March 1, 2015

Results of latest talks on new election law

On Saturday 28 February 2015, at the National Assembly, the leaderships of the CPP and the CNRP met in order to discuss the remaining points of disagreement that the working groups of the two parties had not yet resolved with regard to the draft of amendments to the Law on the Election of Members of the National Assembly (LEMNA).

The leaderships of the two parties finally resolved all those remaining points of disagreement.

Here are the substance and the meaning of the final agreement:

1. The agreement is the final political step before the adoption by the National Assembly of the amended LEMNA that will govern the 2017 commune election and the 2018 national election.

2. The agreement is also the final step before the adoption by the National Assembly of another election-related law, i.e. the Law governing the formation and the functioning of the National Election Committee (NEC) whose draft has been entirely approved by the two parties having seats at the National Assembly.

Announcement between CPP & CNRP


សួស្តីប្រិយមិត្តជាទីរាប់ឣាន! នាទីតន្ត្រីស្នេហាជាតិរបស់នាងខ្ញុំសូមវិលមកជួបប្រិយមិត្តសារជាថ្មីម្តងទៀតហើយ ចុងសប្តាហ៏នេះនាងខ្ញុំសូមជូនចម្រៀងឣត្ថាធិប្បាយ១បទស្តីពីលោកឣាឡិច មានចំណងជើងថា«លាហើយកម្ពុជា»និពន្ធទំនុកច្រៀងនឹងច្រៀងដោយកេត្យា ស៊ាន បើប្រិយមិត្តពេញចិត្តវិរបុរសរបស់ខ្មែរគឺលោកឣាឡិចនោះសូមជួយlike and shareផង សូមចូលរួមរីករាយទស្សនានឹងសណ្តាប់ដូចតទៅ សូមឣរគុណ


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ការផ្ទេរអំណាចតាមគ្រួសារនិយម

អាឡិច អានច្បាប់ឲអាជ្ញាធរស្តាប់ [before the arrest]


Pictures from Buddhist center in Cambodia [From the Maha Thera Dr. Hok Savann]

Khmer songs written by the Maha Thera Dr. Hok Savann

From KI reader Ngin Chhorn 'Lokta Roum Ritt'

Khai Sochoeun looks out over one of the rice paddies she
and her father farm about an hour from Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s
capital. Jina Moore for BuzzFeed News
Re: Cambodia Is China’s Newest Market For Foreign Brides


je viens juste recevoir ce message de mon correspondant Suon.Chhayphon le présent message qui mérite d'être porté à la connaissance aux Ki.readers,peut être vous l'avez reçu aussi.cette misère est une des oeuvres du dictateur HITLER SEN que tous les patriotes khmers doivent trouver solution pour LE chasser de notre patrie.

Haute considération,ngin chhorn lokta Ruom Ritt France

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Bonjour,

Une histoire vraiment triste: les Cambodgiennes devenant de plus en plus un objet de marchandisation qui se vendent comme des porcs dit l'article ( “The broker … sells her like a pig or a duck.”).

Voici ci-dessous cet article pour votre lecture. Cela mérite réflexion qu'on fasse quelque chose pour ces pauvres femmes. Sans éducation et sans emploi, elles seront toujours considérées comme des femmes objet que les hommes riches et hommes de pouvoir consomment et jettent dans les bar-hôtels comme moins que rien.

បងធំបងតូច - Chandara Kin


Political analysis on Cambodia by KI reader Tav Kim Chhun

តើការកែទម្រង់ច្បាប់បោះឆ្នោតមានការរឹតត្បិតសិទ្ធិសេរីភាពជាងមុន ឬយ៉ាងណា?


Rent control law on way


SR: ២៨ កុម្ភៈ ២០១៥ / 28 February 2015 - Rent control law 

អ្នកតំណាងរាស្ត្រមកពីគណបក្សប្រជាជនកម្ពុជា និងគណបក្សសង្រេ្គាះជាតិ បានរៀបចំក្រុមការងារចម្រុះមួយ ដើម្បីតាក់តែងសេចក្តីស្នើច្បាប់ស្តីពីការគ្រប់គ្រងតម្លៃឈ្នួលផ្ទះ ដែលមហាជនរង់ចាំយូរហើយ។ / National Assembly members from the CPP and the CNRP have set up a joint working group to draft a long-awaited rent control law.



A sea change for island residents



There are often more than 10 people at work clearing land that has been slated for development. Charlotte Pert

Sat, 28 February 2015 ppp
Vandy Muong and Bennett Murray
Kep province

‘Rabbit Island’ has always been a world apart from the bustling coastline. Now new development threatens its tranquillity

In Koh Tonsay’s southwest beach on Tuesday afternoon, Soeng Pov sorted through her glimmering green seaweed crops metres away from the remains of her demolished home. Born and raised on the island off the coast of Kep, the 53-year-old said workers hired by a developer bulldozed her house last month.

