Cambodia morning news for May 29

Cambodia morning news for May 29

Cambodia morning newsCambodian Government Denies Allegations of Political Intimidation
Cambodian political observers say intimidation has been a widely used tool in the government for decades but that recently, there has been a shift in the practice to ensure the ruling party wins the next national election.
— Voice of America

WB: Cambodia among the fastest electrifying
Cambodia is currently among the fastest electrifying countries in the world, with coverage reaching 89.1 per cent as of the end of 2017, a newly published World Bank report says.
— The Phnom Penh Post

JICA sells remaining shares in S’ville port
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has sold all its shares in Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (PAS) to Japanese logistics firm Kamigumi.
— Khmer Times

Soft targets in an era of hard power – A plea to the European Union from footwear and garment workers in Cambodia
Apparel, footwear and travel goods account for 80 percent of Cambodia’s total exports.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire

Cambodia ready to upgrade tourist amenities to draw more Chinese
As a country that boasts a rich mix of culture and tourism resources, Cambodia has become one of the most popular travel destinations for discerning tourists around the world.

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Arrives Tokyo for the 25th International Conference on the Future of Asia
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen arrived Japan for the 25th International Conference on the Future of Asia and a series of events in Tokyo, held from 29-31 May 2019.
— Fresh News

Thai government to provide free education for children of migrant workers
The Thai government is set to provide free education for children of Cambodian migrant workers, according to officials.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Exports Over 60,000 Tons of Rubber Latex in the First Four Months
Cambodia’s General Department of Rubber reported that the country had exported 63,453 tons of rubber latex as the first four months of 2019 concluded—a 23 percent increase compared to the same period in 2018.

Hun Sen To Deliver Keynote in Japan on Search for A “New World Order”
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday reiterated that he would deliver a keynote speech around the theme, “In Search of the New Global Order – Overcoming the Chaos,” at an international conference this week in Japan, where Asian political, economic and academic leaders will discuss global issues.
— VOA Khmer

Alert over ASF ongoing
Following new reports of African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreaks in neighboring Vietnam, Cambodia remains in high alert over the spread of the virus, with the Ministry of Agriculture calling for stricter import checks.
— Khmer Times

Five projects set to be sleeper hits
You see the headlines one morning saying that a real estate project has made millions, or a certain stock has quadrupled in value. If only I could travel back in time and invest, you think, you would be raking in returns.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia proud to host Asia Media Summit
Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said it is an honour for Cambodia to host the upcoming Asia Media Summit, which is slated for June 10 to 13 in Siem Reap province.
— Khmer Times

Authorities seize close to 100kg of snakes in Pursat
A forestry administration chief at the Pursat provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on Monday said a couple and their six-year-old daughter had been detained for several hours over the illegal trafficking of wildlife before being released.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PP police drug testing to start when ‘enough kits’
Phnom Penh Municipal Police chief Sar Thet said on Monday that he has not set the date to introduce drug testing for officers under his command, but that it will happen “as soon as the force has enough kits for the test”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

RT news fixer due in court tomorrow
Rath Rott Mony, the Russia Today news fixer charged over his role in the production of a sex trafficking documentary, will soon make a court appearance to begin his trial.
— Khmer Times

Japan in Cambodia’s Delicate Hedging Strategy
The failure of ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Phnom Penh in July 2012 has been constantly used to build the misleading narrative that Cambodia is China’s ‘de facto proxy’ in Southeast Asia and an ASEAN spoiler.
— Khmer Times

Large bombs found in Kampong Speu, Prey Veng provinces
Experts of the Cambodian Mine Action Center have cleared two MK 82 bombs found each in Kampong Speu and Prey Veng provinces.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian calls out unnamed S’porean actor for pouring $100,000 a year into phoney NGO
Starting an NGO has become a way for some unscrupulous Cambodians to get rich quick.
— Mothership

Kandal authorities deny land grab claims
Authorities in Kandal province’s Sa’ang district on Monday denied the claims of some 30 families in Roka Khpos commune that there are plans to confiscate their land to construct a wastewater treatment facility, saying that long-term local residents no longer own land in the area.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Island casino’s fate to be decided
A preah Sihanouk provincial official said on Monday that the administration would request approval from the Ministry of Environment and the National Committee for Coastal Management and Development to dismantle a Chinese casino on Koh Rong Sanloem.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Unlicensed doctors called by court
The Tbong Khmum provincial court on Monday summoned the first 17 medical practitioners, out of a total of 148, for questioning over allegations they were operating without permission from the provincial health department or the Ministry of Health.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Government Regards the Call by Convicted Rebel as Political Sabotage
The Royal Government Spokesperson Unit has issued a statement considering the comments made by a certain convicted rebel overseas as an act of incitement and political sabotage.

Phnom Penh Expecting Two More Trade Centres
Two more trade centres – GIA Tower and Morgan Tower – will emerge at the heart of Phnom Penh capital, on Koh Pich area in a near future.

