A Change of Guard

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Of dual nationality [Hun Sen Speaks Vietnamese in Hanoi 27 Dec 2013]

School of Vice: No head of state or PM of one country whilst on an official visit to another country had ever been known to have delivered an entire speech in the host country's native language, unless the two states involved shared a common linguistic roots, say North and South Korea. Heads of state or heads of Opposition parties, from Nelson Mandela to Aung San Suu Kyi, would have normally chosen to give their speeches in one of the few internationally widely used language mediums such as French, and nowadays more often than not, English. Partly, this is because they had received their formal intellectual training through those languages and thus feel most adequate or confident using them on such important official occasions.

One may argue that this practice may historically reflect the legacy of European colonialism and cultural hegemony of the previous centuries. Yet, this 'reality' of colonial legacy may also explain Mr Hun Sen's subconscious and subservient mindset towards a country that has been de facto colonial master and usurper of 'his' own Cambodian nation and all its riches to the present day. In fact, one suspects that his decision not to speak via interpreters [his knowledge of English is sketchy at best] might have caused a certain amount of concern to his Vietnamese hosts themselves who would have preferred it that he conducted himself in accordance with conventional international diplomatic norms or protocols, notwithstanding his eagerness to please them as his hosts and political benefactors. The main reason behind this is that the Vietnamese [unlike Mr Hun Sen and his provincial entourage] are keenly aware of the reflected adverse publicity they would stand to receive from such ill thought diplomatic blunders and, the inevitable conclusions most thinking onlookers will have drawn from the same incidents.

Some teachers paid, some protest

Teachers sign for and receive compensation payouts yesterday afternoon at Boeung Trabek High School in Phnom Penh, where the proposed Sleuk Rith Institute will be built. Heng Chivoan

Tue, 16 December 2014 ppp
Sen David and Sarah Taguiam

Several teachers from Boeung Trabek High School demanded yesterday that the government altogether stop the development of Cambodia’s long-awaited genocide studies institute on their school grounds while officials offered them “encouragement bonuses” meant to hasten the building’s construction.

The teachers handed a petition to Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports representatives as the officials doled out the $600 they had offered to each of the school’s nearly 200 educators.

The petition, which had 163 signatories, outlined their refusal of the payments and requested the ministry halt its plan to build the Sleuk Rith Institute, which was designed by prominent architect Zaha Hadid.

The institute will not displace the teachers, and is set to be built on a 4,800-square-metre plot of government-owned land that houses an unused, dilapidated building that is part of the school. A new unit has already been constructed to replace the old building.

“We don’t even want to take any payments anymore,” said English teacher Pech Seakleng, as he walked out of the meeting with ministry officials along with several other teachers. “We think it’s a good idea but we just want to protect the land and stop the ministry from creating the institute here because our school is growing and having the big building here will take away space for children to learn.”

Premier mulls NA eligibility provisos

Minister of Women’s Affairs Ing Kantha Phavi (left), who is a dual national, speaks in Phnom Penh in 2012. Pha Lina

Wed, 17 December 2014 ppp
Vong Sokheng

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday suggested that he backed the idea of expanding single-nationality restrictions – recently agreed upon for members of a revamped National Election Committee – to cover National Assembly members, senators and government officials.

But the premier, speaking to hundreds of senior officials at a workshop on judicial laws at Phnom Penh’s InterContinental hotel, said that now was not the right time for such a move, which would affect many ministers and parliamentarians, including opposition leader Sam Rainsy.

“Now, if [anyone] wants to expand [this single-nationality restriction] please come forward … in the Constitutional Council, the Senate, the National Assembly and in the government. But now, we should not expand [it],” he said.

The premier added that while many in his ruling Cambodian People’s Party also possess multiple citizenships – while the opposition is well-known for being stacked with dual nationals – they might in future have to give up any nationality other than Cambodian.

