Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cambodian opposition chief says no pact with ruling party this Friday   2014-04-10 19:54:18
PHNOM PENH, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia's main opposition party leader Sam Rainsy said Thursday that no agreement would be signed with the Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) on Friday.
"Up to this hour, the two parties have not totally agreed on the draft agreement, we've just achieved about 80 percent of the draft agreement," Sam Rainsy, president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), told a press conference Thursday afternoon.
"We need to further negotiate," he said. "The sticking point is the date for a reelection."
His remarks came after local media reported that Sam Rainsy and Prime Minister Hun Sen made a tentative plan on Wednesday to appear before King Norodom Sihamoni on Friday to sign a deal ending the CNRP's boycott of its 55 National Assembly seats.
Sam Rainsy said the two parties will probably hold a top-level meeting in the Royal Palace in the fourth week of this month when CNRP's Vice-President Kem Sokha returns from a mission in the United States.
He said for CNRP, any top-level decision or agreement requires a consensus from Kem Sokha.
Sam Rainsy said that on Friday, he would travel to meet party supporters in Kampong Speu Province in the morning and in Siem Reap Province in the afternoon.
Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday that he held a telephone conversation with Sam Rainsy on Wednesday morning over the current political dispute.
He said the talk mainly focused on an electoral reform and a date for a general election.
"We verbally agreed to determine February 2018 for a general election, meaning that the election will be held in five months earlier than the planned July 2018," the premier said during a graduation ceremony for about 1,800 students at the Human Resources University.
However, CNRP's Vice-President Kem Sokha later disagreed with the agreement, according to Hun Sen.
"If the two parties cannot reach an agreement to end the current political dispute, Kem Sokha will be the only person to be blamed for the failure," the premier said.
During a parliamentary election in July last year, the Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling CPP won 68 seats against 55 seats for the CNRP.
Claiming irregularities during the poll, the CNRP has boycotted parliament since September last year to demand an electoral reform and an early election.
Editor: Fu Peng

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Cambodian gov't mulls strict measure against opposition chief over King insult   2014-04-05 20:16:50
PHNOM PENH, April 5 (Xinhua) -- The Cambodian government said Saturday that it is going to take a firm measure against the country's main opposition leader Sam Rainsy over his offensive remarks on the nation's King Norodom Sihamoni.
"The government will consider a firm measure against Sam Rainsy, president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), in order to maintain and protect the motto: 'Nation, Religion, King' and national dignity," the government said in a statement.
The statement came after King Sihamoni wrote a congratulatory message to the National Assembly on Tuesday during the opening of the second plenary session after a three-month break.
In the royal message, the King said he hopes the parliament, which represents the entire Cambodian people, will take on the challenges it faces by strictly adhering to a democratic and multiparty basis.
A day later, Sam Rainsy appeared to disagree with the King's assessment.
In a letter to the King, Sam Rainsy said the National Assembly, formed on Sept. 23, 2013, has only the lawmakers from the Prime Minister Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party (CPP), and it does not represent the entire Cambodian people because the Constitution requires the swearing-in of 120 lawmakers to constitute a new mandate.
The government's statement on Saturday said Sam Rainsy's words have severely affected the King's reputation and violated the Constitution's Article 7 that stated that the King shall be inviolable.
"Sam Rainsy's remarks is an improper violation on the King and is the trampling on the 'rule of law' principle in Cambodia," the statement said, accusing Sam Rainsy of inciting the King to act against the Constitution.
"Such incitement has the same cost as a constitutional coup," it said. "Sam Rainsy's offensive act could face legal punishment. "
The government said according to the law, the National Assembly needs the quorum of a 50 percent plus one majority only.
Dispute between the Prime Minister Hun Sen's CPP and the Sam Rainsy's CNRP has simmered since the July election results showed that the CPP won 68 parliamentary seats against 55 seats for the CNRP.
Having boycotted parliament since September, the CNRP is demanding either a probe into election irregularities or a reelection, along with deep electoral reform.
However, Hun Sen has said that he will not call a reelection because it is unconstitutional.
Editor: Fu Peng

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Road accidents kill 576 people in Cambodia in first 3 months   2014-04-03 11:16:55
PHNOM PENH, April 3 (Xinhua) -- The number of road fatalities in Cambodia rose to 576 people in the first three months of 2014, up 3.5 percent from the 556 deaths for the same period last year, said a report by the Interior Ministry's public order department Thursday.
Some 1,273 cases of road accidents were reported during the January-March period, up 10 percent from 1,159 cases recorded the same period last year, the report said.
Besides the deaths, the accidents had injured 2,115 others, a rise of 13 percent on year, it said.
"Main causes of the accidents are over-speed driving, alcohol driving, neglect driving and traffic law violation," Preap Chan Vibol, director of the transport department at the Ministry of Public Work and Transportation, said Thursday.
He said the country currently has about 410,000 registered cars, trucks and buses, and 2 million registered motorcycles.
Traffic accidents claimed 1,950 human lives in 2013. The Ministry of Public Work and Transportation estimated that the accidents cost the country about 300 million U.S. dollars a year.
Editor: Fu Peng

