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Saturday, 27.9.2008: Prime Minister Hun Sen Announces Elections of Councils for the Capital, for Provinces, Cities, Counties, and Districts to Be Held on 17 May 2009

Posted on 28 September 2008. Filed under: Week 579 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 579

Note 1:

1. The translation of an article under the title above can be posted only during Sunday.

(Apologies for the further delay – done only on Monday, 29.9.2008)

2. Because of the National Holidays of Pchum Ben – remembering the ancestors – our next text and headline translations should not be expected before 2 October 2008.

The weekly editorial will be published on 28.9.2008.
(Apologies for a further delay.)

Sincerely,

Norbert Klein

Note 2:

The terminology for the new administrative units used here is provisional – whatever will be the agreed upon to be the correct and widely used wording, it has to describe a hierarchical structure with the capital city Phnom Penh at the top and four layers under it.

“As announced by Prime Minister Hun Sen, elections for several councils will have to be held on 17 May 2009, to select councils for the capital city, for the provinces [ខេត្ត​], cities [​ក្រុង​], for counties [ស្រុក], and districts [ខណ្ឌ​] – not by general elections – but where only the commune councilors [ក្រុម​ប្រឹក្សា​ឃុំ​ សង្កាត់] – elected during the commune elections 2007] will vote for the newly to be created councils].

“Mr. Hun Sen said during his inauguration in the position as Prime Minister of the fourth term government yesterday, 26 September 2008, ‘The new points of the fourth term government will be implemented after the election of councils for the provinces, cities, counties, and districts..’

“The elections date was stated by Mr. Hun Sen during the first session of the new Council of Ministers to be 17 May 2009.

At the same occasion Mr. Hun Sen said also that the elections of the councils at provincial, city, county, and district levels will take place at the same time, separate for each level, of the councils that will govern the provinces, cities, counties, and districts.

“Observers said that it is a system which was used during the time when the Cambodian People’s Party was alone in power between 1979 and 1993.

“Mr. Hun Sen said, ‘At the time of the selection of the councils, also governing councils will be formed. At the time of the creation of high ranking councils, also provincial governing councils will be formed. During the creation of councils for counties and districts, also governing councils for cities will be created.’

“Together with the creation of this new system of government, the Prime Minister said that the budget is adjusted to have four levels; previously, there were only national budgets and commune budgets. He said, ‘Now, laws are already being drafted for the national, provincial, city, county, and district levels, and also for the communes and commune districts.’

“Phnom Penh ‘City’ will be changed to be called ‘Capital’ instead, while three other cities – Kep, Sihanoukville, and Pailin – will be changed to become provinces.

“In addition, according to the Prime Minister’s speech, well populated places in the country will be changed to be called ‘cities.’ The Prime Minister explained this with an example, like the Kompong Cham central population area, will be changed to be Kompong Cham City…

“Based on the speech of more than four hours which finished after 12:00 a.m. yesterday, Mr. Hun Sen affirmed that all ministries in the fourth term will be controlled by ministers of the Cambodian People’s Party.

“Mr. Hun Sen announced also that the governors of the 24 cities and provinces are people from the Cambodian People’s Party, and officials from other parties will not be allowed to take those positions.

“Mr. Hun Sen added that the fourth term government will continue to implement the polices of the third term. This was a good promise made again by the Prime Minister.

“Regarding the elections for councils for the capital, for the provinces, for cities, counties, and districts in 2009, people from civil society expressed their opinion that the elections have to be held for the general public, allowing the citizens to vote on choose who will be in these these councils.

“Based on the laws for Cambodia that have just been created for this plan, the citizens are not allowed to vote, but only the commune and commune-district councilors [ប្រឹក្សា​ឃុំ​ សង្កាត់​], why it is called a non-general election.

“Probably, based on this impressioin, Mr. Hun Sen announced all governors and deputy governors of provinces, cities, counties, and districts will all be members of the Cambodian People’s Party, through non-general elections, by the commune and commune-district councilors as representatives of the Cambodian People’s Party.

“Civil society organizations voiced their concern over the freedom of democracy in Cambodia which becomes smaller while the Cambodian People’s Party broadens its power everywhere.

“Yesterday, non-government organizations and civil society officials were blamed by the Prime Minister to have been serving different countries for being paid wages by them.

“However, citizens from countries that provide funds for non-government and civil society organizations in Cambodia view those groups as important activities to contribute to lead Cambodia to become a rule-of-law country with democracy where human rights are generally respected and everyone is under the law.” Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3417, 27.9.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Saturday, 27 September 2008


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1757, 27-2.9-10.2008

  • The Thai Prime Minister Plans to Visit Cambodia on 14 October 2008 [according to Prime Minister Hun Sen]
  • Samdech Hun Sen Calls on Khmer [illegal] Workers in Thailand to Return to Cambodia [saying that some places in Cambodia lack workers]
  • There Was an Attempt to Shoot and Kill a Director of an Organization [Cambodian National Research Organization, Mr. Heang Vuthy] by an Unidentified Persons [but military police helped him, and the murders escaped, 25 September 2008, Phnom Penh]
  • Non-Government Organizations [Khmer Census League and the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights – LICADHO] Ask the Authorities to Take Action on Those Who Suffer for Protecting the Human Rights of People
  • Thai Court Sentences [Thai former Prime Minister] Mr. Samak to Serve Two Years in Prison for Defamation [of the Bangkok Deputy Municipal Governor in 2006]


Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #253, 27-1.9-10.2008

  • Murderer [who murdered Hy Vuthy, the Trade Union representative of the Santech Factory] Is Not Found Yet, but [Judge] Chey Sovann Announced to Close the Investigation, Drawing Reaction from [National Police Commissioner General] Hok Lundy


Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #106, 26.9.2008

  • Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen: Nobody Thinks about To Start a War [with Thailand], Except if They Attack Our Country First


Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6461, 27-28.9.2008

  • Cambodian Youth Have Difficulties to Get Jobs, while Employers Find It Difficult to Recruit Youth Staff with Qualified Skills
  • Traffic Accidents in Phnom Penh Increased in May 2008; 98 Died and 543 Were Injured Countrywide


Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3576, 27-1.9-10.2008

  • The Sam Rainsy Party Parliamentarian [Son Chhay] Criticizes the Creations of a Corruption Laws That Lacks Clarity


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.1705, #4705, 27-2.9.2008

  • Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Anupong Paochinda Will Come to Check the Ta Krabei and the Ta Moan Temples [according to his announcement on 26 September 2008]

Note>

Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Anupong Paochinda visited the disputed border area near Prasat Ta Muen Thom in Surin Friday morning

Anupong and his delegation flew on two helicopters to Surin’s Phanom Dongrak district at 9:50 am.
He then traveled by car to the ancient temple to be briefed on the dispute by local army officers.
Anupong would in turn brief the new government to conduct a talk with the Cambodian government to try to end the dispute.

The army chief returned to Bangkok at 11:50 am.

(Source: The Nation. Bangkok)


Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3417, 27.9.2008

  • Prime Minister Hun Sen Announces Elections of Councils for the Capital, for Provinces, Cities, Counties, and Districts to Be Held on 17 May 2009
  • Those Who Have Land, but Do Not Have Housing at the Boeng Kak Lake Will Not Get Compensation [according to information by the government to the Phnom Penh Municipality]
  • The Government Plans to Adopt Laws to Control Non-Government Organizations [according to Prime Minister Hun’s speech during the new Council of Ministers’ session on 26 September 2008 – he criticized some organizations and associations that do not implement their policies and are created just for cheating. Those organizations always want to know much about the government, but they don’t want the government to know about them. He added that some terrorism might be dormant in those organizations and they might start their activities like previous ones. He affirmed that those laws were drafted already together with the anti-corruption law and they will be adopted at the same time.]
  • The Prime Minister Orders to Review the Speculation Related to the Sale of the Renakse Hotel [by asking the new President of the new National Assembly, Samdech Heng Samrin, Mr. Chea Soth, and the Minister of Religion and Cults Min Khin, to discuss this case]

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Friday, 26.9.2008: The Fourth Term Government Has 250 Members without Calculating the Number of Under-Secretaries of State

Posted on 27 September 2008. Filed under: Week 579 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 579

“The organizing structures of the National Assembly and of the fourth term Royal Government were voted upon with a vote of confidence.

“In the morning of 25 September 2008, the National Assembly opened its first session under the presidency of Mr. Chea Soth, the eldest member.

