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Robredo pulls off another Houdini act Sticks and stones A protester throws a stone at riot police during clashes in front of a factory owned by Sabrina Garment Manufacturing in Kampong Speu province yesterday. Thousands of workers continue to protest for higher pay from the factory, a key supplier to sportswear giant Nike. reuters

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Logger’s controversial crop May Titthara and Kevin Ponniah


OGGING baron Try Pheap’s MDS Import Export Co, Ltd has been granted a licence to collect and process the controversial plant known as yellow vine around the Stung Atay hydropower dam in the Cardamom Mountains, according to documents received by the Post yesterday. The vine has been tenuously linked in the past to a tree found in the Cardamoms and known locally as mreas

Try Pheap approved to harvest yellow vine prov, which, when processed into what is known as safrol oil, can be used as a precursor in the production of illicit drugs such as ecstasy and MDMA. Yellow vine oil is used traditionally as a medicine for digestive ailments, and although its link to illegal drug production is unproven, its harvesting can lead to the contamination of local water sources thanks to the use of strong acid during processing.

A March 1 letter, signed by Lo Rasmey, secretary-general of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and addressed to the Forestry Administration chief, approves MDS Import Export’s request to collect and process yellow vine. It includes the caveat that the process “not affect the forest and the surrounding environment” and that the company pay tax and divi-

dends to the government. A provincial representative at the company, who asked not to be named, said yesterday that he did not know how much MDS Import Export was paying for the yellow vine, although it did not matter because it was not buying trees from which safrol oil could be produced. “We do not produce drug substances. And if we were illegal, the govern-

ment would not issue the licence to us,” he said. Rasmey declined to comment yesterday, saying he was in a meeting, while Forestry Administration chief Chheng Kim Sun could not be reached. Por Try, a secretary of state at the Agriculture Ministry, declined to comment, citing a health problem. The 2002 Forestry Law prohibits the establishment of “yellow vine or other Continues on page 4


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National Cases 003, 004

Victims told how to apply as civil parties


he Khmer Rouge tribunal yesterday circulated a digital version of a new leaflet on how victims of the Khmer Rouge can apply to become civil parties in government-opposed cases 003 and 004 – cases many have publicly doubted will ever be tried. Court spokesman Lars Olsen said the court had created the booklet as the first of several responses to an order from international Co-Investigating Judge Mark Harmon that the Victim Support and Public Affairs Sections provide more public information about the two cases. “We have just sent a new booklet for potential Civil Parties in cases 003 and 004 to the printing shop,” the tribunal’s Facebook page announced yesterday. Following years of criticism that the court was impeding the two cases from going forward, newcomer Harmon raised cautious hopes in April when he allowed 20 civil party lawyers access to the 003 and 004 case files, apparently acting against the wishes of national Co-Investigating Judge You Bunleng, who could not be reached yesterday. More than 850 victims have applied for civil party status in one or both of the cases – the majority probably also civil parties in Case 002, Olsen said, adding further outreach would include radio broadcasts. Panhavuth Long, Cambodia Justice Initiative program officer, said the move for outreach was potentially promising, but the cases’ futures remained far from certain. Indeed, the new leaflet discusses trials for cases 003 and 004 in conditional terms: “If a case goes to trial, all Civil Parties will form one consolidated group.” Justine Drennan

Anger floating downstream Shane Worrell


N A united stand against hydropower dam projects on the Mekong River and its tributaries, villagers and NGO workers from Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam yesterday called on governments to cancel projects such as Laos’s Xayaburi dam. Frustrated that their governments either financially support such projects or have failed to publicly oppose them, about 200 people who live along the major river and its tributaries attended a forum convened by groups including NGO Forum on Cambodia. “Along with 12 proposed Mekong mainstream dams, most of the major Mekong tributaries in the region are now full with many existing and proposed dams,” a joint statement reads. “Yet, no meaningful dialogue to solve existing problems and prevent further destruction has yet occurred in the region.” The message coming out of the two-day forum was hardly new, but those involved hoped the diversity of voices spreading it would better catch the attention of lawmakers. “We hope that [government] representatives will take note of the findings here today and

Construction of the Xayaburi Dam in Laos in 2012. Riverside communities in provinces along the Mekong River have been affected. bangkok post

work with us to address energy issues in our country,” said Trang Tham, a community representative from Ratanakkiri. Omboun Tipsuna, from a network of Mekong community organisations in Thailand, said villagers in her country were concerned about river erosion and a reduction in fish stocks and, and had already

felt the effects of Chinese dams upstream. “We have reasons why we’re against these dams,” she said. “Sixty million [people] benefit from the river.” It is now up to villagers and NGOs to work collectively to make their governments listen, she added. “You are promoters,” she said to the audience. “We are boxers. There will be boxing.

We will not hang up our gloves.” Lam Thi Thu Suu, co-ordinator of Vietnam River Network (VRN), said such discussion was exactly what organisers and participants wanted. “While the information about the region is not always available – at least on mass media and in Vietnamese – coming to the meeting will help Vietnam-

ese activist groups . . . and journalists understand the problem and risks,” she said. Laos began building the Xayaburi dam in November without the approval of Cambodia and Vietnam. Neither country, however, spoke out in any great way once construction began. Since then, Cambodia has approved the Lower Sesan 2 dam on a Mekong tributary in Stung Treng province. Noticeably missing from the forum yesterday were representatives of Lao civil society. “Unfortunately, hydropower is far too sensitive inside Laos. None of the civil society groups could join – it would be too dangerous for them,” said Ame Trandem, Southeast Asia program director for International Rivers. “With [hydropower activist] Sombath Somphone’s disappearance [last December] . . . right now, a lot of our partners are still in hiding, and people are too scared to be seen in a forum where hydropower issues are discussed.” Trandem’s colleague, Songqiao Yao, said that due to political pressure, few NGOs worked on hydropower issues in China, despite the government having already built six dams on the Mekong, which were affecting countries downstream.

CPP between drought and hard place: PM Vong Sokheng

While lauding the altruistic generosity of his family members, Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said the Cambodian People’s Party would be hit by vote-buying allegations if it helped farmers likely to face drought during the July election campaign. Speaking to thousands in Kampong Thom province’s Sambo district at yet another pagoda works inauguration, Hun Sen warned of the difficulties the CPP would face if the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology’s prediction of a drought next month proves accurate.

“We need to supply water to the rice fields of farmers who will face drought, but it will also suit some political parties, as we would be accused of votebuying through these activities,” the premier said. “Therefore, we would like people to understand about the difficulty of the situation,” he said. The opposition was bent on destroying Hun Sen’s family, “especially Hun Sen’s wife” Bun Rany, the prime minister said, before defiantly declaring that only the CPP had enough resources to pump water to parched rice fields. “Among my family members that have

now become humanitarians, husband and wife are humanitarians and my children are also humanitarians,” he said. Bun Rany is head of the Cambodian Red Cross, which last month received more than $14 million in donations from CPP members and businessmen. The July 28 election would interfere with another government initiative, the national land-titling scheme, which Hun Sen said would halt on June 20 but pledged would be back in full swing after the ballot. Opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party spokesman Yim Sovann repeated his challenge to the premier

to actually debate his party instead of always talking down to them from his soap box. “It is just a strategy of Hun Sen to distort the truth, divide and destroy, but he can say whatever he wants to say,” Sovann said. “Hun Sen must dare to debate on television, not just speak out alone to play the game of distorting the truth,” he said. Political analyst Lao Mong Hay said the premier’s assertion that his family’s humanitarian institutions would be prevented from helping those affected by disasters during the election campaign was a little disingenuous.

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UXO casualties drop Racial epithets violate

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HE number of casualties from landmine and unexploded ordnance (UXO) accidents in the first four months of this year has decreased dramatically – plunging by 48 per cent compared with last year, a report released yesterday by the Cambodia Mine/UXO Victim Information System (CMVIS) says. Out of the 44 casualties recorded from January to April this year, four people were killed, while the rest were maimed or injured. In the same period last year, there were 85 casualties, the report found. That said, the overall number of accidents or incidents recorded remained fairly steady at 35 – one more than last year. Director-general of the Cambodia Mine Action Centre Heng Ratana said the decrease was likely due to the fact that individual accidents this year involved smaller groups of people. “Last year, there were a few incidents where big groups of people, about 10 to 15 people were travelling together and ran over anti-tank mines,” Ra-

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A landmine is detonated remotely in Battambang province last June. AFP

tana said. “We are very lucky that this has not happened this year.” In a single incident last February, a pair of anti-tank mines killed eight and injured one in Banteay Meanchey when a tractor ferrying villagers strayed from mine-free roads and ran over the buried explosives en route to a cassava farm. Ratana added that while the improvement was remarkable, such incidents could repeat themselves and that continued community awareness was needed.

“People need to pay more attention and be careful when using land in mine-contaminated areas,” he said. According to the CMVIS report, some 19,666 Cambodians have been killed by landmines and UXO since 1979. It is estimated that four to six million landmines and UXO were left over after decades of war and strife. Of that amount, about three million have been destroyed so far, but Ratana added that sustained financial support had to continue for demining efforts to be completed by 2020.

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THE National Election Committee yesterday warned political parties that use of derogatory racial or religious rhetoric while campaigning for July’s election could result in criminal prosecution. Political parties must refrain from such discriminatory language while campaigning because it causes rancor and violence, NEC Secretary General Tep Nytha told the Post. All political parties needed to respect the principles of Cambodia’s election laws, he said. “For example, [saying], ‘Oh, this is the party yuon stands for, voting for this party is the same as voting for yuon, and yuon will come into Cambodia,’ this is prohibited,” Nytha said, referring to a Khmer term for Vietnamese some believe to be a racial slur. Nytha added that violators could face charges in accordance with Cambodia’s election laws. Racism and discrimination against religious groups have no place in a democracy, said Ou Virak, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. “I think there’s a legitimate

concern with racism . . . I think all parties should avoid using [racism],” Virak said yesterday. But, he added, he was not aware of any law that prohibited the use of racist language and did not believe it should result in criminal prosecution. No laws in the electoral campaign section of the Law on Election of Members of the National Assembly specifically prohibit using racial epithets while campaigning. But Article 76 of the

ments were first heard in an audio clip distributed by the Council of Ministers’ Press and Quick Reaction Unit’s website on May 20. Sokha and other CNRP members have said the audio clip was manipulated. Days after the clip surfaced, Prime Minister Hun Sen called for a law criminalising denial of the Khmer Rouge genocide. Assembly members submitted draft legislation on Friday. Although racist rhetoric should

[Saying] . . . voting for this party is the same as voting for yuon . . . this is prohibited code dictates that candidates “shall avoid using violence, abuse, or contemptuous language.” Nytha’s warning comes amid a controversy surrounding opposition lawmaker Kem Sokha, who allegedly said the infamous Tuol Sleng Khmer Rouge torture centre never existed, but rather was a fabrication created by the Vietnamese. At a press conference last week, Sokha, president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, vehemently denied making the statements. The com-

not appear in a political campaign,Virak said, the NEC enforcing such a rule could present problems. “There’s legitimate reason for it, but I could see how it could be misused,” he said. Responding to Nytha’s warning about racist campaign tactics, CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann said the opposition party has not promoted racism since its founding. “From the beginning, we have campaigned according to our proper political platform,” Sovann said.


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Try Pheap given OK to harvest yellow vine Continued from page 1

forest by-products’ processing facilities that may cause significant pollution or destruction to the forest ecosystem.” A five- to 10-year prison sentence and the revocation of “applicable agreements, licences or permits” are listed as the punishment for an offence. An October 2005 letter from the agriculture ministry also requested for “all levels” of the

mits for companies to harvest around hydro-projects has brought it back. “Everything went downhill around 2008-09, because of these reservoir-clearing permits which provide a loophole for everything … Now it appears even for yellow vine facilities it is used as a loophole,” he said. Hardtke added that he has sent samples of yellow vine to European labs to conclusively determine whether it can

His main activity is buying luxury wood everywhere for export, and now he produces yellow oil as well forestry administration to take action on “stopping yellow vine production and especially Mreas Prov trees that provide Safrol substances for drug production”. Marcus Hardtke, program coordinator for German conservation group ARA, said he knew of at least five yellow vine operations in the Cardamom Mountains. He said that although the forestry law for a time stifled both safrol and yellow vine oil production, the issuing of per-

be used in illicit drug production – though he claims the answer might already be an “open secret”. “What are the two most likely scenarios? It’s either ecstasy or methamphetamine. Nobody goes through these efforts without making a decent amount of money out of it. “The export regulations also mention [Mreas Prov Phnom and yellow vine] in one sentence – it’s very much considered the same stuff.” However, a 2006 diplomatic

A yellow vine processing plant is seen in O’Som commune, Veal Veng district, Pursat province. The substances extracted from yellow vines have been linked to the production of illicit drugs. photo supplied

cable leaked by anti-secrecy organisation WikiLeaks that was sent from the US embassy in Phnom Penh to the State Department in Washington, cites the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in claiming that yellow vine cannot be used in drug production.