Although Pov has temporarily relocated about a 30-minute walk away and is still allowed to harvest her seaweed crop, she said she fears her days on her island home are numbered.

“I don’t know how to start with a new place and a new job, but I have no right to decide since they came to develop in our place,” she said, adding she had no land title despite living on the island her entire life.

Seaweed harvester Seng Hourng says she has not received any money from the government. Charlotte Pert

With its unspoilt beaches and cheap accommodation, Koh Tonsay, which means “Rabbit Island” in Khmer, has long been a popular destination for Cambodian and foreign visitors alike. But land clearing along the southwest shore has fuelled rumours that the island paradise may soon be lost.

The path south of the main beach has now become a makeshift road marked by heavy vehicle treads less than 100 metres from the bungalows. This week, half a dozen men could be found slashing and burning more of the trees.

February 28, 2015

Remaining points of disagreement resolved today 28th February 2015


SR: ២៨ កុម្ភៈ ២០១៥ / 28 February 2015, 20:00 - Negotiation breakthrough

លទ្ធផល នៃកិច្ចប្រជុំ ល្ងាចនេះ នៅរដ្ឋសភា រវាងគណបក្សសង្រេ្គាះជាតិ និងគណបក្សប្រជាជនកម្ពុជា ៖ ចំណុចសេសសល់ ដែលមិនទាន់បានឯកភាពគ្នា ក្នុងការតាក់តែងច្បាប់បោះឆ្នោតថ្មី ត្រូវបានដោះស្រាយរួចរាល់អស់ហើយ។

Result of this afternoon/evening's negotiations at the National Assembly between the CPP and the CNRP: the two parties reached an agreement on all remaining issues for finalizing the draft of a new election law.

Octopus gets crabby in Yallingup

The rewards of public service in Cambodia

KI reader: this is the part of the CPP’s policy is the wealthiest peoples before states

Chea Sophara, the minister of rural development and a former governor of Phnom
Penh, owns an 11-hectare estate, which boasts private golf holes, Angkorian-style
walls around its perimeter and no less than six luxury villas of differing styles.
The land alone is worth an estimated $45 million, He also has other valuable
properties in the capital, including on Sihanouk Boulevard. Pha Lina
Kevin Ponniah and Vong Sokheng
The Phnom Penh Post, Sat, 28 February 2015

Behind the Senate building in central Phnom Penh, a recently retired customs department director is building an enormous mansion worth millions. But the former public servant is far from the only government official to own a palatial property

A young construction worker caked in dust gestures to the grandiose, off-white mansion behind him with a shrug.

Sitting on a 6,500 square-metre plot of premium real estate behind the Senate in central Phnom Penh, the land alone is estimated to be worth about $18 million. Include the lavish three-storey, 600 square metre, two-building villa being constructed on it, and the property would be worth much more.

But the worker says he is not shocked that a recently retired civil servant – a class of workers considered to be poorly paid – could afford such an expensive property.

“This is the biggest house [in Phnom Penh]. I have never seen a house like this,” he says casually. “[But] he’s a rich man. With this kind of money, they can get whatever they want.”

Election reform talks done ‘in principle’, parties say

Officials empty a 2013 election ballot box in Kampong Cham. Heng Chivoan
Chhay Channyda, The Phnom Penh Post
Sat, 28 February 2015

Election reform working groups from the ruling and opposition parties yesterday concluded negotiations on a new draft election law aimed at securing free and fair elections in 2017 and 2018.

Their announcement came two days after Prime Minister Hun Sen offered a stiff warning that they had until the end of the month to finalise a new draft law or else the current law would remain in effect, drawing condemnation from electoral watchdogs.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng and opposition leader Sam Rainsy will meet this afternoon to finalise the draft and attempt to resolve 15 outstanding points of disagreement.

“In principle, today we have finished the draft law discussions before the end of the month. But if the leaders need us as a technical group for further discussions, we will continue again,” CPP working group head Bin Chhin told reporters yesterday.

Vibol Touch: Responding to Mr. Phay Siphan


Two killed in a motorcycle accident in Kandal

The Cambodia Herald, 28-Feb-15 11:04AM
 
PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) -- Two people were killed and two others were injured in an accident involving two motorcycles on Friday night in Kandal province's Sa Ang district.

District traffic police said that the victims were Vin Lao, 24 and Heng Ly, 35. The two were taken to nearby hospital where they were later announced dead of their serious injuries.

Cheang Chaihang, 23 and Nhal, 30, were slightly injured.

A witness said that he saw one speedy motorcycle heading from the East to West, and later the motorcycle crashed into another motorcycle.