“During the session, the fourth term National Assembly elected the president, the vice-presidents, and the chairpersons of the nine commissions of the National Assembly, but during the vote of confidence to create the fourth term Royal Government, the members of the Sam Rainsy Party and of the Human Rights Party were not present in the National Assembly. However, the session did not lack a quorum. Samdech Ponhea Chakrey Heng Samrin was elected President of the National Assembly, Mr. Nguon Nhel First Vice President of the National Assembly, Mr. Say Chhum Second Vice President of the National Assembly, and nine other members from the Cambodian People’s Party were elected to chair the nine commissions of the National Assembly. In addition, the National Assembly conducted a (package) vote [one vote for the whole list of names, not on the individual names ] of confidence in the 249 members of the fourth term Royal Government as shown in the list below:

Composition of the Royal Government

Prime Minister
Samdech Akkak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen

Deputy Prime Ministers
1.H.E. Sar Kheng
2.H.E. Sok An
3.H.E. Tea Banh
4.H.E. Hor Namhong
5.H.E. Men Sam An
6.H.E. Bin Chhin
7.H.E. Nhek Bunchhay
8.H.E. Keat Chhon
9.H.E. Yim Chhai Ly

Senior Ministers
1.H.E. Im Chhun Lim
2.H.E. Chhay Than
3.H.E. Cham Prasidh
4.H.E. Mok Mareth

In Charge of Special Commissions

5.H.E. Nhim Vanda
6.H.E. Tao Seng Huor
7.H.E. Khun Haing
8.H.E. Ly Thuch
9.H.E. Kol Pheng
10.H.E. Sun Chantol
11.H.E. Veng Sereyvuth
12.H.E. Nuth Sokhom
13.H.E. Om Yentieng
14.H.E. Ieng Moly
15.H.E. Var Kimhong
16.H.E. Yim Nol La

1. The Council of Ministers
Minister
1.H.E. Sok An
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Prak Sokhom
3.H.E. Bun Uy
4.H.E. Seng Lim Neou
5.H.E. Majas Las
6.H.E. Chan Tani
7.H.E. Nhor Srun
8.H.E. Svay Sitha
9.H.E. Sok Pheng
10.H.E. Keo Saphal
11.H.E. Khim Bo
12.H.E. Chek Leng
13.H.E. Sim Vanna
14.H.E. Tep Nonnry
15.H.E. Chrea Chenda
16.H.E. Phay Siphan
17.H.E. In Vireakcheat

2. The Ministry of Interior
Minister
1.H.E. Sar Kheng
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Em Sam An
3.H.E. Prum Sokha
4.H.E. Nouth Sa An
5.H.E. Sin Pinsen
6.H.E. Sak Setha
7.H.E. Ngy Chanphal
8.H.E. Khan Savoeun
9.H.E. Chou Bun Eng [F]
10.H.E. Pol Lim

3. The Ministry of National Defense
Minister
1.H.E. Tea Banh
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Chay Saing Yun
3.H.E. Moeung Samphan
4.H.E. Neang Phat
5.H.E. Phan Nguon
6.H.E. El Vansarath
7.H.E. Hun Phoeung

4. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Minister
1.H.E. Hor Namhong
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Long Visalo
3.H.E. Ouch Borith
4.H.E. Kao Kim Huon
5.H.E. Ung San
6.H.E. Sun Saphoeun [F]
7.H.E. Hak Savuth

5. The Ministry of Economy and Finance
Minister
1.H.E. Keat Chhon
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Ouk Rabun
3.H.E. Aun Pom Moniroth
4.H.E. Kong Vibol
5.H.E. Bun Sam
6.H.E. Chea Peng Chheang
7.H.E. Ou Bunlong
8.H.E. Ung Tea Seam
9.H.E. So Victor
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6. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries
Minister
1.H.E. Chan Sarun
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Chan Tong Ives
3.H.E. Por Try
4.H.E. Lim Sokun
5.H.E. Teng Lao
6.H.E. Uk Sokhann
7.H.E. Kieng Vang
8.H.E. Om Kimsear

7. The Ministry of Rural Development
Minister
1.H.E. Chea Sopahara
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Suos Kong
3.H.E. In Chantha
4.H.E. Ly Pros
5.H.E. Lon Phan
6.H.E. Sao Chivoan
7.H.E. Try Meng
8.H.E. Sim Sun

8. The Ministry of Commerce
Minister
1.H.E. Cham Prasidh
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Kem Sithan
3.H.E. PBnn Sosak
4.H.E. Ok Boung
5.H.E. Chan Nara
6.H.E. Keo Soknay
7.H.E. Mao Thora
8.H.E. Var Cheang

9. The Ministry of Industry, Mines, and Energy
Minister
1.H.E. Suy Sem
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Ith Praing
3.H.E. Klaut Vandy
4.H.E. Nhek Chroeng
5.H.E. Chea Siang Hong
6.H.E. Sat Samy
7.H.E. Taing Kin Vin
8.H.E. Phork Soanarith

10. The Ministry of Planning
Minister
1.H.E. Chhay Than
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Ou Orhat
3.H.E. Hul Lim
4.H.E. Ouk Chay
5.H.E. Hou Taing Eng
6.H.E. Nger Chhayleang
7.H.E. In Satoeung
8.H.E. So Nath

11. The Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport
Minister
1.H.E. Im Sethy
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Pith Chamnan
3.H.E. Bun Sok
4.H.E. Mak Vann
5.H.E. Nath Bunroeun
6.H.E. Chey Chap
7.H.E. Ouk Moun
8.H.E. Phoeung Sakona [F]

12. The Ministry of Social Affairs, Veteran and Youth Rehabilitation
Minister
1.H.E. Ith Sam Heng
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Nim Thoth
3.H.E. Yi Yaun
4.H.E. Say Siphann
5.H.E. Sam Chanrem
6.H.E. Sem Sokha
7.H.E. Mut Khiev
8.H.E. Hav Bunse
9.H.E. Tor Soeuth

13. The Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction
Minister
1.H.E. Im Chhun Lim
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Chhan Saphan
3.H.E. Nuth Narang
4.H.E. Prak Ham
5.H.E. Phoeung Sophoan
6.H.E. Roth Sarin
7.H.E. Kim Kayleang
8.H.E. Kim Kosal

14. The Ministry of Environment
Minister
1.H.E. Mok Mareth
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Prach Sun
3.H.E. Khieu Muth
4.H.E. Khong Sam Nuon
5.H.E. Yin Kim Sean
6.H.E. Thuk Kroeun Vutha
7.H.E. Heam Kolbot
8.H.E. Sim Soleng

15. The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology
Minister
1.H.E. Lim Kean Hor
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Sam Sarith
3.H.E. Veng Sakhon
4.H.E. Phang Sareth
5.H.E. Sao Sereymony
6.H.E. Sing Kiri
7.H.E. Tan Vanthara
8.H.E. Bun Hean

16. The Ministry of Information
Minister
1.H.E. Khieu Kanharith
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Uk Prathna
3.H.E. Mao Ayuth
4.H.E. Thach Phen
5.H.E. Nouv Sovathero
6.H.E. Chan Savuth
7.H.E. Hor Sopheap
8.H.E. Lev Sinara

17. The Ministry of Justice
Minister
1.H.E. Ang Vong Vathana
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Hy Sophea
3.H.E. Long Phol
4.H.E. Chan Sotheavy [F]
5.H.E. Sam Sophal
6.H.E. Ngor Sovann
7.H.E. Prum Setra
8.H.E. Meach Sam On

18. The Ministry of National Assembly-Senate Relatioins and Inspection
Minister
1.H.E. Sam Kim Suor [F]
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Chheng Saroeun
3.H.E. Hong Them
4.H.E. Kang Nem
5.H.E. Phou Sothea
6.H.E. Tuot Lux
7.H.E. Thach Khom
8.H.E. Duch Sovanary
9.H.E. Sopheak Thavy [F]

19. The Ministry of Post and Telecommunication
Minister
1.H.E. So Khun
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Chin Bun Sean
3.H.E. La Narath
4.H.E. Sarak Khan
5.H.E. Ros Samay
6.H.E. Khay Khun Heng
7.H.E. Ek Vandy
8.H.E. Kouch Ky

20. The Ministry of Health
Minister
1.H.E. Mam Bunheng
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Heng Taykry
3.H.E. Ung Phyrun
4.H.E. Eng Huot
5.H.E. Sok Pheng
6.H.E. Ouk Monna
7.H.E. Te Kuyseang
8.H.E. Chou Yinsim

21. The Ministry of Public Works and Transportat
Minister
1.H.E. Tram Iv Tek
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Ing Bun Hoa
3.H.E. Mom Sibon
4.H.E. Suong Heng
5.H.E. Touch Chankosal
6.H.E. Kep Than
7.H.E. Lim Sidenine
8.H.E. Nou Souvath

22. The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts
Minister
1.H.E. Him Chhem
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Khim Sarith
3.H.E. Chuch Phoeum
4.H.E. Khouy Mengheang
5.H.E. Ming Kosny [F]
6.H.E. Ouk Socheat
7.H.E. Som Sokun
8.H.E. Thai Naraksatya
9.H.E. Meng Huor