“According to UNODC, yellow vine contains berberine, an isoquinoline alkaloid used as a traditional medicine in east and southeast Asia for the treatment of stomach ailments. While its chemical structure is related to that of MDMA, experts say it is not feasible to

synthesize MDMA from the substance,” the cable said, warning however, that its harvesting was “very environmentally damaging”. Harvesting and processing yellow vine was clearly against the forestry law, Chhim Savuth, a senior investigator

at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said, adding the company pays a mere 300-500 riel ($0.08 to $0.13) for a kilo of yellow vine that it buys from workers. MDS Import Export has been harvesting yellow vine in Pursat province’s Veal Veng and Thma Bang districts since 1993, and already owns two yellow vine processing plants in Veal Veng, he said. “The tycoon’s business is to plant rubber and pepper, but his main activity is buying luxury wood everywhere for export, and now he produces yellow oil as well. “The licence totally violates the forest law and makes an illegal business become a legal one,” he said. Try Pheap, who has extensive land concession holdings across a number of provinces, was also granted in February the right to purchase timber for export from every economic land concession in Ratanakkiri. Outspoken environmental activist Chut Wutty, the late director of the Natural Resource Protection Group, was gunned down in the Cardamom Mountains on April 26 last year after he photographed stockpiles of yellow vine with two journalists.

Garment workers push against the gates of the Sabrina Garment Manufacturing factory during their protest in Kampong Speu province yesterday. reuters

Strike arrests, injuries Mom Kunthear


lashes at the ongoing Sabrina Garment factory protest yesterday morning led to the arrest of eight union members and several injuries on all sides. Demonstrations at the Kandal province Nike supplier turned violent for the second time in two weeks when protesters entered the factory and exchanged volleys of thrown objects with employees still at work, leading police and military police to intervene. “Strikers confronted each other in the factory and used stones and sticks to damage factory property,” National Military Police spokesman Kheng Tito said, adding that nine police officers were seriously injured while intervening. “We arrested eight union

members who incited workers to use violence. We have handed them over to police to work on this issue.” According to FreeTrade Union spokesman Pich Ponnareay, about a thousand police and military officials intervened at the factory, which employs more than 5,000 workers. “I’m not aware yet how many workers were injured, because most them were sent to hospital, and the situation was very bad at the time,” he added. According to Ponnareay, the clash began when workers demonstrating for better benefits and wages entered the factory to assist a worker who was beaten and detained there, and workers who had not joined the strike used sticks and fire extinguishers to repel them. “I helped two female workers who fainted after workers inside the factory used fire extinguish-

ers to spray them. Police also beat the workers,” said Leng Pros, one of the strikers. Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia secretary-general Ken Loo, who said he witnessed the clashes, gave a different version of events. The protesting workers “basically came in throwing the wooden poles, throwing wooden pellets and metal pieces at the windows and at people,” he said, adding that the projectiles had injured several people. “Of course, the factory will prepare to launch legal proceedings against the outrage that has caused property damage to the factory, together with the government I’m sure,” he said. Strikers say their demonstrations will continue. Factory administrative manager Hong Luy declined to comment. ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY CHEANG SOKHA AND JUSTINE DRENNAN


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Bou Meng distances victims from scandal Meas Sokchea

THEY often spend their days just metres from each other, talking visitors through the tragic history of the infamous Tuol Sleng detention center, but survivors Bou Meng and Chum Mey are miles apart in their views on the S-21 denial scandal. In a statement released yesterday, Bou Meng, deputy president of the Victims Association of Democratic Kampuchea, distanced the organisation from its president. Meng’s statement said that while Chum Mey was welcome to lead a planned march protesting against opposition leader Kem Sokha’s alleged assertion that S-21 was a Vietnamese fabrication, he won’t be taking part. “If Mr Chum Mey wants to announce a demonstration against Mr Kem Sokha, he does it as an individual, not on behalf of the Victims Association [Ksaem Ksan],” Meng’s statement said. “I have said again and again that I will remain neutral and not take part in this demonstration.” Sokha, deputy president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, has been under fire since the government’s May 20 re-

lease of an audio clip in which he is heard telling an audience that Tuol Sleng had been “staged” by the Vietnamese. Mey then pledged to lead a 20,000 strong protest if Sokha failed to apologise within 10 days, a threat bolstered when Prime Minister Hun Sen predicted a “mass demonstration”. The deadline came and went yesterday, and Mey, who agreed that the protest was his initiative alone, remained adamant it will take place. “Every day, [people] have called me continuously saying they want to participate in this mass demonstration,” he said. “I want [Sokha] to come and apologise directly in front of me and in Tuol Sleng.” CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann, who has previously said Sokha will not apologise for a “CPP fabrication”, yesterday warned that any protests came at the behest of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party. “The provoker is the ruling party. The [CPP] has never announced support for a demonstration when the election is near like this,” Sovann said. A law proposed by Hun Sen last week outlawing genocide denial is hurtling through the National Assembly.

Duo charged over swindles Buth Reaksmey Kongkea


Ministry of Justice employee and a police officer have been charged with fraud after allegedly posing as Anti-Corruption Unit officers and tricking people into handing over money they thought would buy their relatives’ way out of prison, an ACU official said yesterday. Nuon Sothimon, director of the legal, complaints and international affairs department at the ACU, said in a press conference that justice ministry worker Nuon Sarath, 42, and police officer Keo Sophal, 48, from the Ministry of Interior, had been sent to Phnom Penh Municipal court to face charges. The two men were arrested last week after complaints from two alleged victims who said they paid a total of $6,000 to the phony ACU officials thinking it would secure their relatives’ release from Prey Sar prison. “These two people claimed they worked with the ACU,” Sothimon said. “They have used the ACU’s name to cheat money from victims. Their activities have seriously affected the ACU’s honour and reputation – and will have made people lose trust in what the ACU does.”

Members of the Anti-Corruption Unit held a press conference at their headquarters in Phnom Penh yesterday. Two government officials have been arrested on charges of fraud. heng chivoan

Sothimon said that after paying $2,500, one victim asked when her relative would be released. “But they could not release [the relative], and when the victim asked for her money back, they threatened to arrest her and her family and put them in prison,” he said. Another victim, from the cap-

ital’s Borei Keila community, had handed over $3,500, Sothimon said. “They spent all the victims’ money and did not return it.” Separately, a third person had accused Sarath of grabbing land from him in Kampot last year, Sothimon added. Luch Sokleang, chief of the Ministry of Justice’s inspection

department, has said Sarath was recently suspended from work for “improper activities” that violated ministry rules and damaged its honour. “He has already been suspended,” he told the Post. Sarath and Sophoan, who are being detained in Prey Sar prison while they await trial, could not be reached for comment.


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police blotter

Years of violence

Diplomat documents life under KR

Thief’s fall not enough for vigilante villagers

A thief quickly plummeted back to earth on Sunday when he fell off a building while trying to escape from the scene of a crime in the capital’s Russey Keo district. Police said the 16-yearold, a security guard, had stolen a purse from the rental room of a 22-year-old female student and was getting away when she screamed for help. Startled, the crafty youngster toppled from a first-floor landing, injuring his head. Villagers evidently thought that wasn’t enough punishment as they beat him unconscious before the police arrived.


NEW book detailing the atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge era was launched yesterday in Phnom Penh, even as the ruling Cambodian People’s Party and opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party are engaged in a war of words over infamous torture centre Toul Sleng. The book – titled The Death Regime – features a picture of Tuol Sleng on its cover and details the account of Long Kem, a cadet officer for an engineering division during the Lon Nol regime. Kem was among those marched out during the exodus of Phnom Penh and became chief of cabinet of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the Khmer Rouge regime fell in 1979. He is currently Cambodia’s ambassador to Kuwait. Like other survivors, his account is one that is riddled with loss – Kem’s brother Lengsreung perished because of the harsh conditions they had to endure. While Kem was not present at the book launch held yesterday at the Club of Cambodian Journalists, the book’s editor, Chhay Sophal, editor-in-chief of the Cambodia News website, told reporters that the book was a “priceless” account. “This book is a special and rare document because it was written by a [local] survivor,” he said. “So far, many of the books about the regime have been written by foreigners.” The Death Regime was published last month and 6,000 copies in both Khmer and English are currently on sale at bookstores. PHAK SEANGLY


Shootout’s lone victim an innocent bystander

Residents of the Boeung Kak lake community participate in a hunger strike in front of Phnom Penh’s Court of Appeal yesterday. The protesters are calling for the release of jailed campaigner Yorm Bopha, a key player in the evictee community. HENG CHIVOAN

Hunger strike ahead of hearing Khouth Sophak Chakrya


WO days before the appeal trial of imprisoned Boeung Kak lake activist Yorm Bopha, some of her supporters went on a hunger strike yesterday to demand her release. Led as usual by Boeung Kak activist Tep Vanny, the group of four, dressed in white, set up outside the Court of Appeal in Phnom Penh at about 9am and laid flowers spelling “Free Bopha” on the pavement.

One, Bo Chhorvy, said the group, all women, would remain there until this morning. “We will keep striking here until Tuesday and will return again on Wednesday to support and encourage Yorm Bopha when the Court of Appeal hears her case,” she said. But it wasn’t to be: Chhorvy, who had not eaten since Sunday night, fainted at about 8:30pm, while fellow activist Bov Sophea followed about 10 minutes later. They were taken to NGO Li-

cadho’s clinic for treatment, while the remaining two vowed to continue through the night. In her prison cell at PJ prison, Bopha was also refraining from food yesterday, said her husband, Luos Sakhorn. “My wife told me that she will not eat anything if Boeung Kak villagers set up this strike in order to gain justice and freedom for her,” he said. Bopha was arrested in September, convicted of assault and sentenced in December to three years in prison.

Rights groups say the allegations against her – that she ordered her two brothers to savagely beat two motodops with an axe and screwdriver – were fabricated to silence her community. They point to the fact that the two victims drank a large quantity of rice wine before the alleged attack but delivered precise testimony. Supporters of the motodops have also staged protests, claiming the matter is a clear-cut assault case.

AN UNLUCKY 59-year-old was caught in the crossfire of a gang fight on Saturday in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district. According to police, two groups of men were arguing when things turned ugly. As one group tried to get away, they were pursued on a motorbike, whose driver unloaded his weapon four times. He missed the intended targets but caught the bystander – who was walking to get groceries – in the left hand and back. Police are searching for the suspects. koh santepheap

Drunk, no helmet – what could possibly go wrong? A PREAH Sihanouk man suspected of drink driving was seriously injured early yesterday morning when his motorbike collided with a tuk-tuk. Police said the man, 37, had been at a party at a friend’s home and was speeding back to his own abode without a helmet when he slammed into an oncoming tuk-tuk. He was hospitalised with serious injuries, including to the head, while the tuk-tuk driver got away with scrapes and bruises. nokorwat

Because it’s just not a dance without a machete DANCING men, as the blotter has chronicled for ages, are a veritable powder keg, with a Kampong Chhnang group the latest to prove the rule. According to police, on Saturday night, an 18-year-old and his friend were drinking and dancing at a pagoda when they stepped on the toes, so to speak, of a trio of young men. In the ensuing argument, the suspects quickly discarded the option of a danceoff and instead hacked the threesome with machetes. The teen was caught but his mate is still on the run. kampuchea thmey

Police cry foul while thief pleads poverty

A WOMAN with a disabled husband who claimed the family could not even afford to buy milk for their baby was arrested on Saturday after stealing food in the capital. Prampi Makara district police said the woman pinched a bag of food from a market vendor, who spotted her and yelled for help. The woman admitted the crime to police but explained her story of helplessness, which police say they are now trying to verify. nokorwat Translated by Phak Seangly


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Yum Sophorn receives medical treatment at his shelter in the Blue Tent community in Srah Po village, northwest of Phnom Penh.


Micro-life insurance on rise Hor Kimsay


HEN 46-year-old Than Thol got a $900 loan from Samic Microfinance last year, he took advantage of a little-known and lengthily worded insurance program called Measure for Economic and Accelerated Development for All, or MEADA. MEADA provides coverage for families of mostly lowerincome borrowers in the case of an accidental death. For an annual payment of $15, Thol is shielded against confiscation of his collateral in the event that he dies before paying off the loan.

“As a bread-winner, the life of my family strongly depends on me,” Thol, a resident of Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district, said yesterday. “If something bad happens to me, I do not want my wife and my four children saddled with debt.” So-called micro-life insurance is catching on in the Kingdom, according to the small amount of companies who provide the product. MEADA began as a pilot project of Samic Microfinance in 2007, bringing in around 700 clients during the initial roll out. Fast-forward to 2013 and the now independent com-

pany is averaging the same number of clients per month, according to MEADA’s executive director, Khem Sary. Sary told the Post yesterday that more than 16,000 Cambodians have bought basic life and loan protection insurance policies through MEADA. “The number of clients is increasing from year to year. More people understand how the insurance services benefit their family and [help] avoid vulnerability,” Sary said. MEADA is not the only micro-life insurance program seeing growing demand in Cambodia.

Early last year, Prevoir Kampuchea Micro-life Insurance (PKMI), a subsidiary of France’s Prevoir life and health insurance group, began offering policies with coverage ceilings of $5,000 to Cambodians in mostly rural areas and with limited incomes. Norng Makara, deputy chief executive officer for PKMI, told the Post yesterday that awareness of micro-life insurance is spreading. After a year of operation, the company has gained more than 1,000 clients. Among them, 50 per cent are already taking out loans from separate microfinance institutions, he said.

Makara credits the growth to advertising campaigns and the fact that microfinance organisations are explaining the benefits of the policies to potential customers. “Cambodia has demand for micro-life insurance services, and we are trying to capture the opportunities,” Makara said. “At least a million people in Cambodia are our target customers, and that number will grow as the Cambodian economy grows.” According to a recent report from the Cambodian Microfinance Association, about 1.6 million families were using MFI loans as of the end of March.

