Cambodia morning news for July 27

Cambodia morning news for July 27
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Cambodia morning newsSeven Political Parties, 320,000 Participants to Conclude Electoral Campaign
Seven political parties will campaign on 27 July 2018, the last day of the electoral campaign in Phnom Penh, expecting more than 320,000 participants, according to the National Election Committee (NEC) on Thursday.
— Fresh News

US Lawmakers Pass Act to Sanction Cambodian Officials Seen ‘Undermining Democracy’
The U.S. House of Representatives’ has passed legislation that would allow Washington to impose sanctions on Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen and members of his inner circle for their role in undermining democracy in the country and committing human rights violations.
— Radio Free Asia

Japan Will Not Send Election Monitors to Cambodia
Japan sent election monitors to Cambodian elections in 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008, but Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said it would not be doing so this time.
— VOA Cambodia

5,000 Cambodian Victims of Flood Evacuated
Stung Treng authorities evacuted nearly 5,000 people of more than 1,000 families in Stung Treng affected by the flood from the collapse of an under-construction Se-Pian Se Nam Noi dam in Attapeu provincei in south-east Laos, according to Stung Treng provincial Governor Mom Saroeun on Thursday.
— Fresh News

NBC injects 238 bln riel into local banks through LPCO
The National Bank of Cambodia has disbursed more than 238 billion riel, about $58.5 million, in the first half of the year through its liquidity-providing collateralised operation (LPCO).
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Says Over 300 Foreign Observers To Monitor Sunday’s General Election
About 306 international observers from over 40 countries will monitor Cambodia’s general election on July 29, a spokesman for the National Election Committee (NEC) said Thursday.
— Urdu Point

Cambodia’s construction sector attracts investment projects worth 2.15 bln USD in H1
Cambodia’s construction sector attracted a total investment of 2.15 billion U.S. dollars in the first half of 2018, according to the latest report on Thursday.
— Xinhua

Central bank links up for Thai pay system
The Kingdom’s central bank unveiled plans on Wednesday to collaborate with its counterpart in neighbouring Thailand to launch a QR code payment system, a bank official said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Slams U.N. Rights Envoy Over Election Criticism
The criticism came after Rhona Smith questioned the targeting of election boycott campaigners by the Cambodian authorities.
— VOA Cambodia

Misuse of law will do long-term damage to Cambodia
Over recent decades, international observers have tended to view the human rights and political situation in Cambodia as a series of predictable cycles that does not warrant too much alarm.
— The Straits Times

Justice Ministry Requests Prosecutions to Take Legal Action against Opposition Party’s Lawyer
Ministry of Justice spokesman Kim Santepheap said on Thursday that the Ministry of Justice had requested the prosecution to take legal action against former opposition party’s lawyer Choung Chungy at the request of the National Election Committee (NEC).
— Fresh News

A “slight correction on democracy” in Cambodia
ALONG the banks of the swollen Mekong, aspiring politicians lead small convoys of vehicles through the countryside.
— The Economist

Win for CPP is win for kingdom – Hun Sen
As Cambodia gears up for a general election this Sunday, Prime Minister Hun Sen told Cambodians that a victory for his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) is a victory for the kingdom.
— Thai PBS

Commute from airport to central Phnom Penh could be 33% quicker, says Grab
Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing company Grab has partnered with the National University of Singapore to establish a new $6m laboratory that has the potential to cut urban travel times in the region by up to a third
— Southeast Asia Globe

Free rides on the western rail line and water taxi system to end soon
The western rail line and Phnom Penh’s new water taxi service will start charging for their services as of next week, bringing an end to the free rides passengers were enjoying.
— Khmer Times

Small parties try to jockey for position in Cambodia’s ‘one-horse race’ election
Sin Sopheap’s office is in the dusty outskirts of Phnom Penh. The party he is now the president of – Reaksmey Khemara – did not even formally exist three months ago.
— Channel NewsAsia

Garment worker seniority amendment stalls
The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia yesterday appealed to all of its members to remain calm and patiently wait for the Ministry of Labour to implement its directive on seniority indemnity, which aims to protect workers from fleeing employers.
— Khmer Times

SCG posts solid growth in H1
Siam Cement Group (SCG), Thailand’s largest conglomerate, reported strong growth in its Cambodian operations during the first half of 2018, expanding by more than 19 percent.
— Khmer Times

Senior Military Commanders Switched Voter Registration Ahead of Poll
A VOA Khmer investigation in April found evidence of large-scale troop movements in late 2017 from the highly militarized provinces of Oddar Meanchey and Preah Vihear to Siem Reap province.
— VOA Cambodia

American embassy advisory ‘not reality’
The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and several government officials claimed that the US Embassy’s advisory to its citizens to be cautious during the upcoming elections is driven by political motivation and does not reflect the actual situation in the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

QLM launches in Cambodia
QLM Label Makers is continuing its expansion drive in Southeast Asia with a $1.5 million facility in Phnom Penh, its first branch in Cambodia, and will also install the country’s first HP Indigo Label Press.
— Khmer Times

NGOs called to verify data on Koh Kong land dispute
The Koh Kong provincial government on Tuesday called on civil society organisations and relevant institutions to help verify data involving a land dispute between villagers and a Chinese company.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Investigator of Cambodian genocide wins ‘Asia’s Nobel’
A Cambodian who has devoted his life to documenting the killing of almost two million of his countrymen in the 1970s was named Thursday among the winners of this year’s Magsaysay Awards, widely regarded as Asia’s version of the Nobel prize.
— Saudi Gazette

Cambodia end ASEAN School Games bid
Cambodia ended their participation in the 2018 ASEAN School Games in Malaysia yesterday, as one of two nations failing to register a medal win in the regional youth sporting spectacle.
— Khmer Times


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