HIV nightmare in Battambang

អ្នក​ភូមិ​នៅ​ស្រុក​សង្កែ នាំ​គ្នា​ធ្វើតេស្ត​ឈាម​រក​​មេរោគ​អេដស៍ (AIDS) 
នៅ​មណ្ឌល​សុខភាព រកា ក្នុង​ខេត្ត​បាត់ដំបង នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៤ ធ្នូ ២០១៤។ 

RFA/Hum Chamrouen

Wed, 17 December 2014 ppp
Mom Kunthear and Sarah Taguiam

More than 70 residents in Battambang’s Sangke district – including children as young as 3 – have tested positive for HIV after some of them received injections from an unlicensed doctor now on the run from authorities, villagers and officials said.

Following examinations by health officials starting on December 8, 72 out of 556 patients in the district tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS, National AIDS Authority (NAA) secretary-general Dr Teng Kunthy said yesterday.

Forty-four women, 14 men, seven girls and seven boys have been affected. Their ages range from 3 to 82 years old.

“This is a very unusual situation,” Kunthy said. “For now, this is the number that we have, but there might be more.”

Teacher quality in spotlight

A teacher instructs an English class at a Phnom Penh high school earlier this year. Heng Chivoan

Wed, 17 December 2014 ppp
Taing Vida

After a year of overhauling the nation’s notoriously corruption-riddled grade 12 exam, the Ministry of Education said yesterday that 2015 will be the year of reforming teaching quality.

“The government’s strategic plan from 2015 to 2030 will focus on the capacity of the teachers . . . Teachers are the key to raising the quality of education in Cambodia,” said Nath Bunroeun, secretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, during an education workshop in the capital.

In order to amend a long-standing teacher shortage that has left the nation with one of the worst student-teacher ratios outside of Africa, the Education Ministry will now make it easier for the top-scoring graduates of the national exam to become a teacher.

“From next year, those who get A, B or C [on the exam], if they want to become a teacher, they can become so automatically, no need to take any exams,” Bunroeun said.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Opposition party calls on investors to assist in funding its TV station ទូរទស្សន៍​បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​ផ្តើម​ពី​ទឹក​ប្រាក់ ២ លាន​ដុល្លារ

CNRP leader Sam Rainsy
CNRP leader Sam Rainsy leaves the National Assembly in Phnom Penh earlier this month after being granted permission to start an analogue television station for his party.Pha Lina
The opposition party is launching a fundraising campaign to finance its new TV station and is appealing to members of the public to buy shares in a yet-to-be-formed company, a spokesman said yesterday.
“We will sell shares for $1,000 each. We will sell to the public. [So] if anyone is interested in buying shares, please come forward,” Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmaker and spokesman Yim Sovann said.
The CNRP aims to raise at least $2 million as a starting point, but only has about $100,000 committed so far, he said.
“Some have [committed] to buy shares worth $3,000 to $4,000, others from $30,000 to $40,000,” Sovann said.
“We just want to know who wants to invest and just inform and talk with them.”
The spokesman declined to name or provide contact information for any investors, citing their desire to remain anonymous until more details are announced.
When eventually launched, the station will host advertising and aim to compete with private networks.
If it makes profit, Sovann said, dividends will be paid to shareholders.
The party says it hopes the new channel will begin broadcasting some time next year.
An opposition-aligned company called Cambodian Independent Media was given an analogue TV licence by the Ministry of Information last month after a special request from Prime Minister Hun Sen.

The prime minister wants a dual citizenship for members of parliament and government officials [Hun Sen wants to block Sam Rainsy from becoming a member of parliament and prime minister] នាយករដ្ឋមន្រ្តី​ពេញចិត្ត​នឹង​ការកំណត់​សញ្ជាតិ​តែ​មួយ​សម្រាប់​តំណាងរាស្រ្ត និងមន្រ្តី​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​

