Funcinpec shoots down rumours of Chinese VP

Funcinpec President Norodom Ranariddh signs in at the National Assembly ahead of a plenary session yesterday. Hong Menea

Mech Dara | The Phnom Penh Post
Publication date 16 January 2018 | 07:02 ICT

The royalist Funcinpec party yesterday denied local media reports that it had appointed a Chinese national as vice president.

Rasmei Kampuchea on Sunday put up an online story, quoting an anonymous Funcinpec official, alleging the party had appointed a Chinese man named Jack Kise to the post of party vice president – a move that would be illegal under the Law on Political Parties.

“A senior Funcinpec party [member] leaked to Reaksmey Kampuchea on 13 January that Samdech Krom Prah Norodom [Ranariddh], president of the Funcinpec party, has appointed Jack Kise, who is a Chinese citizen, as deputy president,” the Rasmei Kampuchea story reads, with a similar story appearing in the Khmer Times as well.

The story comes just weeks after Funcinpec President Norodom Ranariddh said he had requested Chinese funding from a visiting diplomat, again in apparent violation of the Political Parties Law.

Despite a recording existing of the prince saying he made the request, it was quickly and repeatedly denied by a party spokesman.

Ranariddh yesterday denied the reports, saying the party had made no such appointments.

“I heard it; it is impossible. We can promote [someone] only if he is a Cambodian citizen,” Ranariddh said on the sidelines of a National Assembly plenary session today.

Party spokesman Nheb Bun Chin said that there was a long-time adviser named “Jackie”, but he was a Cambodian citizen, not a Chinese national.

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Hun Sen’s Son and Would-Be Heir Defends His Role Ahead of Election

Lt. Gen. Hun Manet, son of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Army and commander of the National Counter Terror Special Force, walks through honorary guards as his arrives for presiding over a U.S.-backed peacekeeping exercise dubbed “Angkor Sentinel 2014” at the Cambodian tank command headquarters in Kampong Speu province, 60 kilometers (37 miles) west of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, April 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Neou Vannarin VOA Khmer 15 January 2018

Hun Manet, who holds numerous senior positions in the military, is thought to be a strong contender to succeed Hun Sen when he leaves office.

PHNOM PENH —  Prime Minister Hun Sen’s son, Hun Manet, has heaped praise on his father for his role in developing Cambodia and helping to rid the country of the Khmer Rouge, calling for his position at the head of government to be protected.

Manet, who holds numerous senior positions in the military, including in Hun Sen’s Bodyguard Unit, is thought to be a strong contender to succeed Hun Sen when he leaves office.

During a press briefing to launch a military exhibition on Thursday, the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces deputy commander-in-chief responded to the recent release of a documentary in which Hun Sen was interviewed at length, saying his father, who himself is a former Khmer Rouge commander, was central to the resistance against the Khmer Rouge in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

“Secondly, our achievements today includes you all standing here, and exercising freedom of the press,” he told reporters at the event. “We are here today because of the sacrifice to build the peace and it’s because of the value of peace. Before we reached this point, we had to sacrifice a lot.”

“So everyone in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, especially the new generation of the army, must remember and maintain that value, which was obtained by our leader with lots of hard work and sacrifice.”

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen greets his government officials as he arrives to watch the boat races at the Royal Palace during the annual water festival in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017.

The 90-minute documentary titled “Marching Towards National Salvation”, produced by the government’s press department, is being broadcast on state and local television networks.

It is the first television interview Hun Sen has given in many years.

The film portrays Hun Sen’s life since he left Cambodia in 1978 and sought support from Vietnam to overthrow the Khmer Rouge regime, led by Pol Pot.

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party celebrated the anniversary of the victory against the Khmer Rouge on January 7. With a contentious general election scheduled for July, this year’s celebrations were bigger than ever.

The CPP has overseen a crackdown on political dissent in recent months that has seen the country’s main opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, dissolved and its leader arrested.

In November, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the CPP to dissolve the CNRP and banned 118 of its officials from politics for five years. Most of the CNRP’s 55 MPs had already fled the country.

Opposition party Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) President Kem Sokha greets his supporters from a truck as he leads a rally during the last day of campaigning ahead of communal elections in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, June 2, 2017.

The move, which the government claimed was an independent decision of the court, drew strong criticism from abroad and has led to a schism in U.S.-Cambodia relations.

Both the United States and the European Union are thought to be considering further sanctions against Phnom Penh.

The former president of the CNRP, Sam Rainsy, wrote on Facebook that he considered the January 7 celebrations “a show by Vietnam”, who he blamed for the rise of the Khmer Rouge.

“Until now those who serve the interest of foreign aggressors continue to persecute Cambodian patriots—assassinating them or putting them in jail—in order to divide and weaken Cambodia so as to maintain our country under Vietnamese military and economic colonialism,” he said.

The CPP has accused the CNRP and the United States of conspiring to overthrow Hun Sen in a “color revolution” modeled on popular uprisings in Eastern Europe.