BOTH exports and imports of garment materials rose more than 17 per cent in the first quarter of the year compared with the same period last year, reflecting a growth in Cambodia’s biggest industry. Exports of garment and textile materials went up by 17.5 per cent to reach $1.34 billion from January to March this year, according to data from the Ministry of Commerce. Meanwhile, $753 million was spent on imports to supply production, an 18.3 per cent increase. “We noticed an increase in orders from buyers during this period. At the same time, we also got an increase in numbers of new factories every month, and they need to import machinery and raw materials,” Cheat Khemara, the Garment Manufacturers’s Association of Cambodia’s (GMAC) senior officer, said yesterday. The industry’s growth is due to rising minimum wage in other countries, especially China, which pushes more factories into Cambodia, he said. “We [GMAC] receive between 10 to 15 new factories or at least four or five new members every month.” GMAC has a membership of nearly 500 garment and shoe factories, though the total number of factories is higher, as many have not joined the association. Cambodia mostly imports the raw materials from Asia, especially China, Japan and South Korea, Khemara said. Meanwhile, Europe and the US are the main buyers of Cambodianmade apparel, he added. The garment industry is Cambodia’s largest income earner, representing more than 80 percent of its exports.


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MUJI plans green dye factory for Cambodia Post Staff

JAPANESE retail company MUJI announced the development of an eco-friendly natural dyeing plant in Cambodia, a press release on Sunday said. The plan is part of the Business Call to Action, a global initiative supported by several international organisations and hosted by the UN Development Programme that aims to support the private sector’s efforts to fight poverty through its core business. MUJI “formed its commitment around two projects including the development of a 2,000 square metre eco-friendly dyeing and sewing towel plant in Cambodia to employ over 300 local people by 2015,” the release said. The company also plans to plant indigo around the plant, to generate 50 new jobs and a new product line of natural indigo dye products in the future, the release said. MUJI has nearly 600 stores across Asia, Europe and North America.

Singapore Air expands fleet Kyunghee Park


INGAPORE Airlines Ltd chief executive officer Goh Choon Phong watched budget airlines in neighbouring Indonesia and Malaysia order some 800 aircraft in the two and a half years he has been at the helm. With the third-highest cash reserves among airlines globally, Goh responded last week with a record $17 billion purchase. Singapore Air, including its affiliates, now has $46 billion of aircraft orders with Airbus SAS and Boeing Co. The airline needs more planes as Malaysia-based AirAsia Bhd and Indonesia’s PT Lion Mentari Airlines wean away budget travellers as Asia’s economic growth spurs travel. With competition to lure bankers in the city-state increasing from Middle East carriers, Goh has revamped his first- and business-class offerings, undeterred by a 31 per cent drop in stock price during his tenure and Wall Street’s downsizing. “Goh is taking the right step forward,” said Timothy Ross, head of Asia-Pacific transport at Credit Suisse AG in Singapore. “They need to look at

Workers assemble a Boeing Co 777 at the company’s production facility in Washington. Boeing won the first order for the stretched version of its 787 Dreamliner from Singapore Airlines last week. bloomberg

what they do well, and that is medium- to long-haul premium passenger travel. These orders play to that strength.” Singapore Air on May 30 announced orders for 30 of the Boeing 787-10X variant, 30 Airbus A350-900s, and an option for 20 more that it may choose to convert to a larger A350-1000 variant, according to a statement. It is the first order for the stretched version of Boeing’s Dreamliner. “These new aircraft will provide opportunities to grow and renew our fleet, and enhance our network,” Goh, 49,

said in the statement. “They demonstrate our commitment to the Singapore hub and our confidence in the future for premium fullservice travel.” The carrier had $4.08 billion of cash and near cash as of the end of March, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That lagged behind Air France-KLM Group and Ryanair Holdings Plc. Singapore Air’s deal comes after AirAsia, the region’s biggest low-fare carrier, and Lion Air ordered hundreds of single-aisle aircraft target-

ing budget-conscious flyers across Asia. In March, Lion Air agreed with Airbus to buy 234 planes worth $24 billion, building on a 230-plane, $22.4 billion order it gave Boeing less than two years back. In 2011, AirAsia ordered 200 Airbus A320neo aircraft valued at $18 billion. In December, the carrier placed an order for 100 additional A320s. Low-fare airlines control 30 per cent of seat capacity at Singapore, compared with almost zero a decade ago, according to the website of CAPA Centre for Aviation, which advises airlines. Competition is increasing for Singapore Air in the business-class and first-class segments as well with Sydneybased Qantas Airways Ltd and Dubai-based Emirates forming an alliance. Emirates, the world’s biggest airline by international traffic, said in January it’s studying “ways and means” to accommodate an order for 30 more A380s. “It’s not getting any easier,” said CAPA’s Singapore-based analyst Brendan Sobie. “Singapore Air recognises it needs to continue to invest in upgrading its product, and they have the cash to respond.” BLOOMBERG

Dutch Mill eyes growth in ASEAN Pitsinee Jitpleecheep

Dutch Mill Co, Thailand’s largest dairy producer, is building factories in Myanmar and the Philippines to cash in on rising demand ahead of Asean integration in 2016. Construction of the Myanmar plant will be completed next year, to be followed by the facility in the Philippines. Managing director Vorathep Rangchaikul did not reveal the investment cost but said the company will look for more opportunities in the region once the Asean Economic Community (AEC) is formed in 2016. The new plants will serve demand in both domestic and international markets. Asean’s dairy market is worth $15 billion, with total volume of 10 billion litres. The market volume grew by 4.6 per cent last year. “It’s vital for Thailand to prepare itself for the AEC, as we’re the largest dairy-producing nation,” Vorathep said. He said Dutch Mill already competes with Vinamilk, the Vietnamese yoghurt brand, in Cambodia. BANGKOK POST

Thai rubber exports value may fall Phusadee Arunmas

VACANCY: PROJECT MANAGER Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) is recruiting a Project Manager to be responsible for oversee all aspects of start-up process of the establishment of the Cambodian Garment Training Institute (CGTI). The Project Manager is required to coordinate the construction of CGTI starting with land procurement until the completion of the construction and retrofitting of CGTI. Primary Responsibilities  Land procurement for the building of the training institute  Selection and proposal for suitable building contractors, architects, interior designers & suppliers of equipment and related services.  Application with the relevant government agencies for approval of building plans, utilities, electrical work, and any other amenities related to a training institute, including accreditation of the training institute  Manage the expenditure of construction within approved budget.  Process the approval of expenditure, billing, and financial statements, reports and analysis  Selection, proposal and procurement of suitable furniture, fittings and equipment for the institute  Establish & maintain appropriate internal control safeguards.  Interact with contractors, architects, interior designers to ensure compliance with governmental building requirements  Establish systems, processes and procedures for keeping all construction related records in proper manner  Monitor, supervise and review all work-in-progress status with contractors, architects and interior designers on a regular basis  Work with GMAC or Exe.Director to establish procurement and payment SOPs. Key Performance Indicators  Clear & Accurate presentation of construction status on a fortnight basis  Accurate record of costs, billing and payments on a monthly basis  Ensure implementation and adherence of SOPs. SOPs to be kept updated as all time to reflect correct situations.  Monthly operational budget proposal and control.  Completion of the construction of CGTI within the proposed deadline  Administrative efficiency of all documents and records Knowledge & Skill Requirements (i) Minimum first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience at an executive level or project management (ii) Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting & cost control principles (iii) Knowledge of requirements of a training institute. (iv) Strong interpersonal skills with ability to interact under different and difficult situations with building contractors, suppliers, architects, interior designers, government officials, CGTI Board, Executive Director and AFD. (v) Ability to motivate people to produce quality work within tight timeframes and simultaneously manage several projects (vi) Possess professional written & verbal communication (vii) Ability to number & data crunch (viii) Ability to organize, prioritize & be meticulous (ix) 2-5 years experience in project management and/or educational or training institute (x) Ability to use relevant computer technology and software

Please send your CV to #175, Street 215, Phnom Penh. Dateline: 15th June 2013 E-mail:

THAI rubber exports are expected to be on a par with last year by volume but may fall by 20 per cent in baht terms due to bearish global demand and the strong baht. Luckchai Kittipol, honorary president of the Thai Rubber Association, said rubber prices will likely edge up in the second half of this year. Prices of ribbed smoked sheet rubber No3 (RSS3) averaged 80 baht ($2.63) a kilogram in the first quarter. “Demand remains under pressure from the sluggish world economy and the hefty stocks maintained by foreign buyers,” Luckchai said. “We expect global stocks to be lower in the foreseeable future, as buyers are increasingly concerned the US will wind down its quantitative-easing measures.” Among the factors that may affect the rubber industry in the second half is Chi-

na’s economy after Beijing was reluctant to implement new stimulus measures and no large construction projects have been announced. China is currently the world’s largest rubber user, importing more than three million tonnes last year, half of them from Thailand. Luckchai said China may import up to 1.6 million tonnes of Thai rubber this year. Overall, the country is expected to ship 3.2 million tonnes, a marginal increase from 3.1 million tonnes last year. Other markets for Thai rubber exports are Malaysia, Japan and the US. The shipments will fetch an estimated 280 billion baht, down by 20 per cent from last year. Thai rubber production, meanwhile, is forecast at 3.8 million tonnes, up from 3.6 million tonnes last year. In the first four months, Thailand shipped 1.13 million tonnes, up by 9.2 per

cent year-on-year but down by 8.6 per cent in value to $3 billion. In a related development, the Thai government said it will not extend restrictions on exporting the commodity after the measure ended last Friday. Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia had originally agreed to cut exports by a total of 300,000 tonnes from October. That scheme ended in March, but Thailand said it will continue the curbs for another two months to the end of May. “There is no point continuing the measure as it has had little impact on the rubber market and prices have already rebounded through market mechanisms,” said Amnuay Patise, an adviser to the deputy agriculture minister overseeing rubber. Benchmark Thai RSS3 hit a record high of $6.40 per kg in February 2012 before weak global demand pushed prices down to less than half that value at $2.75 by mid-year. BANGKOK POST

DBS extends takeover deadline Sanat Vallikappen and Joyce Koh

DBS Group Holdings Ltd, Southeast Asia’s biggest bank, agreed to extend a deadline for buying a controlling stake in PT Bank Danamon Indonesia from Temasek Holdings Pte amid regulatory wrangling. The agreement with Temasek’s Fullerton Financial Holdings Pte, which expired yesterday, will be prolonged to August 1, Singapore-based DBS said in a statement yesterday. The deal will lapse unless both parties agree to a further extension, it said. Indonesia’s former central bank governor Darmin Nasution said last month that DBS will be allowed to take 40 per cent of Danamon, in accord-

ance with bank ownership rules set after the 66.4 trillion rupiah ($6.8 billion) bid was made in April last year. A minority stake would deny DBS management control as it seeks a foothold in a country

access in Singapore for its banks, possibly thwarting what would be Southeast Asia’s largest bank acquisition. While a minority stake in Danamon would cut DBS’s reliance on Singapore, South-

Indonesia’s regulator is leveraging the transaction to gain equal access in Singapore for its banks where loans are the most profitable among the world’s 20 largest economies. It was the second time DBS pushed back the deadline for completing a deal. Indonesia’s regulator is leveraging the transaction to gain equal

east Asia’s least profitable loan market, Indonesian bank ownership laws unveiled last July can bar the bank from achieving its original plan to gain full control. The new rules allow ownership by another lender to rise above 40 per cent only

if certain conditions, including capital strength requirements, are met. “DBS will make further announcements when there are significant developments on the transaction,” it said in yesterday’s statement. Karen Ngui, a spokeswoman for DBS, said, following Nasution’s announcement on May 21, that the lender hadn’t received written notice of the approval and it “hopes” the application will be approved as originally submitted. The takeover agreement calls for DBS to acquire Temasek’s 67.4 per cent stake in Danamon by allowing Singapore’s stateowned investment company to swap its Danamon holdings into DBS shares. BLOOMBERG


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Fixed-line users rise Anne Renzenbrink and Hor Kimsay

THE number of fixed-line telephone subscribers in Cambodia increased by four per cent in 2012 compared to 2011, standing in sharp contrast to a mobile phone subscriber growth of 22 per cent in the same period, statistics show. According to figures from the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Cambodia had 584,475 fixed or landline subscribers in 2012, compared to 559,381 in 2011. Mobile phone subscribers, meanwhile, reached 19.1 million last year, compared with 15.7 million in 2011. Ek Vandy, secretary of state at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, said it was “an automatic trend” that mobile phone subscribers are increasing much more than fixed-line customers. According to Kirill Mankovsky, chief marketing officer of Smart, fixed-line networks in Cambodia “are trailing far behind mobile networks in terms of their market share and market growth during the last 5 years. Respectively, their investment potential is very limited”.

