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Voter Voices: Chan Samon, 39

"I worked in a [garment] factory for a year. I didn’t like it because it’s a hard job and I got a low salary—$60 a month. I’m going to vote for the CNRP. I’ve always voted for the opposition. Lotus farmers really believe in the CNRP."

Two Kidney Traffickers Nabbed, Questioned

Two Phnom Penh residents have confessed to trafficking at least 10 people to India for illegal kidney donations following their arrests in separate raids after an ongoing investigation, an official said on Thursday.

Voter Voices: Heng Sou Chheng, 63

I have been a village chief for 15 years. I am satisfied with the current [CPP] authorities, but there are some things I’m not happy with. I’m not happy with authorities not helping the citizens to get ID cards and documents

Soldiers Questioned in Forestry Official’s Death

Questioning continued on Wednesday of three soldiers from an artillery unit and two other suspects in a fatal shooting at a Forestry Administration office in Kompong Chhnang province, authorities said

Police Say Angry Timber Traders Behind Forestry Office Murder

Three men were arrested on Wednesday after masked gunmen sprayed bullets through a Forestry Administration office in Kompong Chhnang province—killing one and injuring three—in what a police official said may have been a hit ordered by a disgruntled wood trader.

Voter Voices: Brak Sao, 25

I’ve been a monk for 15 years and I’ve stayed here [at this pagoda] for six years. I like the education of prayer, and I like preserving [Cambodian Buddhist] culture.

Thirty Tons of Fake Cosmetics Confiscated in Latest Bust

Authorities on Tuesday raided another house storing counterfeit cosmetics in Phnom Penh, confiscating more than 30 tons of products that had been imported from neighboring countries and repackaged as foreign brands, an official said.

Voter Voices: Sem Sarim, 56

The current authorities are not good. The authorities are the parents of the citizens, but they never think of the children: they only think of the people who have money.

Seven Vietnamese Nationals Charged for Detaining Gamblers

Military police in Svay Rieng province have arrested and charged seven Vietnamese nationals for illegally detaining 13 gamblers who owed them money, according to a court official and military police statement.

Voter Voices: Ly Monyrath, 25

If we compare the last elections to this one, it seems more complicated now. When our family went to register [to vote], we all got the voting slips at different times. Last time, it was all together.

Justice Ministry’s Facebook Hacked

A Justice Ministry spokesman has filed a complaint with the National Police after the ministry’s Facebook page was hijacked to broadcast opposition rally coverage on Saturday, the first day of the two- week commune election campaign period.

Three Who Led Cambodians Into Fishing Slavery Sentenced

Three “prolific traffickers” who allegedly worked for at least seven years tricking Siem Reap residents into enslavement aboard Thai fishing vessels were sentenced to prison on Thursday, although two remain at large, according to officials.

Voter Voices: Keo Naren, 48

I just have this stall for fun. I didn’t have anything else to do. I pay more in gas getting to the market than I earn from this stall. My husband is a sculptor. Business is doing very well. He doesn’t have time to make all the orders. I am a citizen of Cambodia—if I do not go to vote, I am a citizen of nothing. This is a citizen’s job. I’m not happy with the local authorities in my commune.

Police Seize 50 Kg of Heroin, Methamphetamine in Capital Raids

Anti-drug police confiscated nearly 50 kg of heroin and crystal methamphetamine, plus meth powder and pills, during a series of raids in Phnom Penh this week allegedly connected to a regional drug trafficking syndicate, an official said yesterday.

Healer Charged With Raping 12-Year-Old Girl

A traditional healer was charged on Thursday with raping a 12-year-old girl in the jungle in Stung Treng province after promising to cure her bad luck with a water blessing, officials said.

In Wage Protest, Hundreds of Garment Workers Block Road

More than 1,000 garment workers from a factory in Kandal province’s Takhmao City blocked a public road on Wednesday in protest over unpaid wages that have left them struggling to afford food and pay their rents, a union official said.

Struggling to Compete, Pig Farmers Request Government to Curb Imports

Agribusiness tycoon Mong Reththy met with the agriculture minister on Tuesday to seek help for pig farmers who complain they are struggling to compete with cheaper imports from Vietnam and Thailand.

Buddhist Celebration Quiet Year After Relics’ Return

Celebrations for Visak Bochea, the holiest day on the Buddhist calendar, were considerably quieter on Wednesday at a prominent stupa on Oudong Mountain in Kandal province, a year after missing sacred relics were returned to the site, an official said.

Despite Ban, Blind Singers Perform on Phnom Penh Streets

Defying a government order not to perform on Phnom Penh’s streets, Mean Srey Mech and other fellow blind musicians were on Preah Sihanouk Boulevard on Tuesday insisting they would play on.

Victims of Ponzi Scheme Petition Courts, Government for Assistance

About 300 victims of an alleged Ponzi scheme filed complaints with the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, the Justice Ministry and the National Assembly on Monday asking for the government’s help in recouping their losses.

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