ដោយ៖​ ស៊ុន​ ណារិន​ | ថ្ងៃអង្គារ ទី16 ធ្នូ 2014, 

លោកនាយករដ្ឋមន្រ្តី ហ៊ុន សែន កាលពីកន្លងទៅ
លោកនាយករដ្ឋមន្រ្តី ហ៊ុន សែន នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​អង្គារ​នេះ​ប្រកាសថា​លោក​ពេញ​ចិត្ត​នឹង​ការ​កំណត់​សញ្ជាតិ​តែ​មួយ​សម្រាប់​ស្ថាប័នរដ្ឋធំៗ ឲ្យ​ដូច​សមាជិករបស់​គណៈកម្មា​ធិការ​ជាតិ​រៀបចំ​ការបោះឆ្នោត(គជប) ដើម្បី​ធានា​កុំ​ឲ្យ​មាន​ការ​លូក​ដៃ​ពី​បណ្តា​ប្រទេស​ផ្សេងៗ។
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លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្រ្តីមាន​ប្រសាសន៍ថារហូត​មក​ដល់​ពេល​នេះ​ ​បញ្ហា​ជាប់​គាំង​នៃ​គណបក្ស​ទាំងពីរ​ទៅ​លើ​លក្ខណៈសម្បត្តិ​របស់​សមាជិក​គជប ត្រូវ​បាន​បញ្ចប់​ហើយ ដោយ​តម្រូវឲ្យ​សមាជិក​ទាំង​៩​មាន​សញ្ជាតិខ្មែរតែមួយ។​ លោកបន្ត​​ថា​នេះ​មិនមែន​ជា​រឿង​លំបាក​ទេ ក្នុងការ​ជ្រើស​រើស​ ហើយ​បុគ្គល​ដែល​មាន​បំណង​ចង់​ជួយ​ដល់​ប្រទេស​ជាតិ អាច​លាលែង​ពី​សញ្ជាតិ​បរទេស។​ ​លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្រ្តីបញ្ជាក់ថា​​កន្លងទៅ ​អ្នកប្រព្រឹត្តខុស និង​ជាប់​ពន្ធ​នាគារ នៅកម្ពុជា ដូច​ជា​លោក​ ម៉ម សូណង់ដូ ប្រធាន​វិទ្យុសំបុកឃ្មុំ ត្រូវ​បានប្រទេស​​បារាំង​សាកសួរ និង​ករណីចាប់ខ្លួន​លោកស្រី ​មូរ សុខហួរ តំណាងរាស្រ្តគណបក្សសង្រ្គោះជាតិ ត្រូវបាន​សហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក​សាកសួររដ្ឋាភិបាល​កម្ពុជា​។ ​លោក​ថា​សញ្ញាតិ​តែ​មួយ​នឹង​អាច​ជួយ​ដោះ​ស្រាយ​​បញ្ហាទាំង​នេះ។
​លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្រ្តី​ថ្លែង​បន្ត​ថា​​ការកំណត់​សញ្ជាតិ​តែ​មួយនេះ ក៏​​អាច​ធ្វើ​ឡើង​នៅ​ក្នុង​ស្ថាប័នរដ្ឋ​ធំៗ​មួយចំនួន ដូច​ជា​ក្រុម​ប្រឹក្សា​ធម្មនុញ្ញ រដ្ឋសភា និង​សមាជិក​រដ្ឋាភិបាល។​ លោក​មានប្រសាសន៍​ថា​បើ​សិន​ជាការ​កំណត់​​សញ្ជាតិ​តែ​មួយ ត្រូវ​បាន​ធ្វើ​ឡើងចំពោះ​មន្រ្តី​រដ្ឋាភិបាល នោះ​រដ្ឋមន្រ្តី​មួយ​ចំនួន នឹង​ត្រូវ​លាលែង​សញ្ជាតិ​បរទេស​។​

Sam Rainsy on "How to find markets for Khmer farmers..."