Cambodia carrier on track with new flights Low Wei Xiang


AMBODIA Angkor Air will launch routes to China and the South Korean city of Seoul by August while it eyes additional destinations to Singapore and Malaysia, according to a senior official with the country’s national carrier. CAA chairman Tek Reth Samrach said the flights are part of the airline’s growth strategy. “Singapore is a hub for Asia, so we have to go there,” said Samrach, who is also a secretary of state for the Council of Ministers. “We will have some market [demand] in Kuala Lumpur,” he added, because many Cambodians work in Malaysia, and vice versa. According to the Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia had about 116,000 visitors from Malaysia last year, and 53,000 from Singapore. If it follows through, the Phnom Penh-based airline will build on a growing network of flights to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in Vietnam, Bangkok,

Tourists review snapshots taken on their digital camera at Kuala Lumpur’s city centre park. Cambodia Angkor Air is eyeing Kuala Lumpur and Singapore as its next regional destinations. afp

Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. But details on the plans are hazy at best. Samrach could not offer a timeline for when flights to Singapore and Malaysia would first take off, saying the routes had a back seat to the August deadline for establishing flights to Shanghai and Guangzhou in China, and South Korea’s Seoul. Competion is another factor, as CAA could find itself flying

into a crowded market, according to Ho Vandy, co-chair of the Cambodian government’s private sector working group. Jetstar, Tiger Airways and SilkAir all connect Singapore and Cambodia, while Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia do the same for Kuala Lumpur. Ticket prices from these cities are inexpensive, so CAA might find it “hard to compete”, Ho said.

Markets Business Hong Kong officials hold Myanmar talks Noe Noe Aung

HONG Kong’s Financial Secretary John C Tsang will lead a delegation of business leaders from the Special Administrative Region of China to Myanmar later this month to deepen economic and cultural ties with Myanmar, Hong Kong officials said. The sixth HK delegation in one year will comprise 25-30 chief executive officers and other business leaders from the financial services, logistics and trade industries, among others. They will arrive in Yangon on June 26 for a four-day visit. The move is part of Hong Kong’s strategy to reduce its reliance on mainland China as a manufacturing base and re-establish a strong presence in Southeast Asia, Fong Ngai, director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, said on May 28. Its members will meet Myanmar business leaders in Yangon and ministers in the capital. A meeting between Tsang, the third-highest official in HK’s government, and President Thein Sein or Vice President Nyan Tun is likely,

business sources said. Dr Mg Mg Lay, vice-president of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, said there has been an upsurge in visits by Hong Kong executives as well as delegations, and that the federation is helping arrange meetings with ministers for the next group of arrivals. It will be the highest-level visit so far as Hong Kong’s financial services industry makes a move to attract Myanmar businesses to use its banks for international transactions made in China’s currency, the renminbi, Fong said. Fong described Hong Kong’s push into Southeast Asia as a return, saying it had been very active in the region prior to China’s opening to the global economy 30 years ago. Manufacturers based in Hong Kong subsequently shifted to mainland China due to its proximity and inexpensive labour market, but are now returning to Southeast Asia because its rapid economic development is increasing demand for trading, financial service and logistics expertise, all of which Hong Kong is renowned for. THE MYANMAR TIMES


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In brief South Korea inflation in May at 14-year low

SOUTH Korea’s inflation touched a 14-year low in May on falling fuel costs and stabilising food prices, government data showed yesterday. The consumer price index for May rose 1.0 per cent from a year ago – the slowest rate since September 1999 – state-run Statistics Korea said. It marked the seven straight month that inflation has stayed under 2.0 per cent. On-year inflation in April had stood at 1.2 per cent. The figure was comfortably below the central bank’s target range of 2.5 to 3.5 per cent. AFP

ECB chief: ‘gradual recovery’ this year

THE European Central Bank expects a “very gradual recovery” in the debt-crisishit eurozone to start later this year, the organisation’s chief Mario Draghi said yesterday. “The economic situation in the euro area remains challenging, but there are a few signs of a possible stabilisation,” he told an international monetary conference in Shanghai. “Our baseline scenario continues to be one of a very gradual recovery starting in the latter part of this year,” he said. AFP

Asian factory sector cools Xiaoyi Shao, Jonathan Standing and Kevin Yao


SIA’S factory sector lost momentum in May as new export orders in the trading bellwethers of China, Taiwan and South Korea fell or cooled, reinforcing the view that the world economic outlook is dimming in the second quarter. The HSBC China purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell in May to 49.2, the lowest level since October 2012 and down from April’s final reading of 50.4. A reading below 50 suggests a contraction in activity from the previous month, while a reading above that level points to expansion. The China survey showed that total new orders and new export orders fell in May from April, suggesting weakness in both domestic and overseas demand. New export orders also fell in Taiwan, a key producer in the global technology supply chain, while in South Korea, home to big brand names such as Samsung and Hyundai, new export orders growth eased to its weakest pace

An employee works inside a textile factory in China’s Zhejiang province last week. New orders fell in May from April throughout the country, suggesting weakness in both domestic and overseas demand. reuters

since January, the HSBC surveys showed. “A number of respondents blamed the reduction in demand to a general slowdown in global activity,” HSBC said of the Taiwan PMI. Last week, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation

and Development cut its global growth forecast for 2013 to 3.1 per cent from its previous estimate of 3.4 per cent. China’s HSBC PMI followed a similar government survey released on Saturday, which showed a slight pullback to 50.8 in May from 50.6 in April.

However, it also pointed to falling orders from exports markets. The data, plus a fall in the official services PMI to 54.3 from 54.5, added to evidence that the world’s second-largest economy is losing further momentum in the second

quarter. “We think China’s economic growth will probably continue to slide,” said Zhiwei Zhang, chief China economist at Nomura in Hong Kong. “Our forecast of GDP growth in Q2 is to slow to 7.5 per cent from 7.7 per cent in Q1.” The IMF and OECD last week cut their forecasts for 2013 economic growth to 7.75 per cent and 7.8 per cent, respectively. China’s annual economic growth slowed to 7.7 per cent in the first quarter from 7.9 per cent in the previous quarter. The full-year annual growth of 7.8 per cent in 2012 was the weakest since 1999. The IMF’s cut brings it into line with recent revisions by private institutions, including Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, which pared its forecast this month to 7.6 per cent from 8 per cent, and Standard Chartered, which cut its estimate to 7.7 per cent from 8.3 per cent. Taiwan’s PMI fell to 47.1 in May from 50.7 in April, the first time the index has fallen below 50 since November. South Korea’s PMI fell to 51.1 from 52.6 for the weakest reading since February. REUTERS

Kingdom of Cambodia Nation Religion King The Administrator of Mfone Co., Ltd. Insolvency and Liquidation Proceedings REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR BIDDING TELECOME NETWORK ASSETS Mfone Co., Ltd (thereafter called the Debtor) is one of a giant mobile cellular service operator in Cambodia. The Debtor had been operating in mobile cellular service industry for almost 20 years. The Debtor had filled voluntarily for the insolvency and liquidation since early 2013. In accordance with Court’s Orders issued by the Court for First Instance of Kingdom of Cambodia, the insolvency and liquidation proceedings are opened against the Debtor on 14 February 2013 and 12 March 2013 respectively. The Administrator, Mr. Ry OUK has been appointed as trustee and liquidator. During liquidation proceedings, the following telecom network infrastructureare planned to be liquidated accordingly. No.

Class of asset


Access Codes


Conditions and terms In conformity with the Notification by the Royal Government of Cambodia, both subscribers and Access Codes are temporarily transferred to CamGSM Co., Ltd., (one of mobile operator in Cambodia) for the purpose of Access Codes are the mobile prefix number protecting the interest of subscribers. i.e. 099, 011, 085, 061 and 076. The Court and Royal Government of Cambodia will make the final decision regarding the distribution of this Access Code.



Frequency spectrum and licenses

These include GSM 1800MHz, EGSM 900MHz, CDMA 450MHz, Microwave Link, WiFi, License of Wireless Telecommunications System andService, License of Internet Service, License of Voice Over Internet Protocol, JVA of Wireless Local Loop Services, and License of Cellular Mobile and Telecommunication Network and Services using 3G.

These represent the Base Tower Station (BTS) and telecom equipment and tools used as infrastructure to provide the mobile Networks Assets cellular and other telecom services. There are 1,037 BTSs locate nationwide and each BTS also has telecom infrastructure built-in.

In conformity with the Notification by the Royal Government of Cambodia, all access codes, frequency spectrum, and operation licenses are kept under the control of the Debtor and final decision regarding the distribution of these access codes, frequency spectrum, and operation licenses shall be vested in the Court and Royal Government of Cambodia. The details of frequency spectrum and operation licenses will be given upon being entitled as qualified bidder. The details of network assets will be given upon being entitled as qualified bidder. The Administrator has the power to authorize any decision regarding the liquidation of these assets.

The Administrator would like to invite both eligible international and national bidders to indicate their interest in bidding for the above telecom network assets. Interested bidders must provide information indicating that they are qualified to bid (brochures, description of similar businesses, experiences in similar conditions, availability of appropriate resources, etc.) Bidders will be selected in accordance with the “Guideline for Disposal of Telecom Network Assets” drafted and consented by the Administrator in conjunction with the Creditors’ Committee. Qualified bidders will be given the detail information and data of the Telecom Network Assets and be invited to submit the proposal. Interested bidders may obtain further information from background documents at the address below from 8:00AM to 4:00PM, Cambodian time. The complete Expressions of Interest indicating the application’s interest in bidding the Telecom Network Assets with all relevant information as above with copies of relevant documents verification and full contact address shall submitted in two hard copies to the address mentioned below by 15June 2013 no later than 4:00PM, Cambodian time. No application shall be considered after the deadline. Attention

: The Creditors’ Committee. Insolvency and Liquidation of Mfone Co., Ltd. No. 721, Preach Monivong Blvd, Sangkat BKK3, Chamkarmorn, Phnom Penh Email:


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Markets Business Oil trading prices see dip in Asia OIL prices were lower in Asian trade yesterday after OPEC kept its output ceiling unchanged and voiced concerns over weak global economic growth dragging crude demand. New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) light sweet crude for delivery in July, was down 29 cents to $91.68 a barrel in the afternoon and Brent North Sea crude for July delivery shed 29 cents to $100.10. “It is obvious that the OPEC announcement over the weekend has had a negative impact on oil prices,” Jason Hughes, head of sales trading in CMC Markets, said. “The OPEC decision will have a greater downside on Brent than on the WTI in the US because of the supply glut there,” he added. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which pumps about 35 per cent of global oil supplies, on Friday said it would leave the output ceiling at 30 million barrels per day (mbpd), where it has stood since late 2011, despite actual production exceeding the target. The cartel, comprising nations from Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, is aware that cutting production could raise oil prices and boost their incomes – but that this could also hurt the fragile global recovery. AFP

Japan’s Abe seeks growth paired with deregulation

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APANESE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe emphasized yesterday that deregulation is the priority for the nation’s growth strategy and aimed to push forward his economic policies. Abe, speaking to reporters after the Tokyo International Conference on African Development held in the city of Yokohama near Tokyo, said he would watch market movements closely, but refrained from commenting on them. “I acknowledge deregulation is the priority for our growth strategy. As I decided to join talks of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), I would like to push forward what needs to be done without hesitation,” Abe said. Investors have not yet given up hope that Abe’s aggressive fiscal and monetary expansionary policies, dubbed “Abenomics”, will end deflation and two decades of economic stagnation. But a note of caution has crept in since Tokyo share prices began to slide on May 23 after months of heady gains. Abe also said he expected the financial markets to calm down gradually as the Bank of Japan is communicating with the markets. “Our economic policies are proving fruitful for certain. We should be more confident,” Abe said. The benchmark Nikkei N225 tum-

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A man walks past a stock quotation board outside a brokerage in Tokyo yesterday as the Nikkei share average tumbled 3.7 per cent to a six-week low. Reuters

bled to a six-week low yesterday, extending its slide from a 5-1/2-year high touched on May 23. Many want to see concrete steps for deregulation and structural reform in Abe’s “Third Arrow” growth strategy, due to be unveiled along with macroeconomic guidelines including fiscal reform on June 14. But expectations for structural reform are already dimming, with few expecting early moves to reduce cor-

porate taxes nationwide or to make it easier for firms to lay off workers in business sectors on the decline, at least ahead of a July election for parliament’s upper house. A third tranche of the growth strategy to be unveiled on Wednesday is expected to focus on the creation of special economic zones where deregulation and tax cuts can be implemented in limited geographic areas such as big cities. REUTERS

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World Greenpeace commends Indonesian forests deal A $1 BILLON deal to save Indonesia’s rainforests has slowed a “tidal wave” of logging destruction, Greenpeace’s chief said yesterday, but he warned much more needed to be done. While many environmentalists have sharply criticised Indonesian efforts to end rampant logging across some of the planet’s most vital forests, Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo said there was reason to hope. “Firstly, we must acknowledge with shame and with sadness how much has been lost. How much biodiversity has been lost . . . it was like a nonstop tidal wave,” Naidoo said in Manila while on a short tour of Southeast Asia. “[But] at least we can say we have turned the tide.” Naidoo said a key plank of conservation efforts was a deal brokered through the United Nations climate change negotiations for Norway to pay Indonesia $1 billion to protect its remaining rainforests and peatland. As part of that deal, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono placed a moratorium two years ago on issuing new logging permits for virgin rainforests, which was this month extended for another two years. But many green activists, including Greenpeace campaigners in Indonesia, have said huge areas continue to be logged because of widespread corruption and many loopholes in the moratorium. Indonesia’s rainforests and peatlands have for decades been wiped out to extract the timber as well as to clear the land for palm oil plantations and mining activities. Indonesia is the world’s top producer of palm oil, which is used for many everyday items such as soap and biscuits. The destruction has ravaged biodiversity– placing animals such as orangutans and Sumatran tigers in danger of extinction – while also leading to the release of vast amounts of climate change-causing carbon dioxide. As a result, Indonesia is the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, after China and the United States. Naidoo said he agreed that the moratorium had not ended logging and Indonesia’s rainforests continued to be among the most vulnerable in the world. “The global reality is that every two seconds a forest the size of a football field is disappearing,” he said. But he said the moratorium had helped to lay foundations for an end to logging, and the Indonesia-Norway concept should be built on elsewhere around the world. AFP