CPP, CNRP set up a working group to draft rent law

The Cambodia Herald, 28-Feb-15 04:14PM

PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) – The Cambodian People's Party and Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have set up a joint working group to draft rent control law, a senior opposition official said Saturday.

"The National Assembly members from the CPP and the CNRP have set up a joint working group to draft a long-waiting rent control law," Sam Rainsy said in his Facebook page.

According to a letter posted by him, the group working on the task will be led by Pen Panha, chairman of the National Assembly's commission on legislation and justice from CPP, and Ou Chanrith, vice chairman of the same commission, and six other members.

The agreement was signed by Sam Rainsy and Sar Kheng, leaders of Members of Parliament from CNRP and CPP, respectively.

ASEAN economic ministers meet to discuss closer economic integration

Xinhua, 28-Feb-15 09:11AM

KOTA BHARU, MALAYSIA (Xinhua) --- The economic ministers from the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) kicked off here a two-day meeting Saturday to discuss the establishment of the Economic Community (AEC).

AEC is designed to bring about closer economic integration of the 10 nations.

The meeting, titled "21st ASEAN Economic Minister's Retreat, started with a preparatory meeting of senior economic officials from the 10 members.

A Fool Speaking


Cambodia, Russia to sign 5 cooperation documents next week

Xinhua, 28-Feb-15 09:09AM

PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong will lead a delegation to pay a working visit to Russia from March 2 to 4 in order to boost ties and cooperation, according to a news statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday.

"The visit is to strengthen bond of friendship and cooperation in various fields between the two countries," the statement said.

During the visit, Namhong will hold bilateral talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the two ministers will sign the plan of consultation between the two ministries, it said.

Besides, he will co-chair the 8th session of the inter- governmental Cambodian-Russian commission for trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation with Russian Telecom and Mass Communications Minister Nikolay A. Nikiforov.

Four documents are expected to be signed during the session, the statement said, adding that those deals are focused on the cooperation in economics, investment protection, tourism, and prevention of illegal fishing of living marine resources.

Russian opposition leader Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow

Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov speaks to the media during a gathering of opposition supporters in central Moscow
March 17, 2012. The Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov has been shot
and killed by four shots in central Moscow, the Russian government said in a statement, according to the Interfax news
 agency. Picture taken March 17, 2012. 

By Alexander Winning, Reuters, February 27, 2015

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister who was an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead meters from the Kremlin in central Moscow late on Friday.

Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times in the back, the Interior Ministry said. A police spokeswoman on the scene said he had been walking on a bridge over the Moskva River with a Ukrainian woman.

Putin condemned the killing and took the investigation under presidential command, saying it could have been a contract killing and a "provocation" on the eve of a big opposition protest that Nemtsov had been due to lead in Moscow on Sunday.

Police cars sealed off the bridge close to the red walls of the Kremlin and Red Square, and an ambulance was on the scene.




អ្នក​ឃ្លាំ​មើល៖ ពន្ធ​ពី​អាជីវកម្ម​ព្រៃ​ឈើ​៥​ឆ្នាំ​មិន​ស្មើ​នឹង​ក្រុមហ៊ុន ទ្រី ភាព រក​ចំណូល​១​ថ្ងៃ

៩-វិច្ឆិកា-២០១៣៖ ឃ្លាំ​ស្តុក​ឈើ​របស់​ក្រុមហ៊ុន ទ្រី ភាព
នៅ​តាវែង ខេត្ត​រតនគិរី។CHRTF Report
ដោយ តាំង សារ៉ាដា 2015-02-27 RFA

ក្រុម​អ្នក​ឃ្លាំ​មើល​ឧក្រិដ្ឋកម្ម​ព្រៃ​ឈើ​ក្នុង​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា បាន​រក​ឃើញ​ថា ប្រាក់​ចំណូល​ដែល​បាន​មក​ពី​ការ​ធ្វើ​អាជីវកម្ម​ព្រៃ​ឈើ និង​ការ​ប្រមូល​ពន្ធ​ពី​ការ​ធ្វើ​ពាណិជ្ជកម្ម​ឈើ​ប្រណីត​ក្នុង​រយៈពេល ៥​ឆ្នាំ មាន​ចំនួន​តិច​ជាង​ឆ្ងាយ​ពី​ការ​ជួញ​ដូរ​ឈើ​ក្នុង​មួយ​ថ្ងៃ​ទៅ​បរទេស​របស់​ក្រុមហ៊ុន​ឯកជន​ក្នុង​ស្រុក​មួយ។ ទោះ​ជា​យ៉ាង​ណា​ក៏ដោយ មន្ត្រី​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​អះអាង​ថា ជា​ការ​ចោទ​ប្រកាន់​ដោយ​គ្មាន​ភស្តុតាង​ច្បាស់​លាស់។

