The government is beset with high-level corruption, a lack of transparency in public procurements, poor auditing practices and political interference in the country’s main anti-corruption body, a report produced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) sent to the media yesterday states.
Cambodia’s time as the chair of Asean has left the regional bloc less united than at any point in its 45-year history, experts said this week. And as Cambodia serves out its final weeks as Asean chair, the failure to address the concerns of regional members in their maritime disputes in the South China Sea may be the lasting legacy of Phnom Penh’s time at the helm of the 10-member bloc.
Asean’s position on maritime disputes in the South China Sea fractured further yesterday as the Philippines identified Vietnam as the second country that had contested a claim by Cambodia that the regional bloc had reached consensus to not internationalize the issue.
The fight against dengue fever, a virus that has killed more than 120 people in Cambodia so far this year, will for the first time be linked with efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change in the country through a World Health Organization (WHO) project set to receive funding this week.
About 200 bloggers from around Asia gathered over the weekend to take part in Blogfest Asia 2012 in Siem Reap, with Internet freedom at the top of their agenda.
As the sun went down on the seventh and final official day of mourning for King Father Norodom Sihanouk yesterday, King Sihamoni and Queen Mother Monineath left the grounds of the Royal Palace and joined a crowd of more than 100,000 people to bid farewell to the late King.
“Newspaper Man just wants to share information with the people about what’s going on,” says Khvay Samnang, who wrapped himself in the pages of four local newspapers on March 7, 2011, and had his friend, photographer Lim Sokchanlina, film him walking around the sand that has filled in much of Boeng Kak lake.
Surrounded by new shops and refurbished buildings along Charles de Gaulle Boulevard, Maple Cafe looks old. Its facade is fading. The sign above the entrance, once green, is shading toward gray. Below is a row of neon lights spelling out the name of the restaurant in Chinese characters whose bulbs no longer light up.
In his quintessential writing on the presentation of contemporary art, “Inside the white cube: the ideology of the gallery space,” Irish artist Brian O’Doherty says, “A gallery is constructed along laws as rigorous as those for building a medieval church. The outside world must not come in, so windows are usually sealed off. Walls are painted white. The ceiling becomes the source of light. The wooden floor is polished so that you click along clinically, or carpeted so that you pad soundlessly, resting the feet while the eyes have at the wall.”
While shopping for a brand new television, 27-year-old Loek Bunhai recently bought a Sony flat-screen at the Sunsimexco retail outlet on Phnom Penh’s Monivong Boulevard for $345.