“The Royal Cambodian Armed Forces will condemn and not let it happen in Cambodia at all because it is said that it would break our national unity, and will destroy peace and our current development,” Manet said, referring to the alleged conspiracy.

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Unions and companies alike unhappy with draft changes to law on worker contracts

Garment workers wait to listen to Prime Minister Hun Sen speak at an event in September. Facebook

Robin Spiess | The Phnom Penh Post
Publication date 16 January 2018 | 06:59 ICT

Both unionists and private sector representatives are unhappy with draft amendments to Cambodia’s Labour Law, which would overhaul the regulations surrounding worker contracts and guaranteed employee protections.

Negotiations between the Ministry of Labour and representatives from employers and unions have been ongoing since the draft amendments were released on December 14. The amendments closely follow calls from Prime Minister Hun Sen for additional worker protections to be codified in law, part of an ongoing political charm offensive to woo the country’s garment workers ahead of July’s national election.

The current Labour Law stipulates that a fixed duration contract (FDC) cannot exceed two years in length, but allows FDCs to be renewed indefinitely. The proposed changes would keep the FDC maximum length at two years, but after four years of contract renewals – no matter how many renewals occur within that time – the contract would automatically shift to an unlimited duration contract (UDC).

UDCs require employers to pay additional benefits to employees, and – unlike FDCs – provide protection for workers against being fired by requiring cause for any dismissal.

Business representatives raised concerns about the law’s potential effects on employers at a luncheon held by the Cambodian Federation of Employers and Business Associations (CAMFEBA) in Phnom Penh on Friday.

“The government wants workers to have long-term working contracts, and wants employers to give workers protections including worker’s compensation and medical insurance,” said Van Sou Ieng, CAMFEBA’s president. “But we [employers] have to be careful, because this costs us a lot of money, and we want the government to use this money properly.”

Sou Ieng added that the final draft of the law would likely favour workers over employers due to the government’s push for political support ahead of national elections in July.

“In the current political environment, I don’t think any [further Labour Law negotiations] will work in our favour,” he said.

Matthew Rendall, a partner at law firm Sok Siphana & Associates, used the luncheon to raise the issue that the proposed law is geared specifically towards the garment and textile industry, and may negatively affect other industries.

“We need to run the constitutional law test and determine if this law applies only to the garment industry, or if we can make it more flexible for other industries,” he said. “[This law] will make business less attractive [to investors], and we’ve got to let the government know that.”

Ministry of Labour spokesman Heng Sour declined to comment on the ongoing negotiations yesterday.

On the other side of the negotiations, unionists are also concerned about some of the law’s provisions. Yang Sophorn, president of the Cambodian Alliance Trade Union, an independent union with about 10,000 members, said yesterday that she believed the draft amendments would serve to protect employers’ interests.

“We are not satisfied with the new law the government is working on,” she said, citing the provision allowing workers to remain on FDCs for four years, rather than the two-year cap that unions have pushed for.

She also said she was concerned that some of the law’s seemingly employee-friendly stipulations, which include increased seniority payments and guaranteed severance pay at the end of each individual FDC, are small concessions meant to convince the unions to accept the terms of an overall unpalatable law.

Additional reporting by Cheng Sokhorng

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Two boys rescued from Daun Penh blaze

A screenshot of a video posted to Facebook showing fire fighters attempting to battle a blaze in Daun Penh this afternoon. Facebook

Khouth Sophak Chakrya | The Phnom Penh Post
Publication date 15 January 2018 | 19:29 ICT

Two boys sustained serious burns shortly before they were rescued from a blaze that erupted in a fourth-floor home in the capital’s Daun Penh district this afternoon.

The 5-year-old cousins were taking an afternoon nap and were locked into the apartment by their grandmother, who went downstairs to buy some noodles for lunch, according to their aunt Phan Srey Touch, 31.

“I got information from the people at the site – before they saw the fire, they heard both boys yelling ‘help me, help me, I’m hurt!’, but when they rushed to help, the door was locked,” she said.

A dramatic video posted to Facebook this afternoon shows several fire fighters dousing themselves in water and attempting to enter the flaming room. Unsuccessful, they then dislodged a wooden-slat window from its metal frame and lifted the boys out of the room.

The boys were taken to the intensive care unit at Kantha Bopha IV hospital near Wat Phnom with large burns to their backs.

Phsar Chas Commune Police Chief Nuth Chetra said the blaze was sparked by an electrical malfunction, noting the home’s single power outlet was supporting a powerboard full of devices, including three fans, a refrigerator, a television, a CD player and speakers.

He added the boys’ grandmother panicked after she was alerted to the fire and was unable to find her keys quickly, but police did not believe the fire was deliberately lit.

Another fire ravaged several homes in Toek Thla commune today, according to Sen Sok District Governor Mov Manith.

The fires follow yet another blaze on Sunday in Chak Angre Leu commune, Meanchey District, after a gas cylinder exploded, seriously injuring three people.