របាយការណ៍​បូក​សរុប​ប្រចាំ​ឆ្នាំ​២០១០ ដល់​ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤ របស់​ក្រុម​កិច្ចការ​ពិសេស​សិទ្ធិ​មនុស្ស​កម្ពុជា បង្ហាញ​ថា ប្រាក់​ចំណូល​ដែល​រដ្ឋ​ទទួល​បាន​ពី​ការ​ធ្វើ​អាជីវកម្ម​ព្រៃ​ឈើ​ក្នុង​រយៈពេល​ប្រាំ​ឆ្នាំ​នេះ មាន​ចំនួន ៧៥​លាន​ដុល្លារ​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក។ ហើយ​ចំណែក​ឯ​ចំណូល​ដែល​បាន​មក​ពី​ការ​ប្រមូល​ពន្ធ​លើ​ការ​នាំ​ឈើ​ចេញ​ទៅ​លក់​នៅ​ក្រៅ​ប្រទេស​វិញ មាន​ចំនួន​តែ​ជិត ៤២​លាន​ដុល្លារ​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក​ប៉ុណ្ណោះ​ក្នុង​រយៈពេល​ប្រាំ​ឆ្នាំ។

ប្រធាន​អង្គការ​ក្រុម​កិច្ចការ​ពិសេស​សិទ្ធិ​មនុស្ស​កម្ពុជា លោក អ៊ូច ឡេង មាន​ប្រសាសន៍​ថា ចំណូល​ទាំង​នោះ​មាន​ចំនួន​តិច​បំផុត​ដែល​មិន​ស្មើ​នឹង​តម្លៃ​នាំ​ឈើ​ចេញ​របស់​ក្រុមហ៊ុន​មួយ សម្រាប់​លក់​ទៅ​បរទេស​ក្នុង​រយៈពេល​មួយ​ថ្ងៃ​ផង។

លោក ប៉ែន សុវណ្ណ ត្រូវ​បាន​ក្រុម​គ្រួសារ​នាំ​យក​ទៅ​ថែទាំ​នៅ​ស្រុក​កំណើត​ក្នុង​ខេត្ត​តាកែវ

អតីត​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​នៃ​របប​សាធារណរដ្ឋ​ប្រជាមានិត​កម្ពុជា
លោក ប៉ែន សុវណ្ណ (អង្គុយ) ផ្ដល់​បទសម្ភាសន៍​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​៣
ខែ​កញ្ញា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។ RFA/Leng Maly
ដោយ យាង សុជាមេត្តា RFA 2015-02-27

លោក ប៉ែន សុវណ្ណ ត្រូវ​បាន​ក្រុម​គ្រួសារ​នាំ​យក​ទៅ​សម្រាក​នៅ​ស្រុក​កំណើត របស់​លោក​ក្នុង​ខេត្ត​តាកែវ វិញ​ហើយ។

អ្នក​នាំ​ពាក្យ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ លោក យឹម សុវណ្ណ ឲ្យ​ដឹង​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៧ កុម្ភៈ ថា អាការ​ជំងឺ​របស់ លោក ប៉ែន សុវណ្ណ បាន​ធូរស្រាល​ជាង​មុន គឺ​គាត់​អាច​ដឹង និង​អាច​ស្គាល់​មនុស្ស​បាន​ខ្លះ​ហើយ។ ទោះ​យ៉ាង​ណា លោក​ថា លោក ប៉ែន សុវណ្ណ មិន​ទាន់​អាច​ដើរ​រួច និង​និយាយ​បាន​នៅ​ឡើយ​ទេ។

លោក យឹម សុវណ្ណ បញ្ជាក់​ថា មូលហេតុ​ដែល​បញ្ជូន លោក ប៉ែន សុវណ្ណ ទៅ​សម្រាក​នៅ​ស្រុក​កំណើត​វិញ ដោយសារ​តែ​វា​មិន​មាន​ការ​ចាំបាច់​ដែល​ត្រូវ​ឲ្យ​គាត់​នៅ​សម្រាក​ក្នុង​មន្ទីរពេទ្យ​បន្ត​ទៀត។ លោក​ថា គាត់​គ្រាន់​តែ​ត្រូវ​ការ​ថ្នាំ​លេប​បន្ថែម​ប៉ុណ្ណោះ។ យ៉ាង​ណា​ក៏ដោយ លោក​អះអាង​ថា ក្រុម​គ្រួសារ​របស់ លោក ប៉ែន សុវណ្ណ នៅ​តែ​បន្ត​ទាក់ទង​មក​មន្ទីរពេទ្យ ហើយ​ថា គណបក្ស​ក៏​នៅ​បន្ត​តាម​ដាន​ស្ថានភាព​ជំងឺ​របស់ លោក ប៉ែន សុវណ្ណ។