23. The Ministry of Tourism
Minister
1.H.E. Thong Khon
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Sam Prumanear
3.H.E. Ros Ren
4.H.E. Sieng Kim Han
5.H.E. So Mara
6.H.E. Chum Iek
7.H.E. Kimouchansamith
8.H.E. Ly Bunthoeun
9.H.E. Kor Sumsaroeut

24. The Ministry of Religions and Cults
Minister
1.H.E. Min Khin
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Phlok Phan
3.H.E. Chhom Iem
4.H.E. Men Han
5.H.E. Dok Narin
6.H.E. Sos Mossin
7.H.E. Norak Ratanakvathanor
8.H.E. Phon Palla [F]

25. The Ministry of Women’s Affairs
Minister
1.H.E. Ing Kantha Phavi [F]
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Kheng Samvada [F]
3.H.E. Khim Chamroen [F]
4.H.E. Chan Sorey [F]
5.H.E. Im Sithe [F]
6.H.E. Sy Define [F]
7.H.E. San Arun [F]
8.H.E. Sivann Botum [F]

26. The Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training
Minister
1.H.E. Vong Sauth
Secretaries of State
2.H.E. Pich Sophoan
3.H.E. Othsman Hassan
4.H.E. Kin Mon
5.H.E. Prak Chantha
6.H.E. Oum Mean
7.H.E. Huy Han Song
8.H.E. Mon Vannak

27. Minster Delegated to the Prime Minister
1.H.E. Ouk Rabun
2.H.E. Ho Sithy
3.H.E. Prak Sokhon
4.H.E. Aun Pom Moniroth
5.H.E. Sok Chenda
6.H.E. Mam Sarin
7.H.E. Sri Thamrung
8.H.E. Ngor Sovann

Secretariats under the Council of Ministers
1.Secretariat of Public Functions
H.E. Pich Bunthin [Secretary of State]

2.Secretariat of Civil Aviation
H.E. Mao Havannal [Secretary of State]

Chakraval, Vol,16, #2814, 26.9.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 26 September 2008


Chakraval, Vol.16, #2814, 26.9.2008

  • The Fourth Term Government Has 250 Members without Calculating the Number of Under-Secretaries of State


Deum Tnot, Vol.1, #37, 26-27.9.2008

  • Samdech Akak Moha Ponhea Chakrey Heng Samrin Has 160 Advisors and 9 Assistants; H.E. Nguon Nhel Has 41 Advisors [counted on 27 July 2008]


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1756, 26.9.2008

  • The King Granted an Amnesty to the Convict Norodom Ranariddh [president of the Norodom Ranariddh Party – by a Royal Decree dated 25 September 2008]
  • A Man like an Animal Raped His [16-year-old] Daughter – Put in Jail by Police [Kampot]


Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #252, 26.9.2008

  • [The Sam Rainsy Party Parliamentarian] Son Chhay Supports the Initiative of the Committee for Free and Fair Elections – COMFREL – for the Organization of Elections and the Distribution of the National Assembly Seats, Following the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia – UNTAC – Formula [using a ‘leftover formula’ for certain reallocation of minority votes making it possible to gain seats from a minor number of votes]
  • [The President of the Human Right Party] Kem Sokha and [the Deputy Secretary-General of the Sam Rainsy Party] Mu Sochua: The Human Rights Party and the Sam Rainsy Party Still Maintain the Alliance


Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6460, 26.9.2008

  • Understanding Mr. Kem Sokha Who Was Cheated by Sam Rainsy [he did not know that the Sam Rainsy Party would attend the National Assembly session – said Prime Minister Hun Sen]
  • More Than 4,000 Traffic Regulation Books Have Been Distributed to the General Public Free of Charge [Phnom Penh]
  • Last Year, during Seven Days of Pchum Ben, 48 People Died and 889 Others Were Injured in Traffic Accidents
  • The Thai King Appointed the [new] Members of the Cabinet; Somchai Wongsawat Becomes Prime Minister and Senior Minister of Defense [24 September 2008]


Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3575, 26.9.2008

  • [SRP parliamentarian from Phnom Penh] Yim Sovann: The Control of All Positions in the [fourth term] National Assembly by the Cambodian People’s Party Reflects a Setback for Democracy


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4704, 26.9.2008

  • Samdech Hun Sen Becomes the Prime Minister; There Are 9 Deputy Prime Ministers and 16 Senior Ministers, 26 Ministers, and 198 Secretaries of State
  • High Service Commissions Are Affecting Tourism in Cambodia [this leads to high prices, making some tourists hesitate to visit Cambodia]
  • Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce Seeks Investment Opportunities in Cambodia [Mr. Neville Shroff, head of the Asia/Africa Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, led members from nineteen big companies in Hong Kong to Cambodia]
  • American Man Who Lived with a [14 or 15-year-old] Khmer Girl More Than One Year [since January 2007] Was Arrested [Kamrieng district, Battambang]


Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3416, 26.9.2008

  • [Minister of Defense General] Tea Banh and [the Chairman of Cambodia’s National Committee for Resolving Border Problems] Var Kimhong Have Opposing Ideas about the Intrusion by Siamese [Thai] Troops into Khmer Territory [Tea Banh said that Cambodians entered Thai territory first, while Var Kimhong said that Thais entered Khmer territory fist]

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Thursday, 25.9.2008: 119 Members of the National Assembly Attend the First Session under the Presence of the King

Posted on 26 September 2008. Filed under: Week 579 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 579

“The first session of the fourth term National Assembly was opened as planned yesterday, 24 September 2008. This session was attended by 119 members, among the 123 members of the National Assembly, with the presence of four parties, except for the Human Rights Party of Mr. Kem Sokha, who was reported to have been caught in a traffic jam, making it impossible for him to attend.

“Among the 119 National Assembly members, 90 were from the Cambodian People’s Party, 25 of the 26 members from the Sam Rainsy Party with Ms. Tioulong Saumura absent, 2 from Funcinpec, and 2 from the Norodom Ranariddh Party.

“The Sam Rainsy Party canceled its boycott surprisingly after negotiating with the Cambodian People’s Party in the night of 23 September 2008, which could bring many benefits for the nation. But the softness at the lass minute invites doubts from some who support the Sam Rainsy Party, because they had not received any clear explanation from the leaders of the Sam Rainsy Party, particularly from Mr. Sam Rainsy. However, Mr. Hun Sen had accepted a request by the Sam Rainsy Party for reforms of internal rules, so that the National Assembly can proceed smoothly.

“After the first National Assembly session, Mr. Hun Sen informed reporters in the National Assembly about the negotiations, mediated through Oknha Kit Meng, Director General of Mobitel (the provider of the 012 mobile phone system). Mr. Hun Sen spoke also about this process which went on until midnight; and after 7:00 in the morning there was mutual agreement, but it was too late for the National Assembly members from the Sam Rainsy Party to wear the proper clothing according to the plan, which did foresee to wear Kben [a skirt rolled in front and pulled up to the waistband in the back] and white jackets..

“In the meantime, Mr. Hun Sen took the opportunity of the unprepared participation by the Sam Rainsy Party in the National Assembly session to attack the leaders of the Sam Rainsy Party, who had asked for a discussion in order to solve the stalemate, and who wanted to honor the King who presided over this first day session.

“Mr. Hun Sen was angry with [the leader of the Human Rights Party] Mr. Kem Sokha, who wanted that a joint statement be made by all five parties that won any seats, which was considered by Mr. Hun Sen to be an action of taking the winner to be a hostage. Moreover, Mr. Hun Sen used arrogant words like he had used previously: that the one who wants to issue a joint statement by all is stupid.

“The parliamentarian Son Chhay, the spokesperson of the Sam Rainsy Party, said during a press conference at the Sam Rainsy Party headquarters afters the session, ‘Last night when we talked we contacted each other for this morning session; and Prime Minister Hun Sen has already affirmed to create a working group to monitor the internal rules of the National Assembly, where an official role is to be given to the opposition party, to fulfill its role as the party which is not in the government – a way used also by other countries that practice parliamentary democracy.’

“Mr. Son Chhay added, ‘I believe that the internal rules have to be corrected, to form new ones, will will state that parties, that are not members of the government, can be nominated by the King, and have a budget for doing their work, to be provided for properly … this is an important point.’ Mr. Son Chhay stated in front of journalists that that is the promise they had gotten in the talks at night of 23 September 2008.

“The reform to form new internal rules according to the requests of the Sam Rainsy Party require to form groups of members of the National Assembly that consist of less than 10 members, so that they are able to express their opinion in the National Assembly, and if there would not be such a reform, the National Assembly members with less than 10 members, like Funcinpec, the Norodom Ranariddh Party, the Human Rights Party, will not be able to express their opinions during National Assembly sessions.

