Cambodia morning news for May 31

Cambodia morning news for May 31

Cambodia morning newsCambodia’s PM Hun Sen Dismisses Calls For Resignation, Vows to ‘Wage War’ on Opposition
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday brushed aside calls by members of the Cambodian diaspora in Japan to resign, pledging instead to “wage war” against his country’s banned opposition party and vowing to “destroy” its acting president, Sam Rainsy.
— Radio Free Asia

US$3 Billion FDI Flowed to Cambodia Last Year
Cambodia received US$3 billion foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2018, a year-on-year increase of 10 percent.

Cambodia Announces Withholding Tax Exemption
The Royal Government of Cambodia has decided to exempt the 1% withholding tax for all enterprises as an encouragement and incentive for all investors in the country.

Cambodia’s Hun Sen quashes Chinese ‘debt trap’ fears
ambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday dismissed fears that his country is at risk of falling into a Chinese “debt trap” and said massive financial support from Beijing is not compromising Phnom Penh’s independence.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

ADB To Provide Nearly US$1 Billion Loan to Cambodia
Through Country Operation Business Plan-COBP (2020-2022), ADB is planning to provide Cambodia nearly US$1 billion as loan to help achieve status as an upper-middle income country in 2030 and high-income country in 2050.

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US Senate Bill Targets Chinese Influence in Cambodia
Three U.S. senators have introduced a bipartisan bill that they say is aimed at restoring democracy in Cambodia in the face of deteriorating human rights and rising Chinese influence.
— Voice of America

Cambodia’s Information Ministry Allows VOA to Legally Open Office in the Kingdom
Cambodia has agreed to allow the Voice of America (VOA), United States’ broadcast, to legally open its office in Cambodia.
— Fresh News

Korean firm unveils energy project
South Korean firm SK E&S Co., Ltd this week unveiled a project to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

Chinese-invested Sihanoukville SEZ is model for SEZ development in Cambodia: Cambodian deputy PM
Chinese-invested Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone (SSEZ) is a model for the development of Special Economic Zones in Cambodia, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong told Xinhua in an interview on Thursday.
— Xinhuanet

Minimum wage won’t fix Cambodia’s construction sector
Currently, discussions about the rights and well-being of the working class in Cambodia are centered on the minimum wage.
— Asia Times

There’s a Dark Reason Why Cambodia Reenacts its Brutal Genocide Every Year
Khmer Rouge cadres stomped around in black and red, waving AK-47s in an open field filled with smoke.
— Vice

Cambodia’s once deserted beach turning into popular tourist attraction
With its long white sand beach and wooden bridge leading to a straw hut above the water, Ta Barang (translated as French grandpa) is a private beach that has experienced almost overnight success after thousands of Facebook users shared photos of it.
— Eleven

New anti-drug body convenes
The Ministry of Defence’s newly formed anti-drug committee had its first meeting on Tuesday. It said it will focus on raising public awareness about drug and substance abuse, combat drugs within military units and work with police on anti-drug issues.
— The Post Penh Post

Preah Vihear ends temple land dispute
Authorities in Preah Vihear province have begun assigning plots of land to 180 families in Sra Em commune, ending a dispute between them and the Preah Vihear Temple Authority.
— Khmer Times

Man sentenced to eight years for raping stepdaughter
Phnom Penh Municipal Court today convicted and sentenced a man to eight years imprisonment for raping his 12-year-old stepdaughter in Russey Keo district last year.
— Khmer Times

New directive issued on smuggling of agri goods
The Battambang provincial Department of Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries on Wednesday launched a campaign to crack down on illegal trafficking of fertilisers and pesticides through the Cambodian-Thai border.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Police hunt suspect in brutal child homicides
Sihanoukville police are on the hunt to arrest a killer suspected of raping and murdering two children in Prey Nop district’s Bit Traing commune on Wednesday.
— Khmer Times

Facebook: Opportunity, Risk and Protection
According to the Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia, there were about seven million Facebook users in Cambodia by 2018.
— Khmer Times

Ministry signs MoU on e-learning production studio
The Education Ministry on Tuesday signed an agreement with Korea’s Soongsil Cyber University to establish an e-learning production studio in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

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Cambodia: Drop trumped-up charges in child sexual exploitation documentary case
Ahead of the hearing in the case of Rath Rott Mony at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court today, Nicholas Bequelin, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East and Southeast Asia said Mony is being punished solely for his role in exposing the horrors of child sexual exploitation in Cambodia.
— Amnesty International

Visits to be conducted next month to monitor tobacco use at schools
The Phnom Penh Authority will conduct visits to monitor the implementation of “smoke-free environment” laws at educational institutions throughout Phnom Penh next month.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Siem Reap warns of illegal homes
Siem Reap Provincial Hall on Wednesday called on residents to take extra precautions when buying properties after finding apartment blocks and gated communities in five locations in Banteay Srei and Prasat Bakong districts had been built without proper authorisation.
— The Post Penh Post

Cambodia still wants to cultivate good ties with the US: Hun Sen
Prime Minister Hun Sen has asked Japan to tell its ally, the United State that Cambodia still wants to cultivate a good relationship with it as long as it respects the Kingdom’s independence and sovereignty.
— Khmer Times

Workers’ rights groups hand over petition to government, business groups
Unions, associations and civil society organisations have handed over a petition to the government and the private sector requesting solutions on 11 priority issues aimed to protect the rights of workers.
— Khmer Times

Vietnam-Cambodia border management reviewed
The management of the Vietnam-Cambodia border in 2019 was reviewed at a conference in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang on May 29.
— Vietnamplus

Court hears appeal of China bride trafficker
The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard the appeal of a woman sentenced in Banteay Meanchey province in 2015 to 15 years imprisonment for trafficking a Cambodian teenager to China for marriage.
— The Post Penh Post

Taiwan sends youth to Cambodia to learn from country’s conservation of Malayan sun bears
Taiwan’s Youth Development Administration (YDA) sent a youth to Cambodia to observe how local organizations are promoting the ideology of conservation as well as conservation of Malayan sun bears, Central News Agency reported on Thursday (May 30).
— Taiwan News

Tree felling environmental ranger fined almost $8K
Officials have said that the former environmental ranger who felled two more than a century-old Koki trees at the Samlot protected forest in Pailin province has been fined 31 million riel ($7,750) by the Provincial Department of the Environment.
— The Post Penh Post

‘Plight’ of Tonle Sap VN raised
A senior Vietnamese official has requested the Cambodian government to pay more attention to the plight of ethnic Vietnamese who were relocated from the Tonle Sap Lake to live on the mainland and pledged to provide more cooperation to help them.
— The Post Penh Post

Authorities deny claims paddy field owners forced to sell land
The authorities have denied claims that owners of paddy fields situated within the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve in Kampong Chhnang province’s Boribor district have been forced to sell their land.
— The Post Penh Post

Cambodia, Vietnam Laud Their Relations and Cooperation
Cambodia and Vietnam highly appreciated their good bilateral relations and cooperation in all fields and at all levels.


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This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo acknowledges International Children’s Day, June 1.


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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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