Cambodia morning news for December 12

Cambodia morning news for December 12

Cambodia morning newsCambodia union leaders convicted over protests, jail terms suspended
A Cambodian court found six union leaders guilty on Tuesday (Dec 11) of instigating violent protests against the government in 2013 and 2014, but suspended their jail terms.
— Channel News Asia

‘Sold by my brother’: the Mekong women pressed into marriage in China
Everyone did well from Nary’s marriage to a Chinese man, except the young Cambodian bride herself, who returned home from the six-year ordeal destitute, humiliated and with little prospect of seeing her son again.
— Channel News Asia

Thailand to deport Cambodian union leader who helped produce sex trafficking documentary
Thailand is set to deport the president of a construction workers union who helped produce a documentary about sex trafficking back to Cambodia, where his wife said Tuesday he will face political persecution amid a wider crackdown on labor activists by Prime Minister Hun Sen.
— Radio Free Asia

Rights group calls for news fixer’s release
Human Rights Watch yesterday called on the Thai government to immediately release a news fixer arrested at the behest of Cambodian authorities over his role in the production of a sex trafficking documentary dismissed as fake news.
— The Khmer Times

National debt not a major concern: Cheam Yeap
The chairman of the Commission on Economy, Finance, Banking and Audit yesterday reiterated his view that the Kingdom’s foreign debt should not be a cause of major concern yet, as it is at just over 23 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).
— The Khmer Times

Parliament to hold session to amend law on political parties
The National Assembly will hold a plenary session on Thursday to amend the Law on Political Parties that would nullify a ban on some of the 118 former opposition CNRP members barred from politics for five years.
— The Khmer Times

Anyone of 118 to re-enter politics is the traitor, Sam Rainsy warns
President of the Cambodia National Rescue Movement (CRNM) warned the 118 former officials of the dissolved CNRP not to resume their political activities after the National Assembly voted to lift the bans.
— Fresh News

Rainsy ‘will not have his rights restored’
A senior official at the Ministry of Interior on Monday said that opposition leader Sam Rainsy would not be eligible for a reinstatement of his political rights if a proposed change to the law is passed.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Collusion Governor denies land grab claims
The governor of Preah Sihanouk province on Monday refuted claims by Khmer Rise Party (KRP) president Sok Sovann Vathana Sabung that he had colluded with two prominent tycoons in grabbing land for personal gain in Prey Nop district.
— The Phnom Penh Post

‘Illegal’ timber seized in M’kiri
On Monday, police reported the discovery of nearly 30 cubic metres of timber in O’Pot Sanctuary, a forest located in Mondulkiri province’s Pech Chreada district.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry says government did not shut down The Cambodia Daily
A ministry statement said that many media outlets are operating freely as long as they comply with the country’s laws, especially paying tax.
— The Khmer Times

Human Rights watch calls for repeal of ‘repressive’ laws
he statement by HRW published this week focused on a law regulating non-governmental groups and two other laws that it said restricted the functioning of civil society groups.
— Voice of America

PM: Full freedoms enjoyed after the Khmer Rouge era
On Human Rights Day on Monday, Prime Minister Hun Sen expressed pride that since the end of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime in 1979, Cambodian people have had complete rights and freedoms, including being able to vote freely for their leaders.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Land grabbing ‘deeply concerning’
Svay Rieng Deputy Governor Hem Piseth held a press conference on Monday ordering Chea Sokha, the Prasot market owner who illegally filled a lake in Svay Tiep district, Svay Rieng Province, to remove the soil from the lake and return it to its original state.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia collects over US$2B tax revenues within the first 11 months of 2018
Within the first 11 months of 2018, Cambodian government had collected about 8,222.87 billion riels (US$2,055.71 million), achieving 106.88% of the plan with exceeding revenue of US$132.33 million
— Fresh News

Unions request gov’t to set workers’ minimum wage
Unions have asked the government to set the minimum wage for the construction and service sectors and to solve the five other major problems facing them, a statement released on International Human Rights Day on Monday said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Korea’s industrial bank plans Cambodia expansion
The Industrial Bank of Korea plans to open new branches in Cambodia from 2020 onwards amid a broader push by the state-owned lender to expand in Southeast Asia with plans to back a growing number of Korean firms setting up shop in the region.
— The Khmer Times