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ហ៊ុន សែន គាំទ្រ​ការ​បង្កើត​ឲ្យ​មាន​សេវា​ដឹកជញ្ជូន​អ្នក​ដំណើរ​តាម​ផ្លូវ​ទឹក​មក​ភ្នំពេញ

​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ក្រសួង​សាធារណការ និង​ដឹក​ជញ្ជូន លោក ស៊ុន ចាន់ថុល នៅ​ក្នុង​វេទិកា​ពិភាក្សា​ពី​វិស័យ​ពាណិជ្ជកម្ម និង​អប់រំ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា បច្ចុប្បន្ន នា​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ កាល​ពី​​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៩ មីនា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៦។ Photo: RFA

ដោយ អាស៊ីសេរី RFA 2018-01-15

ខណៈ​សេវា​ដឹកជញ្ជូន​អ្នកដំណើរ​តាម​ផ្លូវ​ទឹក ពី​ព្រែកព្នៅ​ឆ្ពោះ​ទៅ​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ និង​ក្រុង​តាខ្មៅ នឹង​ចាប់ផ្ដើម​បើក​ដំណើរការ​ជា​ផ្លូវការ​នៅមុន​ឱកាស​បុណ្យចូលឆ្នាំ​ខ្មែរ​ចូល​មក​ដល់​នោះ លោកនាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន បាន​ថ្លែង​នៅ​ចំពោះ​មុខ​អ្នក​រត់​ម៉ូតូឌុប ម៉ូតូ​កង់​បី និង​រត់​តាក់ស៊ី​ប្រមាណ​៥​ពាន់​នាក់ នៅ​កោះ​ពេជ្រ នា​ថ្ងៃទី១៣ មករា ថា លោក​គាំទ្រ​ចំពោះ​សេវា​ដឹកជញ្ជូន​តាម​ផ្លូវ​ទឹក​នេះ ព្រោះ​វា​រួមចំណែក​ជួយ​កាត់បន្ថយ​ការ​កកស្ទះ​ចរាចរណ៍។

ការ​ដឹកជញ្ជូន​តាម​ផ្លូវ​ទឹក​ដែល​មាន​ទិសដៅ​ពី​ព្រែក​ព្នៅ ឆ្ពោះ​ទៅ​ក្រុងភ្នំពេញ និង​ក្រុង​តាខ្មៅ​នេះ​នឹង​ធ្វើឡើង​អម​ជាមួយ​ចំណត​ចំនួន ១៥​ទីតាំង សម្រាប់​កាណូត​ចូល​ចត។

លោកនាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​និយាយ​ថា លោក​រីករាយ​ចំពោះ​គំនិត​ផ្ដួចផ្ដើម​រៀបចំ​ឲ្យ​មានការ​ដឹកជញ្ជូន​ផ្លូវទឹក​ដែល​មាន​ទិសដៅ​ពី​ក្រុង​តាខ្មៅ ទៅ​ព្រែកព្នៅ។ លោក ហ៊ុន សែន បន្ត​ថា ការ​បង្កើត​ឲ្យ​មាន​សេវា​ដឹកជញ្ជូន​នេះ គឺជា​ការ​គិតគូរ​ទៅលើ​ស្មារតី​នៃ​ការទទួលខុសត្រូវ​សម្រាប់​ការ​ដោះស្រាយ​ការ​កកស្ទះ​ចរាចរណ៍៖ «ឥឡូវ​បើ​ធ្វើដំណើរ​ពី​តាខ្មៅ​តាម​រថយន្ត​ឆ្លងកាត់​ទីក្រុង​ភ្នំពេញ ការ​ធ្វើដំណើរ​គឺ​យូរ​ជាង​ការ​ធ្វើ​ដំណើរ​តាម​ផ្លូវ​ទឹក​ហើយ ចាំ​មើល​ចុះ​អាច​នឹង​ប្រជាជន​ធ្វើដំណើរ​លេង​កម្សាន្ត នេះ​ក៏​អាច​បង្កើត​នូវ​ការងារ​ធ្វើ​នៅ​តាម​កំពង់ផែ​នានា»។

កាលពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី១ វិច្ឆិកា​កន្លងទៅ លោក ស៊ុន ចាន់ថុល រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ក្រសួង​សាធារណការ និង​ដឹក​ជញ្ជូន បាន​ឲ្យ​ដឹង ថា ការ​ដឹក​ជញ្ជូន​អ្នកដំណើរ​តាម​ផ្លូវ​ទឹក គឺជា​សក្ដានុពល​នៃ​ការ​អភិវឌ្ឍ វិស័យ​ដឹកជញ្ជូន​អ្នក​ដំណើរ​តាម​ផ្លូវ​ទឹក ព្រមទាំង​ជួយ​កាត់បន្ថយ​គ្រោះថ្នាក់​ចរាចរណ៍៕

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