Week 503

Wednesday, 11.4.2007: Declaration Of Emergency About Drugs – Mr. Sar Kheng: ‘There Are Many Places Of Production Which Have Not Yet Been Cracked Down’

Posted on 13 April 2007. Filed under: Week 503 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 503

“Phnom Penh: Mr. Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, made an emergency declaration on 10 April, saying that Cambodia fell into a state of emergency because of a very serious drug crisis, even though there were many major drug cases cracked down. As big smugglers of drugs and their ringleaders have not yet been arrested, it is not effective that some small smugglers and their ringleaders were arrested.

“Mr. Sar Kheng stated that the secret production of drugs in Cambodia is very dangerous for the country. Even though the majority of secretly produced drugs were to be sold not in Cambodia, some drugs would still be used also in Cambodia.

“Mr. Sar Kheng requested all persons in municipal and provincial leadership to pay more attention to cracking down on drugs, because he believes that there are many places of drug production which have not yet been cracked down.

“Mr. Sar Kheng made this statement on 10 April in the Ministry of Interior, when he presided over the meeting of the municipal and provincial Committees for Drug Control in 2007, which was held by the National Anti-Drug Authority.

“According to Mr. Sar Kheng’s speech, in the last few years he often received news about deaths caused by traffic accidents, violence, and some crimes related to drug abuse. The latter is a new problem that Cambodia has never had before. Meanwhile, he received news about the concerns of people who were affected by drug abuse, but the authorities have not yet taken measures to help such people appropriately.

“Mr. Sar Kheng added that the country has a growing number of young people who use drugs; that means there is a continuing loss of human resources and destroyed economic growth, and there are obstacles to correct economic planning. If serious measures are not taken against drug offenses, this will push the society into destruction. The slowness and inaction by local and other relevant authorities and institutions, especially law-enforcement institutions and other institutions involved in solving drug problems, made people dissatisfied with the government.

“Mr. Sar Kheng added that until now he does not yet know where drugs that were confiscated have to be dumped, because if drugs are buried, they will affect water resources. Therefore he gave this problem, to be solved, to technicians.

“According to a 2007 first-quarter report about the results of monitoring drugs, which was made by the Secretariat of the National Anti-Drug Authority, in the first quarter of 2007, ATS drugs – amphetamine type stimulants – especially methamphetamine, continued to be illegally imported into the provinces bordering Laos. Stung Treng is still the most important entry point. Some methamphetamine was targeted to be imported into Phnom Penh, and some was brought into the provinces bordering Thailand (especially Poipet). Heroin still had signs to show that there had not yet been any variation of entrance points and crossing points from Cambodia to foreign countries. Such a sign occurred in Stung Treng once (the people reported about their finding of heroin) and in the International Phnom Penh airport once (a Taiwanese man was about to take drugs to Taiwan). For the problem of marijuana in this first quarter, the authorities from Banteay Meanchey and Kandal found and destroyed plantations of marijuana furtively grown.

“According to the same report, 49 cases of offenses (112 cases in the first quarter of 2006) decreased by 56.25%, whereas the number of offenders (244 offenders) decreased by 66.39%. For confiscated drugs, 92,614 pills of methamphetamines (163,434 pills in the first quarter of 2006) decreased by 43.33%; there were 2.5 kilograms of ICE methamphetamines – methamphetamine hydrochloride crystals – plus 59 small packages (40 small packages in the first quarter of 2006); 6.25 kilograms of heroin plus 2 small packages (11 small packages in the first quarter of 2006); 2 kilograms of dry marijuana (no dry marijuana in the first quarter of 2006); 1,075 square meters of marijuana plantation (28.8 square meters in the first quarter of 2007). As for other things, two cars, three motorbikes, three mobile phones, and one passport were confiscated.” Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6014, 11.4.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 11 April 2007

Khmer Mekong, Vol.4, #259, 10-13.4.2007

  • Retired King Norodom Sihanouk Praised Samdech Hun Sen As A Great Man Of The New Generation [in a French letter written in Beijing, noting major achievements of Prime Minister Hun Sen]
  • The Ministry Of Public Works And Transport Issued Ten Points Of Instructions For Drivers For Khmer New Year Day