Hun Sen’s Son Rebukes Protesters in South Korea [Hun Manet went to study in a democratic country but came back to Cambodia to follow his dictatorial father]

BY  | DECEMBER 15, 2014
In a video shared widely on social media over the weekend, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eldest son Hun Manet called on Cambodians living in South Korea to avoid protests against the ruling CPP and instead be grateful to his father’s government for re-establishing ties with the thriving economy.
Mr. Manet, who was traveling   to South Korea with his father for   the 2014 Asean-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit, gave the speech during a dinner with a group of Cambodian officials, workers and students on Friday night.
He criticized the small group of Cambodian migrants who turned out to protest against Mr. Hun Sen’s government in Seoul on December 7, saying they should be appreciative. “If we didn’t have peace and stability, there would be no prosperity or reconnection with Korea, because our history with South Korea was cut before the war,” Mr. Manet said, referring to Cambodia’s decades of civil war.
“Do you know who reconnected the relations? It was Samdech [Mr. Hun Sen]…in 1996. Our initial relations were only with North Korea,” Mr. Manet told the dinner party.
Mr. Manet explained that the re-establishment of ties with South Korea had come in spite of opposition from then-First Prime Minister Norodom Ranariddh’s royalist Funcinpec party, which at the time led the coalition government.

40 NGOs support to ICC filing អង្គការ​៤០​ស្នើ​ឲ្យ​តុលាការ​អន្តរជាតិ​អង្កេត​បណ្ដឹង​លើ​អ្នក​កាន់​អំណាច​នៅ​កម្ពុជា

Dozens of global civil society organisations have backed an International Criminal Court complaint against Cambodia’s “ruling elite” for alleged crimes against humanity committed via land grabbing.
The organisations, from Europe, Latin America, Asia and the US, on Friday urged the ICC prosecutor in a statement to initiate a preliminary examination “with a view to opening a full investigation”.
“The International Criminal Court accepting the case would have a hugely positive impact, not just in Cambodia, but globally,” they wrote.
“It would send a powerful message that when land grabbing is widespread or systematic, and reaches a certain level of gravity, international criminal law becomes engaged.”
The ICC complaint was filed on October 7 by UK lawyer Richard Rogers. While Rogers was initially “engaged” by the opposition party to investigate, he has filed the complaint on behalf of representative victims. The government, however, maintains the case is clearly political.
 Forty NGOs Based Outside of Cambodia Support ICC Case
BY  | DECEMBER 15, 2014
Forty NGOs—none of which is based in Cambodia—signed a letter that was sent to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday, asking it to open a preliminary investigation into an October filing that accused the Cambodian “ruling elite” of crimes against humanity.
On October 7, U.K.-based lawyer Richard Rogers filed a complaint with the ICC, claiming the Cambodian government and its allies in the private sector systematically evicted 770,000 Cambodians from their homes over the past 14 years.
In the filing, Mr. Rogers says Cambodia’s “ruling elite” committed widespread land grabs as well as assassinations and murders for the purpose of personal enrichment and the consolidation of political power.

Vietnam encroached on Cambodian border in Tbong Khmum province

Cambodian farmers complain of low rice price [English]

Boeung Kak community protest in front of the National Assembly to ask the parliament to help resolve their land dispute

In monarchist Thailand, does money now trump a royal title?

Former Princess Srirasmi Suwadee became a commoner last weekend as part of her divorce from the heir to the Thai throne. For more minor royals, a title that once offered social capital and access is being edged out by the glamour and power of a monied elite.

Bt Simon Mopntlake
Christian Science Monitor

What’s in a title? In the ranks of Thailand’s royal family, one of the last still standing in Asia, the answer is everything – and nothing.
Just ask former Princess Srirasmi Suwadee who was stripped on Friday of her title as a prelude to a divorce from Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, the heir to the throne. Ms. Srirasmi, the prince’s third wife, is now a commoner. In recent weeks, several of her family members have been arrested in a crackdown on a police corruption ring that allegedly used royal connections to extort money and favors.
Such falls from grace rarely happen so publicly in Thailand, where criminal defamation laws forbid criticism of the revered monarch and his family. Dozens of people have been jailed in recent years for lesé majesté, and the pace of prosecutions has quickened under the military junta that seized power in May.
Such laws don’t apply, however, to minor royals, mostly the descendants of previous rulers and a mainstay of society pages and art events. To Thais, their titles denote class and breeding; they can be used to rustle up better seats at the theater and other favors.

