Cambodia morning news for July 17

Cambodia morning news for July 17

Cambodia morning newsKem Ley anniversary an epic PR fail for Cambodian government (video
The third anniversary of the murder of Cambodian political commentator Kem Lay couldn’t have been a worse public relations disaster for the Cambodian government if planned.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

US Lawmakers Pass Bill Targeting Officials Who Undermine Democracy in Cambodia
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to apply sanctions on Cambodian officials deemed responsible for undermining democracy in the Southeast Asian nation, drawing condemnation from Prime Minister Hun Sen’s regime, which said the move would damage bilateral relations.

Breaking: Rubbish found packed inside 83 containers at S’ville port
Eighty-three containers packed with rubbish were broken open at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port by joint authorities on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Government urged to speed up reforms
National Assembly president Heng Samrin yesterday told government officials to expedite internal administrative reforms aimed at promoting sustainable economic growth in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Expects Effect of Tropical Storm Danas
Cambodia was forecast to be affected by the fifth tropical storm Danas, according to a notification from the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology released this morning.

Two senior immigration officials suspended over irregular work
Interior Ministry’s General Immigration Department has suspended two senior immigration officials over their involvement with irregular work they did in May.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Launches “Kingdom of Wonder” App
The Ministry of Tourism launched today in Siem Reap province the mobile application (App) “Kingdom of Wonder” to promote Cambodia’s tourism and development to the world.

Police banned from providing private security services
Phnom Penh police chief Lieutenant General Sar Thet today said municipal police officers must no longer provide private security services for powerful tycoons unless they have obtained official permission.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Multi-million dollar centre for disabled to boost income
In a bid to provide alleviate the financial burdens of people living with disabilities, the Social Affairs Ministry is planning to build a $10 million centre which comes complete with shop lots.
— Khmer Times

Young Politician Exchange Program (Cambodia) under Japan’s Friendship Ties Program “JENESYS 2019”
As part of Japan’s Friendship Ties Program “JENESYS 2019” promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 10 young Cambodian politicians will visit Japan from July 17th to 25th.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Health of Jailed Cambodian Opposition Official in Freefall Since Transfer to Prey Sar Prison: Wife
The health of a jailed former official with the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in Cambodia’s Banteay Meanchey province has rapidly deteriorated since his transfer to Phnom Penh’s notorious Prey Sar Prison to await an appeal of his conviction, his wife said Tuesday.

Developers target local buyers with condos under $50k
Condominiums are arguably the hottest type of real estate in Cambodia. Less than a decade ago, however, there were only a few condo projects in the capital. Most of them were geared toward expat clientele.
— Khmer Times

Vietnam, Cambodia build border lines of peace, friendship
The negotiations for border demarcation and marker planting between Vietnam and Cambodia over the past time have reaped good outcomes, contributing to the creation of a stable and peaceful environment for the two countries’ national defence and economic development, heard a conference held in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang on July 16.
— Vietnam Plus

Health Care Service Appreciated Amidst Dengue Outbreak
New comers are brought to the last available space of the National Pediatric Hospital’s inpatient section – the third floor of a new and tallest building there, labeled Pediatric Medical Centre, somewhat already crowded.

Workers gather at Ministry of Labour
More than 100 tourism, service industry and agriculture workers gathered in front of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training on Russian Boulevard on Monday to demand improved conditions as had been experienced in the garment sector.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Two districts in Kandal hit by ASF
African Swine Fever continues to plague the Kingdom as Kandal has become the latest province to experience an outbreak of the disease.
— Khmer Times

Rubbish Youths go from strength to strength
A group of some 30 young people in Phnom Penh known as the “Rubbish Youths” have spent months removing litter from Chamkarmon district’s previously filthy Boeung Trabek canal and, finally, not only is the canal rubbish-free but local residents have changed their ways too.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Police draft drone sub-decree to protect national security
The National Police is drafting a sub-decree on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also referred to as drones, with an objective “to protect national security”, said the General Commissariat’s anti-cybercrime department director Chea Pov on Monday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia and Monaco Establish Diplomatic Ties
The Governments of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Principality of Monaco have officially established diplomatic relations between the two countries with the signing of a Joint Communiqué.

