Week 573

Week 573 – Sunday,2008-08-17: Post-Election Period

Posted on 18 August 2008. Filed under: *Editorial*, Week 573 |

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Saturday, 16.8.2008: During the First Six Months of 2008, Cambodia Attracted Fifty-One Investment Projects

Posted on 16 August 2008. Filed under: Week 573 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 573

“The Council for the Development OF Cambodia – CDC – said that during the first six months of 2008, Cambodia attracted 51 investment projects with a total volume of approximately US$1.5 billion, and when implemented, they will create employment for 73,176 citizens.

“A report issued early August said that the South Korean projects are the biggest, making it the biggest investor, China ranks next, and the third is France.

“This report said that investors from Korea are submitting investment projects on the market relating to more than 71.47%, China will submitted 10.21%, and France 2.8%

“This report continued to say that the investment for a 52-Stories International Financial Center is coordinated by Korea with US$1 billion.

“According to this report, foreign investments increased almost by 50 %, while investments from inside of the country declined, compared to the same period in 2007.

“This report said that in the period of six months, there were only US$519.8 million, while this year they increased to US$1.5 billion.

“Last year, investments by investors in the country were US$332.4 million, but this year, they declined to US$208.4 million.

“Mr. Chan Sophal, the president of the Cambodian Economic Association, said that recently, the economic situation in Cambodia is really good.

“He said that the elections this year did not bring any hazards to Cambodian economic growth; on the contrary, after the elections, the Cambodian economy is growing more.

“He added that the elections clearly show that Cambodia is politically stable, which is the main factor to develop the economy, and some other continuing changing political components that can contribute to promote the economic development of Cambodia on the international arena are the rising value of agricultural products and the growth of tourism.

“He continued to say, ‘The three big components that I mentioned above are strong forces for the current Cambodian economy.’

“Mr. Sok Sina, an economist, said that the 2008 elections were different from 2003. These elections will not put Cambodia into a crisis like the previous one.

“He went on to say, ‘I cannot see any political forces which would affect the process attracting foreign investors and the economic development.’” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4669, 16.8.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Saturday, 16 August 2008

Deum Tnot, Vol.1, #30, 16-17.8.2008

  • The Sam Rainsy Party Still Upholds Its Position Not to Accept the Results of the Election, because There Were “Forms 1018” Used Illegally

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1721, 16.8.2008

  • The Royal Government Intends to Arrest Those Who Created Rumors about Changes of Provincial and Police Leaders [according to a statement by Prime Minister Hun Sen on 15 August 2008]
  • Discussion between Cambodia and Japan: The Anti-Corruption Law Depends on the [new] Criminal Code

  • The King Returned from Beijing
  • Children Living in the Regions of the Tonle Sap Lake Are Facing Dengue Fever
  • [French President] Mr. Sarkozy and [US Secretary of State] Ms. Rice Called on Russia and Georgia to Sign the Cease Fire Agreement [14 August 2008]
  • Russia Will Provide US$400 Million to Restore [what is damaged in] South Ossetia, Which Wants to Establish an Independent State

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #223, 16.8.2008

  • Lao Mong Hay [a senior researcher at the Asian Human Rights Commission in Hong Kong]: Whether a Government Is Strong or Weak Does Not Depend on a Very High Number of Officials

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6425, 16-17.8.2008

  • The Authorities Do Not Support a Non-Violent Demonstration against Siam on 17 August 2007, because It Does Not Bring a Solution; It Was Agreed that Troops of Both Countries Withdraw from the Pagodas, and Each Side Agreed to Leave only Ten Soldiers at the Pagodas and Twenty Soldiers at the Front Lines

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4669, 16.8.2008

  • During the First Six Months of 2008, Cambodia Attracted Fifty-One Investment Projects
  • British Ambassador [Mr. David Reader] Went to Say Goodbye to Senior Minister and Minister of Economy Keat Chhon [on 15 August 2008, as he will finished his term from 2001 to 2008, during which Cambodia was grated approx. US$348 million – he is to be succeeded by Mr. Andrew Mace]
  • Vietnam Reduced the Illegal Export of Fuel to Cambodia by 80% [in the first six months of 2008 only 24,000 litters were sold, compared to the 142,000 litters during the same period in 2005]
  • Arrest Warrant Issued [by the Thai Supreme Court for former Thai ousted prime minister] Thaksin and His Wife [Pojaman]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3386, 16.8.2008

