questions from the co-chairs of the Working Groups, and Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen responded, and presented his outlook and his strategies.

“1.The Working Group on Agriculture and Agro-Industry (Group A) requested a decrease of customs tax, and an exemption from value added tax on goods imported for the agricultural sector.

“Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen responded that he resolved this issue already and signed it, since 11 April 2008, in a sub-decree on the decrease of tax and the exemption from value added tax on goods imported for the agricultural sector. The tax rate on goods will drop to zero.

The goods for the agricultural sector, for which the tax will decrease to zero, include simple truck replacement transporters, tractors, plowing machines, rice threshing machines, rice mills, incubators for hatching eggs, seed germination appliances, animal food, and materials for the production of animal food etc. Samdech Dekchor added that this is a measure to help investors in agriculture, and it supports also our farmers.

“2. The Working Group on Tourism (Group B) requests the royal government to create a conference center or an exhibition facility in the city, to attract conferences of organizations or international exhibitions to Phnom Penh.

“Samdech Dekchor provided an outlook for this request, saying the royal government does not have enough funds to construct a conference or exhibition center in Phnom Penh. This should be conducted by investment companies. Samdech said the construction of the CamKo Satellite City, the project of the GS Company (on the land of the former site of the theater that burned down), and the project to build a Novotel hotel – all these plans include the construction of conference centers, so this request should be solved with the private sector.

“3. The Working Group on Manufacturing and Small and Medium Enterprises (Group C) requested encouragement for the local production and export of goods. Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen said that he made a decision on this request, together with the request from the agricultural sector, already on 11 April 2008. Samdech Dekchor stated that the royal government has already decided to decrease the tax rate to zero on some materials, on metal such as zinc, aluminum, copper, and nickel, and on some chemicals, and to decrease the tax rate from 35% to 7% for organic chemicals.

“4. The Working Group on Law, Tax and Good Governance (Group D) requested to speed up the issuing of land titles, in order to use land titles as collateral for capital loans.

“Samdech Dekchor said that he welcomes this request because it is reasonable. Samdech agreed that land titles can be used as mortgage for capital loans; they are not only for the safe holding of property, but they can be used when seeking capital from a bank. For this reason, the royal government welcomes this and promises to push the issuing of land titles.

Samdech said that at present, 25,000 land titles are issued per month, and this will be increased to 30,000 per month, after some officials of the Ministry of Territorial Management, Urbanization and Construction will have finished their training.

“5. The Working Group on Services, including Banking and Finance (Group E) requested the National Bank of Cambodia to increase the reserve capital that the commercial banks have to deposit with the National Bank form 8 to 16%.

“Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen said the increase of the required reserve capital for commercial banks is to reduce the amount of money in circulation, especially to cut down the credit from the banking systems to the private sector, which had increased strongly during these last few months. The required reserve capital for commercial banks is at present 8%. As the first step, the National Bank of Cambodia plans to increase this rate to 16%, paying interest to the commercial banks for the required reserve capital, which will increase by 8%. Samdech Dekchor said that we would like to call all commercial banks to understand this as a measure to avoid risks to our entire nation. However, to what level the rate should eventually increase, and how much interest should be paid, ‘please discuss this together with the private sector.’

“6. The Working Group on Energy, Infrastructure, and Transport (Group F) requested to open offices for selling tickets to passengers and to buy insurance under agreements for the transportation across the Cambodian-Vietnamese border.

“Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen advised to create a delegation to negotiate with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, and to ask for the opening of such offices and sites for selling tickets for travel to Vietnam. To buy insurance requires a meeting to discuss this with the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

“7. The Working Group on Export Processing and Trade Facilitation (Group G) requested the limitation of the rate of contributions for covering risks at work. Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen said that for the further study and discussion, covering of work related risks is set at the rate of 0.8% of social benefit payments; but as to the question how much, in percentage, the private sector wants to set, ‘please continue to discuss this with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor.’

“8. The Working Group on Industrial Relations (Group H) requested the royal government to create a law on trade unions, and a law to create labor courts.

“Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen responded to this request that the Ministry of Labor must conduct further research to draft a law, discussing this with partners. As for labor courts, which have already been foreseen in the labor law, the Council of Legislative Reform or the Ministry must prepare the creation of such courts.

“Furthermore, Samdech Dekchor Prime Minister Hun Sen commented in detail on the inflation, which existed since the beginning of 2008, and he also provided an outlook, strategies, and many good suggestions for government official to be implemented.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4571, 24 .4.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #86, 24.4.2008

  • Khiev Samphan’s Lawyer Jacques Verges Declares to Sue Khmer Tribunal on Accusation of Not Respecting the French Language [according to the regulations, all documents for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia have to be available in the three languages Khmer, English, and French, but many documents for the hearing of Khiev Samphan are not translated into French]
  • Prey Veng Department Official of Education Takes Riel 341,000 [approx. US$89] from Payment of Teachers for Illiterates Each Year

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1623, 24.4.2008

  • Hearing of Khiev Samphan Postponed because Documents Have Not Been Translated into French
  • Phnom Penh Faces More and More Blackouts [because of the hot weather and the many new buildings]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #139, 24.4.2008

  • Sam Rainsy Is Not Afraid of Hor Namhong’s Lawsuit

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6327, 24.4.2008

  • Registration of Parties and Candidates Will Start from 28 April and End on 12 May for Elections in July 2008

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3442, 24.4.2008

  • Sam Rainsy: Sam Rainsy Party Will Join with Any Party That Is Not a Puppet of Another Party
  • [Sam Rainsy Party deputy secretary-general and parliamentarian from Takeo] Kuoy Bunroeun: Sam Rainsy Party Asks National Election Committee to Prevent Hun Sen from Speaking in a Way which Intimidates Voters

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4571, 24.4.2008

  • Eight Questions of the Private Sector Answered
  • UN Population Fund Plans to Provide Aid of US$27 Million to Cambodia

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3292, 24.4.2008

  • Samdech Krom Preah [Prince Norodom Ranariddh] Says Cambodia Is Unfortunate because It Has a Prime Minister Who Likes to Insult and Not to Care about the Nation

Have a look at last week’s editorial: How irrational emotions may be a block to see reality and its challenges
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