លោក ញឹក ប៊ុនឆៃ អះអាង​ថា​គណបក្ស​ហ៊្វុនស៊ិនប៉ិច​ប្រឈម​នឹង​ការ​បែក​បាក់​ជា​ថ្មី

លោក ញឹក ប៊ុនឆៃ អនុប្រធាន​ទី​២​នៃ​គណបក្ស​ហ៊្វុនស៊ិនប៉ិចក្នុង​សន្និ
​សីទ កាសែត​អំពី​បញ្ហា​ផ្ទៃ​ក្នុង​គណបក្ស​ហ៊្វុនស៊ិនប៉ិច នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៧
 ខែ​កុម្ភៈ ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥។ RFA/Yeang Socheametta
ដោយ យាង សុជាមេត្តា RFA 2015-02-27

មន្ត្រី​ជាន់​ខ្ពស់​គណបក្ស​ហ៊្វុនស៊ិនប៉ិច អះអាង​ថា គណបក្ស​រាជា​និយម​មួយ​នេះ​អាច​ប្រឈម​នឹង​ការ​បែក​បាក់​ជា​ថ្មី​ទៀត ប្រសិន​បើ​ថ្នាក់​ដឹក​នាំ​កំពូលៗ​របស់​គណបក្ស​នេះ មិន​មាន​ឆន្ទៈ​ពិត​ប្រាកដ​ក្នុង​ការ​បង្រួបបង្រួម​ផ្ទៃ​ក្នុង​បក្ស​នោះ​ទេ។

បើ​ទោះ​ជា​មន្ត្រី​ជាន់​ខ្ពស់​គណបក្ស​ហ៊្វុនស៊ិនប៉ិច កាល​ពី​ពេល​ថ្មីៗ​នេះ​បាន​ប្ដេជ្ញា​នៅ​ក្នុង​សមាជ​របស់​ខ្លួន​ថា​នឹង​រួបរួម​គ្នា ហើយ​បំភ្លេច​ចោល​រឿង​អាស្រូវ​ក្នុង​ពេល​អតីត​កាល​ក្តី ប៉ុន្តែ​ស្រមោល​នៃ​ការ​បែក​បាក់​ផ្ទៃ​ក្នុង​បក្ស​រាជា​និយម​មួយ​នេះ កំពុង​តែ​មក​លង​ពួក​គេ​សាជាថ្មី។

ថ្លែង​ក្នុង​សន្និសីទ​កាសែត​នា​គេហដ្ឋាន​ក្នុង​សង្កាត់​ជ្រោយចង្វារ នៅ​រសៀល​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៧ កុម្ភៈ លោក ញឹក ប៊ុនឆៃ ដែល​ត្រូវ​បាន​សមាជ​គណបក្ស​ហ៊្វុនស៊ិនប៉ិច ជ្រើស​តាំង​ផ្លូវ​ការ​ជា​អនុប្រធាន​ទី​២ គណបក្ស​ហ៊្វុនស៊ិនប៉ិច កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៩ ខែ​មករា មាន​ប្រសាសន៍​ថា លោក​មិន​មាន​សង្ឃឹម​ថា គណបក្ស​ហ៊្វុនស៊ិនប៉ិច នឹង​មាន​ការ​បង្រួបបង្រួម​គ្នា​នោះ​ទេ ប្រសិន​បើ​មន្ត្រី​ក្នុង​បក្ស​នេះ​មិន​មាន​ការ​យោគយល់​គ្នា ហើយ​ចេះ​តែ​បន្ត​យក​ចាញ់​យក​ឈ្នះ​នៅ​ក្នុង​បក្ស​ដូច​សព្វថ្ងៃ​នេះ។

Joint Statement

Joint-Statement On Withdrawal of armed forces officers and court officials from the political party ranks to strengthen the rule of law and democracy in Cambodia

We, Elections Reform Alliance (ERA) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), condemn the political party which included, or will imclude court officals and armed forces’s officers within political party’s ranks.  This inclusion is a violation of the constitution, the rule of law, and the principle of democracy, in particular free and fair elections.

 Not only many courst officials but also  at least 80 senior officials of the armed forces, military and police became new members of the Central Committee of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) at the extraordinary congress on February 1, 2015. Members of the CPP’s powerful Committee, its top political party strcuture who has power to decide on key issues of domestic and foreign policy, designate officials, manages finance and budgets thereby bolstering the party’s strength. This means that members of the Central Committee are political players as political party officers  who have an obligation and duty to serve the interests of the party.

Hun Sen & Co. Exploits Angkor Wat

Pseng-Pseng
28 February 2015


Hun Sen & Co. Exploits Angkor Wat


“I cannot accept [Son Chhay’s findings] because of the three pieces of evidence: the report of the president of Apsara to the delegation, the slideshow, and the report given to us [by the Apsara Authority].”