A New Group of Boeung Kak Residents Seeks Compensation for Their Damaged Homes
Residents of Phnom Penh’s Sras Chak community on the northern edge of Boeung Kak lake said yesterday that officials forcibly damaged their homes by claiming that the land they live on belongs to Shukaku Inc., a private property developer owned by ruling party senator Lao Meng Khin.
— VOA Khmer

Salt yields hampered by labour shortages
The Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts is holdings discussions with other ministries to find solutions to some of the challenges salt production faces in the Kingdom, particularly a shortage of labour and adverse weather conditions.
— Khmer Times

Indigenous youth seek higher education to help their communities
Cambodia is home to numerous indigenous groups, with many living far from the capital and lacking access to education.
— Khmer Times

Yaogan-33 launch fails in north China, Possible debris recovered in Laos
The attempt to launch a remote sensing Yaogan-33 satellite carried by a Long March-4C rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China’s Shanxi Province was unsuccessful on Thursday morning.
— Space Daily

Cambodia’s development vision for a progressive, inclusive, and sustainable society
Post-conflict Cambodia presents an illuminating case of extraordinary success stories of peacebuilding, national reconciliation, and economic development.
— Khmer Times

Vietnam prioritises developing friendship, cooperation with Cambodia
Vietnam always attaches importance to and gives top priority to the development of good neighbourliness; traditional friendship; and comprehensive, sustainable, and long-term cooperation with Cambodia, Politburo member Tran Quoc Vuong has said.
— Vietnamplus

Uncovering the real story of the MIA/POW in Laos, Cambodia & Thailand
Anyone who knows anything about the Vietnam war knows that there was a lot of unofficial action by US/”allied” forces in both Laos and Cambodia.

Three people charged over S’ville murder
Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court yesterday charged three people for the alleged murder of a 45-year-old Chinese national in O’Chhoeuteal beach.
— Khmer Times

Police arrest farmer suspected of killing his wife
Trapaing Prasat district police in Oddar Meanchey province on Monday arrested a farmer suspected of killing his wife over jealously.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia provides Chinese language training for 120 Chinese tour guide teachers
Cambodia provided a Chinese language training course for 120 Chinese tour guide teachers on Tuesday in a bid to improve the quality and capacity for Chinese-speaking tour guides.
— Xinhuanet

Cambodia’s education system / The keys to the Kingdom
With Cambodia surging ahead towards high middle-income status, ensuring that the next generation has the essential skills it needs to thrive in a high-skilled work environment has never been more important.
— Southeast Asia Globe

Dai-ichi Life Insurance to offer financial security for Cambodians​
Japan’s life insurer, Dai-ichi Life Holdings Inc. made its maiden entry into the Kingdom with plans to offer long-term financial protection and savings products for the growing Cambodian insurance market.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian refugees remember Hawke’s legacy
As Australia paid tribute to the recent passing of Bob Hawke, the country’s 23rd prime minister, this author sent a statement of condolence on behalf of Cambodian community in Australia to former prime minister Julia Gillard, describing Hawke as “the greatest peacetime leader Australia has ever had” and who “was an inspiration.”
— Asia Times

Neth Savoeun wants to strengthen border security
The head of the National Police on Monday ordered officers stationed along the border to strengthen border security by continuing to prevent crimes.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Encourages More Investment in Agriculture
Cambodia has encouraged Chinese investments to look into the plantation of industrial forests and agro-industrial crops, including corn, cassava and mango.

Cambodian girls to receive much-needed surgery
Children First Foundation have welcomed two Cambodian girls to their Miracle sMiles Retreat in Kilmore East.
— The North Central Review

BRI turns Cambodian boy from souvenir peddler to international student
Fifteen-year-old Cambodian boy Thuch Salik never expected to become the first Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) talent at an international school in China in 2019.
— Global Times

Vehicle transfers discussed
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport and the General Department of Taxation yesterday discussed vehicle ownership transfer procedures.
— Khmer Times

Anti-drugs police hunt for accomplices after two women arrested
The Ministry of Interior’s anti-drugs police department is looking for accomplices after two women were detained for drug trafficking in Phnom Penh on Sunday, with the seizure of 22 packets of what is believed to be methamphetamine.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Rice industry insiders optimistic
With more plans for rice storage and silos in Cambodia, industry insiders have expressed their optimism that a lack of facilities will not pose a challenge for the Kingdom’s rice market this year.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Hun Sen: Cambodia gives utmost priority to peace
Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday at the 75th Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Unescap) in Bangkok, Thailand, that Cambodia gives utmost priority to maintaining peace and political stability in the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

‘Proper training can make or break future in digital world’
Digital technology and the arrival of the Fourth Industrial Revolution has the potential to create new jobs or cause unemployment for Cambodian youth if they are not properly trained to meet market demands, Minister of Labour and Vocational Training Ith Sam Heng said on Monday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian NA President Pay Officials Visits to Vietnam and Laos
Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, President of the National Assembly of Cambodia, and his spouse departed here this morning for the official visits in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam from May 28 to 30 and in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic from May 30 to June 1.

The ‘cute monk’ aspiring to distribute wealth to the needy
You may have seen this Buddhist monk with over 300,000 Facebook followers. He divides opinion with his expensive robes, photos of himself jet setting on aeroplanes and name-brand items in the form of iPhones, iPads and an Idoky suitcase.
— The Phnom Penh Post


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This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo acknowledges International Children’s Day, June 1.


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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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