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6014, 11.4.2007

  • Declaration Of Emergency About Drugs – Mr. Sar Kheng: ‘There Are Many Places Of Production Which Have Not Yet Been Cracked Down’
  • Thai Police Took Strict Measures Against Khmer People Who Do Business In The Rongkleu Market [Thai-Cambodian border]
    Phnom Penh Red Cross And Ho Chi Minh Red Cross Signed Memorandum Of Friendship And Cooperation
  • Amnesty International Appealed To Appeals Court [over the murder of Chea Vichea, the former leader of the Free Trade Union of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and over the appeals court hearing of two persons controversially convicted as murderers]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3133, 11.4.2007

  • Khmer Citizens Are To Settle The Debts For The Ruling Party [Mr. Cheam Yeap, the Cambodian People’s Party lawmaker, stated that the current government received international loans of $200 million per year as well as other loans of $100 million]

Rasmei Angkor, Vol.14, #4259, 11.4.2007

  • Drug Smuggling In Chai Hong Hotel [Phnom Penh] Was Cracked Down – Six People Were Arrested And 2 Cars And 4 Rifles Were Confiscated

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.14, #1169, 11.4.2007

  • The New Political Life Of Mr. Kem Sokha [until now president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, changing to go into politics]
  • 113 People With Disabilities And Poor People Received Vocational Training From CJIA [Cambodia-Japan Interactive Association]

Reach Seima, Vol.2, #179, 11.4.2007

  • The Number Of Voters In 2008 Will Increase Up To 8 Million [claimed by opposition leader Sam Rainsy]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3031, 11.4.2007

  • More Than 2.5 Million Khmer People Did Not Go To Vote: Is This Normal For The National Election Committee?
  • Land Disputes Occurred Widely After The Commune Council Election [case of land grabbed by the Phanimex Company in Kandal and another case of land grabbed by Mr. Thai Hy, the commune chief in Kompong Chhnang]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #376, 11.4.2007

  • Opposition leader Sam Rainsy Suggested That Mature Politicians Should Not Consider Those As Enemies Who Are In The Opposition

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Tuesday, 10.4.2007: Those Who Failed Want To Win The 2008 National Elections; Samdech Hun Sen: If They Think Of Overthrowing The CPP, They Might Be Thunderstruck

Posted on 13 April 2007. Filed under: Week 503 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 503

“Phnom Penh: Samdech Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of the Royal Government of Cambodia, criticized politicians of some parties who failed in the elections in the past, and still continued to say that they wanted to overthrow the Cambodian People’s Party [CPP] in the 2008 National Elections. Samdech Hun Sen made such critical statements in the morning of 9 April in the Intercontinental Hotel, when he presided over a meeting reflecting on the work of agriculture, forestry and fisheries across the country for the years 2006-2007 and considering directions for the years 2007-2008.

“Samdech Hun Sen said that this was an old story, because during the 1998 National Elections he said so, and during the 2003 National Elections he also said so.

“Samdech Hun Sen stated that he is trying to seek all means and ways to win over poverty and various negative actions in society; but others think of wining over the CPP in the 2008 National Elections. He said, ‘I do not prohibit them, but I think that I said, in Siem Reap in the past, that if they do think of overthrowing the CPP, they might be thunderstruck. Samdech Hun Sen said that it is their freedom, but they should rather think about victory over poverty and various negative actions in society, to improve the living standard of the citizens.

“Samdech Hun Sen said that the Royal Government of Cambodia paid much attention to the living standard of the citizens. He declared: ‘We never declare that we take anyone as our enemy, but they declare that we are their enemy; therefore, we think of playing from now on like we played with the Khmer Rouge, until they were dissolved.

“Samdech stated that election campaigners should follow advertising agents’ examples. They never advertise anything to degrade others’ products. However, Samdech Hun Sen confirmed, ‘We should use only peaceful means, but not violent means. The CPP did not consider any party as an enemy, but its current enemies are poverty and negative actions that should be dealt with. Other political parties should not worry, if the CPP wins the elections, they can live the same. Citizens that have jobs should keep their same jobs. – There are women who work in karaoke bars and did not go to vote because they were afraid of making their fingernails dirty, or sometimes they had other reasons.