CPP senior lawmaker Cheam Yeap, 1 January 2015, The Phnom Penh Post


“We have already made this written clarification, so if he [Son Chhay] doesn’t accept this, it’s up to him.”

Spokesman for the Council of Ministers Phay Siphan, 9 January 2015, The Cambodia Daily


“One reason [for Son Chhay’s claims] was an aim to take political benefits, and another reason was an aim to take revenge against the Apsara Authority because he once lost a case related to an anarchic land encroachment in the Cultural and Tourism City of Siem Reap province.”

The Apsara Authority statement, 26 December 2014 [The Cambodia Daily]


“Apsara Authority does not hire out the temples to Sokha Hotel [Sokimex]. In fact, the authority only hired the company to provide ticket revenue collection services on our behalf – a common action that public administrations or governments in other countries have also implemented.”

The Apsara Authority statement, 25 November 2014 [The Cambodia Daily]


“The fee for the land lease [$9 million], which has not yet been paid to the national budget, has certainly not gone anywhere, meaning it is a technical problem with accounting, so the money will be paid to the state later.”

Apsara Authority director-general Bun Narith, 9 January 2015, The Cambodia Daily



Angkor Wat is shrouded in mysteries. While nobody is certain how it was built, only a few know how much income it has generated for Hun Sen & Co.

So, according to statistics director Kong Sopheareak at the Tourism Ministry, there are 4.5 million foreign visitors to Cambodia in 2014, and Apsara Authority (AA) claims only 2.06 million, or 46%, of them pays to visit Angkor. Thus, what are the other 2.44 million visitors doing in the country? Or do they enter Angkor Wat Park without paying, keeping Angkor revenues down? Or, what are the pull factors for them?

Maybe they do a real estate survey for future residence. The Tourism Ministry figures indicate the largest group of all (803,591) in the first 11 months of 2014 are from Vietnam, to which Hun Sen is indebted for his power.

Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy will meet sar Kheng


VOD news


ពូជសត្វសង្អារ - Chandara Kin


February 27, 2015

Voting watchdogs dismayed at PM's demand

Election officials count votes in Prey Veng province in 2013
during the national election. Today will mark the first day of a two-day
deadline to finalise a new electoral reform law. Heng Chivoan
Meas Sokchea, The Phnom Penh Post
Fri, 27 February 2015

Election monitors yesterday accused Prime Minister Hun Sen of using strong-arm tactics after he threatened to scrap an electoral reform law if it wasn’t finalised – complete with a divisive new provision of his own suggestion – by the end of the month.

In a speech concluding an annual conference at the Ministry of Interior on Wednesday, Hun Sen called on the electoral reform working group to include a provision that would force parties to forfeit their seats if they refused to enter parliament due to a dispute over election results, as the opposition did after the 2013 elections.


“The ruling party cannot take electoral reform as its personal interest. If he keeps doing more like this, there will be no full legality [to elections] and elections will still have problems,” Panha said. “If [the Cambodian People’s Party] wants to take a win by itself, go ahead, but then the elections will be meaningless.”


If the new draft law didn’t include such a clause, and if it wasn’t completed by Saturday, Hun Sen continued, then the disputed provisions would go to a general session of parliament for a straight up or down vote, which his party would win handily.

Koul Panha, executive director of election watchdog Comfrel, said yesterday that the premier’s stance was antithetical to the entire point of electoral reform.

Ancient Mesopotamins History, Timeline, Inventions and Life


sanjuhadiya.blogspot

Mesopotamia, an ancient Greek term meaning "the land between rivers," or "the land between the two rivers" was the world's first civilization, where the two rivers mentioned above are the Tigris and the Euphrates. With a very rich history, ancient Mesopotamia is the provenance of civilization or "cradle of civilization" as it was the place of origin for many things for instance agriculture, language, cities, religion and government.

Timeline of Mesopotamia begins with the earliest evidence of human culture around 5000 BC. During 4700 BC which is also known as the hassunah period was recognized for the earliest pottery making culture. Moving towards 4400 BC came the Halaf period where in addition to pottery making culture there was the add-on of the knowledge of metal in the process.

The Tigris River is one of the rivers along with the river Euphrates that defines Mesopotamia. The river Tigris is on the eastern side of Mesopotamia which is 1,150 miles long and at its widest point, the Tigris is 1,300 feet, the Sumerians knew the Tigris as the Idigna, which may be translated as "the swift river."

ISIS Militants Destroy Mosul Museum Artifacts and Burns Mosul Library


William said:

"Hun Sen is destroying Cambodia and the world doesn't even care. Please help to spread the news: The Cambodian ISIS named Hun Sen is the worst in Cambodia."