Turkey’s protesters defiant T Roland Lloyd Parry

URKEY’S leaders faced a fourth day of protests yesterday after demonstrators clashed with police firing tear gas, in the biggest outburst of anger at the Islamist-rooted government since it took power more than a decade ago. President Abdullah Gul urged calm and promised them their message had been “received”. “Democracy does not only mean elections,” Gul was quoted by the Anatolia news agency as saying on the fourth day of nationwide anti-government protests. “The messages delivered with good intentions have been received.” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly said that protesters were manipulated by extremist groups and should show their discontent “at the ballot box”, urging them to end their demonstrations immediately. “I am calling on all my citizens to abide by the rules and state their objections and views in a peaceful way, as they have already done,” Gul said. The president also said protesters should watch out for “illegal organisations” infiltrating their demonstrations. He warned against actions that would tarnish Turkey’s image. Istanbul’s main Taksim Square, where the protests first erupted, was relatively quiet early yesterday as people started the first workday since tensions boiled over on Friday. But protesters’ banners and barriers of scrap metal remained, suggesting they would return to resume days of demonstrations that have by some accounts left hundreds of people injured around the country. Overnight, police fired tear

A protestor near Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office, between Taksim Square and Besiktas district in Istanbul yesterday.

gas and water cannons at protesters who marched on Erdogan’s offices in Istanbul and in the capital Ankara. “Dictator, resign! . . . We will resist until we win,” yelled the crowds, who hurled stones and lit fires in the streets. Erdogan has dismissed the protesters, but admitted “mistakes” by the police in their initial response. He was due to leave the country yesterday for a fourday tour of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, an official in his office said. Police had withdrawn on Saturday from Taksim Square, the hub of demonstrations that started over an unpopular building project nearby and boiled over into a general protest against the government. The flashpoint shifted late

on Sunday to the Besiktas area north of Taksim, near Erdogan’s Istanbul base. Reporters there and in Ankara saw police disperse thousands of demonstrators and incidents continued into early yesterday. Interior Minister Muammer Guler said earlier that more than 1,700 people had been arrested in the unrest nationwide, though most have since been released. A doctors’ union in Ankara said before the latest clashes that more than 400 civilians had been injured there, including some with serious head wounds. Guler estimated the cost at more than 20 million liras ($10 million). Groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have denounced as excessive the police reaction,

and Turkey’s Western allies have appealed for restraint. The unrest began as a local outcry against plans to redevelop Gezi Park, a rare green spot near Taksim, but after a heavy-handed police response the protests spread to other districts – and then to dozens of cities across Turkey. Accused by critics of an increasingly conservative and authoritarian agenda in the predominantly Muslim but secular state, Erdogan’s government is facing the biggest protests since it took power in 2002. Erdogan on Sunday renewed his call for an end to the disturbances. “If you love this country, if you love Istanbul, do not fall for these games,” he said in televised comments. Erdogan’s AKP party has


won three successive parliamentary elections, winning almost 50 per cent of the vote the last time around in 2011. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned in a Twitter message: “The continuation of these protests . . . will bring no benefits but will harm the reputation of our country, which is admired both in the region and the world.” The prime minister had insisted on Saturday that his government would press ahead with the park redevelopment, although he said it may not include a shopping mall, as protesters fear. On Sunday however, he confirmed a plan to build a mosque on Taksim Square – a sensitive issue as he faces accusations from critics of trying to impose an Islamic agenda. AFP

Nuclear powers adding to arsenals: report THREE of the world’s nuclear powers – China, India and Pakistan – have increased their nuclear arsenals over the past year, a report by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI ) said yesterday. China now has 250 nuclear warheads against 240 in 2012; Pakistan has increased its warheads by about 10 to between 100 and 120; and India has also added roughly 10 for a total of 90 to 110, SIPRI said in its annual report. The arms race is all the more disturbing, said SIPRI, because of what the institute called a “fragile” peace in Asia, characterised by growing tensions since 2008 between India and Pakistan, China and Japan, the two Koreas and others. “While states have avoided direct conflict with each other and stopped supporting insurgent movements on each other’s territory, decades-old suspicions linger and economic integra-

tion has not been followed up with political integration,” SIPRI said. Only the two old superpowers have cut their warheads, Russia reducing its number from 10,000 to 8,500, and the United States scaling back from 8,000 to 7,700. The warheads controlled by France stayed at 300, while Britain’s remained at 225, and Israel’s at 80. SIPRI acknowledged that the figures were to a large extent estimates, as the nuclear powers aren’t equally transparent, China being totally opaque, and Russia gradually becoming less open. SIPRI does not count North Korea and Iran as nuclear powers yet, as their respective programs are still considered in their early stages. While the global total of warheads was down, SIPRI said it did not translate into a significantly diminished nuclear threat. “Once again there was little to inspire

hope the nuclear weapon-possessing states are genuinely willing to give up their nuclear arsenals,” said SIPRI senior researcher Shannon Kile. “The long-term modernisation programs under way in these states suggest that nuclear weapons are still a marker of international status and power.” Efforts to reduce arsenals of chemical and biological weapons have also been slow, according to SIPRI, a long-time advocate of abolishing weapons of mass destruction. The US and Russia had not destroyed all their chemical weapons in 2012 as promised. Syria, in the grip of a bloody uprising for more than two years, has said it is prepared to use its weapons in the case of foreign attack. SIPRI figures also show that the number of peacekeepers deployed around the world fell by more than 10 per cent in 2012, due in part to the

beginning of the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan. How far they fall will depend on how many peacekeepers will be deployed in Mali, where French-backed forces are fighting Islamist rebels – and potentially in Syria. The report noted that the United Nations appeared paralysed over the Syria crisis, as China and Russia had blocked Security Council moves to intervene. “The lack of action over Syria in 2012 highlighted the weakness of international commitment to the responsibility to protect,” senior researcher Jair van der Lijn said. “In the end, national interests and deep-rooted fears that the responsibility to protect undermines the principle of state sovereignty, seem to weigh heavier than the plight of populations caught up in conflict,” he said. AFP


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Dozens die in poultry plant blaze Carol Huang


T least 119 people were killed in a fire at a poultry processing plant in northeastern China yesterday, local officials said, in what appeared to be the country’s worst blaze for 12 years. More than 300 workers were at the Baoyuan poultry plant at Dehui in Jilin province when the fire broke out, and emergency workers searching for survivors were uncertain how many remained trapped inside, Xinhua news agency said. “As of 4:25pm, altogether 119 people died,” the Jilin provincial government information office said on Sina Weibo, a service akin to Twitter. The latest post did not say how many were injured, but the local government earlier put the number at at least 54. It is the country’s worst fire for more than a decade, according to listings on internet portal Baidu. On December 25, 2000, a blaze at a shopping centre in Luoyang, in the central province of Henan, killed 309 people. The slaughterhouse gate was locked when the fire broke out but about 100 workers escaped, Xinhua added. The facility had a “complicated interior structure” and narrow exits that were slowing the rescue work, it said. The cause of the blaze,

which highlights lax safety standards at many Chinese workplaces, was not immediately clear, but state broadcaster CCTV said witnesses had heard a blast and suspected a chemical leak. CCTV also said on its Weibo account that the blaze might have started with an electric spark in the plant. Six hours after the 6am fire broke out it had largely been brought under control, CCTV said, but Xinhua added that firefighters were still working to extinguish it entirely. China’s state broadcaster CCTV showed the plant surrounded by red fire engines, with its roof apparently burnt away to reveal blackened, charred girders. A dramatic photo taken earlier and posted on a Hong Kong-based online news portal showed dense clouds of black smoke several times higher than the low-rise plant. A bright blaze could be seen inside a row of windows in one part of the processing plant. The image could not be independently verified, although the building looked similar to the one shown by CCTV. Photos from Xinhua showed charred walls and rooftops at the plant, with a row of fire engines standing by. The Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Company, which

A victim lies on a hospital bed after being rescued from a fire at Baoyuan poultry plant at Dehui, in northeast China’s Jilin province yesterday.

began operations in 2009, employs 1,200 people and produces 67,000 tonnes of chicken products a year, Xinhua said. China News Service said that as of the end of 2010 it had sales of 230 million yuan

($38 million). Workplace safety standards can be poor in China, where fatal accidents happen regularly at mines and factories, with some blaming a lax enforcement of rules. But loss of life is rarely on

such a scale as the Jilin fire. A major blaze at a Shanghai apartment building in 2010 left 58 people dead, while a shopping mall fire in Jilin killed 53 people in 2004. In some cases, owners or company officials have been


arrested as a result of workplace accidents. No arrests were immediately reported and Xinhua said an investigation into the cause had begun. Company representatives could not be reached for comment. AFP

Malaysia’s opposition blacklisted from key state MALAYSIA’S opposition said yesterday its leaders have been blacklisted from a key state, decrying the move as illegal and aimed at stifling its message of ruling-coalition power abuse and election fraud. The opposition said those banned by the state of Sabah include leader Anwar Ibrahim, who has led a series of public rallies around the country to protest May 5 elections that he says were stolen by the ruling coalition. “It’s really undemocratic and blatantly unjust because you are denying members of parliament to

perform their duty in their own country,” Anwar said, adding he would challenge Sabah authorities by flying there this weekend. Lim Kit Siang, a top leader in the three-party opposition, says he was among others blacklisted, as was Ambiga Sreenevasan, co-leader of an NGO alliance that has staged massive past demonstrations demanding electoral reform. The issue first came to light last week when Anwar’s parliamentarian daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar was prevented from entering Sabah. Lim said

the additional bans were detailed in a document obtained from the Sabah state government. Sabah officials could not immediately be reached. A spokesman for Prime Minister Najib Razak said Sabah and Sarawak, two Malaysian states located on Borneo island, have “separate immigration systems to peninsular Malaysia and immigration powers rest with the state government”. Reachable from mainland Malaysia only by sea and air, all visitors – even Malaysians – must go

through an ID check upon entry. Some political undesirables have been banned in the past by Sabah, which has been controlled by Malaysia’s ruling Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition since the mid-1990s. Barisan retained parliament in May 5 elections but with less than half the popular vote in its worst performance in its 56 years in power. It has seen support ebb over issues including corruption and alleged misrule. Anwar alleges massive Barisan fraud in the polls – which Najib has

Former Taiwan leader in suicide bid TAIWAN’S former president Chen Shui-bian has tried to commit suicide in the prison where he is serving a 20-year sentence for corruption, the justice ministry said yesterday. Chen attempted to hang himself with a towel in a bathroom at the jail in the central city of Taichung on Sunday night, but was prevented by a guard, the ministry said in a statement. It said medical personnel were immediately called to check his condition and no abnormalities were found. Chen was transferred to a prison hospital in Taichung in April from a public hospital in Taipei, where he had spent several months being treated

Taiwan’s jailed former president Chen Shui-bian leaves a funeral house in Tainan, southern Taiwan, in January 2012. REUTERS

for depression and other health problems. Doctors have recommended home care for the 62-year-old, who has been diagnosed with severe depression, a

nerve disorder and other conditions, according to medical documents released by his office. The justice ministry has said home care is not an option for

inmates, while Chen does not qualify for immediate parole on medical grounds because he can receive treatment at the prison hospital. Chen’s family and supporters have angrily accused the government of President Ma Ying-jeou of making a politically motivated decision to deny him medical parole. Chen was convicted of corruption and money-laundering relating to his 2000-2008 presidency – charges which he says stem from a vendetta by the current Beijing-friendly government. His own administration promoted the concept of Taiwan’s formal independence from China, a stance which enraged Beijing. AFP

denied – and the opposition is demanding thorough reform of an electoral system widely considered biased towards Barisan. Anwar said the alleged Sabah blacklist shows “they are scared that we will expose their corruption and abuse of power”. The opposition and rights groups have accused Najib’s government of seeking to stifle the polling fraud allegations by laying sedition charges against several opposition figures and activists who have called for protests. AFP

World press body warns on Thai lese majeste law A LEADING press body warned yesterday that Thailand’s contentious royal defamation law was creating a “climate of fear” and being misused to wrongly imprison journalists. The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers is “deeply concerned” by the misuse of lese majeste rules, its president Jacob Mathew said at the annual World Newspaper Congress in Bangkok. Condemning “undue arrests and imprisonments” of journalists, editors and publishers, Mathew said the enforcement of the law runs “counter to the principles of press freedom” and is “a violation of the rights of citizens”. Anyone convicted of insult-

ing the Thai king, queen, heir or regent faces up to 15 years in prison on each count. “As anyone can accuse anyone else of committing an act of lese majeste, the misuse of the law has created a climate of fear,” Mathew said. The royal family is a sensitive subject in politically turbulent Thailand. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 85, is revered by many but has been in hospital since September 2009. Rights campaigners say the lese majeste law has been politicised, noting that many of those charged are linked to the Red Shirt protest movement, which is broadly loyal to fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. AFP


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In brief Chinese to send three astronauts into space

CHINA will launch three astronauts into space this month to dock with an experimental space module, state media said yesterday, marking the latest step towards the country’s aim of building a space station. The Shenzhou-10 spacecraft has entered the “final stage of preparations,” for a launch “in the middle of June,” China’s official Xinhua news agency said, citing a spokesperson for the country’s manned space program. afp