“Mr. Son Chhay went on to explain the points that led National Assembly members to decide to attend the first session, ‘We expect that the issues of the nation are considered to be above individual interests and political parties. We see the intrusion by Thailand into Cambodia as a worse situation; we see economic issues. We see the issue of the high price of goods which are a reason to cause Cambodians to face serious danger for guaranteeing economic growth and poverty alleviation for our citizens.’

“Mr. Son Chhay continued to say that even though the National Assembly members from the Sam Rainsy Party know that the Cambodian People’s Party will take all leading positions in the National Assembly, the National Assembly members from the Sam Rainsy Party still decided to attend the session, and soon, there will be discussions on reforms – in order to lead the nation with proper safeguards.’

“Regarding the anger of Mr. Hun Sen about the wish of Mr. Kem Sokha to have a joint statement, Mr. Son Chhay said, ‘That joint statement had an open content; what we always demanded is nothing new; it is just that we want to clarify the reasons for our unity, to strengthen the multi-party democracy.’ He continued that the alliance with the Human Rights Party of Mr. Kem Sokha remains strong, and there is no split and no betrayal.

“Mr. Son Chhay said also that the discussions that led to attend the National Assembly session yesterday morning dealt with reforms for the election laws, that is to reform the procedures, so that all Khmer citizens can vote.

“The King, Samdech Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, stated yesterday morning his expectation, while presiding over the National Assembly, that the fourth-term National Assembly will go ahead smoothly. Some hours after the first National Assembly session, the King issued a Royal Decree nominating Mr. Hun Sen as Prime Minister for this fourth-term government and even organizing the composition of the new government.

“In response to the journalists who asked whether the Sam Rainsy Party will receive positions to chair committees of the National Assembly or not, Mr. Son Chhay said, ‘We did not demand to chair committees; we requested to organize internal policy rules. It is a policy question that will require how the roles of the parities in the National Assembly are divided; it should be stated in law, and then, during the next elections, there should be no talks about this: if any party win 20 seats, positions have to be allocated to be in line with that.’

“Mr. Son Chhay continued that according to democratic policies, the ruling party cannot control all positions in the National Assembly.

“Although there were only 119 members attending the session, the National Assembly announced the validity of the 123 members already. Yesterday afternoon, the National Assembly members who had attended the session, also went to swear in the Royal Palace.” Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #250-#251, 24-25.9.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 25 September 2008


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1754-#1754, 24-25.9.2008

  • The Royal Government Will Continue to Provide Subsidies to Fuel Companies [according to high ranking officials of the Ministry of Economy and Finance]
  • Samdech Hun Sen: Cambodia Has Enough Evidence to File a Complaint at the International Court of Justice in The Hague [based on the French-Siamese maps of 1904 and 1907]
  • The Ministry of Social Affairs Will Encourage the Royal Government to Ratify Two International Conventions During This Fourth Term [the International Labor Organization Convention (No. 159) Concerning Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Disabled Persons) – from 1985 – and the UN Convention for People with Disabilities – from 2006]
  • A Well-Known Political Prisoner in Myanmar Was Released [Mr. Win Tin, after 19 years detention]; More Than 9000 Other Prisoners Were Released Also [23 September 2008]


Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #250-#251, 24-25.9.2008

  • 119 Members of the National Assembly Attend the First Session under the Presence of the King
  • If the Strongman Would Directly Order the Police, They Would Immediately Arrest the Murderer Who Killed Piseth Pelika [Cambodian actress, killed in June 1999, allegedly having had an affair with Prime Minister Hun Sen]


Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #105, 25.9.2008

  • 200 Families Had Agreed to Leave the Boeng Kak Lake Area for New Locations [out of about 4,000 families]


Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6458-#6459, 24-25.9.2008

  • The European Union and Its Partner [the Ministry of Interior] Discussed about an Euro 10 Million Project to Strengthen Good Governance, Focusing on Democracy at the Basis in Cambodia [strengthening democracy and development needs through cooperation between commune councilors and other relevant people, in order to promote efficiency and to develop policies owned by the people, through participation by citizens at the basis, and stronger implementation of poverty alleviation at the commune level]
  • Valuable Wood Business Still Continues along the National Road 5; Authorities of Different Sections Just Care to Count Cars for Money [Kompong Chhnang]
  • Mr. Aso Tarô [麻生太郎] Becomes New Japanese Prime Minister


Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3573-#3574, 24-25.9.2008

  • The Opposition Party Demands to Assign Roles in the National Assembly According to the Number of Seats
    Civil Society Organizations [the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights, the Khmer Census League, the Cambodian Free Trade Union of Workers, and the Community Legal Education Center] Demand the Authorities and the Government to Release Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun [who have been imprisoned since 2004 on the accusation of killing the head of Cambodian Free Trade Union of Workers Chea Vichea – the Appeals Court has not yet set a date for a new hearing since a long time]
  • The New Government Has to Push the Trial of Former Khmer Rouge Leaders Soon [because they are old and some suffer from serious illnesses]


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4702-#4703, 24-25.9.2008

  • [The president of the Sam Rainsy Party] Sam Rainsy Attended the Session and the Swearing-in Ceremony Leaving [the president of the Human Rights Party] Kem Sokha Behind After Negotiating with Samdech Hun Sen
  • Cambodian Officials Said that There Is No Chinese Toxic Milk in Cambodia Which Frightens the World
  • The United States Will Assist with Techniques for the Financial and Banking Sectors [in Cambodia – according to a meeting between Minister of Economy and Finance Keat Chhon and Senior Official of the US Department of the Treasury George Mullinax, on 22 September 2008]


Note:

The web site of the US Department of the Treasury states – while the US banking sector is facing problems like never before, and the US government is asking for US$700 billion bail out funds:

“The United States has the strongest capital markets in the world, and this position is achieved through hard work and smart strategies.”

A search for the name ‘Mullinax’ on the site of the US Department of the Treasury yields the following:

Your search – Mullinax – did not match any documents.
No pages were found containing “Mullinax”.

An article “Oil, Bush Campaign Execs Help in Iraq” says, however: ‘George Mullinax, a Treasury Department official, is the senior adviser to the Central Bank [of Iraq]. He will oversee the transition to a new Iraqi currency and is known as the man who announced the Saddam Hussein family’s [supposed] removal of about $1 billion from the bank just prior to the war’ [for which two big flatbed trucks would have been needed to load this amount of US$100 bills].

Later he announced that more than US$600 million had been recovered and only the rest remains missing.

The name of George Mullinax appears also in several other reports, always “in relation” with the US Department of the Treasury, but never with a precise title.


Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3415-#3416, 24-25.9.2008

  • Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha Groups Abandoned the Boycott Not to Attend the National Assembly Session; Kem Sokha Could Not Attend the Session because of Coming too Late after the King
  • Announcement to Change Ministers to Take New Office for the Fourth Term Will Be Made on 27 September

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Wednesday, 24.9.2008: Constitution Day: 24 September 2008

Posted on 25 September 2008. Filed under: Week 579 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 579

Today is a National Holiday – Constitution Day – and while we do not have a regular publication, we use this opportunity to highlight some questions, related to the Constitution, related to the size of Cambodia.

The following is, first a quote from the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia, followed by some other statements:

CHAPTER I – SOVEREIGNTY

Article 2:
The territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Cambodia, shall absolutely not to be violated within its borders as defined in the 1:100,000 scale map made between the year 1933-1953 and internationally recognized between the years 1963 – 1969.

A map of this scale is not very precise – one millimeter on the paper of the map corresponds to 100 meters in nature,

The Government says:

The Land Area of Cambodia is 181,035 sq.km

This is stated together with a map of the country calling Angkor Wat “one of the world’s seven wonders.”

But we could not find a source, how this land area of 181,035 sq.km was established. As it is well known in the course of recently setting border markers with Vietnam and Laos, the border had to be defined anew, where there was no marking from before. At the border to Thailand, there are overlapping claims and areas with open questions – open, at least, according to one or to the other side, and therefore clarification on the spot is necessary.

Fore example, while the government of Thailand has accepted the 1962 ruling of the International Court of Justice that the Temple of Preah Vihear is on Cambodian territory, the boundaries of this part of the “Cambodian territory” has not been finally and mutually agreed upon.

The length of the Cambodian coastal borderline is estimated to be 440, 445, or 450 km, while the total borderline – on land – is much bigger. And the contested area around the Preah Vihear Temple is 4.6 sq.km – is this included or not in the 181,035 sq.km?

Only once everything is agreed upon with the three neighboring countries, a new calculation of the area of Cambodia will become possible. It will be interesting to see what the result will be, after all border questions will have been solved in mutual agreement with all neighbors.

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Tuesday, 23.9.2008: To Stamp Out Human Trafficking It Has to Be Done in Wide Cooperation

Posted on 24 September 2008. Filed under: Week 579 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 579

“Phnom Penh: Some human trafficking inside of the country and internationally always happens and changes into different forms. However, human trafficking could be stamped out in Cambodia efficiently, if all relevant sectors and sides are involved, and it has to be done in a wide cooperation.