Authorities tighten grip on illegal logging in Mondulkiri
Authorities are seeking to arrest four more people, and question another four, over links to the case of well-known timber tycoon Soeng Sam Ol as they continue to tighten their grip on illegal logging in Mondulkiri province.
— Khmer Times

Sar Kheng pushes for checks on all construction sites
Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Monday reminded city and provincial administrations to conduct checks on all construction activities to ensure they have been approved and that firms given permission, strictly follow the conditions laid out in their permits.
— Khmer Times

Thousands of trees planted in two provinces
The Environment Ministry and Apsara Authority held events over the weekend to plant a total of 4,000 trees in Preah Vihear and Siem Reap provinces in a bid to replenish natural resources, especially luxury wood in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Ministry of Interior shutters 33 inactive private security companies
The Ministry of Interior has shuttered 33 of 255 registered private security companies after they became inactive and declared bankruptcy.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Australia to bolster Cambodia clean water
Australia and Cambodia have launched a utility program aimed at improving access to clean water for up to one million people in this Southeast Asian country, which suffered severe shortages earlier this year.
— 7 News Sydney

Cambodian deputy PM visits construction site of China-funded medical building
Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Yim Chhay Ly on Tuesday visited the construction site of a new building at the Cambodia-China Friendship Preah Kossamak Hospital here.
— Xinhua

Court summons four more suspects over Mondulkiri logging
Mondulkiri provincial Military Police are hunting four more people on court orders after tycoon Soeng Sam Ol and three alleged accomplices were placed in pre-trial detention on illegal logging charges.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Phnom Penh authorities clamp down on four heavy vehicle assembly garages
Por Sen Chey district authorities have temporarily shut down four heavy vehicle assembly garages in Samraong Kraom commune for encroaching on the pavement and failing to comply with other instructions, including by causing public disturbance.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Don’t collude with dealers: Mok Chito
The deputy commissioner of the National Police yesterday warned anti-drug police officers not to collude with traffickers as the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug police department reported the arrest of more than 7,600 suspects in the last six months.
— Khmer Times

Families from Kampong Chhnang community summoned to PP Municipal Court for clarification in land sale agreement
Kampong Chhnang province villagers from the 33 Lor Peang community families who filed a complaint to nullify a land sale agreement with KDC International have been summoned to return to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday to provide further clarification.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Municipal Hall calls on villagers to work with authorities to end Boeung Choeung Ek land dispute in one month
The Phnom Penh Municipal Hall on Monday gave 30 days to those involved in the Boeung Choeung Ek land dispute to cooperate with the authorities in measuring and demarcating the boundaries on state-owned land allocated for a satellite city development in the south of Phnom Penh.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Tanabata Festival 2019 Successfully Held in Cambodia
Tanabata Festival (Star Festival) 2019 was successfully held in Phnom Penh last weekend with over 6,000 participants.

Kuwait marks 25 years of ties with the Kingdom
Kuwait will mark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Cambodia today during a celebration at its embassy to boost ties.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia to Host 2nd UPF Asia Pacific Summit 2019 in November
The National Assembly (NA) of Cambodia is going to host the second Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Asia Pacific Summit (APS) 2019 in November.

Gov’t releases sub-decree on Bokor town development
The government has decided to develop Bokor National Park into a futuristic and historic tourism city, a sub-decree on the introduction of the master plan for Bokor town’s development said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

“Chol Vossa” Festival To Begin Tomorrow
Chol Vossa (enter rainy season) or Rainy Retreat, one of annual religious festivals, will begin on July 17 in the pagodas throughout Cambodia.

Two men nabbed with 500g of meth
Two men were sent to the Kratie Provincial Court on Monday after being found in possession of more than 500g of crystal methamphetamine.
— The Phnom Penh Post

The Lavender Jeep on a mission to empower Siem Reap’s women
Behind the wheel of the eye-catching lavender Jeep is Ley Sreyneang, a young woman who has overcome old-fashioned gender bias to run driving tours for visitors to Siem Reap.
— The Phnom Penh Post

10 White Shouldered Ibis Nests Found
Ten White shouldered ibis nests have been discovered in Lomphat Landscape during 2018-2019 breeding season, according to BirdLife International Cambodia Programme.

Appeal Court reviews case of man who murdered boy
The Appeal Court on Monday reviewed the case of a man sentenced to life in prison for killing a nine-year-old boy in Koh Kong province’s Kiri Sakor district in 2009.
— The Phnom Penh Post


Feature photo Kandal Province

This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo focuses on Asalha Puja, July 16.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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