  • The Norodom Ranariddh Party Has No Intention to Unite with Funcinpec
  • Kandal Deputy Governor Phay Bunchhoeun Is Accused of Seizing [more than 29 hectares of] Land of Citizens from 324 Families [Kieng Svay, Kandal]

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Friday, 15.8.2008: Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos Join to Promote Tourism in the Triangle Zone

Posted on 16 August 2008. Filed under: Week 573 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 573

“Phnom Penh: Experts in tourism from state institutions from several provinces of Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos met together on 8 August 2008 in Gia Lai province, Vietnam, to seek methods to promote tourism in the Triangle Zone of the three countries.

“Mr. Tra Nut Seang, the director of the Ratanakiri provincial tourism office, who attended the meeting with other delegates from Mondolkiri and Stung Treng, said that this meeting focused on the Green Triangle Zone which covers ten provinces. These ten provinces are Ratanakiri, Mondolkiri, and Stung Treng in Cambodia, Attapu (also Attapeu – ອັດຕະປື), Xekong (also Sekong – ເຊກອງ), and Salavan (also Saravane – ສາລະວັນ) in Laos, and Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Đăk Lăk, and Đăk Nông in Vietnam. The meeting sought to identify the needs to promote tourism in each province in the Green Triangle Zone of Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos, like to find agreements on joint requests which had been sent to the governments of each country, to facilitate the provision of visas for tourists, and to construct infrastructure for tourism in this zone. As for the Cambodia side, Mr. Tra Nut Seang said that our country has difficulties of traveling, which makes it necessary to improve the national road from Ang Snuol, Kartie, to Mondolkiri and to the border with Vietnam, as well as a road from O Pong Moan in Ratanakiri to the border.

“After the meeting, the delegations will continue to visit the provinces of each country before making a final report about the requirements to donor countries.

“Mr. Thok Sokhom, head of the Heritage Triangle Zone program [for Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand], said that the Imperial Government of Japan announced in 2007 to grant approx. Yen 1,000 million, approx. US$10 million, to promote the development of tourism in the Green Triangle Zone. Out of this grant, Cambodia received approx. US$700,000 as the first step to construct tourist stations at a Cambodian-Vietnamese border crossing point and at a Cambodian-Laos border crossing point.

“To contribute to promote understanding about tourism, experts of the Mekong Sub-Region, including Gai Mary, Nec Rice, and Mr. Benny Rosenbloom [all phonetic] had cooperated with each other to write and publish a tourist guide book with 148 pages which presents tourist activities in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.

“Mr. Thong Khon, the Minister of Tourism, said that tourists visiting Cambodia during the first six months of 2008 increased by 13%, compared to the same period in 2007, which had more than 1.1 million tourists. Among them were 67,502 tourists from Thailand.

“Mr. Thong Khon predicted that tourists from Thailand will decline because of the disputes between both countries over the Preah Vihear Temple.

“However, the Minister of Tourism said that Cambodia plans to attract tourists to stay for longer periods and plans to promote developments of other tourist attraction areas. It should be noted that in 2007, the number of tourists to Cambodia increased to more than 2 million, earning approx. US$1,260 million for Cambodia, and employing more than 30,000 citizens. There were 360 hotels in 2007, and more than 300 tourist agencies.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1720, 15.8.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 15 August 2008

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1720, 15.8.2008

  • Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos Join to Promote Tourism in the Triangle Zone
  • Cambodia and Siam [Thailand] Agreed to Withdraw Troops from the Preah Vihear Temple Region on 16 August 2008 [after negotiations between Cambodia and Thailand in the Thai province of Surin on 13 August 2008]
  • Thai Court Plans to Create an International Extradition Request to Have [the ousted Prime Minister] Thaksin Delivered Back to the Country [from the United Kingdom]
  • Russia Violates the Cease-Fire with Georgia [as Russian military cars and tanks continue to stay in some main cities of Georgia]; the United States Sends Aid to Refugees [13 August 2008]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #222, 15.8.2008

