Cambodia morning news for May 8

Cambodia morning news for May 8

Cambodia morning news

Factory furloughs nearly 2,000 workers amid coronavirus
Nearly 2,000 garment workers are now in limbo after their employer You Li International Garment Co Ltd in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet city announced a suspension of operations as clothing orders dry up amid the coronavirus pandemic.
— Khmer Times

First Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre to Open Soon
The first ever Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre will operate at the end of this year, said recently H.E. Toch Channy, Director General of Technical General Department at the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, quoted by local media.

Schools to remain shut
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport said it has no immediate plan to reopen schools that have been ordered shut across the Kingdom amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Workers feel pain as entertainment establishments remain closed
Displaced workers from the entertainment industry yesterday appealed for an intervention from the government as they struggle to make ends meet amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Khmer Times

Hun Sen’s fragile legacy
The foundations underpinning the tenure of one of the world’s longest-serving prime ministers are starting to shake.
— Asia Times

Two Cambodian nationals walk eight days from Lop Buri to Sa Kaeo to attempt to go home after losing jobs due to Covid-19
Two Cambodian nationals were stopped and detained at a checkpoint in the Sa Kaeo Province yesterday and after an interview local law enforcement officials were shocked to learn that the pair had spent the past eight days walking from Lop Buri to Sa Kaeo to attempt to reach their home country after losing their jobs due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus.
— The Pattaya News

False sense of security over virus
With the COVID-19 situation seemingly under control, Khmer Times journalist Taing Rinith shares his thought on how people are losing their fear over the pandemic.
— Khmer Times

Man Torches Moto After Roadside Fine
At 6:30 am on May 1, 2020, along National Road 59, Stung Trang commune, Sala Krao district, Pailin province, police were doing roadside checks to implement the new traffic laws when a man came up on an old motorcycle without a helmet, license plate or mirrors, and was handed a 100,000 riel fine.

Cambodia to export fresh products to South Korea by end of June
Hyundai Agro from Cambodia will export fresh vegetables and other fresh ingredient from Cambodia to South Korea by the end of June this year, its managing director said.
— Fresh Plaza

Hopes of a Political Compromise are Kindled as Kem Sokha and Hun Sen Meet
Opposition leader Kem Sokha had a rare meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday at the funeral ceremony of the latter, marking the first time the two have met since for opposition leader’s arrest in 2017.
— VOA Khmer

Council chair wants internal law
The new rotating chairman of the Supreme Council for Consultation and Recommendations, Mam Sonando, plans to create an internal law for the council to prevent the termination of other members after the president of the Khmer Rise Party, Sok Sovann Vathana Sabung, was sacked from the Council.
— The Phnom Penh Post

CITA requests for schools to be re-opened to Education Ministry
The Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association (CITA) has asked the Education Ministry to consider reopening educational institutions, as new cases of COVID-19 have not been detected in the country in the last three weeks.
— Khmer Times

Antiseptic to be sprayed in SR
The Blue Sky Rescue Team (BSRT) from the People’s Republic of China plans to spray antiseptic against Covid-19 in Siem Reap over 15 days to reduce the chance of an outbreak, said the provincial administration.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Massive illegal forest clearing found in Koh Kong province
The Wildlife Alliance yesterday discovered over 200 hectares of mangrove forests within Koh Kong province’s Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary were illegally cleared.
— Khmer Times

Ruling Party’s New Headquarters Funded by Members and Costs $40M: CPP Spokesperson
The Cambodian People’s Party will inaugurate its massive new headquarters in Phnom Penh, with a party spokesperson saying members contributed the $40 million it took to build the structure.
— VOA Khmer

Cambodia implicated in money laundering
Cambodia and 11 other countries are likely to be added to the list of states that “pose significant threats” to the EU’s financial systems for failures to tackle money laundering and terrorism financing, according to draft documents seen by Reuters and expected to be published on Thursday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

SME Bank Expected to Help Boost Local Production
State-run SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) Bank is expected to help lift local productions, supplying domestic demands, officials and key insiders said.