“Samdech Hun Sen underscored that if other people want to win something, they will win something, but it is not necessary to say ‘Win over the CPP,’ but they should please put aside the CPP and put aside Hun Sen in their arguments. If they have prepared strategic plans, they should please be implemented. The more parties, the better. If various parties participate in developing agriculture and maintain and increase fisheries, it will be better for the whole society.” Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6013, 10.4.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1313, 10.4.2007

  • Cambodian Ship And Chinese Ship Collided And Sunk In The Chinese Sea [20 crews members disappeared, cause not yet found]
  • A Civil Society Organization [SCAP] Provided Recommendations To The Royal Government Of Cambodia To Solve The Problems Of Cambodian Street Children [support and five strategies, creating a forum about rights, and strengthen local social work officials]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6013, 10.4.2007

  • Municipal Governor [Kep Chutema] Encouraged Local Authorities To Watch About 100 Gambling Clubs
  • 11th Meeting Of Finance Ministers Of ASEAN Countries [drafting roadmap for financial and monetary integration of ASEAN and the ASEAN economic community]
  • Those Who Failed Want To Win The 2008 National Elections; Samdech Hun Sen: If They Think Of Overthrowing The CPP, They Might Be Thunderstruck
  • Samdech Hun Sen Met With Chinese Yunnan Province Governor [Qin Guan Rong, to encourage cooperation and trade between Cambodia and Yunnan province]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3132, 10.4.2007

  • Hanoi City Called On People [from all civil and military institutions] To Congratulate The Cambodian People’s Party On Its Election Results

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4258, 10.4.2007

  • [Mr. Sun Chanthol] Cambodian Minister Of Public Works And Transport Paid A Visit To China [to strengthen the cooperation between the two ministries]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3012, 10.4.2007

  • Sam Rainsy Agreed To Take Samdech Krom Preah As President Of A New Coalition Party, But He Wants To Make It A Condition That His Own Candidacy As Prime Minister Is Agreed, Like In The Arrangement In The Cambodian People’s Party

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #375, 10.4.2007

  • Khmer Krom People Will Conduct A Mass-Demonstration In Front Of The Vietnamese Embassy On 22 April

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Sunday/Monday, 8/9.4.2007: The US Recognized That The Commune Council Elections Were Free And Fair

Posted on 13 April 2007. Filed under: Week 503 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 503

“Phnom Penh: Cambodia held Commune Council Elections on 1 April, strengthening the firm hope of creating a regime of democracy for all Cambodian people. The result can be acceptable, because the elections happened in a quiet, non-violent atmosphere – what the world wants is freedom and justice. This was the statement of Mr. Eric G. John, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

“Having spoken to reporters in a press conference in the morning of 7 April in the US embassy in Cambodia, Mr. Eric G. John, referring to the actual observations – by international and national observers – of the process of the Commune Council Elections, which were organized by the Royal Government of Cambodia, said, ‘I think this result is acceptable.’ He added that not only the world but also Cambodia wants real freedom and justice in the process of an election, and he stated that the recent process of the Commune Council Elections was free and fair; even though there were some complaints of irregularities, they were not serious.

“The Deputy Assistant Secretary of State added that the reason why he said that the elections were free and fair was because there were many international and national observers who monitored this election process with political party representatives. Some irregularities happened in some places, but these were small issues, because the election process could continue uninterrupted until the end. He also said that even so, there were many acts of violence compared to other countries. However, he encouraged the Royal Government of Cambodia to increase its attention to keep social transparency in a democratic way, so that the Cambodian citizens live in a process of free development and prosperity.

“Mr. Eric G. John hopes that if development and good governance of the Royal Government of Cambodia continue to improve, this country will soon be successful in its development. Then the cooperation between the Cambodian Government and the Washington Government will also be better for a long time.

“Meanwhile, with Mr. Eric G. John recognizing the result of the Commune Council Elections, the National Election Committee [NEC] also recognized that this election proceeded without violence across Cambodia.