  • [Opposition Party president] Sam Rainsy Asks for Data from [the secretary-general of the National Election Committee] Im Suosdey about the Identification Certificates Issued Using Form 1018

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6434, 15.8.2008

  • [Cambodian People’s Party president and president of the Senate] Samdech Chea Sim Asked [the Ministry of Health] to Find the Reasons Why People Seek Medical Treatment Outside of the Country
  • [Seven] Khmer Kampuchea Krom Organizations and Associations Oppose the House Arrest of Mr. Tim Sakhan [imposed by Vietnamese Authorities]
  • [The chairman of the Democratic Party of the State of Arkansas of the United States of America [Mr. Bill Gwatney] Was Shot Dead [13 August 2008]

Rasmei Angkor, Vol.11, #1347, 15.8.2008

  • Mr. Sok Kimheng, Director of the New Market, May Be Removed from His Position [by the Phnom Penh Municipality] Because of Corruption and for Putting Vendors under Stress

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4668, 15.8.2008

  • Google Earth: The Ta Moan Temple Is in Khmer Territory
  • Wife and Daughter of Mr. Nao Thuok [director of the Fisheries Department and advisor to Prime Minister Hun Sen] Was Robbed [by two robbers with two short guns taking jewelries worth approx. US$20,000]
  • Self-Made Explosives to Destroy the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument [in 2007]: Two Accused Convicted to Serve 17 Years in Prison and Three Others to Serve 15 Years
  • Russia Had Told the United States to Choose between Moscow and Georgia

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3385, 15.8.2008

  • The Thai Embassy [in Cambodia] Explained that the Confrontation of Troops at the Borders Does Not Involve the Institution of the Thai King [according to an explanation sent by the embassy to Samleng Yuvachun Khmer in response to an article]

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Thursday, 14.8.2008: Data Control of Liquid Waste in the Five Provinces around the Tonle Sap Lake Started

Posted on 15 August 2008. Filed under: Week 573 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 573

“The collection of data to control liquid waste [sewage] in five provinces, that is Kompong Chhnang, Pursat, Battambang, Siem Reap, and Kompong Thom, was started to be implemented by the Ministry of Environment for the first time in order to prevent the flow of sewage into the Tonle Sap Lake.

“An official of the Department of Environmental Pollution Control of the Ministry of Environment recently said that the collection of data on liquid waste in the five provinces around the Tonle Sap Lake is a task that needs to be clearly implemented. The start to collect data on sewage in the five provinces will monitor the flow of liquid waste from populated areas as the major goal.

“Mr. Heng Nareth, the director of the Department of Environmental Pollution Control of the Ministry of Environment, said that pollution by liquid waste originates from the citizens’ houses, and from factories and workshops.

“He added that it is estimated that waste from factories and from workshops is less than expected, that is between 5% and 10% only, while the pollution from people’s houses is between 90% and 95%.

“He explained that the pollution by liquid waste from citizens’ houses causes damage to the environment of the Tonle Sap Lake’s water when the number of persons in populated areas increases from year to year. Domestic waste is bio-pollution, because that liquid waste contains nitrogen, phosphor, and other chemicals that can kill living species in the natural water resources.

“The departments’ officials said that the liquid waste from factories is less in volume and much easier to control than liquid waste from households. Nevertheless, environment officials of the five provinces will try to find data about the liquid waste at the end points of sewage system pipes and at relevant population concentrations in inhabited rural areas and in towns.