Russian wanted on explosives charges



Employees of Oleg Tokhanov's company Oceania allegedly confront staff from the kaZantip music festival at Koh Pous on January 24. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Fri, 27 February 2015
Tat Oudom, David Boyle and Charles Rollet

Exclusive

Police are seeking the arrest of a Russian kindergarten owner in Sihanoukville who is wanted by Interpol for serious alleged crimes including “illegal possession of explosives” linked to organised crime.

Oleg Tikhanov, who is the employer of several men involved in a vicious brawl earlier this month that left a man in hospital with stab wounds, is listed on the organisation's website as wanted in Russia for a raft of weapons-related offences.

The Interpol website lists those offences as “Illegal possession and storage of firearms, ammunition, explosives and explosive devices or its [sic] spare parts committed by [an] organized criminal group”.

Lim Sokha Raksmey, acting director of the Cambodian Interpol office, confirmed on Friday that he had received a high alert from Interpol International and authorities were poised to take action.

“We accept that this guy is quite a dangerous person that we need to start working on and investigating,” he said, declining to give further details on the operation.

Pictures from Buddhist center in Cambodia [From the Maha Thera Dr. Hok Savann]

[New statues at Buddhist center in Cambodia. H.H. Maha Ghosananda, left;
the Maha Thera Dr. Hok Savann, center]

With friends like these

Prime Minister Hun Sen gestures towards former Australian foreign minister
Gareth Evans (second right) yesterday at the Sofitel during the opening
of an international conference. PHOTO SUPPLIED
Kevin Ponniah and Vong Sokheng
The Phnom Penh Post, Fri, 27 February 2015

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday used the opening of a major international conference in Phnom Penh to publicly confront former Australian foreign minister and Paris Peace Agreements architect Gareth Evans over why he had attacked him in a scathing article last year.

Evans, once called the “father of Cambodia” by senior Cambodian People’s Party lawmaker Chheang Vun, was seated awkwardly behind the premier on stage as he delivered the opening keynote address for a two-day conference on the Responsibility to Protect doctrine at the Sofitel Phokeethra hotel.

Turning and directly facing Evans in front of numerous diplomats, dignitaries and foreign scholars, including Australian Ambassador Alison Burrows, Hun Sen pointedly asked why Evans no longer wanted to be friends, to his obvious discomfort and the crowd’s surprise.

“I don’t know what disease you had [or] why you criticised me last year. I don’t know whether you really said it or the media published it wrongly, [because] we are longtime friends”, the premier said, referring to an opinion piece Evans wrote last February that said the government had been getting away with murder. Hun Sen then reflected on the time that he and Evans had spent working together in the years leading up to the 1991 Paris Accords that laid the foundations for the UN-sponsored elections in 1993.

បទ​វិភាគ៖ ស្លឹក​ឈើ​ជ្រុះ​មិន​ឆ្ងាយ​ពី​គល់

លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន (ឆ្វេង) និង​កូន​ប្រុស លោក ហ៊ុន ម៉ាណែត។
លោក ហ៊ុន ម៉ាណែត កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​៣ ខែ​មករា ឆ្នាំ​២០១១ ត្រូវ​បាន​តែងតាំង​ជា
​មេបញ្ជាការ​រង​នៃ​បញ្ជា​ការដ្ឋាន​កងទ័ព​ជើង​គោក​នៃ​កង​យោធពល​ខេមរភូមិន្ទ។
Photo courtesy of camnews.com
ដោយ ជុន ច័ន្ទបុត្រ RFA 2015-02-27

ថ្មីៗ​នេះ គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា បាន​បញ្ចូល​យុវជន​ជំនាន់​ក្រោយ ដែល​ជា​កូន​ចៅ​របស់​មេ​ដឹក​នាំ​នៃ​គណបក្ស​មួយ​ចំនួន​ធំ ទៅ​ក្នុង​សមាសភាព​គណៈកម្មាធិការ​កណ្ដាល​នៃ​គណបក្ស​នេះ។ នេះ គឺ​ជា​ការ​បញ្ចូល​ឈាម​ថ្មី​ដ៏​គួរ​ឲ្យ​កត់​សម្គាល់​មួយ​ទៅ​ក្នុង​សរសៃ​ឈាម​ចាស់​របស់​គណបក្ស។

ក្នុង​ចំណោម​សមាជិក​ថ្មី​ទាំង ៣០៦​នាក់ មាន ៧០​នាក់ គឺ​ស្មើ​នឹង ២២​ភាគរយ ជា​សមាសភាព​យុវជន​ដែល​គេ​ទើប​បញ្ចូល​ថ្មី។

តើ​ឈាម​ថ្មី​នេះ អាច​នឹង​ធ្វើ​ឲ្យ​មាន​ការ​ផ្លាស់ប្ដូរ​ល្បាយ​ឈាម​នៃ​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា ដើម្បី​ជួយ​ជំរុញ​ឲ្យ​មាន​ការ​កែប្រែ​ស្ថានភាព​នៃ​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា ឬ​ទេ?