Singapore’s bloggers to hold rally and ‘blackout’

SINGAPORE bloggers are planning a rally and an “internet blackout” this week to protest controversial new rules they say will muzzle freedom of speech, organisers said yesterday. A coalition of 34 prominent bloggers called “Free My Internet” will stage the rally on Saturday, a week after the surprise regulations requiring news websites to obtain licences from the citystate’s official media regulator kicked in on Saturday. The bloggers will also replace their homepages with black screens featuring the words “#Freemyinternet” for 24 hours on Thursday. AFP

Firebrand threatens to run Suicide blast hits


OPULIST politician Pauline Hanson, who once warned Australia was in danger of being swamped by Asians, said yesterday she would run in this year’s national election to protect “the Australian way of life”. Describing herself as “the redhead you can trust” – seen as a reference to flame-haired Prime Minister Julia Gillard – she said Australians were fed up with “selfish, dysfunctional and egotistical” parties. “I am standing for the next federal election,” she said. “The people of Australia deserve a fair go, a government that takes genuine care of our own Australians first, no matter what race, colour or creed,” she added. The former leader of the One Nation party said there was much work to be done. She urged a stable government with the “will and determination to control and stamp out the influx of illegal immigrants swamping our shores, the ripping off of our welfare system at the expense of genuine and worthy people, the constant attack on our Australian way of life and poverty in Australia”. Hanson said she will rejoin One Nation, which she

founded in 1997, and contest a Senate seat in the September 14 vote. “If we are to preserve our heritage and our culture and a decent standard of living . . . to stand back and do nothing is not the answer,” she said. Hanson said concerns were Australian companies closing, prime agricultural land being sold to foreign owners and cost-of-living pressures. “We have become one of the most expensive countries in the world to live in and many of our ordinary Australians are struggling,” she said. Hanson entered national politics in 1996 but after losing her seat at the 1998 election has failed in several endeavours to win re-election. She shrugged this off yesterday, saying: “I don’t give up easily.” Hanson acknowledged her re-entry into politics would be noted. “I’ve got emails and interest from people around the world who actually say, ‘I wish we had someone like Pauline Hanson over here.’ Not Australians, but other people from other countries,” she said. “That’s why I am passionate about my country and why I will stand up and fight for our democracy, way of life and culture.” AFP

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Australian anti-immigration firebrand Pauline Hanson speaks to the media in Sydney yesterday. AFP

A SUSPECTED Islamic militant riding a motorbike blew himself up in an Indonesian police station compound on yesterday, injuring a construction worker but no police, officials said. The suicide bomber – believed to be linked to the country’s most wanted terror suspect – launched the attack after forcing his way into police headquarters in Poso, a town on Sulawesi island known for militant attacks. It was the first suicide attack in Indonesia, which has been waging a campaign against Islamist terror groups for over a decade, since September 2011 when a bomber injured dozens in an attack on a Central Java church. “A civilian forced himself into the police station on his motorbike and blew himself up,” said local police spokesman Soemarno, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, adding that no one was killed other than the attacker. The attacker burst through the gates of the police compound and detonated the explosives in an open courtyard near a mosque, he said. AFP

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Environment Bumblebee squadrons on strawberry mission

City to publish impact report

Damian Carrington

HE government of the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming will publish an environmental impact assessment for a refinery which has been subject to mass protests, state media said yesterday, as it hopes to head off further unrest ahead of a trade fair. An increasingly affluent urban population has begun to object to China’s policy of growth at all costs, which has fuelled the economy for three decades, with the environment emerging as a focus of concern and protests. There have already been two large protests in Kunming against the production of paraxylene (PX), a chemical used in making fabrics and plastic bottles, at the planned plant. Organisers have taken to the internet to call for the next protest on Thursday, the same date for the first China-South Asia Expo, which senior Chinese leaders are expected to attend. Kunming mayor Li Wenrong said the government will listen to comments and communicate with residents about their concerns over the project and repeated a pledge to cancel it if people do not want it, the official People’s Daily said. “We will soon, in accordance with procedure, release the environmental impact assessment report to the public,” the paper quoted Li as saying. “There is nothing which needs to be covered up.” The government last week issued an order banning any protests during the period

SQUADRONS of bumblebees are being deployed in a novel attempt to prevent grey mould turning the UK’s summer strawberries into fluffy mush. The bees are routed via a one-way system in their hive through a tray of harmless fungus spores which, when delivered to flowers, ensure that the grey mould cannot take hold as the fruit grows. New flowers on a strawberry crop open every day, which means that spraying with pesticides only protects those that are open at the time. “But the bees visit the flowers at the perfect moment for that flower,” said Harriet Roberts of Adas, an agricultural consultancy testing the use of bees as delivery systems in the UK. More than 50,000 tonnes of strawberries are sold through UK supermarkets alone each year, but more than half can suffer from grey mould (botrytis cinerea), which only manifests itself after the fruit has been picked and causes major damage to crops around the world. The damp summer of

2012 saw a particularly high incidence of the mould. Chemical pesticides are the usual treatment, but Roberts said farmers were moving away from these. “There is a movement to reduce the use of conventional plant protection products, because they may not be sustainable,” she said. The fungus (gliocladium catenulatum), which is carried to the flower on the legs and undersides of the bees, naturally occurs in soil and is harmless to both bees and plants, but it outcompetes the grey mould, starving the latter of nutrients. Bees are often used to ensure good pollination of fruit crops. A Belgian company, BioBest, developed the bee-delivery system and has dubbed it “flying doctors”. It has been used on cherries and raspberries as well. The fungus can be used as a spray in the UK, but the use of bees to carry it to the flowers has yet to be licensed. The UK trials are part of a wider drive backed by the Department for Environment to find alternatives to chemical pesticides in protecting strawberries. THE GUARDIAN

Ben Blanchard


Bad forest practice profits multinationals, NGOs say MULTINATIONAL companies are profiting hand over fist from abusive forestry practices in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where illegal logging, mislabelled timber and false permits are widespread, according to several non-governmental organisations. The forests of the Congo basin in central Africa cover about 100 million hectares and are regarded as the secondlargest green lung on the planet after the Amazon rainforest. But in DR Congo trees are being cut down with little regard for the law. Local and international NGOs charge that Congolese authorities are working with logging companies. In spite of tighter regulations recently adopted in Europe on imports of timber from Africa, it is almost impossible to verify the legality of tropical wood from DR Congo, according to the British-based non-profit organisation Resource Extraction Monitoring. The group, which has staff in the field to investigate illegal activity, says the country’s timber industry is tarnished by “widespread fraud and illegal logging”. Wenge (millettia laurentii), a heavy, dark and deeply patterned wood used for decoration and building, is both widely sought and listed as endangered – meaning it can fetch large sums of money, though little of that ends up in local hands. “A cubic metre of Wenge is worth five American dollars in the forest when it is legally bought from local communi-

ties. When it arrives in a port and is loaded on a boat, it costs $450 (€350), and taxation is based on this rate. Yet in Europe, it sells for between €5,000 and €8,000,” an expert who asked not to be named said. “The loss of income for the Congolese state and population is enormous.” Greenpeace Africa recently denounced the unloading at the Belgian port of Antwerp of a cargo of Afromosia (pericopsis elata), or African teak, which is another rare hardwood. “Belgium has placed the interests of logging companies above the protection of the for-

Widespread fraud and illegal logging ests of the Congo and the people who depend on them for their existence,” said Raoul Monsembula, the DR Congo national coordinator for Greenpeace Africa. Forty cubic metres of Afromosia were closely followed from origin to destination by several environmental activists. These witnesses, who all asked to remain anonymous for fear of expulsion or losing their contracts, saw the hardwood transported via the DR Congo river port of Kinkole. “Upon visiting Kinkole port near Kinshasa, Greenpeace Africa witnessed log ends being removed and painted with new markings to hide illegal activities and to enable export,” the NGO said in a March 4 report. The wood was then placed on

trucks to be transported to Matadi, the country’s sole seaport, where it was loaded onto a cargo ship bound for Belgium. In its report, Greenpeace named several suspect European companies and published photos of lorries carrying large, unregistered Wenge logs, along with wood that was completely unidentified despite regulations providing for each log from a single tree to be clearly marked with the same number. The activist body also showed logs seized by police that would be recycled in the commercial sector. While social and environmental restrictions have been imposed on industrial logging firms, the Congolese environment ministry has handed out far more artisanal permits than officially authorised to local groups that act as a front for foreign or national interests, the industry sector expert said. In the forest, wood is traded for packets of cigarettes, sacks of flour and hunting rifles, he said. The NGO Global Witness has denounced a lax application of regulations by Kinshasa, which it says makes such abuses possible. “What do you expect when cooperatives or non-profit organisations can join up to obtain logging permits for 50,000 hectares – as is provided for in a planned decree on ‘local community forests’ – which they clearly could not exploit on their own?” the expert asked, warning that this scheme might open the door to further illegal activity. AFP

Demonstrators protest against production at a planned plant of paraxylene outside the Yunnan provincial government in Kunming, Yunnan province, on May 16. reuters

of the trade fair, due to run from June 6-10. Li urged people not to take to the streets. “While a small number of people have opinions about the PX project and different points of view, everyone must . . . maintain the harmonious and stable environment and nothing should happen to interfere with this,” he said. Last November, the eastern city of Ningbo suspended a petrochemical project after days of street protests. Big protests also forced the suspension of a PX plant in the northeastern city of Dalian the year before. More recently, heavy pollution that has blanketed cities including the capital Beijing and scandals over food have added to the sense of unease.

China National Petroleum Corp, the country’s largest oil and gas producer and supplier, announced in February that the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) had approved the refinery project at Anning, just outside Kunming. The refinery would produce petrol, diesel, and other chemicals and fertilisers as well as PX, the company said in its submission to the NDRC. It is being built to handle oil coming in from a pipeline being built across Myanmar that is due to open this year. State media however have quoted company officials as saying the refinery would not produce PX. REUTERS



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Stubbing out bad habits COMMENT Dr Pieter Van Maaren


AST Friday was World No Tobacco Day and the theme of this year’s campaign is “Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship”. Nicotine in cigarettes is a highly addictive drug, and once smoking has begun, cessation is difficult. Because of this, smoking is likely to become a long-term addiction. Worldwide, nearly six million people die every year of cancer, heart disease, lung disease and other chronic, long-term health conditions as a result of tobacco consumption. Over the course of the 21st century, tobacco use could kill up to a billion people globally unless urgent action is taken. According to 2011 data from WHO, it is estimated that close to 10,000 people die every year from diseases related to tobacco use in Cambodia. Consequently, tobacco use imposes enormous economic costs to the country and to the individual. In February 2005, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) came into force. It is the world’s first global public health treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization. It was signed by 168 of the 192 WHO member states and more than 170 WHO member states have become parties to the Convention. Cambodia ratified WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on November 15, 2005. An important pillar of the Framework Convention is Article 13, which requires all parties to establish a comprehensive ban of all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship within five years of the entry into force of the treaty for that party. To fulfill the Article 13 obligations, the Royal Government of Cambodia adopted a Sub Decree on February 24, 2011, on measures to ban the advertising of tobacco products. The tobacco industry uses sponsorship and especially corporate social responsibility tactics to trick public opinion into believing in their respectability and good intentions, while they manoeuver to hijack the political and legislative process. Tobacco is promoted wherever youth can be influenced. Good examples are rock music concerts and sports events, where a climate is created among youngsters that suggests that smoking is considered

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cool and as normal social behaviour. To counteract these insidious marketing tactics, governments and civil society must work together to limit the unavoidable exposure of youth to dangerous tobacco marketing. Towards this end, we have to commend the Phnom Penh Capital City on its outstanding contributions to tobacco control, especially in the enforcement of the Sub-Decree on banning tobacco advertising, promotions and sponsorship. For these efforts, the Phnom Penh Capital City was given a special award by WHO on World No Tobacco Day 2013. The Phnom Penh Capital City’s role in implementing the advertising ban has been exemplary. One month after the Royal Government of Cambodia approved the SubDecree on measures for banning tobacco product advertisements, the Phnom Penh Capital City issued strongly-worded letters to all individuals and entities who were engaged in tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship to cease their activities or face the consequences. Many billboards advertising cigarettes were removed and tobacco advertisements on television and radio and in newspapers and maga-

zines, as well as advertisements on moving vehicles, were no longer permitted. However, tobacco companies manipulated and violated the SubDecree by continuing their advertising at points of sale via cigarette selling stands, small size posters, light-boxes and umbrellas. In 2012, the Phnom Penh Capital City issued letters to the nine district governors to take stern action to enforce the tobacco advertising ban. The nine districts started to warn owners of points of sale, including restaurants, cafeterias, grocery stores and street vendors about the ban. Then districts started campaigns to confiscate tobacco advertising materials (cigarette selling stands, posters, light-boxes, umbrellas etc). This in turn resulted in wide media coverage in TV and radio stations, newspapers and websites. A well-known tobacco company immediately requested, through the media, to meet with the governor of Phnom Penh Capital City to discuss the issue. While the governor ignored the request, the company sent an official letter to the governor for a meeting. Complying with the Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention, the


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A Cambodian man smokes a cigarette on a street in Phnom Penh. To mark World No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organization announced that Phnom Penh has been given a special award for the city’s outstanding contributions to tobacco control. AFP

governor turned down the company’s request. Recently, one tobacco company sought permission from the Phnom Penh Capital City to launch a rock music concert promising that the company would not promote cigarette brands at the whole event. Nonetheless, the company wanted to place on stage a large picture of the Eiffel Tower, a symbol of a well-known cigarette brand. The Phnom Penh Capital City was resolute in its stand and turned down the request. This special award on World No Tobacco Day to Phnom Penh Capital City is a firm recognition that the capital city of Cambodia is on par with other capitals in Asia in its commitment to eliminate tobacco advertising and promotions. No tobacco advertising means less temptation for Cambodia’s youngsters to take up smoking. We have an obligation to protect our present and future generations from the merchants of death. Make no mistake: the tobacco industry is the enemy of public health. We are in a battle that we cannot afford to lose. Dr Pieter JM Van Maaren is the World Health Organization’s Representative in Cambodia.