Almost 13,000 fined under new laws
Deputy National Police chief Chhay Kim Khoeun said within six days of strengthening road traffic laws, police fined 12,732 vehicles for violations, including 9,915 motorbikes and 2,817 cars.
— The Phnom Penh Post

CEO of Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital Dies, 73
Chief Executive Officer of Foundation of Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital Peter Studer died on 6 May 2020 in Switzerland at the age of 73 due to illness, according to Kantha Bopha Hospitals’ condolence letter dated Thursday.
— Fresh News

Turtle Statue Uncovered In Angkor Park Dig
Excavation work near the Kandal Srak Sang temple uncovered an ancient turtle statue on May 6, 2020.

O Meanchey pigs stuck in limbo after permit error
The owner of pig-importing business Dany Deng Import Export Co Ltd is disputing assertions made by government authorities that he falsified health documents concerning a shipment of live pigs from Thailand.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian Ambassador to Kuwait Assists Four Cambodian to Repatriate
Cambodian Ambassador to Kuwait Hun Han has assisted four Cambodians to repatriate, according to the ambassador’s letter addressed to Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, which Fresh News received on Thursday.
— Fresh News

Cambodia Reports No Case of Covid-19 Today; Total Case 122; Total Recovery 120
Cambodia reported no new case of Covid-19 on Thursday, according to the Ministry of Health’s press release dated 7 May 2020 (updated as of 8:30 a.m).
— Fresh News

Cambodian, Thai troops strike deal at Oddar Meanchey DMZ
Thai troops have agreed to remove barbed wire from the demilitarised zone near the Chaom Sangam International Border in Oddar Meanchey province while Cambodians have agreed to cease constructions of homes in the same area after military officials from both sides struck a deal.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Thousands of B Meanchey familes get gov’t food aid
Nearly 10,000 poor families living along the closed border with Thailand have received food aid as they struggle to make a living and keep Covid-19 at bay, Banteay Meanchey provincial governor Um Reatrey said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Court sentences two men to 30 in jail over drug trafficking
Phnom Penh Municipal Court today sentenced a Ghanaian man and a Nigerian man to 30 years in prison after they were found guilty of transporting nearly 300 grams of Ketamine through a post office in Phnom Penh to Australia in 2014.
— Khmer Times

Scientists recommend Cambodia improves water quality in polluted ponds
Scientists who had studied aquatic insects in ponds in Cambodia recommend the nation to put more efforts to improve water quality in polluted ponds, according to a report published in Cambodian Journal of Natural History.
— Khmer Times

Nigerians Without Visas Caught In Traffic Stop
On May 6, 2020 at 10:30 am, Phnom Penh Police Office’s Office of Immigration Investigation and Procedure Office received two Nigerians from Boeung Keng Kang Police Inspectorate for not having a valid passport.

Ministry bans sale of male sex drink
The Ministry of Health has banned a Facebook account named “The trust of men” which was being used to promote the sale of a male sexual enhancing drink called Maca Cordyceps Tea without receiving permission from the ministry.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Two former army officers sentenced to 16 years in jail over soldier recruitment
The Military Court today sentenced two former military officers to 16 years in prison each after they were found guilty of illegally recruiting about 250 soldiers between 2016 and last year.
— Khmer Times

Battambang Man Caught With Drugs And Gun
On May 6, 2020, at 8:10 pm, a man was arrested for trafficking, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and a firearm.

Girl found dead and tied up in bushes
A seven-year-old girl was found dead in a bush in Raingtoel commune, Kandieng district in Pursat province on Wednesday evening, district police chief Un Sy said. The victim was nude with her hands and legs bound.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Bogus police general charged over job scam
Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a man who allegedly posed as a high-ranking police officer working with the Ministry of Interior and cheated a land broker out of more than $10,000 after promising him a job as a police captain last year.
— Khmer Times

Two get 16-year sentence for forming armed forces
The Military Court handed down 16-year prison sentences to two former military officials on Thursday after they were found guilty of illegally establishing armed forces from 2016 to 2018 in Kampong Chhnang and Kampong Speu provinces and Phnom Penh.
— The Phnom Penh Post



Feature photo John Le Fevre
This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo focuses on Covid-19 education in Cambodia, May 1.


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