Cambodia morning news for May 20

Cambodia morning news for May 20

Cambodia morning newsNo paradise island: waters off Cambodia’s Koh Rong a giant sewage dump
Those planning on travelling to Cambodia’s Koh Rong, might be best advised to make sure that their Hepatitis B vaccination is up to date first, putrid raw sewage pouring unchecked into the water at Koh Toch, the island’s main tourist area.
— AEC News Today

Police Chief Urges Vigilance Against Popular Uprisings
National Police Chief Neth Savoeun has added to ongoing government rhetoric raising fears of popular uprisings by announcing on Thursday that Cambodia was under threat from revolutionary movements and calling for police to stay alert.

Sam Rainsy gets another two years
Judge Ros Piseth of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court today pronounced Sam Rainsy (former CNRP head) guilty in two further cases brought against him. The court ordered that a copy of the writ be posted at the former headquarters of the now dissolved CNRP in Phnom Penh’s Chak Angre Leu commune.
— Khmer Times

Khmer Rally Raid 2019 Kicks Off
Khmer Rally Raid 2019, an adventure on four-wheelers to promote the Kingdom’s environmental and natural resource preservation, officially began this morning under the presidency of H.E. Neth Pheaktra, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Rainy Season is Officially Here
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology on May 18, 2019 issued a notice on the weather in Cambodia, confirming that the El Nino phenomenon has decreased its effect as the rainy season has begun at the beginning of the third week of May.
— Cambodia News English

Q&A with Hyundai’s Chang Hoon Lee
Chang Hoon Lee, managing director of Hyundai Agro, sits down with Khmer Times’ May Kunmakara to talk about the company’s operations in the Kingdom and its plans.
— Khmer Times

Villagers poisoned in two separate cases over weekend
One person was killed and about 40 others were injured over the weekend after they consumed wild mushrooms and salted crabs in Preah Sihanouk and Battambang provinces.
— Khmer Times

Hun Sen Dares Critics, Within and Without, to Challenge Him
In his gravest moments of weakness, Prime Minister Hun Sen has never shied from daring his challengers to a fight.

Consumer Debt Increases 7.5 Percent in Three Months
Personal loans taken out by Cambodians reached a total of $6.7 billion in the first three months of the year, a 7.5 percent increase on the previous quarter, credit reporting firm Credit Bureau Cambodia (CBC) said

Is the EU Wrong on Rights in Cambodia?
In February 2019, the European Union launched an 18-month process to determine whether or not to maintain Cambodia’s preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme. The review follows what the European Union perceives as “the deterioration of democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law in Cambodia.”
— The Diplomat

Cambodia urged not to criminalize surrogate mothers with new law
New laws being drafted in Cambodia on commercial surrogacy must not criminalize surrogate mothers, women’s rights campaigners said on Friday, after 11 women jailed for agreeing to carry a client’s baby were released from prison.
— Asahi Shimbun

In Cambodia, the BRI must benefit locals too
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s delegation has returned from the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, bringing back 10 newly signed agreements. The trip was closely followed by Cambodians, who have an increasing interest in the course of the relationship between Cambodia and China.
— East Asia Forum

87% of Cambodians Have Internet Access
About 14.1 million, or 86.7 percent, out of Cambodia’s 16.2 million people have now access to the internet, according to a report issued by the country’s Telecommunication Regulator on Saturday
— Cambodia News English

PRC Driver in RCAF Car
Royal Cambodian Armed Forces license plates are for military vehicles used only for military service, but some have been rented to foreigners to use, which is a military offense.
— Cambodia News English

Malaysian Crypto Boss Charged With Fraud
The boss of crypto-currency firm GCG Asia, who used images of the Prime Minister illegally were sent to the investigating judge in Phnom Penh on the morning of May 19, 2019.
— Cambodia News English

Germany to provide Cambodia $66M in loans, grants for infrastructure, poverty reduction
Following negotiations with Cambodian officials, Germany decided to approve a package of $34 million in loans and $32 million in grants.
— VOA Cambodia

EU denies Kong Korn’s claim
A senior official of the Delegation of European Union to Cambodia has denied a statement regarding its stance on last year’s national election as claimed by Kong Korm, a former CNRP top advisor, in a Facebook post.
— Khmer Times

Interior Minister Lauds Police Crackdown on ‘Insurgents’
Cambodia’s Minister of Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Thursday said the National Police achieved success last year in cracking down on an “illegal insurgent group” that had intended to topple the legitimate government of the long-ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).
— VOA Cambodia

Warning over GCG Asia after false claims of Hun Sen’s approval for crypto currency scam
The Labour Ministry asks all Cambodian workers in South Korea not to fall for the scams of GCG Asia Co., LTD.
— Khmer Times