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Lifestyle Q&A: Archivist on living Pol Pot history, unseen Angkor Claire Knox

radio programs from the Khmer Rouge, the propaganda they would broadcast when visiting officials came – these are amazing primary sources that most Cambodians [of my generation] have never heard.


OPHANA Audiovisual Resource Center archivist and research analyst Chea Sopheap is one of the driving forces behind the film hub, library and production centre funded by award-winning director Rithy Panh. The 29-year-old has spent the last few days racing between film screenings at Chaktomuk Conference Hall, seminars and conferences as part of the highly anticipated, nine-day Memory! International Heritage Film Festival (organised by Rithy and the Bophana team along with the Paris-based Technicolor Foundation). The softly spoken Royal University of Phnom Penh history graduate garnered much praise for his drive and enthusiasm in New York at the Season of Cambodia (SOC) festival several months ago as one of five arts management professionals selected for the festival’s arts fellowship program. SOC executive director Phloeun Prim hailed him “one of the best arts readers in the country . . . a rising star.” Since 2008, Sopheap, originally from sleepy Kampong Cham, has been fastidiously sourcing and cataloguing film and audio archives (the centre has a public audiovisual collection of more than 3000 films, documentaries, reports, television and radio news broadcasts, clippings and comic strips), along with producing exhibitions and lectures. While in New York he uncovered archival films and videos of Angkor in the early 20th century, which he believes has

Are you close with Rithy Panh? He is like an uncle to us here. He says a good film will make you remember something, it will make you feel something. What was the most meaningful part of your SOC experience?

Archivist Chea Sopheap, who works at the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center in Phnom Penh. Scott howes

never been seen in Cambodia, at the Library of Congress in Washington. How did history become to be such an important part of your life? As a child, my parents would talk about the Khmer Rouge and that time a lot. If we ever left food on our plates, they’d gently remind us about the bad times. I think they were a bit different in that way. A lot of my friends’ parents refused to talk about that period, it was too painful. But my parents always thought it was important to not forget – to make sure we

had an understanding of it. I always had questions from a young age. I found the Khmer Rouge extraordinary; I couldn’t believe it had happened. Teachers at school – they’d sometimes talk about it but it was not ever taught, it wasn’t in the curriculum. Was it a tough decision to decide what to study? I was offered several scholarships after high school, a blessing because my family is very poor. I was also offered a place to study electronic engineering, but I chose history instead. My friends thought I was crazy.

They thought, “you can’t make money from that”. Our history education was very broad, maybe too much so. I wanted to focus on modern history – 1953 and after that – of course I was fascinated by the Khmer Rouge but also Sihanouk – the “untouchable” they’d say and I wanted to learn more. Here [at Bophana] I’m in charge of collecting archives and indexing. I had no idea about how to use audio visual documents before coming to Bophana. We were never introduced to this at university – it was all text based. It was quite revolutionary here for me when I first came to Bophana,

At the Holocaust Museum, as soon as I walked through the door I felt incredibly affected. It was much stronger [than Tuol Sleng]. They have many different ways of presenting the holocaust. You know, I could smell the shoes of the victims, it was so moving. In 2004 I felt Tuol Sleng was very powerful, I wanted to close my ears, I could feel the screams and cries. I could see blood on the tiles. Recently I went and I think it is being marketed too much as a tourist attraction – there are tourists, chatting, laughing. Some respect has been lost. At the Library of Congress we uncovered amazing footage from 1931! A home film called Thom, the Unknown. It was a family movie, a British family with teenage kids, an amateur film with a narrative, waking up, running up the temple, I loved it. You could see what life was like then – the Cambodian people living around Angkor. I would love to track down the children, grandchildren of this family and learn more.

Jolie makes appearance after masectomy Edward Baran

US actress and humanitarian campaigner Angelina Jolie poses with her US actor and fiance Brad Pitt in London. afp

ANGELINA Jolie made her first public appearance since announcing her double mastectomy on Sunday, joining fiance Brad Pitt on the red carpet in London where she welcomed the debate on women’s health that the surgery had sparked. The Oscar-winning actress has stayed out of the spotlight since announcing her operation in a New York Times column last month, saying the decision was made after finding she carried a gene giving her an 87 per cent chance of getting breast cancer. The 37-year-old mother of six, praised for her courage in publicly announcing her surgery, is now reported to be planning another operation to remove her ovaries as the BRCA1 gene also gives her a 50 per cent chance of ovarian cancer. On the red carpet for the world premiere of Pitt’s latest movie, zombie blockbuster World War Z, Jolie praised her partner as being “a wonderful man and a wonderful father”. “I’m very, very grateful for all the support . . . and I have been very happy just to see the discussion

of women’s health expanded and that means the world to me,” she told reporters. “After losing my mum to these issues, I am very grateful for it,” added the American actress, wearing a long black, backless Yves Saint Laurent dress. Jolie’s mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, died from ovarian cancer in 2007 at the age of 56 and her aunt, 61-year-old Debbie Martin, died last week as a result of breast cancer. Jolie missed her aunt’s funeral to accompany Pitt to London for the premiere of World War Z. It was due to be released late last year but suffered setbacks amid reports that the budget had ballooned above $200 million and Pitt clashed with director Marc Forster. Pitt plays a United Nations representative who is enlisted to help stop a zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments. Pitt said he was proud of the film and also of Jolie for her decision to have a mastectomy for the sake of their family and to share that experience. “When she’s faced with a problem – and we have known this was coming for some time – she takes it by the horns,” Pitt, 49, said. afp

In brief Prominent Aborigine, Yothu Yindi singer dies

MANDAWAY Yunupingu, the lead singer of Aboriginal band Yothu Yindi who helped to build bridges between Australia’s indigenous and white communities, has died of kidney disease aged 56, it was announced yesterday. Yunupingu, a musician, songwriter and campaigner whose surname translates as “rock that will stand against anything”, died on Sunday night at his home in Eastern Arnhem Land in Australia’s north. While he was best known for Yothu Yindi, which he co-founded in 1986 and which gained a global audience with its 1992 hit Treaty, Yunupingu broke records throughout his life. He was the first indigenous Australian from Arnhem Land to gain a university degree and the first Aboriginal school principal. afp

Philippine pop star Charice says she’s gay

PHILIPPINE pop star Charice has announced she is a lesbian, ending weeks of speculation in the local press following a drastic image change where she ditched her teen starlet look and adopted a more edgy style. The 21-yearold star who initially found fame through YouTube and gained international recognition through appearances on the American show Glee, disclosed her sexual orientation to The Buzz, a local showbiz talkshow. “Yes, I am a tomboy,” Charice said on Sunday, when asked if she was gay. “Now, I feel free. I can go out of the house without fear and be certain that I’m not stepping on anybody’s toes.” AFP

Douglas blames sex life for cancer battle

VETERAN Hollywood star Michael Douglas blamed the cancerous tumour which developed in his throat three years ago on his sex life, in an interview published in Monday’s Guardian newspaper. The 68-year-old actor, who is starring as flamboyant entertainer Liberace in latest movie Behind The Candelabra, said the cancer was not a result of hard drinking and heavy smoking. “Without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), which actually comes about from cunnilingus,” he explained. afp


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Virginia Woolf, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote have all visited the garden oasis of Ninfa, near Rome. afp

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ARE plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: the English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden”. The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries, including Ninfa, a town that was abandoned in the Middle Ages. The town once had 150 homes and seven churches – a stopping off point for pilgrims and merchants on the ancient Roman Appian Way – but was ravaged by a civil war before becoming an artistic haven. “Ninfa is not just a garden, it is a long cultural history,” said Lauro Marchetti, head of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, which manages the garden that are some 70 kilometres (44 miles) from Rome. Caetani’s mother, an Englishwoman named Ada Wilbraham, was the founder of the garden. Caetani, a musician and a protege of Hungarian composer Frantz Liszt, came up with the streams and waterfalls to create bewitching melodies. “At night in the spot that we call ‘of the nightingales’, there is a real concert with the birdsong and the water,” Marchetti said. Caetani’s American wife Marguerite Chapin added roses, irises, peonies and a bamboo pavilion to the garden and invited her literary friends. Virginia Woolf, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote all visited, as well as Italian writer Alberto Moravia and cult film-maker Pier Paolo Pasolini. Many were inspired by the ruins of the Roman bridge, the former customs house and waters teeming with rare trout and filled with aquatic flora.

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Under the arched vault of the customs house – where reflections of the water dance on the walls – Italian author Giorgio Bassani wrote his famous novel The Garden of the Finzi-Continis. “Shortly before his death, he came back here one last time. He was very ill, and he told me with a heavy sigh: ‘Now I can die’”, Marchetti said. The arrangement of plants from around the world is sophisticated but natural looking, with 1,300 different species in total. Among the rarities on display are giant rhubarbs from Brazil, witch hazel from the Alborz mountains in Iran and cedar trees from North Africa. Banana trees, American tulips and Japanese maple can also be seen, along with a climbing rose wrapped 21 metres (69 feet) up a cypress tree. Borders of the garden are in flower between April and November and were created by Lelia, the daughter of Roffredo and Marguerite Caetani, an impressionist-style painter who died in 1977. Lelia was the last of the Caetanis and she passed on to Marchetti the challenge of safeguarding Ninfa and its rules on organic gardening. “This garden is one of the glories of Italy. It is very well kept, a true symphony between nature and the capacity of man to cultivate a place like this,” said Patrick Hennessy, the Irish ambassador to Rome, during a recent visit to the site. The Australian envoy David Ritchie is a regular. “I love sitting down, listening to the birds singing and the sound of the waterfalls,” he said. In order to preserve it, the foundation only organises guided visits between April and November. There are usually around 55,000 visitors a year. afp





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Legend Cinema

In Pretty as a Picture – the Art of David Lynch, director Toby Keeler investigates all of Lynch’s artistic endeavours (which include photography, painting, music and furniture building, as well as film-making).

EPIC A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world – and ours. 11:20am, 1:20pm, 3pm, 10pm

Meta House, #37 Sothearos Boulevard, 7pm

FAST AND FURIOUS 6 Hobbs has Dom and Brian reassemble their crew in order to take down a mastermind who commands an organisation of mercenary drivers across 12 countries. Payment? Full pardons for them all. 9:30am, 11:45am, 2:10pm, 4:30pm, 7pm, 9:30pm

Stretch @ lunch yoga Limber up and take a break from the workday heat at Slow Flow Yoga, a class for all abilities.

IRON MAN 3 When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution. With Robert Downey Jr. 4:40pm

Phnom Penh Yoga, #172 z2, Norodom Boulevard, 12:15 to 1:30pm

Gentle Winds @ Village

Cineplex cinema EPIC (See above.) 9:15am, 11:20am, 1:10pm, 3pm, 4;50pm, 6:35pm, 8:40pm

The weird and wonderful works of David Lynch are explored in today’s film, Pretty as a Picture – the Art of David Lynch, showing at Meta House at 7pm. PHOTO SUPPLIED


STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organisation, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. 9:15am, 11:35am, 4pm

10:55am – 13 GOING ON 30: A 13-year-old girl plays a game on her 13th birthday and wakes up the next day as a 30-year-old woman. FOX MOVIES

FAST AND FURIOUS 6 (See above.) 9:15am, 11:35am, 2pm, 6:20pm, 8:40pm BULLET TO THE HEAD After watching their respective partners die, a New Orleans hitman and a Washington DC detective form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy. 7:10pm

9:10am – MY WEEK WITH MARILYN: Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier’s, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during production of The Prince and the Showgirl. FOX MOVIES

12:35pm – JOHN CARTER: Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War veteran discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself prisoner, he escapes, only to encounter a princess in need. FOX MOVIES

Actors Eddie Redmayne, left, and Michelle Williams perform in My Week With Marilyn. BLOOMBERG

6:05pm – THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE: In an effort to tap into his original talent, a wheelchair-bound author moves to a rural town, where he befriends a single mother and her three kids, who help reignite his passion for writing. FOX MOVIES

Thinking caps “DANGLE A CARROT”

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A collection of Filipino and Cambodian musicians put their own twist on classic songs. Expect everything from pop and R’n’B to contemporary jazz covers.

The Village, #1, Street 360 8:30pm

Ukelele @ Baitong A first for Phnom Penh – a weekly ukelele club for new fans as well as accomplished players. Bring an instrument if you have one, but organisers say it’s not necessary.