“According to estimations from expert environmental officials, 70% of the citizens’ domestic water use goes into sewage, and 30% might infiltrate into the ground. As for the liquid waste of the five provinces, after collection of data on the quantity of domestic water use is completed, following soon there will be measures established for cleaning of the sewage water before it is released, in order to avoid polluting the natural water of the Tonle Sap Lake.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4667, 14.8.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 14 August 2008

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1719, 14.8.2008

  • Cambodian and Siamese [Thai] Troops Agreed to Withdraw 100 Meters from the [Ta Moan] Temple
  • Australia Pledges to Continue to Support Cambodian Projects to Preserve the Angkor Wat Temples

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6423, 14.8.2008

  • The Decrease of the Price of Fuel in Cambodia Proceeds Very Slowly – unlike the Previous Increase [which was quick]
    European Union Sponsors Five Students from Cambodia to Continue to Study Higher Education Subjects through Erasmus Mundus Scholarships
  • One Gold Seller’s House of the Saen Sok Market Was Robbed at Night [by a group of about ten robbers with four AK rifles and two short guns], Taking More Than US$30,000 [Russey Keo, Phnom Penh]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3538, 14.8.2008

  • An Official of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal Was Removed from His Position [as head of the personnel section, related to the kickback funds allegations at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal – according to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia spokesperson, Mr. Reach Sambath, but Ms. Helen Jarvis, the Public Affairs Officer, said that it is a normal reshuffle]]; Duch’s Indictment Was Handed Over to the Trial Court
  • The Sam Rainsy Party Provided Documents [as proof of the misuse of the election identification “Form 1018”] to Im Suosdey [secretary-general of the National Election Committee] to Take Action against District Chiefs from the Cambodian People’s Party

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4667, 14.8.2008

  • Data Control of Liquid Waste in the Five Provinces around the Tonle Sap Lake Started
  • [Mr. Bob Corcoran] Deputy Director of the GE Company [president of the General Electric Foundation] of the United States Arrived in Cambodia [to create a project to provide medical supplies to Cambodia]
  • By 8 July 2008, Rice Cultivation [in Battambang] Is Implemented by 76.25% [corresponding to 183,767 hectares of the 241,000 hectares of this province]
  • Russia and Georgia Agreed with a Peace Plan [13 August 2008]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3384, 14.8.2008

  • Samdech Krom Preah Will Return after the King, the Great Heroic King, and the Queen, Come back This Friday [there is unofficial information that Prime Minister Hun Sen agreed to request an amnesty for Prince Norodom Ranariddh]
  • Civil Society Organizations [the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights and the Cambodian Center for Human Rights] Condemn the Release of a Suspect [Ea Puthea] Involved in the Acid Attack on Ms. In Soklida’s Aunt

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Wednesday, 13.8.2008: Cambodia Will Spend More Than US$400 Million to Create a First Class Irrigation System

Posted on 14 August 2008. Filed under: Week 573 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 573

“Phnom Penh: A high ranking official of the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology said that Cambodia will spend more than US$400 million starting in 2008 for ambitious developments to create a huge, first class irrigation system.

“Mr. Lim Kean Hor, the Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology, said that more than one million hectares of rice fields in Cambodia are expected to be served with enough water when these projects will be completed towards the end of the newly starting fourth term of the royal government. Mr. Lim Kean Hor continued that the projects are now in the preliminary stages. After they are completed, it is expected they will deliver water to nearly 60% of the entire area of the present day rice fields.

“At present, the Ministry of Water Resources plans to start building a big dam in the coming dry season with resources from Qatar at the Vaico River in Svay Rieng, worth more than US$200 million, which can deliver water to more than 300,000 hectares of rice fields, and it plans to construct another dam at the Stung Saen River [Kompong Thom] with resources from Kuwait, worth over US$100 million, which can serve 10,000 hectares of cultivation fields. The Ministry plans also to build the Krang Ponley dam [in Kompong Speu], starting during the dry season, with a loan from the government of Korea at a costs of US$33 million, and to build dams at the Basal and Chi Kraeng Krom rivers [Siem Reap] with a loan from the government of India, at a costs US$30 million, as well as the Kumhat dam, by using water from the Stung Sangkae River [Battambang] at a costs US$52 million.

