I would like to inform the editor-in-chief of The Cambodia Daily that the article “Police Boss Blames Malaysia, Singapore for Influx of Drugs,” published on February 3 in The Cambodia Daily quoting His Excellency General Neth Savoeun, National Police chief, may have caused confusion among readers.
In reference to the article “Rules for Street Weddings Do Exist—For Some” (January 16-17), the cabinet of Samdech Kralahorm Sar Kheng, deputy prime minister and minister of interior, would like to highlight the following.
First, traffic around Samdech Kralahorm Sar Kheng’s residence has been flowing as usual. Due to the ongoing event of the wedding, additional traffic police officers have been deployed to the residence’s surroundings in order to ensure smooth flow of traffic as well as security for honored guests attending the wedding ceremony.
In “PM Nixes Ban on Dual-National Party Leaders” (January 8), you also exposed the lingering controversy surrounding the historical and political meaning for Cambodia of the January 7, 1979 event: liberation from the Khmer Rouge, or invasion and occupation of our country by the Vietnamese army, or both?
On this specific point I have a clarification to make.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal has promised to provide comprehensive standards for trade and investment across the Asia-Pacific region, including enhanced labor and other protections.
The TPP joins together 12 countries—including the U.S., Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam —that collectively represent an estimated 40 percent of global gross domestic product and a third of global trade, in the largest regional trade accord in history. Cambodia of course is not currently among the parties to the TPP, each of which must still ratify the agreement before it becomes effective.
While it is premature to assess the full ramifications of the TPP for Cambodia, some apparent effects are already beginning to emerge, including reported movement of apparel manufacturing—a key pillar of Cambodia’s economy —toward Vietnam and other countries in anticipation of duty-free trading benefits among the member states.
It’s time for us to discuss, plan and act together to protect Cambodia and our children from climate change. We must address climate change from the heart, and not treat it as an abstraction or a problem for other countries.
The recent landmark international climate change agreement signed in Paris is a turning point for the planet. It’s the best chance to keep Earth hospitable to human life. Countries agreed to globally coordinate action on climate change; embraced a common goal to strive for a limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels; and stated that emissions should peak “as soon as possible” and then rapidly decline.
Phnom Penh municipal authorities recently removed a large mural painted by internationally acclaimed artist Miles “El Mac” MacGregor from the White Building on the grounds that the artist did not have formal permission from the authorities and that the subject of the mural did not represent Khmer tradition. City Hall’s move has sparked strong public criticism, especially from city residents.
A large number of them took to social media to express their disapproval. Some of them even accused the authorities of having double standards, allowing large beer and cigarette promotion posters to appear publicly in the cityscape but banning a mural perceived as an inspiring piece of artwork.
The world of work has been changing. To sustain progress, countries must invest in and value various forms of work through policies and national strategies that create job opportunities, ensure workers’ rights and well-being and develop targeted actions. This is the proposition in the 2015 Human Development Report, launched on December 14 in Ethiopia.
Imagine that you get a call from your sister’s employer, who is working in another country. She tells you that your sister is very sick and needs your help. What would you do? Would you help her?
This is how one young woman in Burma was tricked into leaving her home. Her sister needed help, her employer said, so at age 17 she and a friend immediately left for Thailand. An illegal broker supplied them with fake passports, and they packed just enough clothes for a few days. They made the long trek from Kengtung, Burma, to Bangkok by using the broker’s connections. But instead of arriving to help, the two girls arrived to horror.
Following the deaths of 18 people in Kratie province over the past week, the provincial government has implemented an emergency ban on the production of rice wine. The ban comes after proposals by the Health Ministry earlier this year to curb alcohol use in Cambodia, which were met with broad bipartisan support.
Unfortunately, these knee-jerk responses do nothing to address alcohol consumption and often have even worse unintended consequences.
I deeply regret the article “Government Imposes New Rules for Photos in Angkor Park” (December 2). I believe I was misquoted.
The requirement for permission to take or shoot commercial photos or video was introduced long ago. This is not a new rule.