Court summons CNRP youths to appear on 25th December [Cambodian court is the political tool of the ruling CPP] តុលាការ​កោះហៅ​យុវជន​បក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ​ឲ្យ​ចូល​សវនាការ​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​២៥ ធ្នូ

យុវជន សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ៦២០
ក្រុម​យុវជន​និង​អ្នក​គាំទ្រ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ៤​នាក់ ក្នុង​ចំណោម ៥​នាក់​ដែល​ត្រូវ​តុលាការ​កោះហៅ ចូល​រួម​កម្មវិធី​កិច្ច​ពិភាក្សា​របស់​វិទ្យុ​អាស៊ីសេរី នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​១៨ សីហា ២០១៤។
Photo: RFA
យុវជន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ដែល​ជាប់ចោទ​ប្រើ​អំពើ​ហិង្សា​នៅ​ស្ពាន​នាគ​ក្បែរ​ទីលាន​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ​ទាំង​អស់ គ្រោង​នឹង​ចូល​សវនាការ​នៅ​សាលា​ដំបូង​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៥ ធ្នូ ខាង​មុខ​នេះ។
​លោក​មេធាវី ជូង ជូងី មាន​ប្រសាសន៍​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៥ ធ្នូ ថា កូន​ក្តី​លោក​ជា​យុវជន​ដែល​កំពុង​នៅ​ក្រៅ​ឃុំ ត្រូវ​តុលាការ​ចេញ​ដីកា​កោះ​ហៅ​កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១២ ធ្នូ ប៉ុន្តែ​អ្នកខ្លះ​ទើប​ទទួល​បាន​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៤ និង ១៥ ហើយ​អ្នក​ខ្លះ​មិន​ទាន់​បាន​ទទួល​នៅ​ឡើយ។ កូន​ក្តី​លោក​ដែល​នៅ​ខាងក្រៅ​ឃុំ មាន​លោក អាន បឋម សាន សីហៈ និង​លោក សាន គឹមហេង និង​អ្នក​កំពុង​ជាប់​ក្នុង​ពន្ធនាគារ​ព្រៃ​ស​ផ្សេង​ទៀត មាន​លោក ទេព ណារិន លោក អ៊ុក ពេជ្រសំណាង និង​លោក មាជ សុវណ្ណារ៉ា ជា​បេក្ខជន​តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​របស់​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ នឹង​ត្រូវ​ចូល​រួម​សវនាការ​ក្នុង​ថ្ងៃ​តែមួយ។
លោក សាន គឹមហេង ថ្លែង​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៥ ធ្នូ ក្រោយ​ទទួល​បាន​ដីកា​ភ្លាមៗ​ថា លោក​មិន​រុញរា​ក្នុង​ចូល​រួម​សវនាការ​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៥ ធ្នូ ខាង​មុខ​នេះ​ឡើយ៖«ព្រោះ​អី​រូប​ខ្ញុំ​បាទ​គិត​ថា គ្មាន​អី​ខុស​ឆ្គង​ដែល​ត្រូវ​គេច​ខ្លួន​ទេ ព្រោះ​អី​កាលពី​វេលា​ដំបូង​នៃ​ការ​ធ្វើ​បាតុកម្ម​នោះ​មាន​ការ​ប៉ះទង្គិច ប៉ុន្តែ​ខ្ញុំ​គ្រាន់តែ​ការពារ​ខ្លួន​ទេ បន្ទាប់​មក​ក៏​ទទួល​រង​គ្រោះ ហើយ​ត្រូវ​បញ្ជូន​ទៅ​ពេទ្យ​លីកាដូ»
​យុវជន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ត្រូវ​បាន​តុលាការ​ចោទ​ប្រកាន់​ដូចគ្នា​ពាក់ព័ន្ធ​នឹង​ការ​បង្ក​ឲ្យ​មាន​អំពើ​ហិង្សា និង​ប្រឆាំង​តួនាទី​របស់​មន្ត្រី​សាធារណៈ​នៅ​ស្ពាន​នាគ ក្បែរ​ទីលាន​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៥ កក្កដា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤៕

Fair wind for Australian cattle shipping deal កិច្ច​ព្រម​ព្រៀង​ពាណិជ្ជ​កម្ម​គោ​រស់​ជាមួយ​អូស្ត្រាលី​ជិត​សម្រេច

A Preah Sihanouk slaughterhouse is now 80 per cent complete.
A Preah Sihanouk slaughterhouse is now 80 per cent complete. PHOTO SUPPLIED
The Australian and Cambodian governments moved closer to a live cattle trade deal this week after meeting in Phnom Penh to discuss details of the agreement.
Cambodian Minister for Agriculture Ouk Rabun met with Australia’s Northern Territory minister for primary industry, Willem Westra van Holthe.
Health standards were a priority for completion of the agreement, Van Holthe said. “In the first instance, Australian and Northern Territory authorities will work closely with existing feedlots and abattoirs to bring them to ESCAS standards,” he said in an email.
“This ensures that animal welfare standards are met and maintained as the basis for a sustainable trade in live cattle.”
Australia’s ESCAS, or Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System, details the sanitary requirements and animal treatment obligations at slaughterhouses and export facilities.
With assistance from Australian authorities, van Holthe expects that Cambodia’s facilities will be up to standard and begin receiving live cattle for slaughter next year.
“The first trial shipment of cattle from the Northern Territory to Cambodia will most likely be small in number, but with the hope that it will increase over time to become quite significant,” he said.

King asks ministry to probe judge

Activist Ouch Pich Samnang
Activist Ouch Pich Samnang is escorted by authorities as he appears at the Phnom Penh appeals court on Friday. Heng Chivoan
King Norodom Sihamoni has asked Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana to investigate the conduct of Phnom Penh Municipal Court investigating judge Keo Mony after he questioned a political activist last month without his lawyer present.
Mony failed to notify the lawyer of detained political activist Ouch Pich Samnang when questioning him on November 18 about an opposition-led protest at Freedom Park in July that turned violent and has seen more than a dozen party members since charged in connection with it.
Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmaker Mu Sochua wrote to the King – who serves as president of the Supreme Council of Magistracy, which oversees judges and prosecutors – on December 3 to complain that Samnang had been questioned for 30 minutes without his lawyer present.
On December 5, in a letter obtained by the Post yesterday, the King wrote to Vong Vathana, who also sits on the council, asking him to investigate.
“I would [like] to send this case to your excellency to inspect in accordance with the procedure,” the King wrote.

Cambodia condemns terrorism act Australia's Sydney

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PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday condemned the terror act of taking civilians hostage in a cafe in Australia's Sydney.

The hostage taking began shortly after 9:30 a.m. local time on Monday as a lone gunman held 17 people hostage in a cafe in the center of Sydney's CBD. The hostage drama came to an end at 2:00 a. m. local time on Tuesday with three being killed in the rescue operation, including the gunman and four others injured. 

"This is a very sad story and we share our deep sympathy with the Australian government and victims' families over the tragedy," he said during the opening ceremony of a national conference here.

"It was a brutal act," he said. "We noticed that the ISIS ( Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) is the most dangerous of all terrorism organizations."

The prime minister also reiterated that Cambodia supported all friendly countries in fighting against terrorism.

Chinese-invested Bayon Airlines ready to start domestic flights in Cambodia

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PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) -- Cambodia Bayon Airlines (CBA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, is ready to operate domestic flights in Cambodia later this month, the company said Monday.

"The first brand new passenger MA60 aircraft that CBA bought from Xi'an Aircraft Industry Company landed at Phnom Penh International Airport Monday night," the airlines said in a news statement.

The MA60 aircraft will be mainly utilized to fly domestic routes within Cambodia.

"Flight operations are scheduled to begin by the end of December this year, servicing routes from capital Phnom Penh to Siem Reap cultural city, Siem Reap to coastal Sihanoukville, and Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville," the statement said.