“The director of the Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture – CEDAC – Mr. Yang Saing Koma, immediately welcomed the project to spend money for a first class irrigation system, assessing that this project will help to increase paddy rice yields in the country by at least more than one million tonnes per year. Mr. Yang Saing Koma said that this is a good project, but the government has to ensure that expenses are used efficiently. In the meantime, the government has to clarify which system for storing water should be constructed or restored, in order to avoid losing national resources. According to Mr. Yang Saing Koma’s comment, the government as well as the Ministry of Water Resources should focus on delivering water to farmers to grow rice with stability in the rainy season as the first priority, because it will increase our paddy rice yields to be higher than at present.

“It should be noted that currently, because of insufficient irrigation systems to deliver water for rice production, Cambodia receives only 1.6 to 2 tonnes per hectare on average. Regarding this irrigation system, Mr. Yang Saing Koma said, ‘If our land of more than one million hectares receives enough water, in the rainy season, based on our experiences, farmers might yield at least between 30% to 50% more paddy rice – that is more than one million tonnes more.’

“At present, Cambodia, with more than 2.5 million hectares for rice farming, yields between 6 and 7 million tonnes of paddy rice per year, out of which more than 2 million tonnes can be exported. On 6 August 2008, Prime Minister Hun Sen stated in front of thousands of citizens who were transplanting rice seedlings in Kompong Speu that the next term government, which will be formed after the election of 27 August 2008, has the intention to give top priority to irrigation systems so that Cambodia will become a big rice exporting country in the region. He said that Cambodia will have between 4 and 5 million tonnes paddy rice to sell each year under the policy of giving top priority to irrigation systems.

“According to the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, nowadays around 44% of the rice fields in Cambodia are being irrigated.” Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #72, 13.8.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #81, 13-19.8.2008

  • Chinese President Hu Jintao Met Khmer King [11 August 2008 – Beijing]; [Minister of Foreign Affairs] Hor Namhong Will Take the Issues of the Preah Vihear Region and the Ta Moan Temple to Meet with the Thai King [and Thai high-ranking officials] on 18 August 2008

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1718, 13.8.2008

  • Deputy Representative of the US Department of Commerce [Director for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Dr. Christina Sevilla] Will Visit Cambodia [on 13 August 2008, to discuss private-public sector cooperation in order to expand commerce]
  • A Student [of the Institute of Foreign Languages] Who Was About to Continue Her Studies in Japan Was Hit by a Motorcycle and Died before She Could Be Transferred to a Hospital in Vietnam [11 August 2008 – Phnom Penh]
  • Thai Supreme Court Issued an Arrest Warrant for [ousted former Thai prime minister] Mr. Thaksin
  • Russian President [Dmitri Medvedev] Ordered to Stop Military Operations in Georgia [12 August 2008]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #220, 13.8.2008

  • The Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association Requests the Ministry of Education to Punish Those Who Committed Corruption during the [high school diploma] Examinations
  • Lao Mong Hay [a senior researcher at the Asian Human Rights Commission in Hong Kong] Said that the Diplomatic Politics of the Hun Sen Government Are Weaker than Siam’s [Thailand has contacted the United Sates of America, China, and some European countries, and informed them about the border issues with Cambodia]

Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #72, 13.8.2008

  • Civil Society Organizations Ask the Government to Lodge a Complaint against Thailand at the United Nations
  • Cambodia Will Spend More Than US$400 Million to Create a First Class Irrigation System
  • The Price of Oil on the World Market Continues to Decline to US$111 per Barrel; in Cambodia the Price Does Not Reflect such Changes

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6422, 13.8.2008

  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Claimed Publicly that the Group of Ta Moan Temples Is on Cambodian Territory
  • The National Authority for Combating Drugs Published the 2007 Data [drug production, drug trafficking, and drug use became more complicated and spread countrywide, especially to rural areas]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3537, 13.8.2008

  • Former Khmer Rouge Leaders in Detention Are Accused of More Genocide Crimes

Raksmei Angkor, Vol.11, #1346, 13.8.2008

  • The Norodom Ranariddh Party [changed position and now] Accepted the Election Results, and Suspended Cooperation with the Sam Rainsy Party [as announced on 11 August 2008]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4666, 13.8.2008

  • Cambodia and Japan Plan to Organize a Mixed Cultural Event in 2009

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Tuesday, 12.8.2008: The New Government Will Have More Than 400 Members

Posted on 13 August 2008. Filed under: Week 573 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 573

“The forth-term Cambodian government will be increased to have more than 400 members. Prime Minister Hun Sen acknowledged this big increase. Officials of civil society organizations have criticized the increase as a big waste of money. As for the Prime Minister, he said that it aims to stabilize the political situation in Cambodia.