ទោះ​បី​ជា​លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ដែល​ពេល​នេះ​មាន​អាយុ ៦២​ឆ្នាំ ធ្លាប់​បាន​ប្រកាស​ប្រាប់​ពិភពលោក​ថា លោក​នឹង​បន្ត​កាន់​អំណាច​រហូត​ដល់​លោក​មាន​អាយុ ៧៤​ឆ្នាំ​ក៏ដោយ ក៏​លោក​មិន​អែអង់​ក្នុង​ការ​ដាក់​បញ្ចូល​កូន​ចៅ​របស់​លោក ទាំង​កូន​បង្កើត ទាំង​កូនប្រសា ឲ្យ​ត្រៀម​ខ្លួន​ទទួល​តំណែង​បន្ត​វេន​ទៅ​ថ្ងៃ​មុខ​ដែរ។

Cambodians angered over nude photo incidents at temples

By KRISTI EATON | Associated Press –Feb 27, 2015

SIEM REAP, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's most popular tourist attraction — the complex of ancient temples that includes Angkor Wat — is suffering from a form of overexposure: At least five foreign visitors have been arrested and deported this year for taking nude photos at the sacred sites.

Authorities have no tolerance for people stripping down at Angkor Archeological Park, a sprawling, centuries-old UNESCO World Heritage Site that drew 2 million visitors last year. The incidents are also upsetting to ordinary Cambodians, for whom the Khmer-era complex holds enormous spiritual and historical significance.

"Angkor Wat is the most famous sacred ... temple in Cambodia, where everyone — not only tourists but also Cambodians themselves — has to pay respect," said Rattanak Te, an administrative assistant who lives in Phnom Penh, the capital. "It definitely upsets me and all Cambodians, because outsiders will think we — Cambodian people — are careless and do not take good care of this World Heritage (site) by allowing these tourists to do such an unacceptable act."

This month, guards arrested two American sisters after seeing them snap photos of each other's naked backsides in the temple of Preah Khan, said Kerya Chau Sun, spokeswoman for the Apsara Authority, which manages the temple complex in Siem Reap, in northwestern Cambodia. Lindsey Adams, 22, and Leslie Adams, 20, both of Prescott, Arizona, were each sentenced to a six-month suspended sentence, a fine of 1 million riel ($250), deportation and a four-year ban from the country.

New court president seeks to mend relationships

Ang Maltey (left ) and Taing Sunlay. Hong Menea
Buth Reaksmey Kongkea, The Penh Post
Fri, 27 February 2015

About 100 judges, prosecutors, clerks, police officers and other government officials gathered at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday for the first of what new court president Taing Sunlay said would be a regular monthly meeting to foster cooperation between police and the court.

“The purpose of the meeting was to cooperate … in order to combat drug trafficking and robberies, which have been increasingly occurring in Phnom Penh,” Sunlay said in an interview. “And also, as I have just started my new work as president of Phnom Penh Municipal Court, it was an opportunity for us to meet and get to know each other,” he added.

The meeting comes just days after the very public ouster of former court president Ang Maltey over a controversy surrounding an alleged multimillion-dollar bribe paid for the release on bail of the parents of fugitive tycoon Thong Sarath.

While some in attendance said cooperation between the two organisations had always been smooth, some said the relationship had frayed of late.

Mixed reviews for New Year’s bonus

Mom Kunthear, The Phnom Penh Post
Fri, 27 February 2015

Prime Minister Hun Sen has promised all civil servants and members of the armed forces a $10 Khmer New Year bonus, a move that observers and the opposition characterised yesterday as a welcome, if incomplete, gesture.

“The minister of economy and finance asked my recommendation on two choices: the first choice is everyone has to receive 40,000 riel [about $10], and the second one is for some civil servants to receive 20,000 riel [about $5] and some receive 40,000 riel. I told him to choose the first choice,” he said.

Girl decapitated in a horrific road crash

The Cambodia Herald, 27-Feb-15 04:49PM

PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) -- An 8-year-old girl lost her head in a horrific road crash on Friday morning in Oddor Meanchey's Samrong district.

The accident happening at about 9:00 a.m left two, including her, dead and five others injured when a truck hit a car at a turning road in Kamnop village.

Police identified the dead as Samrith Moniseth who lost her head and Klang Channy, 56.

The injured victims were Teang Chandara, 30, Chuong Bunny, 36, Kong Yeth, 50, Sam Puthea, 30 and Sam Vuthy, 54.

Police are investigating to find fugitive driver of the truck which was parked just 60 meters from the accident spot.

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