CBA signed to purchase 20 MA60 aircrafts from Xi'an Aircraft Industry Co. in August.

In early 2015, CBA is expected to introduce the second MA60 regional aircraft and is scheduled to start international routes by the end of March 2015 to Thailand's Bangkok and Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh.

"Later in the year, the airlines will also introduce a new Airbus 320 aircraft to further expand its network of international routes, opening long-haul routes from Cambodia to China and other ASEAN countries," it said.

Korea could take more labourers

More workers may be sent to South Korea if a request from Prime Minister Hun Sen to his Korean counterpart Park Geun-hye is approved.
Hun Sen had been on a four-day official visit to South Korea, arriving back in Phnom Penh yesterday.
Speaking of the scale of the proposal, Kao Kim Hourn, a minister attached to the prime minister, said “there is no limit to the number”.
“For example, now we have 35,000 workers and we are asking for an increase of perhaps 40,000 to 50,000,” he said.
“The premier stressed that Cambodian workers in South Korea would not only receive money but also increase their experience and technological skills they can use back home.” During his visit, Hun Sen met Cambodian workers and students and also presided over the signing of bilateral agreements.
Chea Vannath, a political analyst, said she hoped the warming of ties between the two countries would “be positive for the national development” of Cambodia.

Hun Sen Returns From South Korea

BY  | DECEMBER 16, 2014
Prime Minister Hun Sen returned from South Korea on Monday having struck a series of deals with Seoul, including an agreement to explore the creation of a South Korean-funded agricultural university in Cambodia, according to one of Mr. Hun Sen’s advisers.
Speaking to reporters at Phnom Penh International Airport upon Mr. Hun Sen’s return, Kao Kim Hourn, a minister attached to the prime minister, said the premier used the occasion of the Asean-South Korea summit to ask the Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica) to fund a new University of Rural Development.
Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife, Bun Rany, disembark from an airplane at Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday after returning from an official visit to Seoul. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife, Bun Rany, disembark from an airplane at Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday after returning from an official visit to Seoul. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
“The request of the prime minister was to construct a University of Rural Development via a grant from Koica,” he said. “Mrs. President [Park Geun-Hye] said she would assign a working group to work with our Cambodian side.”
Mr. Kim Hourn also said Mr. Hun Sen requested that Koica support training centers in Cambodia.
“The prime minister requested assistance in creating technology and productivity centers in Cambodia, including Korean language training…which will be requested through grants from Koica,” he said.
Mr. Kim Hourn added that the prime minister suggested to Ms. Park that any such assistance be provided in loans and interest-free grants.
“The prime minister requested that the Korean government consider providing 40 percent of grants through a financial package,” he told reporters.

Cambodian King Seeks Investigation of Judge Over Court Procedure

Activist Ouch Pich Samnang is escorted out of a courthouse after he is denied bail in Phnom Penh, Dec. 12, 2014.
In a rare intervention, Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni has demanded an investigation over a Phnom Penh judge who interviewed an opposition party activist without his attorney being present.

A lawmaker had complained to the King that Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge Keo Mony had questioned Ouch Pich Samnang of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Nov. 18 over his participation in an opposition-led protest on July 15 in the capital’s Freedom Park.

Ouch Pich Samnang was among more than a dozen CNRP members arrested and charged in connection with the protest in which 40 people were injured after a clash erupted between party supporters and park security guards who tried to prevent them from forcing the reopening of the once-closed park.

CNRP lawmaker and rights activist Mu Sochua on Dec. 3 submitted a complaint to the king, who is president of the Supreme Council of Magistracy which oversees judges and prosecutors, accusing Keo Mony of abusing court procedure by questioning Ouch Pich Samnang for 30 minutes without his lawyer present.

Two days later, the king wrote to Justice Minister Ang Vongvathana, who also sits on the council, asking him to investigate the allegation.

