Cambodia morning news for May 28

Cambodia morning news for May 28

Cambodia morning news

PM Hun Sen: Cambodian Passport Holders Do Not Require Health Certificate to Repatriate
Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a new resolution that Cambodian passport holders do not require health certificates to return to the Kingdom, according to the premier’s Facebook page on Wednesday morning.
— Fresh News

Road tax on vehicles gears up next month
The General Department of Taxation (GDT) has announced that the window for paying vehicle tax will be from next month until November.
— Khmer Times

Official: 14 Day Self-Quarantine for Arriving Passengers is a Must
All passengers including Cambodians coming to Cambodia must undergo 14-day self-quarantine at their place or home monitored by tasked authorities, or they will face penalty or legal action.

Cambodians Forced to Sell Assets to Repay Loans as Coronavirus Hammers Economy
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to hammer the economy, many Cambodians are being forced to sell their livestock and farms to pay off debts to banks and microfinance institutions, prompting calls for the government to prevent lenders from collecting during the outbreak.

Why Are We Not Talking About Cambodia’s Duterte-Inspired Drug War?
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs has gained international notoriety for its inordinately harsh penalties, extrajudicial killings, and other atrocious human rights violations.
— Vice

Cambodia calls for help in drug battle
At a Wednesday meeting of the signatories to the Mekong Memorandum of Understanding on Drug Control, National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD) secretary-general Meas Virith requested participating countries and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to seek a solution for the region’s burgeoning drug problem.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Another pearl in China’s string?
The Cambodian island of Koh Rong, long a backpacker’s haven, lies just a quick boat ride from Sihanoukville, a city that has come to symbolise the governmental intimacy of Cambodia and China.
— Lowy Institute

Vietnamese rubber firm breaks pledge to World Bank, clears indigenous land in Cambodia
New reports from eastern Cambodia say a Vietnamese rubber company has illegally cleared swaths of land in Ratanakiri province belonging to local indigenous communities, in violation of a World Bank-mediated agreement to return the land to local residents.
— ASEAN Today

Kampong Thom short of 10,000 workers because of mass migration
Kampong Thom provincial governor Sok Lou said on Wednesday that his province is facing a shortage of more than 10,000 workers due to mass migrations.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s lifting of entry ban will have minimal impact on tourism or economy
Cambodia lifted a ban on entry of visitors from Iran, Italy, Germany, Spain, France and the United States that had been put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus, the health ministry a week ago and the immediate result of this is the detection of two COVID-19 positive patients.
— Khmer Times

UN Speaks Highly of Cambodian Female Peacekeepers
The United Nations (UN) has lauded the sacrifice of female peacekeepers, including those from Cambodia, in the UN peacekeeping missions around the world.

Traffic police ordered not to stop motorists who do not flout laws
National Police Commissioner General Neth Savoeun yesterday warned the capital’s and all provincial police chiefs to remove all roadblocks and not to check motorists who have not violated traffic laws, saying they would face punishment if such incidents continue.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian PM Receive Thai Ambassador
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen received here this morning at the Peace Palace Thai Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Panyarak Poolthup.

Government confirms allowances transferred
The government confirmed that it transferred some of its out-of-work allowances yesterday, issuing payments of up to $40 to more than 30,000 factory and tourism workers, whose jobs have been temporarily suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Khmer Times

Court rules in favour of one RFA journalist
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in favour of former Radio Free Asia (RFA) reporter Uon Chhin by returning his identification card but rejected the appeal of his colleague Yeang Sothearin whose passport has been withheld by the lower court.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Sokha reviews his meetings with several foreign diplomats
Former opposition leader Kem Sokha expressed gratitude to several diplomats of foreign countries whom he has met over the past few days, as he considered the meetings a nod to his “core values” – a statement which the ruling Cambodian People’s Party yesterday dismissed.
— Khmer Times

Crowded prisons will set free 10,000 inmates
Close to 10,000 prisoners will be freed as part of the country’s prison overcrowding campaign, Minister of Interior Sar Kheng announced on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Additional measures to assist virus-hit economy in Cambodia
The Royal Government of Cambodia has announced additional measures to assist COVID-19-affected private sector and factory workers and to restore the economy after the crisis.
— Khmer Times

Timor Leste Praises Cambodia for Success in Preventing COVID-19 Spread
Timor Leste has congratulated the Cambodian people and government on their success in preventing and containing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Greater governance needed to maximise the benefits of FTAs
Local researchers have stated Cambodia will need to make greater efforts in strengthening its governance and capacity for production and exports, in order to enjoy maximum benefits from any Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) that are signed with countries in the future.
— Khmer Times

Thailand offers Covid-19 funding
The Royal Embassy of Thailand contributed two million baht ($62,765) to Cambodia’s fight against Covid-19 on Wednesday, as the countries celebrated 70 years of diplomatic relations.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Five New Investment Projects will Create 2,080 Jobs
The Council for the Development of Cambodia said on May 27 that it has issued a certificate of registration to five new investment projects worth an estimated $251.8 million in capital.
— Cambodianess