GCG Asia crypto currency investigation continues
This morning, the court continues to investigate the chairman of GCG ASIA regarding the use of names and images of Samdech Techo Hun Sen to illegal use.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian PM Sends a Message on Visak Bochea Day
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has sent a message to the Buddhist followers all over the world on the Visak Bochea Day.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

ASEAN’s paedophiles are tech savvy
Southeast Asia is in the grip of a fresh surge of paedophile activity with predators orchestrating and watching abuse on live-streaming sites and via webcams, and paying for it with near-untraceable cryptocurrency, victims and children’s charities warn.
— The Asean Post

Cambodia To Mark Royal Ploughing Ceremony Next Week in Takeo Province
Cambodia will celebrate this year’s Royal Ploughing ceremony, which marks the beginning of the crop planting season in the country, in Daun Keo city, Takeo province on May 22.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Indo-China integration meets Cambodia’s interests
0 Comments Cambodia, which is located between Thailand and Vietnam and has a 440-kilometer coastal zone which is separated from the rest of the country by a mountain ridge, is in need of a “third neighbor” in order to survive economically and politically, and for improving its export opportunities.
— Modern Diplomacy

‘I had never seen my dad cry:’ Deported Cambodians bewildered by country they never knew
When new deportees arrive in Cambodia on a plane from the United States, their first stop is at the Khmer Vulnerability Aid Organization in the country’s capital of Phnom Penh.
— The News Tribune

A Deadly Day on Cambodian Roads
According to the Department of Traffic Police and Public Order of the National Police Commission, on May 17, 2019 there were 18 accidents across the country causing 13 deaths, 24 seriously injured and 14 others slightly injured.
— Cambodia News English

Arrests on Both Sides of Border in 63kg Drugs Bust
Between 13-17 May 2019, border guards and anti-narcotics units from both Cambodia and Vietnam conducted an operation to catch a cross-border drugs gang.
— Cambodia News English

Cambodia sets sights on Muslim tourists
The Cambodian Ministry of Tourism is targeting visitors from countries in the Middle East, a region believed to have great potential for the country’s tourism market.
— Bangkok Post

Binh Phuoc resettles repatriated Vietnamese from Cambodia
Since December last year, 352 households with 1,544 Vietnamese people have returned to Binh Phuoc from Cambodia.
— Vietnam Net

Agricultural Investment on 2,000 Hectares of Land in Kampong Thom Discussed
A Chinese company branded GBI International Investment Co., Ltd. is interested in investing in Cambodia’s agriculture on more than 2,000 hectares of land surface in Kampong Thom province.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Celebration of 156th anniversary of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day in Pailin Province
H.E. Y Chhean (C, Pic. 1), Honorary President of Pailin Provincial Red Cross and H.E. Mrs. Ban Sreymom (L, Pic. 1), President of Pailin Provincial Red Cross, receive donations from different charitable people at the celebration of the 156th anniversary of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day held in the provincial city this morning.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Delegation on visit to Cambodia
A high level delegation led by Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Shantmanu along with prominent exporters from Moradabad, Agra, Khurja, Delhi and North Eastern Region are on a visit to Cambodia to study the various techniques of the innovative product development, infrastructure developed for the mass production and affiliation with the different design institutions, trade bodies for enhancement of mass production in the country.
— Nagaland Post

World Bank Prepares To Support Cambodia’s Development Plans
The World Bank has pledged financial support to help boost the Cambodian economy, Cambodia’s Ministry of Economy and Finance confirmed. The bank is set to approve $1 billion in funding for the development of the country’s key sectors.
— Business Times

Cambodia: CPP starts local council election campaign
The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) kicked off a campaign for the provincial, municipal and district council election in Phnom Penh on May 17.
— Vietnam+

Death After Mushroom Poisoning
On the evening of May 17, 2019, a team of doctors working in Preah Sihanouk Referral Hospital said that five people had been sent to a hospital for emergency treatment. One later died.
— Cambodia News English

Royal Railway takes extra measures for a smooth ride
In 2009 the Royal Government of Cambodia signed a Concession agreement with Toll from Australia the biggest Logistics company in Australia at the time to be the Operator and Maintainer of the North and South Line
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Celebrates Visak Bochea Day
Thousands of Buddhist followers from all walks of life gathered this morning at Phnom Preah Reachtroap (Oudong) in Ponhea Leu district, Kandal province, where a stupa of Buddha’s relics is located, to mark the Visak Bochea Day.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Burros Overtake Arizona Town
Small donkeys, often called burros in Arizona, may look cute, but they are a big problem for locals both people and animals. VOA Khmer’s Phy Sopheada narrates.
— VOA Cambodia


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This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo acknowledges Royal Ploughing Ceremony, May 22.


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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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