“In each ministry, there are at least six secretaries of state and six under-secretaries of state. It was reported that in future, there might be 10 secretaries of state, comparable to the number at the Council of Ministers, which has twelve secretaries of state. The same source said that all parties that have won seats in the National Assembly are included in the new government, excluding, however, the Sam Rainsy Party. Therefore, the number of members of the new government might increase to more than 400 persons. This is the largest number ever, compared to previous governments. It is twice as high as in earlier times.

“The increased number of members in the new government is a big burden for the national budget of a developing country, while the citizens’ livelihood is facing difficulties. Prime Minister Hun Sen had acknowledged that a next mandate government will be somewhat bigger. However, there is no position left open for the Sam Rainsy Party. One official of the Sam Rainsy Party hopes that he can also join the new government through secret negotiations. The same source said also that many names had been sent to the Cambodian People’s Party to be included as members of the government. If so, the new government might increase even to 500 persons.

“Related to this increase, civil society organizations continue to criticize it to be ‘a government with a head bigger than the body’ and expressed concern regarding work efficiency and the related expenses to come from national resources. The director of the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights – LICADHO – Dr. Pong Chiv Kek [also known as Dr. Kek Galabru] said, ‘Already during the third mandate, the government of Cambodia was the biggest government in the world, while the number of our Khmer citizens is small. The further increase will trigger concerns about the salaries that the government has to provide for those officials.’ She added that big numbers do not mean that work will be more efficient than with small numbers. Ms. Pong Chiv Kek continued to say that the new government to be formed should not think about the numbers, but it has to think first about quality. She said, ‘Enlarging the government is just distributing the access to power.’ She explained the problems also by referring to examples from different countries, like the countries of Europe and China: they have huge populations, but their governments are smaller than the Cambodian one.

“The increase of the numbers of members of the government has been explained by officials of the government to aim at retaining political stability and national security, and that this increase is not made without clear advance considerations.

“Regarding the considerations about security and stability, Ms. Pong Chiv Kek agreed, but she said, ‘The government has to think about democracy and the capacity of those who work in the new government by monitoring how much those new officials serve the people.’ Referring to the fact that the Cambodian People’s Party has enough seats to form the new government alone, Ms. Pong Chiv Kek suggested that ‘the Cambodian People’s Party should start to reform the government and reduce the large numbers of members of the government, and it should also consider reforms in other sectors, such as strengthening the independence of the courts.’ She went on to say, ‘To achieve a balance the power, it is not necessary to add more officials to the government, it is also important to strengthen people outside of the government to have enough power to monitor all activities of the government.’ She added that the proposed increase will make it more difficult for the people who have to carry the burden, to pay taxes to the state, in order to have funds to spend for the salaries of the many officials.

“In the compositions of the new government, there are open positions for officials from other parties as partners. But this lists includes just officials from the Cambodian People’s Party, without officials from other parties. If other parties, like the Human Rights Party and the Norodom Ranariddh Party, are included in the new government, the number of members will increase, or they might say that each ministry might have ten secretaries of state, and the number of under-secretaries of state might be similar.

“Though there is criticism from different organizations, there is no solution against the inflation of the number of members of the new government. As for the Cambodian People’s Party, they do not care about this increase, because those newly assigned will not manage money. Therefore, the names of those who will hold such positions are like air. It is expected that many officials will hold positions as secretary of state, but they will not have any work to do and cannot make important decisions in their ministries.