“At a national conferences about stamping out human trafficking in Cambodia, held on 15 and 16 September 2008 at the Hotel Cambodiana, H.E. Ho Non, chairperson of the Commission on Public Health, Social Welfare and Labor, and Women’s and Veteran’s Affairs , stated that human trafficking, particularly of women and children, remains a complicated issue to which the Royal Government and the National Assembly have to put further efforts to solve it.

“H.E. Ho Non added that human trafficking occurs in Cambodia in different forms, and there are various causes, such as war, poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, modernization, and poor social morality . As for the elimination of human trafficking, it cannot be solved by one institution alone, but it has to be attacked by all relevant sectors and sides, and it has to be implemented in cooperation.

“H.E. Mu Sochua, the Sam Rainsy Party deputy secretary general and former Minister of Women’s Affairs, said that efficiency does not depend on the existence of laws, but on the respect and enforcement of laws.

“Mr. Sok Sam Oeun, the Director of the Cambodian Defenders Project, said that if we want to prevent human trafficking efficiently, there have to be reforms, such as the strengthening of procedures and of the competency of the police, and law enforcement officials must be neutral and must not have a bias towards any party.

“Mr. Sok Sam Oeun emphasized that laws against human trafficking have been well developed, but efforts to stamp out human trafficking are not yet sufficient.

“H.E. Mu Sochua, the Minister of Women’s Affairs between 1994 and 2004, continued, ‘If there is no court reform, and police and law enforcement officials do not place law enforcement as their top priority and are corrupt, there can be no improvement. Also, the government has to help to find solutions by engaging in socio-economic development, and law enforcement officials have to be independent.

“Nevertheless, H.E. Ho Non said that the Royal Government, led wisely by Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen, always focuses on human trafficking, and it has created a [national anti-trafficking] task force to lead the fight against trafficking against the exploitation of human labor, and against sex exploitation on women and children, while the relevant ministries have publicized and implemented laws to bring perpetrators of human trafficking to be convicted.

“According to a report of the [Cambodian] Ministry of Interior published in the Trafficking in Persons Report 2008 of the US Department of State on June 2008, 65 human trafficking perpetrators were arrested and 52 were prosecuted by courts between April 2007 and March 2008. 188 [?] women were victimized by human trafficking [???].” Amnach Reas, Vol.1, #23, 22-28.9.2008

Note:

From the Cambodia section of the Trafficking in Persons Report 2008 (starting at page 31):

“Due to resource constraints, the government has not provided reliable statistics on prosecution. The Ministry of Interior (MOI) reported receiving complaints of 53 trafficking cases from April 2007 to March 2008; thirty-five cases were sex trafficking involving 60 victims and 11 were labor trafficking cases involving 106 victims. Police took action on 43 cases. The MOI reported that 65 traffickers were arrested during the reporting period. The Phnom Penh Municipal Court convicted 52 trafficking offenders. The MOI Department of Anti-Trafficking and Juvenile Protection reported 52 cases, involving 65 trafficking offenders that resulted in eight convictions. NGOs reported 19 labor trafficking cases involving legal migrants who ended up in conditions of involuntary servitude in Malaysia, but Cambodian labor recruitment companies usually paid compensation and were not prosecuted for criminal offenses. There were no cases of labor agents being held responsible for the trafficking of migrant workers, or being prosecuted. In February 2008, Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered the Ministry of Commerce to annul business licenses for marriage agencies, calling the business a form of human trafficking.

Corruption is pervasive in Cambodia, and it is widely believed that some individuals, including police and judicial officials, are involved in trafficking. In an important move that sent a signal that corruption will not be tolerated by senior government officials, an investigation into the Chhay Hour II brothel case resulted in the removal of the President of the Appeals Court for trafficking related corruption. The same investigation resulted in three other judges and one deputy prosecutor of the Appeals Court receiving official letters of reprimand. The MOI Anti-Human Trafficking Juvenile Protection Department Director administratively transferred two police officers who were convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison in 2006 by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for trafficking related corruption. While these anti-corruption efforts are laudable, officials involved in trafficking must ultimately be punished with jail time, not merely administrative penalties.” (from pages 32 and 33)

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Amnach Reas, Vol.1, #23, 22-28.9.2008

  • To Stamp Out Human Trafficking It Has to Be Done in Wide Cooperation
  • Sex Work Is Hidden Mostly Under the Cover of Massage Houses and Hotels

Chakraval, Vol.16, #2813, 23.9.2008

  • Newly Nominated Siamese [Thai] Prime Minister Made a Phone Call to Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen and Plans to Visit Cambodia [according to government spokesperson Minister Khieu Kanharith]


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1753, 23.9.2008

  • Nearly 12,900 Children in China Got Sick because of Milk Powder [contaminated with toxic chemicals]


Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6457, 23.9.2008

  • Bilateral Negotiations [with Thailand] Will Start Again; Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen and Deputy Prime Minister [Hor Namhong] Will Leave for the United Nations [General Assembly this week, and negotiations will be held there]
  • From Among the More Than 50,000 Students, Who Earned a High School Diploma Certificate This Year, the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports Selects 3,260 Students for Scholarships in 2008


Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3572, 23.9.2008

  • The Sam Rainsy Party Does Not Change Its Position to Wait for a Response from the King [for a separate swearing-in]
  • The Opposition Parties [the Sam Rainsy Party and the Human Rights Party] Will Hold a Separate Swearing-in at Night on 25 September 2008 [according Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian Mr. Son Chhay]
  • [Minister of Economy and Finance] Keat Chhon Is Competent to Decrease the Price of Fuel by Riel 100 [approx. US$0.025] per Liter Only


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4701, 23.9.2008

  • Five-Times Flights by the Siamese [Thai] Air Force Violated Cambodian Air Space in the Thma Doun Area at the Ta Krabei Temple [Oddar Meanchey]
  • A Lieutenant General and Seventeen Other People Were Arrested over a Fraudulent Authorization Letter [faked to appear to come from the Prime Minister] to Sell the Renakse Hotel [Phnom Penh]
  • The United States Recognizes that there Is Freedom of Religion in Cambodia [according to the International Religious Freedom report of the US Department State on 19 September 2008: – “The Constitution provides for freedom of religion, and other laws and policies contributed to the generally free practice of religion. Buddhism is the state religion. The Government generally respected religious freedom in practice. There was no change in the status of religious freedom by the Government during the period covered by this report. There were few reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice.”]
    The Cambodia section is here
  • Concerns over Hygiene for People Living at the Tonle Sap Lake [because of human waste discharge and disposal of garbage into the same water used for domestic consumption]
  • Vietnam Ranks Second in Southeast Asian for Fake Medicines [after Laos]
  • Flood and Rain in India Have Killed 173 People

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Monday, 22.9.2008: There Are 8 Deputy Prime Ministers, 146 Advisors, and 56 Assistants

Posted on 23 September 2008. Filed under: Week 579 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 579

“Decisions Number 42, dated 16 July 2004, Number 9, dated 23 March 2006, Number 50, dated 29 November 2006, and Number 48, dated 5 September 2008 of the Royal Government of Cambodia about the policy for the structure of work and the distribution of duties of the leaders of the Royal Government define that each Deputy Prime Minister has 4 Advisors, out of whom 2 are Secretaries of State and 2 others are Deputy Secretaries of State, and 3 Assistants, out of whom one is a Director General and the other one is a Head of a Department.

“The recent-third-term Royal Government of Cambodia, led by Samdech Akkak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen as Prime Minister, has 8 Deputy Prime Ministers.

“According to the decisions by the government about the policy for the structure of work and the distribution of duties of the leaders of the government [cited above], 8 Deputy Prime Ministers might have up to 32 advisors (16 of them Secretaries of State) and the other 16 are Deputy Secretaries of State, and 24 Advisors (8 are Directors General, 8 are Deputy Secretaries of State), and 8 are Heads of Departments.

“Evidence shows however, that many more Advisors and Assistants were appointed, as the 8 Deputy Prime Ministers had 146 Advisors in total (64 are Secretaries of State, 81 Deputy Secretaries of State, and 1 Director General); and there are 56 Assistants in total (20 are Directors General, 26 are Deputy Directors General, and 10 are Heads of Departments) out of those Assistants, 18 do not get an allowance.

“The number of Advisors and Assistants of the 8 Deputy Prime Ministers, counted at 7 July 2008, were:

“1. H.E. Sar Kheng: He has 31 Advisors (8 are Secretaries of State, 22 Deputy Secretaries of State, and 1 is a Director General), and 4 Advisors hold no position, 3 are Honorary Advisors – and 6 Assistants (4 are Directors General, 1 is a Deputy Director-General, and 1 is a Head of a Department).

“2. H.E. Sok An: He had 16 Advisors (5 are Secretaries of State, 11 are Deputy Secretaries of State), and he has Assistants (6 are Directors General, 1 is a Deputy Director General, and 1 is a Head of a Department).