Cambodia receives new Russian request to extradite fugitive tycoon Polonsky

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MOSCOW, December 16 (RAPSI) – Cambodian prosecutors have received a new request from Russia to extradite Russian businessman Sergei Polonsky, TASS reported on Tuesday. The news agency’s source at the Cambodian Prosecutor General’s Office said the request was based on civil claims filed against Polonsky.
He said that those who lost their money as a result of Polonsky’s alleged construction fraud have filed for compensation. He also said he didn’t know when the Cambodian authorities would make a decision on the new extradition request.
Polonsky is the founder of a multipurpose corporation, Mirax Group, which has carried out large development projects, including Federation Tower in the Moscow International Business Center, office buildings Mirax Plaza, Poklonnaya 11 and Admiral, condominium developments Fort Kutuzov, Kutuzovskaya Riviera, Rublyovskaya Riviera, Mirax Park, Golden Keys 1 and 2, and the Well House.

Chinese, Cambodian Firms Sign Trade Deals

BY  | DECEMBER 16, 2014
Six pairs of Chinese and Cambodian firms signed off on a half-dozen business deals over the past two days in Phnom Penh worth more than $1.5 billion, the bulk of it for a five-year stone crushing project.
“Some Chinese companies signed business deals to buy products from Cambodian companies, while some signed deals to sell products to Cambodian companies,” Chheav Pha, who heads the Commerce Ministry’s marketing department, said Monday at the start of a four-day trade expo.
Mr. Pha said Cambodia’s King Crushing Stone Company signed a five-year deal worth $1.5 billion Monday with China’s Yong Jun Stone Crushing for a project in Cambodia, but had no further details about the agreement.
He said deals were also signed at the expo to export 200,000 tons of cassava chips to China for $49 million, to import wood drying machines from China for $1.2 million, and for the development of a Chinese-backed condominium project in Cambodia worth $17 million.
At a separate event in Phnom Penh on Sunday, Khmer Brewery Limited, the maker of Cambodia beer, inked a deal that will see China’s Fuzhou Newgroup Industry distribute the beer across China.

CAMBODIA PRESS-General Electric to sign power deal with Cambodian firm - Cambodia Daily

U.S. conglomerate General Electric (GE) will sign a deal with Cambodia's state-owned utility company Electricite du Cambodge (EdC) on Thursday to improve the country's electricity grid, the Cambodia Daily reported, citing a press release from the U.S. Embassy. (bit.ly/1DDVBcm)

NOTE: Reuters has not verified this story and does not vouch for its accuracy. (Phnom Penh Newsroom; Editing by Anand Basu)

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December 14, 2014

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១.ដោយឃើញល្បែងនយោបាយឆ្នាំ២០១៣ ចេញតែពីររន្ធ អ្វីដែលសេនាប្រមុខទេវតា គិតគឺ ការបង្កើតនៅនយោបាយមុំបីឬត្រីកោណឡើងវិញ សម្រាប់ឆ្នាំ២០១៨។ ក្តីសង្ឃឹមដំបូង គឺ មិត្តចាស់ ដែលធ្លាប់ដេកគ្រែមួយជាមួយគ្នាព្រោះជំរុំចាស់កេរ្តិ៍សម្តេចឪ គ្មានថ្ងៃនឹងបានឡើង ជ្រុញវិញជាដាច់ខាត ថ្វីត្បិតតែមានស្បៀងតែជប់ទ័ពមិនបាន រិតតែកំសត់ទៀតនោះ បើបាន កុំថាឡើយមេទ័ព សូម្បីតែមេកង ក៏រើសមិនបានដែរ។លទ្ធផល គឺសម្តេចក្រុមព្រះ ចោលវាំង ចាស់ជាលើកចុងក្រោយ រកទីទួលសង់វាំងថ្មី តែមួយខួបកន្លងទៅមេដំបែរចាស់ ដាក់មិនឡើង ទីបំផុត មានតែលើកម្សៅនំជាស់ចោល។

History of the CPP Khmer people must know - 21 Jan 2014 - by Eng Chhai Eang

Vietnamese-led forces entering Phnom Penh in 1979. [Wikipedia]