“As for the compositions of the Council of Ministers – the cabinet – it is assumed that there, the power will be distributed according to the institutions and the factions of high ranking officials of the party. Some are from the line of the president of the Cambodian People’s Party, Mr. Chea Sim, and some are from the line of Prime Minister Hun Sen. Senior Ministers from Mr. Chea Sim’s line are not as powerful as those from Prime Minister Hun Sen’s line. Officials who came over from the Sam Rainsy Party will be given positions so that they will not leave again. These assignments of officials who had joined only recently are making the majority of long time activists of the Cambodian People’s Party dissatisfied.” Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3382, 12.8.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1717, 12.8.2008

  • Teacher [aged 27] Raped [14 year old female] Underage Student [Kompong Cham]
  • Georgia Asks for a Cease Fire; Russia Increases Attacks and Deploys War Ships in the Black Sea [10 August 2008]

Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #71, 12.8.2008

  • Floods in Vietnam Killed 97 People
  • Thousands of Philippinos Fled from the Fighting Area [between government troops and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6421, 12.8.2008

  • Funcinpec Might Receive One Deputy Prime Minister Position, Four Senior Ministers, and Twenty to Thirty Secretaries and Under-Secretaries of State [according to Cambodian People’s Party parliamentarian, Mr. Cheam Yeap, on 11 August 2008]
  • Burmese Opposition Leader [Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, 62] Allowed to Meet with Her Lawyer [10 August 2008]
    Terrorist Bomb Attack [in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in western China] Killed Eight People

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3536, 12.8.2008

  • [Former Khmer Rouge minister of foreign affairs] Ieng Sary Was Sent Back from the Calmette Hospital to Detention [late last week]
  • Land Disputes Are Spreading before a New Government Is Formed

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4665, 12.8.2008

  • The Ta Moan Temple of Cambodia Is Remote [because the road to the temple is very difficult, and the geographical situation is complicated]; Siam [Thailand] Does Not Allow Khmer Troops to Enter [except for higher Khmer military officials who enter to discuss the dispute]
  • The Government of Germany Had Already Decided to Grant Euro 34 Million to Develop Some Sectors [there are two agreements: 1. Agreement about financial cooperation in 2007 by which the government of the Federal Republic of Germany provides Euro 18 million to projects, such as reproductive health, joint program about financing of a social welfare (package and program to set up electricity in rural areas in Siem Reap and in Kompong Thom), and 2. Agreement about as technical cooperation in 2007 by which the government of the Federal Republic of Germany provided Euro 16.65 million on projects, such as joint program about finance of social wellfare, the support of land management reforms, new energy program, the implementation of irrigation and agricultural strategies, and supports of the national audit authorities; promotion of women rights and the identification of poor families
  • A Teacher Was Hit on One of His Eyes by [three] Students, Damaging His Eye [Kompong Speu]
  • [Former Thai prime minister] Thaksin Seeks Asylum in England [violating bail conditions]
  • More Than 300,000 Couples Got Married All Over China on [lucky date of] 8.8.2008


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Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4663, 9.8.2008

  • [Former Thai prime minister] Thaksin: I Will Not Escape from the Country [regarding his court cases, that he might be sentenced to jail]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3382, 12.8.2008

  • The New Government Will Have More Than 400 Members

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Monday, 11.8.2008: Monkeys in Cambodia Are Suffering because They Have a Sales Value

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The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 573

“Phnom Penh: According to a new report from an international conservationist organization, monkeys in Cambodia are becoming endangered animals because of the destruction of the forest and of hunting, while local people said that they are animals easy to sell, and merchants come to buy them directly where they are caught.

“According to a report of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, nearly half of approximately 634 species of small and big monkeys and of gibbons in the world are endangered, and monkeys living in their natural habitat in Cambodia are also badly affected.

“This report shows that about 303 species of monkeys are threatened, and 69 are seriously endangered; as for Cambodia, here nine among ten species are endangered.

“The report of this organization shows that monkeys in Cambodia are in a most precarious situation. The report illustrates that 90% of monkeys in Cambodia are struggling to survive, because they are being hunted and killed to mix their remains to produce traditional Chinese medicine. In this situation, after Cambodia comes Vietnam where 86% of the monkeys are endangered, then Indonesia with 84%, Laos with 83%, and China with 79%.

