Cambodia morning news for November 14

Cambodia morning news for November 14

Cambodia morning news

Indonesia barred Cambodia’s Rainsy from flight to Jakarta: airline
Malaysia Airlines said on Wednesday it had barred veteran Cambodian opposition figure Sam Rainsy from a flight from Kuala Lumpur to the Indonesian capital Jakarta on the instruction of Indonesian authorities.
— Reuters

Cambodia says it defeated opposition effort to topple govt
Cambodia’s government claimed victory Wednesday in its jousting with exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who was unable to meet his self-imposed deadline to return to the country in an attempt to oust Prime Minister Hun Sen.
— AP

Cambodia’s rice export to China up 45 pct in 10 months
Cambodia exported 184,844 tons of milled rice to China during the first 10 months of 2019, up 45 percent over the same period last year, said an official report released on Wednesday.
— Xinhua  

Sar Kheng Says He Won’t Let Cambodia Plunge Back into its Dark History
Praising the authorities of all levels of government for protecting the country during Independence Day and the Water Festival holidays, he said on his Facebook page, “I want to stress that Cambodia, which has experienced being…fractured, a war, killings, will not return to dark pages of history again.”
— Themy Themy

Opposition Leader Sam Rainsy Says EU Pressure Over Trade Status Will Further His Goals
The European Union on Tuesday completed a preliminary report on the temporary suspension of trade privileges with Cambodia in response to democratic rollbacks by Prime Minister Hun Sen, drawing support from opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who said the bloc’s position could further his goals for the country.
— RFA 

Counting the Costs of Sam Rainsy’s Failed Return to Cambodia
A bid by Cambodia’s opposition leader in exile Sam Rainsy to return with a “tsunami of supporters” and oust Prime Minister Hun Sen ended in folly this weekend after Thai Airways did what was expected and denied him passage on a flight to Bangkok.
— The Diplomat

Rainsy’s Indonesia travel plans a test of Jakarta’s commitment to democracy
Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s on-again, off-again return to Phnom Penh – to lead a democratic uprising against Prime Minister Hun Sen – has turned into a circus, and a major headache for ASEAN countries.
— The Sydney Morning Herald

Cambodia attracts 1.86 mln Chinese tourists in first 9 months, up 29.4 pct
Cambodia welcomed 1.86 million Chinese tourists during the first nine months of 2019, up 29.4 percent over the same period last year, said a Tourism Ministry report released on Wednesday.
— Xinhua 

Why Asia’s Longest Serving Leader Is Warning About a Coup Plot
On his path to becoming Asia’s longest-serving leader, Hun Sen has mastered the art of fighting for power.
— Yahoo News 

Cambodia must recognise urgency of developing skilled workforce
The structural economic issues facing the Kingdom will need greater institutional collaboration, according to Vongsey Vissoth, Permanent Secretary of State at the Ministry of Economy and Finance, who sees a lack of economic diversification and competitiveness as key issues to overcome.
— Khmer Times 

EU Commissions Completes Preliminary EBA Report, Sam Rainsy Says Pressure on EBA Working
The European Union Commission on Tuesday completed its preliminary report into human rights violations in Cambodia that could lead to a suspension of critical trade privileges, with opposition leader Sam Rainsy saying the pressure of sanctions was working to restore democracy.

EU: ‘We Expect’ Kem Sokha’s Full Release
Government spokesman Phay Siphan rejected the notion that Cambodia would alter its approach to politics under the pressure of possible trade sanctions, as diplomatic meetings continued on Wednesday at the newly released opposition leader’s Phnom Penh home.
— VOD 

One-month deadline: EU threatens to pull Cambodia’s trade perks
Cambodia raised the minimum wage for textile workers in September to $190 a month as pressure from the EU rose over the country’s human rights and political record [File: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg]
— 234 Radio

The EU Is In a Bind Over Trade Versus Human Rights in Cambodia
The European Union and Cambodia moved closer to a confrontation that may be a litmus test for whether EU free trade helps promote free societies.
— Bloomberg

Counting the Costs of Sam Rainsy’s Failed Return to Cambodia
A bid by Cambodia’s opposition leader in exile Sam Rainsy to return with a “tsunami of supporters” and oust Prime Minister Hun Sen ended in folly this weekend after Thai Airways did what was expected and denied him passage on a flight to Bangkok.
— The diplomat   

Minister of Tourism: About 6M Tourists Travel across the Kingdom during Three-day Water Festival
Minister of Tourism Thong Khon said on Wednesday that over 5.8 million national and international tourists had travelled across Cambodia during three-day Water Festival from 10-12 November 2019, an increase of 7 percent compared to last year.
— Fresh News 

KrisEnergy signs letter of award for Cambodia oil mini-platform
KrisEnergy (Apsara) Co Ltd signed a conditional letter of award with PT Profab for the supply of a minimum facilities wellhead “mini-platform” for the Apsara oilfield – Cambodia’s maiden oil development – its Singapore-based parent company KrisEnergy Ltd said on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian exports to Japan up 8.4 per cent year-on-year
Cambodia exported more than $1.2 billion of products to the Japanese market in the first nine months of this year, up 8.4 per cent on the same period last year, data from the Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro) shows.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia: Drop bogus “espionage” charges against former Radio Free Asia journalists
Ahead of the two-year anniversary of the arrest of former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, Nicholas Bequelin, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East and Southeast Asia, said:
— Amnesty International

Phnom Penh Festival Celebrates Revival of Arts, Underscores Progress Following Cultural Decimation by the Khmer Rouge
Him Sophy comes from a family of classical musicians. The noted composer has Cambodian traditional music in his blood – his father played the roneat, a Cambodian xylophone, and his grandfather plucked at a three-string instrument called a tro-Khmer.