Work on 4th Cambodia-China Friendship Bridge almost completed

        | 2014-04-03 16:30:39 | Editor: Yang Yi

KANDAL, Cambodia, April 3 (Xinhua) -- The work of fourth Cambodia-China Friendship Bridge has almost been completed after a 16-month construction, a contractor said Thursday.
He Luesa, head of Shanghai Construction (Group) General Company' s construction team, said the construction of a 855 meters by 13.5 meters Takhmao Bridge across Tonle Bassac River will be completed in late July this year.
"The remaining task for the bridge is the paving of tar," he said.
Then, the company will construct a total of 11.2 km of tar- paved roads on each sides of the bridge to connect it to National Road No. 2 in the west of the river and to National Road No. 1 in the east of the river.
"The whole project will be entirely completed in May 2015," he added.
The project would totally cost 32.89 million U.S. dollars, which is a concessional loan from the Chinese government.
Speaking during a visit to the bridge Thursday, Lim Sidenin, secretary of state at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, said the bridge is vital to contribute to easing traffic jams between Kandal province and capital Phnom Penh, boosting economic development and reducing poverty.
"In the name of the Cambodian government, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the government of China for providing loan for the construction of this bridge and to the Shanghai Construction Company for building the bridge with international standards," he said.
Song Xiaoguo, an economic councilor at Chinese Embassy to Cambodia, said so far, China has funded the construction of seven bridges across rivers in Cambodia. Three among them have already been completed and opened for traffic.
"China sees Cambodia as a good friend, neighbor, brother and partner and will continue assisting this country in developing economy and reducing poverty," he said.
China is the largest donor for road and bridge development in Cambodia. The two countries upgraded the bilateral relations to the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership of Cooperation in December 2010.

118 Cambodian garment workers faint in 2 factories   2014-04-03 18:09:20
PHNOM PENH, April 3 (Xinhua) -- At least 118 workers at two garment factories fainted on Thursday morning due to possible food poisoning, a local official said.
The workers had been sent to hospitals soon after the incidents and the rest of the workers in the two factories had been allowed to take a day-off, said Khim Sunsoda, deputy governor of Phnom Penh City's Por Senchey district, where the incident occurred.
"We don't know the exact reason of the mass fainting, but we suspected that they ate tainted food during a factory party at night because they also got diarrhea," he said, adding that most of them have recovered after receiving medical treatment.
The two factories have a total of about 4,000 workers and are owned by the same boss, he said.
"The factories produce clothing for Adidas and Puma brands," he said.
Mass fainting has often occurred in Cambodian garment factories. Last year, 823 workers fainted in various factories due mainly to overwork, poor health, exposure to chemical substances, and hysteria, according to the report of the Ministry of Labor.
The garment and shoe industry comprises more than 900 factories with about 600,000 workers. The sector is the kingdom's largest foreign exchange earner that generated some 5.53 billion U.S. dollars in revenues last year.
Editor: Shen Qing

Cambodia's world heritage Angkor Wat gets Google's Street View   2014-04-03 14:01:59
PHNOM PENH, April 3 (Xinhua) -- Google on Thursday launched Street View imagery of the iconic site of Angkor Wat and some 100 surrounding historic temples on Google Maps, the tech giant firm said in a press statement.
The Google Maps feature allows web users to explore 100 of Cambodia's historic temples online in 360-degree panoramic imagery.
"Through this new Street View imagery, the world can now virtually roam through Angkor's historic temples, and experience the sites, structures, and carvings through rich 360-degree digital imagery," the statement said.
The statement said Google used all tools available to complete this Street View imagery collection -- cars to drive around the area, the Street View Trekker to hike around the complex, and tripods to carefully photograph the interiors of Angkor's temples for one year.
"With over 90,000 panoramas of new imagery, this is one of Street View's largest digital renderings of a world heritage site to date," it said.
Manik Gupta, group product manager for Google Maps, said Street View could help users more easily explore Angkor's rich heritage.
"We hope people in Cambodia and around the world can experience these Cambodian cultural and archaeological treasures in an entirely new way," he said.
Google Street View is available in 55 countries.
Bun Narith, director general of Apsara National Authority, which is in charge of protection and management of the Angkor Archaeological Park, said that Apsara was pleased to have such an extensive collection of historical and cultural sites -- more than 100 at the Angkor, World Heritage site alone -- digitized and available to anyone on the Internet.
"We are looking forward to building upon this and preserving and sharing even more of the Khmer historical and cultural experience with Cambodians and people around the world," he said.
The Angkor Archeological Park received some 2.23 million foreign tourists last year, up 8 percent year on year, said the Ministry of Tourism. The cultural site, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1992, is the kingdom's largest tourist destination and is located in northwestern Siem Reap province.
Editor: Fu Peng

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cambodian, Thai stock market regulators ink cooperation deal   2014-04-02 15:58:06
PHNOM PENH, April 2 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian and Thai securities market regulatory authorities on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on consultative cooperation and information exchange in stock markets.
The deal was inked between Ming Bankosal, director general of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Cambodia (SECC), and Vorapol Socatiyanurak, secretary general of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Thailand (SECT), under the presence of Cambodian finance minister Aun Pornmoniroth.
Under the deal, the two securities regulators would provide mutual consultation, cooperation and exchange of information, Bankosal said after the signing ceremony.
"The MoU is a milestone in our bilateral relationship and is a step forward in our regional cooperation and integration," he said. "It will provide an opportunity for the two regulatory authorities to promote greater cooperation and information sharing."
Bankosal said to realize the regional vision of ASEAN Capital Market Linkage, efforts in promoting regional capital market cooperation should move beyond the current phase of information exchange toward a more constructive phase of capital market development and more solid financial sector for boosting businesses and economic growth.
"As a part of various regional forums in financial sector, SECC is committed to working together with all ASEAN peers to strengthen and develop capital market," he said.
The Cambodian Security Exchange (CSX), which is in a developing stage, launched trading securities in 2012. So far, only one enterprise, the state-owned Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority, has listed on the market.
For his part, Socatiyanurak said the MoU truly showed good relations between the two regulatory institutions and expressed confidence that it would contribute to further improving bilateral ties between Thailand and Cambodia.
Editor: Shen Qing