“Mr. Russell Mittermeier, the president of this organization, reported in [the Indian] New Kerala that these species of monkeys are in danger because of the destruction of tropical forests, but now there is another cause: hunting.

“A local person from northwestern Cambodia told this organization that monkeys are being searched to be hunted everyday by villagers, in order to sell them to merchants who come directly to buy them where they are caught.

“Mr. Pai Phong Nhuk, the head of the Sesan Community Network, said that nobody can stop the villagers. They always form groups of four or six people to look for monkeys in flooded forests along the Sesan River to catch and sell them to merchants.

“Mr. “Pai Phong Nhuk said that he does not know where those monkeys are taken to, but merchants always come to buy them directly at the villages.

“He added, ‘Khmer and Vietnamese merchants always come to buy monkeys for between Riel 450,000 [approx. US$110] and Riel 500,000 [approx. US$125].” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4664, 10-11.8.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Monday, 11 August 2008

Deum Tnot, Vol.1, #29, 11-12.8.2008

  • The National Election Committee [NEC] Released the Temporary Results of the Forth Term Parliamentary Election [the Cambodian People’s Party received 3,492,374 votes corresponding to 90 seats, the Sam Rainsy Party received 1,316,714 corresponding to 26 seats, the Human Rights Party received 397,816 corresponding to 3 seats, the Norodom Ranariddh Party received 337,943 corresponding to 2 seats, and Funcinpec received 303,764 corresponding to 2 seats; the total number of voters on the lists of NEC is 8,125,529 persons, and 6,010,277 persons did vote, while more than 2,000,000 persons could not]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1716, 11-12.8.2008

  • A French Man [Michel Roger Blanchard, 43] Was Arrested for Committing Obscene Acts with Boys [who are beggars, scavengers, and his adopted god-children – Sihanoukville]
  • The Opening of the 2008 Olympic Games Proceeded Successfully
  • Big War Erupted between Russian and Georgian Troops in South Ossetia [nearly 1,500 people were killed]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #219, 11-12.8.2008

  • A Member of the US Congress [Mr. Christopher Smith] Criticized the Election to Have Been Unfair and Having No Transparency [because many voter were omitted from the lists, and the ruling party controlled too much of the media]

Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #70, 10-11.8.2008

  • Citizens Ask the Government to Reduce the Price of Fuel and of Agricultural Fertilizers

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6420, 11.8.2008

  • Road Construction to the Preah Vihear Temple Started; Thai Troops at the Ta Moan Thom Temple Accused Cambodia of Increasing the Number of Troops
  • US Ambassador [Mr. Joseph Mussomeli] Believes that the Five Political Parities [that had won seats] Will Join to Work at the National Assembly
  • After Vendors at the New Market Lodged Complaint [at the Phnom Penh Municipality], the Head of the Market [Mr. Sok Kimheng] Explained that There Is No Intention to Narrow the Stalls
  • Four among Five Districts [in Kratie along the Mekong River] Are Facing Flood

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3535, 11.8.2008

  • Yuon [Vietnamese] Authorities Try to Prevent Tim Sakhan [who has been defrocked on accusation of having perpetrated an offense against the Buddhist law, because he was accused to have destroyed the harmony between Vietnam and Cambodia] from Returning to Cambodia [his younger brother visited him and reported to the president of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association who reported to Radio Free Asia that the Yuon authorities released Tim Sakhan from prison, but after the release, the An Giang provincial authorities do not allow him to return to his family in Cambodia]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4664, 10-11.8.2008

  • Monkeys in Cambodia Are Suffering because They Have a Sales Value
  • Fifteen International Tourists from Different Countries Were on a Leaking Boat at the Center of the Tonle Sap Lake [no casualties – Siem Reap]
  • Price of Fuel Drops by US$4 [to US$115.20 per barrel] while the Value of Dollar Increases

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3381, 10-11.8.2008

  • The National Election Committee Does Not Dare to Release the Number of Seats, because There Are Many Complaints

Click here to have a look at the last editorial – really changes to be expected?

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