“3. H.E. General Tea Banh: He has 7 Advisors (2 are Secretaries of State and 5 are Deputy Secretaries of State), 6 Assistants (2 are Directors General, 1 is a Deputy Director General, and 3 are Heads of Departments).

“4. H.E. Hor Namhong: He has 7 Advisors (4 are Secretaries of State, 3 are Deputy Secretaries of State) and 3 Assistants (1 is a Director General, 1 is a Deputy Director General, and another 1 is a Head of a Department).

“5. H.E. Bin Chhin: He has 4 Advisors (2 are Secretaries of State, and 2 are Deputy Secretaries of State), and he has 3 Assistants (1 is a Director General, 1 is a Deputy Director General, and another 1 is a Head of a Department).

“6. H.E. General Nhek Bun Chhay: He has 28 Advisors (12 are Secretaries of State, 16 are Deputy Secretaries of State) and 14 Assistants (4 are Directors General, 9 are Deputy Directors General, and 1 is a Head of a Department).

“7. Lu Laysreng: He has 23 Advisors (12 are Secretaries of State, 11 are Deputy Secretaries of State) and 8 are Assistants (1 is a Director General, 6 are Deputy Directors General, and 1 is a Head of a Department).

“8. H.E. Keo Puth Reaksmei: He has 30 Advisors (19 are Secretaries of State, 11 are Deputy Secretaries of State) and 8 Assistants (1 is a Director General, 6 are Deputy Directors General, and 1 is a Head of a Department).

“Among the 8 Deputy Prime Ministers, H.E. Bin Chhin is the only one, the number of whose Advisors and Assistants is according to the specification of the decisions of the Royal Government of Cambodia [quoted here, up, at the beginning].

“The nomination of Advisors and Assistants of 7 Deputy Prime Ministers shows that the decisions of the Royal Government are being violated, and Samdech Akkak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen is the person who is at the head, leading this strong abuse of decisions of the Royal Government of Cambodia.

“Independent observers from legal professions in Cambodia said if leaders of the Royal Government, the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Ministers, do not follow the decision signed by themselves, it had not been necessary to create a policy for the structure of work and for the distribution of duties of the leaders of the Royal Government, stating limits for the numbers of Advisors and Assistants for Deputy Prime Ministers, since it just leads to a shameful situation in front of the public, and the whole prestige of the Royal Government of Cambodia gets lost.” Deum Tnot, Vol.1, #36, 22-23.9.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Monday, 22 September 2008


Deum Tnot, Vol.1, #36, 22-23.9.2008

  • There Are 8 Deputy Prime Ministers, 146 Advisors, and 56 Assistants


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1752, 21-22.9.2008

  • Another Tragedy of [Two] Trucks Colliding and Triggering an Explosion that Burnt Five People to Death [Battambang]
  • Cambodia Has the Highest Rate of Disabled People among Developing Countries in the World [because of mines, birth defects, diseases, and especially traffic accidents – according to Ms. Elizabeth Erin – Consulate at the UK Embassy in Cambodia]
  • Hundreds of Tonnes of Second-Hand Clothes Exported from Khmer to Siam [Thailand] without Paying Tax to the State [through the Robieng and Ou Smach border crossing points]
  • Cruel Man Tried to Rape a Woman and Hit Her to Death [with a stick – Preah Vihear]


Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #249, 21-13.9.2008

  • [Former Khmer Rouge leader] Nuon Chea Received a One More Year Detention Order before the Trial to Start, on the Accusation of Serious Crimes [war crimes, and crimes against humanity]
  • Sam Rainsy Trusts Samdech Euv [the Father King] to Solve the Disputes with Siam [Thailand] and the Political Deadlock [in Cambodia]


Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6456, 22.9.2008

  • Khmer-Siamese [Thai] Dispute over the Ta Krabei Temple: Siamese Troops Claim that the Cambodian Border Starts 100 meters Away from the Temple Is
  • The National Election Committee – NEC – Orders Those Who Had Violated the Election Laws to Pay Fines within 30 Days
  • Internet and Computer System Crimes: Cambodia Has to Be Careful; Microsoft Brings High Security Protection for Computers to Cambodia
  • At Least 60 People Died from a Suicide Bombing in a Big Hotel in Islamabad [Pakistan – 20 September 2008]
  • Tourism Income of China in 2007 Is Highest Ever

Meatophum, Vol.52, #706, 22-27.9.2008

  • Samdech Hun Sen Wants to Negotiate with Siam To Go Back to the Situation before 15 July 2008

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4700, 21-22.9.2008

  • Samdech Krom Preah [Norodom Ranariddh] Will Arrive in Siem Reap on 28 September 2008 [according to the Norodom Ranariddh Party spokesperson Suth Dina]
  • Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen Asked the Government of South Korea to Continue to Provide Loans and Investments to Cambodia

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Week 578 – Sunday,2008-09-21: Expecting to Know while Expecting Justice

Posted on 22 September 2008. Filed under: *Editorial*, Week 578 |

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Saturday, 20.9.2008: Keat Chhon: Fuel Prices Will Decrease to Riel 4,900 Early This Week

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The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 578

“Phnom Penh: Keat Chhon, Senior Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance, said that from 22 September 2008, fuel sold at different fuel stations in the Kingdom of Cambodia will cost between Riel 4,900 [approx. US$1.20] and Riel 5,000 [approx. US$1.22] per liter.

“Mr. Keat Chhon said so, after a meeting with fuel companies in Cambodia, following Samdech Hun Sen’s order to decrease the price of fuel, after seeing that the price of crude oil on the world market dropped around 25%, but in Cambodia, there is only an approximate 10% decrease, which is not balanced yet.

“Regarding the improper decrease of the price of fuel, compared with the international market price, Mr. Keat Chhon explained that normally, when the price of fuel on the world market rose by 80%, fuel stations in Cambodia increased the price by 40% only. He continued to explain that the Royal Government of Cambodia, led by Samdech Samdech Akkak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen, had decided to provide subsidies as a challenge to the rising price of fuel.

“According to Mr. Keat Chhon, during a period of 9 months in 2008, the Royal Government has spent approximately US$200 million quietly in order to overcome the fuel price rise. Related to the efforts of the Royal Government in decreasing the price of fuel, Mr. Po Samnang, the director of the National Culture and Social Morality Center, who had tried to meet the Minister of Economy and Finance, said that he had sent a letter to the cabinet of Mr. Keat Chhon, asking him to encourage a decrease of the fuel price [from around Riel 5,000] to the range of Riel 4,100 [approx. US$1.00] or Riel 4,300 [approx. US$1.05] per liter in order to promote the living standards of the poor and of civil servants, who earn small salaries.

“However, Mr. Po Samnang’s effort was mocked by officials in the Ministry of Economy and Finance, saying, ‘You just drive an old car, why do you come to protest?’

“It should be noted that according to a source from the cabinet of the Minister of Economy and Finance, around 2 million liters of fuel are consumed per day. Therefore, if the Royal Government had decreased the price by Riel 100 [approx. US$0.02] per liter, the state will help consumers to save Riel 100 million [approx. US$24,500]. Nevertheless, what is interesting is that while the Minister of Economy and Finance had announced that the price of fuel will stay increased at around Riel 5,000 per liter, crude oil at the international market decreased from US$147 to US$91 per barrel on 15 September 2008 and rose again to US$97 on 19 September 2008.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1751, 20.9.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Saturday, 20 September 2008


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1751, 20.9.2008

  • Keat Chhon: Fuel Prices Will Decrease to Riel 4,900 Early This Week
  • Talk between Hun Sen and [Thai new prime minister] Somchai by Phone Has Good Results [both promised to solve the border disputes soonest – 18 September 2008]
  • [Thai Prime Minister] Somchai Sends an Envoy to Meet with Mr. Thaksin in London to Ask for Ideas [for the creation of the new Thai ministers’ lists – according to the Bangkok Post]


Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #248, 20.9.2008

  • The Threat [by Prime Minister Hun Sen] to Sue the President of the Opposition [Sam Rainsy] Party Is a Shut-Up Policy; Lao Mong Hay [Asian Human Rights Commission in Hong Kong]: Suing the Opposition Party President Will Bring Further Turmoil
  • [Secretary of State of the Ministry of Religions and Cults] Min Khin Colludes to Cheat the Prime Minister by Selling the Renakse Hotel [to a daughter of Ms. Chheung Sopheap, the director of Shukaku Inc., filling in the Boeng Kak Lake, without a publicly available, independent environment impact assessment]


Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #103, 20.9.2008

  • Civil Society Organizations [the Khmer Culture Foundation and the Cambodian Defenders Projects] Welcome the Decision by the Head of the Government to Send a Complaint against Thailand to the United Nations [19 September 2008]


Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6455, 20-21.9.2008

  • Two Girls Were Abducted and Brought into the Jungle – a [12-year-old] Girl Was Raped, and Another Was Kept as a Hostage to Demand Riel 4 Million [approx. US$1,000 – 18 September 2008 – Baray, Kompong Thom]


Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3570, 20-21.9.2008

  • Khmer and Siam [Thai] Leaders Plan to Negotiate the Border Disputes during a [UN] Meeting in New York in Late September [according to foreign news agencies]
  • The Asian Development Bank Assessed that the Cambodian Economic Growth in 2008 Will Decline to 6.5% [because of the bankruptcy of important financial institutions in the US and because of the decline of the garment industries in Cambodia, a result of strong competition from other countries]


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4699, 20.9.2008

  • [Human Rights Party President] Kem Sokha’s Younger Brother [Kem Sokhon, deputy secretary general of the Human Rights Party], Joined the Cambodian People’s Party [18 September 2008]
  • The Thai Prime Minister Works at the [old Don Muang] Airport [since the government building is occupied by demonstrators – 18 September 2008]
  • The National Election Committee Orders Sam Rainsy to Pay 10 Million Fine for Insulting [three top] Leaders of the Cambodian People’s Party [during the election campaign]
  • Cambodia Has Less People contracting Tuberculosis, while there Is Growing Resistance to Medicines Compared to Bordering Countries
  • Cambodia and Vietnam Encouraged to Exchange Commercial Products at a Volume of Approximately US$2,300 in 2010

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Friday, 19.9.2008: The United States Expects that the Khmer Rouge Tribunal Will No Longer Be Involved in a Corruption Scandal

Posted on 20 September 2008. Filed under: Week 578 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 578

“The United States expects that the Khmer Rouge Tribunal will no longer be involved in a corruption scandal in the future, after the US pledged to grant US$1.8 million to the mixed tribunal to seek justice for the victims who died during the Killing Field regime. This information is based on statements of the spokesperson of the US Department of State Sean McCormack during a press conference in Washington on Tuesday, 16 September 2008 [see the full text at the end].

“Mr. Sean McCormack stated, ‘We believe that the court is now capable of meeting international standards of justice, and our decision at this time to identify funds reflects our belief that the court has the capacity to respond effectively and appropriately to these allegations.’ He said that the Khmer Rouge Tribunal still has more to do, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia have made significant strides to overcome international concerns about corruption, mismanagement, and political influence, including adding a new international deputy administrator from the United Nations side, strengthening management practices, and establishing procedures to deal with allegations of wrongdoing.

“It should be remembered that previously, employees of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal had repeatedly raised the problem of kickbacks in exchange for getting employed, but it was never officially announced that there were any perpetrators or who they are. As a result of suspicion, the UN Development Program office had suspended more than US$300,000 for a period of time, suspending the payment of salaries for Khmer staff in July. Then, the head of the Khmer Staff Department was removed from his position, as a big corruption leader at the Khmer side of the court, but it seems that nobody really dares to touch him.

“The international community and many donor countries, especially the United States, hesitated to grant more funds to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, because of the [not yet clarified allegations of a] corruption scandal. However, the United States, through its Deputy Secretary of State, Mr. John Negroponte, who visited Cambodia recently, pledged to grant US$1.8 million to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, so that it can proceed smoothly. Mr. Sean McCormack added that the US Department of State had already shared information about this attempt to help Cambodia to try the former Khmer Rouge leaders.

“Mr. Reach Sambath, the spokesperson of the [Cambodian section of the] Khmer Rouge Tribunal, said that the granting of US funds is mainly a political sign, and the tribunal welcomes this decision by the United States as a correct one. He went on to say that although this grant is small, it is better than nothing, and though it comes late, it is better than nothing. Mr. Reach Sambath boasted that the Khmer Rouge Tribunal is strongly committed and has created clear plans to deal with corruption, like by the nomination of two ethics monitoring officials, and the reassignment away of the director of personnel.

“This spokesperson hinted that the trial of Kang Kek Iev – called Duch, the former Tuol Sleng Prison chief – might happen in October or in November, after some procedural problems between the co-investigating judges and the co-prosecutors will have been clarified. Some officials of civil society organizations and observers are keenly observing this problem, because they want to see that the trial of the suspects to happens soon, in order to find justice for the victims. However, if there is more delay, the funds from the United States will be spent wastefully, and the Khmer citizens still do not see the light of justice.

“The Khmer Rouge Tribunal, which has suffered from allegations of a corruption scandal, needs approximately US$50 million in addition, to cover expenses until 2010, out of which approximately US$10 million are to come from the Cambodian side, and approximately US$40 million are needed from the United Nations. At present, many observers are waiting to see whether the trial – which is planed to take place this late October – of Khiev Samphan, who had filed an appeal to be temporarily released from detention, will proceed smoothly or not. If the trial of Khiev Samphan in October faces complications and is delayed again, like it happened already on 23 April 2008, it is not easy for the tribunal to seek additional millions of dollars.

“Although the US government announced to ask for parliamentary approval for a grant of US$1.8 million to the [UN, not the Cambodian section of the] Khmer Rouge Tribunal budget during the recent visit by the US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, some observers of the processes of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal do not expect that this mixed tribunal can find justice for the victims who were killed during the killing filed regime, because previously, the Khmer Rouge Tribunal had spent already millions of dollars wastefully, while Khmer citizens in general have been waiting for justice nearly 30 years. Furthermore, irregularities and a corruption scandal at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal have not yet been clarified.

“Khmer citizens inside of the country and abroad want that the trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders should occur soon, as long as they are still alive, so that the real reasons that led to the killing of more than 1.7 million people during their time in power from 1975 to early January 1979 can be revealed. Therefore, if there is further delay, those former Khmer Rouge leaders might die before the trial takes place, because already at present, they became older, and some of them had been suffering from serious illness and had often been sent to Calmette Hospital.” Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3569, 19.9.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 19 September 2008


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1750, 19.9.2008

  • Samdech Hun Sen and Samdech Krom Preah [Norodom Ranariddh] Extend Friendly Wishes to Each Other; Amnesty Letter for Samdech Krom Preah Arrived at the Royal Palace on 18 September 2008
  • The Ministry of Economy and Finance Has Not Taken Any Action to Decrease the Price of Fuel Following Samdech Hun Sen’s Order
  • The Murder Case of the Journalist of Moneaksekar Khmer [Mr. Khim Sambo and his 21-year-old son] Reaches a State to Call Those Who Know Much to Be Asked [medical doctors of Calmette Hospital, editor of The Cambodia Daily, Mr. Dam Sith, editor-in-chief of Moneaksekar Khmer, staff of ADHOC and of LICADHO]


Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #247, 19.9.2008

  • [Opposition party President] Sam Rainsy Affirms that on 24 and 25 September 2008, There Will Be No Opposition Party Parliamentarians Present to Satisfy the Face of the Cambodian People’s Party


Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #102, 19.9.2008

  • The Head of the Government Affirmed His Final Position Regarding some Political Issues Related to the Opposition Parties [he warns to sue Sam Rainsy for insulting the new National Assembly by saying that it is a thief, ghost, wind, and a Yuon (Vietnamese) National Assembly]
  • Vendors of the New Market Plan to Protest in Front of Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen’s House [related to the plan to narrow their stalls]
  • US Military Medics [from the US Tripler Army Medical Center] for Smile, Sound, and Sight, Treat Khmer Citizens Free of Charge [from 10 to 19 September 2008]


Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6454, 19.9.2008

  • Thai Prime Minister [Somchai Wongsawat – สมชาย วงศ์สวัสดิ์] Responds Positively to Continue to Negotiate with Cambodia [after Prime Minister Hun Sen’ request for negotiations]
  • Delegations from Hong Kong and from [South] Korea Look for Development in Sihanoukville [with plans build new towns, casinos, hospitals, stadiums, hotels, a public zoo, golf courses, resorts, and seashore and on-the-sea recreation sites, and also preserving a natural forest park]


Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #34, 19.9.2008

  • The United States Expects that the Khmer Rouge Tribunal Will No Longer Be Involved in a Corruption Scandal
  • [Sam Rainsy Party Deputy Secretary General] Mu Sochua: 20% or 21% of Khmer Citizens Lack Food [she raised this problem, based on a survey by the Cambodia Development Resource Institute]


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4698, 19.9.2008

  • Cambodia Criticizes Thailand for Lying to the World by Announcing that the Ta Krabei Temple [located in an unmarked border region] Belongs to Them
  • Vietnam Sends Seventeen Khmer Citizens Home, Whom They Rescued from a Leaking Ship
  • Digging up of Khmer Ancestral Graves Happens Again in Thma Pouk [probably by artifact plunderers – Banteay Meanchey]


Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3411, 19.9.2008

  • The Court Summons Representatives of the Citizens and of the Company over the Boeng Kak Lake Land Dispute Today [after citizens had filed a complaint, requesting to stop the dredging of sand to fill the lake]

Cambodia related section of the press conference at the US Department of State on 16.9.2008
Source:
http://useu.usmission.gov/Article.asp?ID=B76C5503-996F-4F03-AAC0-749F4312BA5D

QUESTION: Did you manage to get answers to the two questions that I had at the end of the briefing yesterday,…[on] the Cambodia issue?

