Cambodia morning news for February 1

Cambodia morning news for February 1
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Cambodia Rejects US Statement Accusing the Kingdom of Possible Constitutional Amendments to Allow Chinese Military Presence
Spokesmen for the Ministry of National Defense and the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) together rejected a statement of the US Intelligence Community for accusing the Cambodian legislature, under the leadership of CPP, of paving way towards constitutional amendment to allow foreign military base on the kingdom’s soil.
— Fresh News

Probe into Cambodia police land protestor shooting launched
Cambodian authorities have moved quickly to investigate a clash between land protestors and the provincial military police in Sihanouk province last week during which one protestor was shot
— AEC News Today

Cambodia Made Over US$2,197 Million from Taxes in 2018
Cambodia collected more than US$2,197 million from taxes in 2018, according to Director General of the General Department of Taxation of the Ministry of Economy and Finance H.E. Kong Vibol.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Sam Rainsy would be ‘beaten or killed’ if he ever returns
Political analyst Lao Mong Hay has predicted that Sam Rainsy would be jailed, beaten or killed if he ever returned to the Kingdom as he has claimed he would.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Government dismisses VN immigrant claims
Senior government officials on Wednesday rejected claims in a report by Hanoi-based daily, Viet Nam News (VNS), that quotes a senior Vietnamese official as saying that 70-80 per cent of its nationals living in the Kingdom are recognised by the Cambodian government, allowing them citizenship.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Remembering Heng Samrin and Cambodia’s Rebirth
Heng Samrin played an outsized and often overlooked role in Cambodia’s history and politics.
— The Diplomat

NEC tells officials to prep for upcoming council election
The National Election Committee yesterday called on political parties and election officials to ensure fairness in the upcoming sub-national council election.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian Government Spokesman Supports US Statement on Cambodia’s Liberation from Khmer Rouge Regime
The spokesperson of the Royal Government of Cambodia supported the US Embassy to Cambodia’s statement released on her Facebook page on Thursday, clarifying that “In 7 January 1979, Phnom Penh was liberated from the Khmer Rouge and began the journey towards a bright future.”
— Fresh News

Families told they have ‘no right to land’ vow to fight on
Authorities have claimed that some 100 families who clashed with police in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nop district last week have no legal rights to the land as they do not possess proper titles.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM: Cambodians Have Full Right to Choose Their Religion
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen said all the Cambodian people have full freedom to choose and practice their religion.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Activist urges government to battle all levels of corruption
A prominent anti-corruption activist yesterday urged the government to properly address corruption in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Tea Banh slams EBA meddlers
Defence Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Tea Banh on Wednesday criticised those urging foreign countries to cancel Cambodia’s Everything But Arms (EBA) trade preferences with the EU, saying they were looking for a “colour revolution”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian Rescue Bears Find Love in Edinburgh Zoo
Rotana was rescued from a private home in Cambodia where he was being kept in a tiny cage as a status symbol, a fate common to many of these unusual small bears.
— Cambodia News English

Cambodian PM Hun Sen’s Cabinet Rejects Fake Letter
Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cabinet, through an exclusive interview with Fresh News CEO Lim Chea Vutha, rejected the fake letter that guided the five ministries, including defense, interior, foreign affairs, economy, and civil service, to submit documents directly to the cabinet rather than Council of Ministers.
— Fresh News

Don’t use training as a form of punishment: Sar Kheng
Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday instructed all police chiefs to strengthen discipline in their units and provide equal training opportunities for all police officers, including those who are inactive in their positions.
— Khmer Times

Ministry highlights rural sanitation
The Ministry of Rural Development yesterday praised its work on providing nearly 50,000 communal toilets in rural areas.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen Congratulates the Launch of Cambodia-China Culture and Tourism Year 2019
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen expressed his optimism of the Cambodia-China Culture and Tourism Year 2019, launched yesterday evening at Chaktomuk Conference Hall in Phnom Penh.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Military police to investigate allegations of Sihanoukville violence
Sao Sokha, the commander of the National Military Police, on Wednesday warned of legal action against the Preah Sihanouk provincial unit if it was found to have used excessive force against villagers during clashes in Prey Nop district last Thursday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Government establishes new districts, town for better management
While the government claims that the recent sub-decree to establish a new town and new districts will improve administrative management and provide public services closer to villages, civil society groups say the changes are a waste of the national budget.
— The Phnom Penh Post

CHRC defends nation’s rights record
The head of the Cambodian Human Rights Committee met with representatives of the United Nation’s Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday to defend the Kingdom’s human rights track record during the Universal Periodic Review.
— Khmer Times

UK Ambassador Congratulates Cambodian Graduates Under Chevening Award
Ambassador of the United Kingdom has congratulated Cambodian students who have completed their studies under her country’s scholarship called Chevening.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Neighbouring nations told to step up efforts to combat drug crime
At an anti-drugs workshop in Stung Treng province on Wednesday, authorities called on neighbouring countries to step up efforts to prevent drug-related cross-border crimes along Cambodia’s frontiers with Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Families to get more land as compensation in dispute
Koh Kong provincial authorities have prepared additional land plots in Kiri Sakor district’s Koh Sdech commune for 184 families who had a land dispute with the Union Development Group and were compensated with between half a hectare and two hectares in 2016.
— Khmer Times

Authorities call for halt to public land violation
Provincial authorities on the coast are calling on people to stop violating public land, beaches and water bodies so as to eliminate land disputes, improve the scenery and protect the coastal environment.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Evictions for Boeng Tamok villagers
Prek Pnov district authorities in the capital yesterday handed a seven-day eviction notice to fish farmers and residents living around Boeng Tamok lake.
— Khmer Times

Kampot Beach Project
Boeung Touk coomune, Tek Chhou district, will have a new beach set up for tourists to enjoy the day before Kampot hosts the Sea Festival. This beach is important not only to attract tourists, but also to support the daily life and provide job opportunities to the general population.
— Cambodia News English

Sar Kheng: Police training essential
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng on Wednesday ordered all units to stop sending officials who disrespect the rules or are inactive to the National Police Academy of Cambodia as it was a waste of resources.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Biggest solar project yet gets half billion in funding
The Gideon Group, a US-based global finance firm, yesterday announced its intention to invest $488 million in a 135-megawatt solar plant in Kandal province.
— Khmer Times


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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