Khmer Times flogs Huawei for Cambodia telecoms
The pro-government Khmer Times ran a story December 7 about Chinese telecom giant Huawei with a KT byline that, while not marked as advertising, was transparently a Huawei press release being passed off as journalism.
— The Cambodia Daily

Cambodian airports see visitor figures soar to 10 million
Cambodia’s airports have reported a steep rise in arrivals, predicting that by the end of the month more than 10 million domestic and international visitors will have used the country’s three main airports.
— Voice of America

Retail investors on CSX up 126 percent
The number of retail investors on the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX) has more than doubled in 2018 after years of sluggish growth, the stock exchange operator said yesterday.
— The Khmer Times

Vietnam’s new customs regulations rattle exporters
Local exporters have voiced concern over new customs regulations in Vietnam that require the submission of phytosanitary certificates for agricultural and livestock transshipments, arguing that they represent a significant barrier to trade.
— The Khmer Times

Cambodia exports approx. 500,000 tons of rice; China’s prime importer
Cambodia has exported approximately 500,000 tons of rice over the past 11 months in 2018, a decrease of 13 per cent compared to 562,000 tons in 2017, according to a report issued by Secretariat of One Window Service for Rice Export Formality (SOWS-REF) dated on 3 December 2018.
— Fresh News

Hong Lai Huat calls off S$15.7m sale of hotel in Cambodia project
Hong Lai Huat’s S$15.7 million sale of a hotel at its D’Seaview project in Sihanoukville, Cambodia has been terminated after the buyer did not make full payment.
— The Business Times

Cambodian products aim to leave a mark in trade exhibition
A Cambodian trade fair is set to bring more opportunities for local products to access the international market, as well as serving as a platform to attract more foreign investors to Cambodia, says the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Nation

Bodyguard recruitment confirmed to fill shortage
Senior officials at the Ministry of National Defence have confirmed that the government’s decision to recruit 209 new personnel for the bodyguard unit (BGU) is aimed to replace those who have retired and fill shortages.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Local and international experts to train 1,221 environmental rangers
Local and International experts will train environmental rangers next year to improve their insight and raise awareness of the need to protect and preserve natural resources.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Tea Seiha to replace Khim Bunsong as Siem Reap governor
Siem Reap Provincial Deputy Governor Tea Seiha is set to replace Provincial Governor Khim Bunsong during an official inauguration ceremony on Thursday.
— The Khmer Times

Kratie woman arrested for human trafficking
The Kratie provincial court on Saturday put a woman in pre-trial detention on a human trafficking charge after she was arrested for illegally sending migrant workers to Malaysia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia pickpockets rounded up in Bangkok
Police in Bangkok have arrested six Cambodian pickpockets working as a team to target foreigners, Immigration Police Bureau chief Maj-Gen Surachate Hakparn announced on Sunday.
— Pattaya One

Siem Reap landmine museum to reopen after weapons seizure
It was announced on Sunday that the Cambodian Landmine Museum near Siem Reap will soon reopen to tourists, ending three months of closure following the arrest of its staff for alleged illegal gun procession.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Gov’t to move artefacts to PP
Committee members of the Kiri Sdachkong pagoda have agreed to the government’s request to move the stone tablets bearing inscriptions dated to the year 633 – kept on the pagoda’s grounds – to the National Museum in Phnom Penh, on a condition that “cleansing rituals” are organised prior to the transfer to “avoid any curse”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

National Book Fair renews hope for Cambodian literary scene
Ouk Bonheang, 25, a young author, said the rise was due to a growing appreciation among young Cambodians for literacy.

Cambodian gold medalist wins King Cup-Jet Ski World Cup 2018 in Thailand
Cambodian gold medalist of Asian Games 2018 Saly Ou Moeut has won King Cup-Jet Ski World Cup 2018 in Pattaya, Thailand in on 9 December 2018, according to Watercraft Federation of Cambodia.
— Fresh News


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