MR. MCCORMACK: As a matter of fact, we did. And I have on Cambodia – I have some –…
I’ll just read – I have a few points on this. I’ll read them off to you and see if they’re useful.

We are committed to helping Cambodia in its efforts to hold Khmer Rouge leaders accountable for their crimes. The State Department has notified Congress of our intention to provide $1.8 million to help the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the E-triple-C, complete its task. We believe that the court is now capable of meeting international standards of justice, and our decision at this time to identify funds reflects our belief that the court has the capacity to respond effectively and appropriately to these allegations.

While the court still has more to do, the ECCC has made significant strides to overcome international concerns about corruption, mismanagement, and political influence, including adding a new international deputy administrator, strengthening management practices, and establishing procedures to deal with allegations of wrongdoing.

Nonetheless, the court must still take appropriate steps to address the current allegations and hold responsible those involved.

QUESTION: And this was – a similar message was conveyed by the Deputy [Secretary of State Negroponte] when he was there?

MR. MCCORMACK: Well, the issue was discussed by the Deputy in Phnom Penh.

QUESTION: Yeah, but, I mean – but he told them that they were going to get the money.

MR. MCCORMACK: I have not spoken with the Deputy, so I can’t vouch firsthand for his message. But the issue was raised.

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Thursday, 18.9.2008: Mr. Yash Ghai Announced to Resign from His Position as UN Special Representative for Human Rights in Cambodia

Posted on 19 September 2008. Filed under: Week 578 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 578

“Mr. Yash Ghai, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Human Rights in Cambodia, whom many know well to be a person who dared to clearly criticize Mr. Hun Sen and who often created Mr. Hun Sen a headache, announced his resignation on Monday early this week.

Note:

Mr. Yash Ghai’s presentation at the UN International Human Rights Council, meeting in Geneva, was introduced by the the delegate from Japan:

“Japan introduced the review, rationalization and improvement of the mandate of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the human rights situation in Cambodia. It noted that Cambodia had made substantive progress since the mandate had been introduced in 1993. However, there were still issues and challenges to be tackled by the Government of Cambodia, such as land ownership, establishing the rule of law, ensuring independence of the judiciary, and others. Japan underlined the need for the international community to provide advisory services and technical assistance to Cambodia in order to address human rights issues that needed further improvement. It proposed renewal of the mandate for one year.”

15.9.2008 – Press release by the UN Office in Geneva

“In spite of this, Mr. Yash Ghai called thorough his statement in front of the UN International Human Rights Council in Geneva to encourage the United Nations to continue its activities in Cambodia in order to help Khmer citizens whose rights were heavily abused.

“It should be noted that Mr. Yash Ghai took the place of Mr. Peter Leuprecht, former Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Human Rights in Cambodia, in 2005, after this envoy did not get on well with Mr. Hun Sen’s government, because he seriously criticized the abuse of human rights in Cambodia.

Mr. Yash Ghai sated on Monday in Geneva, ‘The Cambodian government has already opposed the work of four UN envoys.’

“Mr. Yash Ghai said, ‘There is little improvement seen in Cambodia – this does not mean that there is no improvement – as there is a severe lack of seriousness in the court system and in important law enforcement institutions, and in protecting the rights of each person.’

“Mr. Yash Ghai added that the international community let him to face a war of words with the Phnom Penh government alone.

“In addition, Mr. Yash Ghai said, ‘It is most important that the person who will succeed me should be fully supported by the International Human Rights Council, that is, by the United Nations and by the international community.’

“Mr. Yash Ghai appeared to be sarcastic, when he said, ‘I cannot say that I earned much support,’ but he had the encouragement for Mr. Hun Sen, the Cambodian Prime Minister, who insulted him repeatedly.

“Mr. Yash Ghai said without hesitating, ‘Mr. Hun Sen called me to be stupid, and a lazy short term tourist.’ As for Mr. Khieu Kanharith, the government spokesperson, he called me a person with no civilization and lacking Aryan culture.’

“Mr. Yash Ghai continued, ‘Mr. Hun Sen also accused me of lying and that I was nominated just to receive a salary. Furthermore, Mr. Hun Sen described international human rights organization and me like animals. He humiliated Kenya which is my home country to be heading towards the killing fields, and Mr. Khieu Kanharith said that Kenyon citizens are rough and brutal.’

“Mr. Yash Ghai said also, ‘The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva did not protect me, and rejected to release a statement to clarify that I do not get paid. Therefore, I had to clarify this myself.’

“Yesterday there was no reaction from officials of the Phnom Penh government regarding Mr. Yash Ghai’s statement in Geneva on Monday.

“Nevertheless, on behalf of the European Community, Mr. Jean Baptiste Mattei, the French Ambassador to the UN International Human Rights Council, said, ‘The European Community Welcomes Cambodia’s decision to accept the continuation of the term for a Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Human Rights in Cambodia.’

“Also, Ms. Juliette de Rivero, Geneva advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, expressed support for the continuation of a term.

“She assessed that Cambodia does have problems with UN human rights officials who hold the mandate, but she still wants to see this mandate continued.

“It should be remembered that the war of words between Mr. Yash Ghai and Mr. Hun Sen had attracted public opinion statements from many sources, strongly criticizing Mr. Hun Sen, saying that the Hun Sen government does not cooperate with Mr. Yash Ghai which affected Mr. Hun Sen’s reputation negatively. If the government would terminate the mandate of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia, it is feared that human right abuses will spread one hundred times more than before.” Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #246, 18.9.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 18 September 2008


Cambodge Soir, Vol.1, #50, 18-24.9.2008

  • Citizens in Bavet Abandon Agriculture and Take up Services [some become vendors and some work in factories, restaurants, and casinos – Svay Rieng]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1749, 18.9.2008

  • Samdech Hun Sen Asks Thai New Prime Minister to Continue Negotiation [related to border dispute]
  • Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen Wants Samdech Krom Preah to Return to Cambodia during the Pchum Ben Day [which will be celebrated from 28 to 30 September 2008]


Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #246, 18.9.2008

  • Mr. Yash Ghai Announced to Resign from His Position as UN Special Representative for Human Rights in Cambodia
  • Sam Rainsy Asks Hun Sen to Give His Reasons Why He Is Not Asking for Support from the Co-Chairmen of the 1991 Paris Peace Conference over the Intrusion by Siam [Thailand] into Cambodia

Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #101, 18.9.2008

  • Labak Khon Hydro-Electric Plant Has Serious Impact on Humans and on Animals [it will prevent the movement of fish to find food and to move to their normal refuge for laying eggs, which will affect the people living along the Mekong River]


Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6453, 18.9.2008

  • Brother-in-Law of [ousted former Thai prime minister] Thaksin [Somchai Wongsawat – สมชาย วงศ์สวัสดิ์ – 61, married to Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra’s sister] Became Thai Prime Minister [after a vote in parliament on 17 September 2008]
  • Unknown Person Threw a Bomb with a Threatening Letter into the House of a Former [Cambodian TV program selected] “Freshie Girl [Ven Davin, but no explosion – Phnom Penh]


Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3568, 18.9.2008

  • The Cambodian Government Welcomes a New Person to Replace Mr. Yash Ghai as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Human Rights in Cambodia
  • Sam Rainsy: We Are Not Afraid of Losing Positions and Salaries in the National Assembly
  • Son Chhay [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian from Phnom Penh]: The Sam Rainsy Party Has Never Cried for the Position of Vice President and of Chairperson of Committees in the National Assembly


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4697, 18.9.2008

  • Japanese Investment Delegation Comes to Study Investment in Cambodia
  • American Man Is Arrested on Accusation of Keeping a 13-Year-Old Girl for Having Sex and for Committing Debauchery Acts [17 September 2008 – Phnom Penh]
  • There Were No Newspapers of Rasmei Kampuchea Available on 17 September 2008, because There Were People Driving a Car to Buy Them All [ Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4696, 16.9.2008, papers which had an article “Illegal Imports of Gas: There Was a Short Surprise because There Was Police, Then the Situation Turned Usual as if Nothing Had Happened” – Poipet, Banteay Meanchey]
  • Vietnam Started to Sell Bio-Fuel [at a price of Dong 16,500, corresponding to approx. Riel 4,000 per liter, on 15 September 2008, Hanoi]


Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3410, 18.9.2008

  • Fuel Price Slightly Decreases, but [there are allegations that pumps of] Fuel Do Not Deliver Enough but Call it a “Liter”

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