Cambodia Morning News For August 11

Cambodia Morning News For August 11

Cambodia morning newsGolden Sorya Mall to get fresh start
Golden Sorya Mall (GSM), the semi-open air plaza on Street 51 in Phnom Penh best known for its seedy nightlife, will be undergoing an extensive renovation to make it “more commercially viable”, one of its investors said yesterday, refuting rumours that the near-empty venue faced imminent closure.
— The Phnom Penh Post

French Ambassador: Phnom Penh Is Potential for Visitors
French Ambassador to Cambodia, Eva Nguyen Bing, said that Phnom Penh authority should exhibit heritage buildings as in Paris to attract more tourists.
— Fresh News

Hong Kong: Proposed Fee for Maids Program May Be High
Hong Kong’s visiting labor secretary on Thursday downplayed reports that the city’s maids were facing regular labor abuse but echoed concerns from rights groups that the fees being considered for a pilot program with Cambodia may be too high.
— The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Mercedes and Mysterious Treasure Launched
Germany’s car company, Mercedes-Benz, has partnered with Cambodian media, Fresh News and Thmey Thmey, to launch a new program called “Mercedes and Mysterious Treasure” to explore Khmer products and tourist destinations.
— Fresh News

Naga exec successful in investment conversion
Nagacorp Chief Executive Chen Lip Keong has secured his 65 percent stake in the company after the Hong Kong Stock Exchange approved a whitewash waiver that allowed him to convert his $369 million of personal investment into the development of NagaCity Walk and Naga2 into bonds, according to an afterhours trading announcement by the company on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Cambodia Says Southeast Asian Nations Unhappy Over North Korea’s Missile Tests
Southeast Asian countries are “not happy” with North Korea’s missile tests, Cambodia’s foreign minister said on Wednesday, calling them a threat to regional security.
— US News

Cambodian surrogacy law due in 2018, but legality still uncertain
A long-awaited law on surrogacy will be introduced next year, with a first draft already completed, according to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and UN Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith, yet officials yesterday said no decision had been made on whether the contentious practice would be made illegal or not.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian political commentator jailed for 18 months
A Cambodian political analyst was jailed for 18 months on Thursday for accusing prime minister Hun Sen’s ruling party of having a hand in the murder of prominent government critic.
— Daily Mail

Cambodia’s ‘robust’ laws on freedom of expression are routinely misapplied, says report
In spite of a generally good legal framework, Cambodians face systematic restrictions on their fundamental freedoms, according to a new joint report released by rights organisations yesterday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Justice Ministry Studying Alternatives to Prison for Some Inmates
At the urging of the U.N.’s human rights envoy to Cambodia, the Justice Ministry on Thursday said it was studying the feasibility of a pilot program that would help ease the burden on the country’s overcrowded prisons by creating alternatives to jail.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

CNRP Proposal Seeks to Allow Migrants to Register, Vote Abroad
The CNRP’s detailed proposal to make it easier for migrants to register and vote will be submitted today to the National Assembly, opposition lawmaker Son Chhay said.
— The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Cambodia’s FM defends position on South China Sea
Cambodia Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn on Wednesday defended the government’s stance on the disputed South China Sea, saying the country had acted in an “independent and neutral” manner at the recent ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting in Manila, despite accusations that the Kingdom had helped water down a communiqué addressing China’s territorial ambitions in contested waters.
— The Jakarta Post
Montagnards Deported From Cambodia Arrive in Vietnam
Thirteen Vietnamese Montagnards seeking asylum in Cambodia were forced back to Vietnam on Wednesday, ending their hopes of being settled outside the country from which they had fled, sources said.
— Radio Free Asia

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