Cambodia morning news for December 31

Cambodia morning news for December 31
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Cambodia morning newsCambodia’s PM Hun Sen should face graft probe over payments to pro-ruling party media: Observers
Cambodia’s Anti-Corruption Unit is obligated to investigate Prime Minister Hun Sen to ensure payments he made to reporters at privately owned, pro-government news outlets weren’t taken from the national budget, observers said Thursday.
— Radio Free Asia

Viet Nam aids Cambodia $10 million for a Ministry of Defense building
Viet Nam aided US$10 million to build the Ministry of Defense building, Vietnamese Defense Minister, General Ngô Xuân Lịch told Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in a courtesy call at the Peace Palace on Friday.
— Fresh News

CPP: ‘No package deal for Rainsy, CNRP
Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) spokesman Sok Eysan on Thursday reiterated the prime minister’s statement that a “package deal” for banned opposition politicians to return to politics would not be possible.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Chinese salt imports reach Cambodia at $100 per tonne
Salt imports from China are expected to sell at $100 per tonne in the Cambodian market, $25 more per tonne than local salt, according to the Salt Producers Community of Kampot-Kep (SPCKK).
— The Phnom Penh Post

Japan government grants approx. $700,000 for Cambodia’s development project
The Government of Japan has provided a total grant of US$ 692,500 for the development of the National Institute of Education and Food Security and Nutrition in Kampong Chhnang Province.
— Fresh News

Cambodian PM dedicates monument to his defeat of Khmer Rouge
Long-serving Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday inaugurated a monument marking the 1998 end of the threat from the communist Khmer Rouge movement, which ruinously ruled the country in the late 1970s and then carried on a guerrilla war.
— The Seattle Times

Advocates urge more targeted sanctions on Cambodian leaders
Some 101 government officials, businessmen, and institutions in many countries around the world have been sanctioned under the law.
— Voice Of America

Cambodia strongman Hun Sen derides ‘democracy’ in fiery speech
Cambodia’s strongman leader Hun Sen lashed out at Western governments for pushing “democracy and human rights” on his country, capping off a tumultuous political year with a fiery speech on Saturday.
— Channel News Asia

New Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia slams Western criticism of Hun Sen regime over ‘minor issues’
China’s top diplomat in Cambodia has dismissed criticism from Western governments over Prime Minister Hun Sen’s regime and its ties to Beijing, amid concerns over reversals of democracy following a general election widely seen as unfree and unfair and a wider crackdown on civil society.
— Radio Free Asia

Mine group clears unexploded devices
More than 1,500 units of unexploded ordnance (UXO) have been cleared from an old ammunition warehouse adjacent to the Kampong Cham provincial police station, said Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) director-general, Heng Ratana.
— The Phnom Penh Post

5-10 years for condo market to settle
Phnom Penh: Real estate experts have said that the condo market will improve over the next five to ten years. They are confident that people’s living behaviors will change to suit the market.
— Cambodia News English

Kingdom to see 3,000MW supply
The Kingdom plans to increase electric power supply to 2,870.65MW next year, up from 2,650.26MW this year, according to the Electricity Authority of Cambodia’s (EAC) 2018 annual report that The Post obtained on Thursday.
— Phnom Penh Post

Double taxation accord set to be implemented
The double taxation agreement between Cambodia and three other countries has come into effect and will be implemented from January 1 next year, a General Department of Taxation (GDT) press release said.
— Phnom Penh Post

Dams threaten traditional way of life in Mekong Basin
Hydro projects upstream disrupt ecosystem, leading to declining fish catches
— Nikkei Asian Review

‘Millions at risk’ if drug resistance spreads from Asia, doctors warn
Currently, artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) are the gold standard of antimalarial treatment – but in 2008, a parasite resistant to artemisinin emerged in Pailin, western Cambodia.
— MSN News

CCC decides – amendment is constitutional
The Constitutional Council of Cambodia (CCC) unanimously decided that the proposed amendment to the Law on Political Parties is constitutional.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Four convicted union leaders call for new independent investigation into deadly 2014 crackdown
Four Cambodian union leaders who were convicted over their alleged involvement in organizing garment worker strikes that led to the deaths of at least five people in early 2014 have called for an independent inquiry into the use of force against protesters.
— Voice of America

Executive OUTLOOK: experts discuss 2019
Over the last two decades, thanks to the government’s sound macroeconomic policy, Cambodia has achieved an average of 7 percent economic growth every year.
— The Khmer Times

Sokha Beach Resort gears up for the launching of Sokha Bay view
Sokha Beach Resort will launch its newest addition, the Sokha Bay View, as it offers the best view of the entire Sokha Beach Resort premises.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Asiamoney best bank awards 2018: Cambodia
Banking in Cambodia can be tough. It’s a small, developing market and there are a lot of banks; 43 commercial banks are registered with the central bank. And that does not include a longer list of specialized sector-focused banks and microfinanciers.
— Euromoney

Cintri workers in wage protest
Some 500 workers of refuse collection firm Cintri took industrial action in front of a company facility in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district on Thursday after negotiations over a $12 a month wage increase and improved working conditions were delayed.
— Phnom Penh Post

Angkor Wat a major money spinner
Angkor Archaeological Park continues to generate the bulk of tourism revenue for the country from its ticket sales, despite a hike in admission fee last year, as foreigners marvel at the iconic temple.
— Phnom Penh Post

Prahoc to go global?
A small community in Siem Reap province’s Chong Kneas commune is adamant about getting global recognition for their unique fermented fish paste, or “prahoc”, after the government endorsed a national standard for the most distinctive ingredient in Khmer cooking.
— Cambodia News English

Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary in upwind
Battambang’s Environment Department stated that the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, on Tonle Sap Lake, has seen a 30 per cent increase in bird population this year.
— Khmer Times

Bon Phum New Year’s Eve party in Siem Reap
If you are still looking for New Year’s Eve plans, look no further than this year’s Bon Darl Lean Festival (the party of harvesting, also known as ‘Bon Phum’) in Siem Reap town.
— Phnom Penh Post

The countdown to 2019
Cambodia has its very own Khmer New Year in April. But the lights and music on the streets every December 31 proves that Cambodians are also very fond of partying in the countdown to the universal New Year.
— Khmer Times


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This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo focuses on the death, pain, and loss that typically occurs at this time of year on Asean roads due to drunk driving, speeding, and a failure to wear protective helmets when travelling on motorbikes.


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With a decade of experience as an editor and journalist, Roy has edited mastheads across Australia and Southeast Asia, from the remote island communities of the Torres Strait to Cambodia’s only award-winning newspaper, The Phnom Penh Post.

A a professional photographer since the days of film, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photomedia and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.

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