Cambodia exports $265 million in electrical equipment in 1st quarter
Cambodia exported electrical equipment, machinery and mechanical appliances worth in total US$264.89 million to foreign markets in the first four months of this year, according to a report from the Ministry of Commerce.
— Khmer Times

Four Organizations in Cambodia Get Funding from Smart Axiata Company
The mobile telecommunication provider Smart Axiata Company this month donated to the first four organizations selected in the country through its program to support initiatives launched in response to the pandemic.
— Cambodianess

Cambodia lists 9 mountains as natural heritage sites
The Cambodian government designated nearly 3,500 hectares of forest land in northwest Battambang and Banteay Meanchey provinces as natural heritage sites in a bid to facilitate the protection of biodiversity and natural ecosystems in the kingdom for future generations, the Khmer Times reported on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Central bank reiterates need for soft approach to borrowers
Cambodia Central Bank has reiterated to banking and finance institutions the need to continue solving consumers’ issues with a soft approach aligned with the bank regulator’s regulations on loan restructuring for all sectors.
— Khmer Times

Covid-19 pandemic could increase child mortality in Cambodia by 35 per cent, report warns
Child and maternal mortality in Cambodia could increase by between 35 and 50 per cent over the next year as the Covid-19 pandemic threatens to disrupt the provision of essential services, according to a new report.
— The Telegraph

13 journalists among 27 nabbed in a cockfighting clampdown
Thirteen unidentified journalists were among 27 people were caught at the scene after Meanchey District authorities conducted an operation on a cockfighting gambling site in Phnom Penh earlier this week.
— Khmer Times

Visa Free Travel Countries For Cambodian Passports
A list of countries Cambodian passport holders can enter without a visa has been released. Obviously it’s not a great time to travel, but once the COVID-19 virus pandemic is done with, bear in mind a Cambodian can stay in Panama for 180 days without a visa, or Gambia and Ecuador for 90, or a 3 month break in the well-known tourist hot-spot of Haiti.

Gov’t to review fraudulent use of advertising
The Ministry of Commerce has vowed to act against deceptive and fraudulent advertising that uses the promise of rewards to lure unsuspecting customers.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Maybank helps Cambodian weavers earn up to US$350 a month from face masks
Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) aims to produce over 110,000 handwoven face masks to help limit the spread of Covid-19 in the region under its Women Eco Weavers programme in collaboration with Colorsilk.
— New Straits Times

German author sheds new light on recent history of Angkor Wat
Professor Michael Falser from the Institute of European Art History at Heidelberg University in Germany published a history of Angkor Wat earlier this year titled Angkor Wat: A Transcultural History of Heritage.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Reservoir expected to increase agro-production
Preah Vihear authorities have been building a reservoir at a cost of over $100 million to supply water for agricultural rice crops during the dry season.
— Khmer Times

‘Be vigilant on human trafficking’
Minister of Interior Sar Kheng on Wednesday urged provincial authorities along the border to remain vigilant against the transportation of Cambodian migrant workers into Thailand.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Mango Thief Caught And Tied To Tree
A man was caught while trying to steal mangoes. He was tied up to a mango tree and reported to authorities to bring him in to take legal action.

Master plan to develop huge Sihanoukville beach
Preah Sihanouk provincial authority is to establish a master plan to develop the beach in the province, especially the new stretch of bays from Sihanoukville Autonomous Port to a new area called “Chumteav Mao or Madam Mao Beach”, according to a senior tourism official of Sihanouk province.
— Khmer Times

Sanctuary head sued for not stopping forest occupations
Four Bunong and an Adhoc official filed a joint lawsuit against Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary head Prum Vibol Ratanak at the Mondulkiri Provincial Court for failing to stop illegal land occupation and the buying and selling of forest land.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Appeal Court upholds drug convictions of two Vietnamese women
The Appeal Court today upheld the convictions of two Vietnamese women, who were jailed 22 years each for transporting nearly one kilogramme of crystal meth from Cambodia to Australia via a courier service.
— Khmer Times

Wildlife Alliance Seize Bushmeat & Turtles
On a raid this month, Wildlife Alliance’s WRRT seized 71kg of bushmeat, 10 live Asian leaf turtles, and more than 50kg of turtle carapaces and plastrons from a restaurant in Koh Kong province.

Pig driver injures 17, flees
Seventeen workers were injured in a road accident at the Baku intersection in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

US wants American woman’s killer found
United States Ambassador Patrick Murphy to the Kingdom yesterday requested that the Interior Ministry seek out and arrest a Cambodian who killed an American woman on Koh Rong island in 2013 and has since gone into hiding.
— Khmer Times

Vietnamese Arrested With Guns And Drugs From Cambodia
A man was arrested on Long An Province’s border with Cambodia Tuesday with three guns and about 21 kg of drugs.

Three Nigerians on trial for drug trafficking
Phnom Penh Municipal Court today began the trial of three Nigerian men accused of possessing and transporting nearly 21 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine over the Cambodia-Lao Border next to Stung Treng province, to sell in Phnom Penh.
— Khmer Times

Kampong Thom Lightning Strikes Kill Two
Two men were killed after being struck by lightning in two separate incidents.



Feature photo United Nations in Cambodia
This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo focuses on International Day of UN Peacekeepers, May 29.


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