“Mr. Tep Nitha, the Secretary General of the NEC, told Kampuchea Thmey that until now the tentative results had been gradually declared, even if there were some complaints which had not yet been solved. He said that the NEC had received more than 50 complaints and finished solving most of them. The complaints which were not serious could be solved. He confirmed that most of the complaints were from the opposition party, which complained about irregularities at some places, but this party filed also a complaint to request a re-election. According the examination of the complaints for re-election, it was impossible to hold a re-election. For some places, both the Sam Rainsy Party or the Cambodian People’s Party [CPP] had filed complaints for re-election, and these complaints were already solved.

“Mr. Tep Nitha said that among more than 7.7 million who have the right to vote, more than 5 million voters (nearly 70%) cast ballots. He said that from Monday next week on, the official results would be gradually made public in each province. The NEC does not declare these official results of the Commune Council Elections in the NEC office in Phnom Penh, but the results will be made public in each province.

“Mr. Sam Rainsy, the president of the opposition party, said that some irregularities occurred in some polling stations. Many of those who did not go to vote were members of the Sam Rainsy Party. Mr. Sam Rainsy alleged that the NEC had caused difficulties for Sam Rainsy Party members. He claimed also that the NEC is an institution controlled by the ruling party.

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith, the CPP spokesperson, said, ‘Mr. Sam Rainsy is in the habit of boasting too much and liking to oppose endlessly. I don’t need to go into detail.’

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith added that if Mr. Sam Rainsy claimed that those who did not go to vote were his party members, it is similar to a certain Khmer saying, ‘If a fish is caught, people say it is a small fish; but if a fish can not be caught, it is a big fish.’ He added that there were many supporters of the CPP, but if there would be a re-election, the CPP will still receive much support. The request [for re-election] by Mr. Sam Rainsy is appropriate to fit his role in the opposition; if his party would not oppose, how could it be called the opposition party? Even though the election result has not yet been officially declared, the temporary results indicated that among 1621 communes across the country, the CPP received the majority in 1591 communes, the Sam Rainsy in 28, and the Norodom Ranariddh Party received zero communes.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1312, 8-9.4.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Sunday/Monday, 8/9 April 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1312, 8-10.4.2007

  • The US Recognized That The Commune Council Elections Were Free And Fair

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6012, 9.4.2007

  • The Khmer Rouge Tribunal Continues To Be In Controversy; US Officials Warned That If This Tribunal Fails, It Will Be A Disgrace In Cambodian History
  • Cambodia Needs Much Electric Power To Attract Development Investment [Minister Suy Sem, the Minister of Industry, Mines And Energy, signed a memorandum with the Yunnan Governor of China, on hydroelectric power projects and on building a hydroelectric power station on the Atai River in Pursat with a capacity of 120 megawatt]

Reach Seima, Vol.2, #177, 9.4.2007

  • Retired King Norodom Sihanouk And Queen Monineath Arrived In Cambodia [on 8 April to celebrate the Khmer New Year in Cambodia]
  • Some Garment Factories In Cambodia Declared To Deduct Workers’ Salaries If They Go To Vote [and do not return on time]

Sakal, Vol.15, #3172, 7-8.4.2007

  • For The Year 2008, The Cambodian People’s Party Does Not Need the 50+1 Formula!
  • Is The Mass Movement Of Democracy An Alliance To Fight To Take The Power From Hun Sen, Or To Swallow Up The Power Of Prince Norodom Ranariddh Or Of Prince Thomico?

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3011, 8-9.4.2007

  • A Foreign Language Newspaper [the Phnom Penh Post] Is Concerned That CPP Officials Are Having Their Children Marrying Each Other [establishing family unions by marriages between top-ranking CPP officials’ children]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, 374, 8.4.2007

  • US Ministry Of Foreign Affairs [through Mr. Eric G. John, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs] Praised The Victory Of The Sam Rainsy Party [the results of the Commune Council Elections]
  • Does Prince Norodom Ranariddh Hope To Cheat The Democrats Again?

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