Military Recruitments in Oddar Meanchey Concern the Citizens of This Province – Monday, 27.10.2008

Posted on 28 October 2008. Filed under: Week 584 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 584

“After a bloody clash between Cambodian and Siam [Thai] invading troops at the Veal Intry field, at Phnom Trop, and at the Keo Sekha Kiri Svarak Pagoda on 15 October 2008, the Cambodian government decided to recruit some soldiers in some provinces along the border to fill up the number of soldiers in units that face a shortage of soldiers.

“Military officials in Oddar Meanchey said that there is recruitment of soldiers in some districts in Oddar Meanchey where names of citizens are ticked off a list to serve in the army, without that they had personally volunteered. This problem will affect the feelings of the citizens.

“The deputy military commander in Oddar Meanchey, Mr. Him Sieb, said that among the five district of Oddar Meanchey, soldiers are recruited in four, including in Samraong, Trapeang Prasat, Banteay Ampil, and Anlong Veng.

“The deputy governor of Oddar Meanchey, Mr. Chab Phat, said that the recruitment process is followed by other steps, where first, the recruits from villages are gathered in each district, and then they are sent to be trained. In his district, soldier who are recruited, are between the age of 18 and 30.

“One citizen reported by telephone about the recruitments that it is good, and the reason why it is good is that when the nation needs us, it is our obligation, and it is not appropriate, and not acceptable if when we would not serve in the army. As long as the salaries are appropriate, it is possible to feed the family.

“As for Mr. Sim Piseth, a military official of unit #2 in Oddar Meanchey, he said by telephone that he does not know how many soldiers are being recruited, he just gave an example: if a unit used to consist of 500 soldiers – and when the number is reduced to 400, we have to recruit new soldiers to fill up the numbers; there is no precise number, that is, when one unit lacks soldiers, it has to be filled up.

“Mr. Sim Piseth added that this recruitment is to face Siamese [Thai] activities.

“Ms. Naren, an investigating official of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association – ADHOC – in Oddar Meanchey, said that she contacted citizens by telephone from the four districts where soldiers are recruited, and in two districts – Trapeang Prasat and Along Veng – citizens volunteer, but in Banteay Ampil, citizens’ names are just listed up to recruit them as soldiers, which concerns the citizens. If military service is to be carried out, it is a national obligation, but as it is implemented only in Oddar Meanchey, it worries the people.

“Ms. Naren went on to say that if recruitment for military service is generally conducted, it is not a problem, but if it is carried out only in these districts, it is not good, because such an obligation has to be implement in a general way.” Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #127, 26-27.10.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Monday, 27 October 2008

Deum Tnot, Vol.1, #42, 27-28.10.2008

  • The Association for Preserving Palm Trees Asks to Create Laws to Prosecute or Punish Those Who Destroy Palm Trees

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1778, 26-27.10.2008

    Cambodia Joins the Initiative to Create Free Trade and Investment Zones [says Prime Minister Hun Sen]

  • The Firth International Music Festival Will Be Held in Phnom Penh [from 30 October 2008 to 3 November 2008, with performances at the Chaktomuk Theater, at the Russian Cultural Center, and at the St. Joseph’s Chapel; this festival is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, by the German Embassy in Cambodia, and by the Goethe Institute – “Information about German culture and politics, on learning and teaching German”]
  • Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries – OPEC – Decides to Reduce Oil Production

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #271, 26-28.10.2008

  • A Siamese [Thai] Army Commander Was Angry with a Khmer Army Commander that Distributed Maps of the Decision of the Court in the Hague [during recent meetings] – [It would be interesting to know if they also distributed the text of the Joint Communique of 18 June 2008 with the new map prepared by the Cambodian side, where the representative of the Cambodian government declared that the 1962 maps are “superseded” by another, recent one. – The Editor]
  • [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian from Siem Reap and Yim Sovann’s wife] Ke Sovannarath: I Will Not Disappoint the Sam Rainsy Party Supporters and the Khmer Citizens [she said after she was nominated as the acting Secretary General replacing Mr. Eng Chhay Ieng]

Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #127, 27.10.2008

  • Military Recruitments in Oddar Meanchey Concern the Citizens of This Province
  • This Year’s Independence Day Celebration [on 9 November 2008] Will Be More Impressive Than in Previous Years [because there will be marching, attended by approx. 8,000 people]
  • A Group from the Samaki Rubber Plantation Protests against Plans of the Government [to transfer this state enterprise to a private company]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6483, 27.10.2008

  • Among the Forty Higher Education Institutions That Had Been Assessed, Three [the City University, the Institute of Cambodia in Banteay Meanchey, and the Khemarak University in Battambang] Were Found to Have Insufficient Criteria [for recognition]
  • Social Order Police Hit a Sugar Cane Juice Vendor Unconscious [when he tried to help his wife and daughter, who were being dragged into a police car during a crackdown – Battambang]
  • Lightning Kills a Couple [who are fishers] Leaving Four Children [Kompong Cham]

Meatophum, Vol.52, #709, 27-31.10.2008

  • Press Freedom in Cambodia Falls Forty One Ranks [from 85 to 126 among the 173 countries], Compared to 2007 [which results from the murder of a journalist and from the increased control and monitoring of publications during the elections]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3598, 27.10.2008

  • In 2009 the Government Plans to Spend Approximately US$500 Million on National Defense while Encouraging to Eliminate Corruption

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4726, 26-27.10.2008

  • An International Monetary Fund Delegation Comes to Get Briefed on the Economy in Cambodia
    Fuel Price Drops to US$63 per Barrel

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