New commerce laws come into effect
The much-awaited e-commerce and customer protection laws came into effect on Nov 2 after the drafts were signed by King Norodom Sihamoni.
— Khmer Times

Phnom Penh airport expands aircraft parking
Twelve new aircraft parking stands were launched on Friday at Phnom Penh International Airport to cope with rising aircraft traffic.
— Khmer Times

Ride-hailing firm eyes Cambodia
Aiming to disrupt the thriving local ride-hailing market with a new business model, Belarus-based Onde recently announced its intention to enter Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

Passports of 12 former CNRP officials revoked
The Foreign Affairs Ministry has revoked the passports of 12 former opposition party officials, noting that they have either been charged or convicted of attacks against state institutions or conspiracy linked to Sam Rainsy’s coup plot.
— Khmer Times 

Calls for Kem Sokha’s charges to be dropped after bail restrictions eased
The international community is rallying behind Kem Sokha to have the political rights of all former CNRP members and activists restored after a court eased his bail restrictions on Sunday.
— Khmer Times

King, Hun Sen join public at boat races on last day of Water Festival
King Norodom Sihamoni yesterday presented prizes to winners of boat races during the final day of this year’s Water Festival.
— Khmer Times

Fire destroys swimsuit​ factory in Dangkor
The Phnom Penh Municipal Fire Department yesterday said a factory in Dangkor district was destroyed on Monday after being engulfed by a blaze which took seven hours to put out.
— Khmer Times

Waiting for Rainsy: Despite No-Show, Supporters in Thailand Trust He Will Return
In Bangkok on Saturday, an exiled CNRP activist from Battambang province said her bags were packed and she was ready to head to the Cambodia-Thailand border.

Photo Flash: First Look at CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at La Jolla Playhouse
La Jolla Playhouse presents the Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of Cambodian Rock Band, by UC San Diego MFA Playwriting alumna Lauren Yee, directed by Chay Yew, featuring music by Dengue Fever.
— Broad Way World

York woman’s appeal from Cambodia
Antonia Miles, who used to live in York, travelled to Cambodia in September with international development organisation, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), as part of the UK government funded International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.
— The York Press

Authorities: Water Festival a success
The Phnom Penh municipal administration has said that this year’s three-day Water Festival passed off smoothly and without any major incidents, and in particular noted that people disposed of their rubbish in an orderly manner.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Tour guides question animal release ban in Angkor moat
The Khmer Angkor Tour Guide Association (Katga) called on the Apsara National Authority to reconsider its decision banning all animals from being released into the moat surrounding the Angkor Wat temple after the authority prohibited the action for the sake of visitors’ safety.
— The Phnom Penh Post

UN report on Kingdom’s gender issues details concerns
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Monday said that while Cambodia has policies promoting gender equality and combating violence against women, it was still concerned about domestic violence, the promotion of men over women and the arrest of surrogate mothers.
— The Phnom Penh Post

NACD launches drug awareness campaign during Water Festival
Lim Tong Huot, the director of the National Authority for Combating Drug’s (NACD) Legislation, Education and Rehabilitation Department, said a three-day campaign on drug awareness was carried out during the Water Festival.
— The Phnom Penh Post

KrisEnergy inks letter of award for Cambodia oil platform fabrication
PT Profab, an Indonesian subsidiary of Houston-based National Oilwell Varco, will supply a minimum facilities wellhead platform (mini-platform) to KrisEnergy for the Apsara oil field, Cambodia’s maiden oil development.
— The Business Times

Military commander calls for joint protection of peace
While Prime Minister Hun Sen noted the joyous and peaceful atmosphere of this year’s Water Festival, Hun Manet (pictured) on Tuesday renewed his appeal for the joint protection of peace.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Koh Kong airport to be ready in three years
The Dara Sakor International Airport, which is now being built in the southwestern province of Koh Kong, will be ready in the next three years, according to the Minister of Aviation.
— Khmer Times

Capital draws 4.7 million visitors during festival
More than 4.7 million tourists visited the capital during the three-day Water Festival holiday, according to a report issued by the Ministry of Tourism yesterday.
— Khmer Times

Environment Ministry prepares to ban single-use plastic products
The Environment Ministry is preparing a sub-decree to ban the import and production of single-use plastic products to reduce plastic pollution in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Another Irrawaddy Dolphin Found Dead
“This is the saddest news! We lost another dolphin in Kratie,” the WWF said on its Facebook page. “[O]ur research team found that the…cause of the death was that its tail entangled with gillnet”.
— Themy Themy

Breaking Radio Silence on Cambodia’s Tigers
Cambodia’s northeastern region was previously inhabited by one of the region’s most iconic species: the Indo-Chinese Tiger.
— Themy Themy

UN Reiterates Call to Abolish Criminalization of Surrogates
The United Nations has called on Cambodia to repeal its decision criminalizing surrogacy and asked the government to ensure that its draft law will not impose criminal liability on surrogate mothers.

Fishing nets killed rare river dolphin
Kratie’s provincial Department of Tourism on Tuesday said an illegal fishing net caused the death of an endangered Irrawaddy dolphin in the province’s Sambok village.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia promises expat freedom to start small businesses
A good number of expat retirees heading to Southeast Asia feel they’ve many useful years left and would like to start a small business in their chosen country of residence.
— Emigrate


Feature photo John Le Fevre

This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo focuses on mass ork ambok eating for the nation, religion, and King, Nov 9


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