Baitong Restaurant/Cafe, #9 St 360, from 7:30 to 9pm,


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THE PHNOM PENH POST june 4, 2013


Riders head to Prek Leap for mountain bike race

The third leg of the 2013 Smart Cambodia Mountain Bike Series hits the humps of the Prek Leap track on Sunday. Registrations can be made until Friday at Flying Bikes 2 shop (No 131, Street 51) with standard fees applying. The track is located roughly six kilometres from the Japanese Friendship Bridge along National Highway 6A. The start of the eight-race schedule is at 7:30am with a prize-awarding ceremony slated for noon. DAN RILEY

NZ’s McCullum buoyed by England series win

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said his side had showed how “good a team we can be” after wrapping up a one-day series win over England. Martin Guptill’s New Zealand record 189 not out – the opener’s second successive unbeaten hundred – was the cornerstone of the Black Caps’ total of 359 for three that was behind an 86-run win at Southampton on Sunday. That gave them an unbeatable 2-0 lead in a threematch series ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Trent Bridge and followed a fivewicket win at Lord’s on Friday where Guptill scored an unbeaten 103. This latest victory was just the tonic New Zealand needed after being whitewashed 2-0 by England in the preceding Test series and left them full of confidence heading into the one-day Champions Trophy tournament in the UK that starts on Thursday. AFP

Federer down but not out at Roland Garros

Seeing the usually majestic Roger Federer down on his hands and knees – literally – is a rare sight in tennis, but that turned out to be the least of his problems at the French Open on Sunday as he flirted with a last-16 exit. Federer has not fallen before the quarterfinals at a grand slam for a decade, but a nasty tumble in the sixth game of the second set against Gilles Simon sparked a sequence of events that threatened to deny him a 36th successive last-eight spot at a major. As it was, the Swiss master picked himself up off the clay, dusted himself down, lost the second and third sets before dousing the fireworks of the gallant Frenchman with a heart-pumping 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 win. REUTERS

Serena sets up rematch with Kuznetsova in Paris

Serena Williams bludgeoned her way to another lopsided win at the French Open on Sunday as she continued her quest for a second French Open title, 11 years after her first. The top seeded American needed just 70 minutes to dispose of the world’s top doubles player, Roberta Vinci of Italy, 6-1, 6-3 and in four matches at Roland Garros this year, she has dropped just 10 games. The win puts her into a quarterfinal matchup against unseeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia who won the title in Paris in 2009 after defeating Williams in a quarterfinal thriller. AFP

Tommy Robredo of Spain cries after defeating compatriot Nicolas Almagro in their men’s singles match during the French Open at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.


Another Robredo great escape Martyn Herman


nce is commendable, twice is extraordinary but winning from a two set-deficit for the third round in succession at a grand slam tournament like claycourt warrior Tommy Robredo did at the French Open on Sunday stretches the boundaries of credibility. Especially considering last year the Spaniard could hardly run, needed leg surgery and had fallen to 471 in the rankings. The 31-year-old looked down and out when he trailed fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro by two sets and 4-1 in the third but produced another

Houdini-esque escape and fought back to claim an emotional 6-7(5), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory. After a shattered Almagro dumped a backhand volley into the net, Robredo collapsed to the court and could not stop the tears flowing as the enormity of his feat sunk in. In the second round Robredo gave Dutchman Igor Sijsling a two-set lead, and he was at it again against Frenchman Gael Monfils in round three, storming back to win in five after saving four match points. On Sunday it was 11th seed Almagro’s turn to suffer at the hands of the comeback king as Robredo became the first player to overturn three successive

two-set deficits since Frenchman Henri Cochet showed a fondness for lost causes at Wimbledon in 1927. “It’s funny, because the last three, four years I couldn’t even run that much,” Robredo, who needed surgery to repair his continually tearing left hamstring last year, told reporters. “And I love to run. Before the match I was tired, I was in pain everywhere and I was hoping to try and win the first set because if not I knew it was going to be tough for me,” he added. “But I lost the first, I lost the second, and I had pain in my arm and couldn’t even hold the racquet a couple of games. “Then suddenly I recovered. He was 4-1-up [in the third]. Maybe he had a

Tiger to clean up for US Open Tiger Woods ended a largely forgettable week at the Memorial Tournament languishing joint 65th in a field of 73, and conceding that he needs to clean up every aspect of his game before the upcoming US Open. A five-times winner at Muirfield Village Golf Club where he was the defending champion, Woods struggled with his putting on lightning-fast greens for all four rounds as he finished up a distant 20 strokes

behind winner Matt Kuchar. Though his accuracy off the tee was surprisingly good throughout the tournament, Woods totalled 119 putts during the week and paid a hefty price after running up big numbers on certain holes at a venue he knows as well as anyone. “It happens,” Woods told reporters after closing with a level-par 72 at Muirfield Village to finish at eight-over 296, the second-highest score of his

Tiger Woods of the US hits his second shot from the rough on the 11th hole during the final round of the Memorial Tournament. REUTERS

career. His highest in a 72-hole event was 298 at the 2010 WGCBridgestone Invitational “It happens to us all,” said world number one Woods, who had triumphed three times in his previous four starts on the PGA Tour. “I will go home next week and practise. “It’s just one of those weeks. This week I obviously didn’t putt well. I had bad speed all week. I thought the greens didn’t look that fast, but they were putting fast. I could never get the speed of them.” The second major of the year, the June 13-16 US Open at Merion in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, is fast approaching and Woods gave a succinct reply when asked which areas of his game needed improving. “Ever ything,” said the 37-year-old American, who won the most recent of his 14 major titles at the 2008 US Open. “You want everything clicking on all cylinders, especially at the US Open, because everything is tested in the US Open.” REUTERS

little bit of doubt at that moment. Then I just pushed hard and I won the third. Then I was just dreaming and dreaming to try to do it again, and I did it.” Former world number five Robredo, who faces another formidable Spaniard next in the form of fourth seed David Ferrer, said he “couldn’t care less” about emulating Cochet but was emotional because of his recent injury woes. “I’m not thinking about history,” he said. “I have been crying a lot lately. Today my emotions were so strong they were overpowering. “To come up against Nico and turn it around, that was incredible. I’m so happy.” REUTERS

Quick benched as Hawks take 2-0 lead in the West The Chicago Blackhawks handed Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick his first early exit of the playoffs as they rattled the Kings 4-2 Sunday to grab a commanding lead in the Western Conference finals. The home Blackhawks ambushed Quick for four goals in just 29 minutes to chase the reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner and establish a 2-0 advantage in the bestof-seven series. Top-seeded Chicago have now won five consecutive playoff games after falling 3-1 behind to Detroit in the second round, and will go into Game Three in Los Angeles tonight looking like the best team in the NHL. Their latest triumph was a surprising offensive outburst against Quick, who has been stellar throughout the post-season and had not allowed more than three goals in a game. Andrew Shaw netted just

1:56 into the contest for the Blackhawks, who also had a first-period score from Brent Seabrook. Bryan Bickell converted a power-play at 7:11 in the second and Michal Handzus gave the home side a 4-0 lead just two minutes later, prompting the Kings to bring on backup netminder Jonathan Bernier. Jeff Carter scored the first Los Angeles goal at the end of the second before Tyler Toffoli tallied at the end of the third. Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford finished with 29 saves. The defending Stanley Cup champion Kings were without centre Mike Richards, who missed his first game all season with an upper-body injury. Richards has a teamhigh 10 playoff points. Los Angeles have been unbeatable at home during the playoffs but struggled on the road where they fell to just 1-7. REUTERS


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Japan near World Cup berth Hidenori Fukuo


sian champions Japan face hot regional rivals Australia tonight needing just a point to become the first country to qualify for next year’s World Cup alongside hosts Brazil. In a rematch of the 2011 Asian Cup final won by Japan, the Blue Samurai are strongly tipped to book their ticket after totting up 13 points in six games to sit six clear in Group B. By contrast, third-placed Australia have only six points from five games and face a nerve-shredding fortnight, starting tonight, when they will play their last three matches of the final round of Asian qualifying. “I expect Australia to fight desperately to take the automatic qualification place. We must prepare perfectly to face Australia, who have their backs to the wall,” warned Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni. Only the top two in the two final qualifying groups gain an automatic berth, with the two third-placed sides then facing each other for the right to contest an intercontinental play-off. Japan, fronted by Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa and CSKA Moscow talisman Keisuke Honda, have won all three of their home games in Group B, scoring 10 goals in the process, to stand on the verge of their fifth straight World Cup. In their away fixture against Australia last June, Japan were the aggressors and led 1-0 with 20 minutes remaining before Luke Wilkshire equalised from the penalty spot after Atsuto Uchida’s tug on Alex Brosque. However, Australian hopes will be buoyed after Japan’s 2-0 friendly loss to Bulgaria last week, following their 2-1 qualifying defeat to Jordan in

Japan’s Yasuyuki Konno clears the ball in front of Australia’s Alex Brosque as they draw 1-1 in their 2014 World Cup qualifying match, played in Brisbane on June 12, 2012. AFP

March, the first time they have lost two in a row under Zaccheroni. And the Italian coach has repeatedly warned that complacency poses a big threat to Asia’s number one team ahead of what he called the most important game of his three-year tenure. “What I worry about is the atmosphere [because] we almost qualified

for the World Cup mathematically, although ‘almost qualified’ and ‘qualified’ are quite different,” he said. “We will play against them for a place in the World Cup. We must have the same feelings as if we play the Champions League final . . . this is the most important game since I was appointed,” he added.

Australia have recalled skipper Lucas Neill for his 90th cap, after the ex-Premier League defender was suspended for the 2-2 home draw with Oman, and coach Holger Osieck may also turn to veteran forward Tim Cahill up front. “It’s a challenge, but it’s also an exciting one – the prospect of having it all in our own hands,” Cahill, the New York Red Bulls striker, told the Football Federation Australia website. “If you’re not up for it, you shouldn’t be here.” Australia’s last two games of qualifying are both at home, against Jordan and Iraq over the next two weeks, and midfielder Mark Bresciano said they could cope with the pressure and reach their third World Cup in a row. “We have the quality to qualify once again for the World Cup. Some results haven’t gone our way in the past; now it’s come down to the crunch and I think we have the players that can step up in these type of situations,” he said. Fourth and fifth-placed Oman and Iraq will both try to keep the heat on Australia when they meet in Muscat, while South Korea will look to take control of a tight Group A when they take on bottom side Lebanon. Choi Kang-hee’s side trail Uzbekistan by a point, but they have a game in hand and can leapfrog the group leaders with a positive result in Beirut. Iran, currently lying third behind South Korea, will aim to keep up the chase for automatic qualification when they play Qatar in Doha. AFP

Tonight’s Fixtures Japan v Australia – 5:34pm Oman v Iraq – 8pm Qatar v Iran – 11:15pm Lebanon v South Korea – 12:30am

Brazil draw with England in lukewarm Maracana

The Cambodian national U14 squad celebrate after their 0-0 draw against Laos on Friday.


Cambodian boys retain pride at AFC U14 Championships Dan Riley

The Cambodian national U14 team return home from Myanmar and the 2014 AFC U14 Championship qualifiers without a win or even a single player on the scoresheet, but with a sense of pride at some encouraging performances against the region’s powerhouses. The boys, led by former Cambodian international and

Phnom Penh Crown Academy head coach Bouy Dary, lost their remaining Group F game 1-0 to Singapore yesterday, having fallen to table-toppers Thailand by an identical margin the day before. Two draws and three defeats at the Zeyar Thiri Stadium in Naypyidaw ensured Cambodia would not progress to the finals stage in Uzbekistan next year but, with many of the players a

full two years younger than their average opponent, the campaign will not be considered a disappointment. Singapore and Indonesia were still in the hunt for the remaining berth to the finals from Group F, with games playing later yesterday, while, across town at the Wunna Theik Stadium, Timor Leste and Malaysia sealed their advances from Group E with victories.

Five-time world champions Brazil extended their unimpressive run of results on Sunday when they scrambled a 2-2 draw with England in a friendly at the rebuilt and newly re-opened Maracana. The 2014 World Cup hosts produced probably their best 45 minutes since Luiz Felipe Scolari took over as coach last November as they pulled England apart in the first half but failed to score. The second half was a different story and they needed an 82nd minute equaliser from midfielder Paulinho to rescue them, three minutes after Wayne Rooney gave England a shock lead on their first visit to Brazil since their famous win at the old version of the stadium in 1984. Fred had put Brazil ahead in the 57th minute and teenage substitute Alex OladeChamberlain pulled England back into the game with a superb goal only five minutes after coming on. Brazil, whose last match at the old Maracana was a goalless draw against Colombia in a World Cup qualifier in 2008, have drawn four of their six games since 2002 World Cup winner Scolari returned for a second stint. Their only win was against Bolivia and their only defeat

against England at Wembley in February. “In the first half we were very excellent but the second half was what I don’t like and don’t want. Our team was very open, giving our opponents the chance to dominate the game, play and score their goals,” Scolari told reporters. With Brazil’s preparations for next year’s tournament plagued by delays and political rows, attention was focused as much on the venue as the match itself. England’s visit marked the end of a long drawn out, $500 million program to modernise the arena, which will host seven matches at the 2014 World Cup, including the final. Although the pitch was in good condition, the atmosphere was hugely disappointing, with large parts of the game watched in near silence, a far cry from the passionate crowds at big domestic games. The crowd was also fickle, viciously booing Scolari and cries of “donkey, donkey” echoed around the stadium during the second half. “Of course, the crowd expected the team to win; they wanted goals and a victory, but we understood that England are a difficult team to play against,” Scolari said. REUTERS

Mourinho back as Blues boss for a second spell

Chelsea welcomed back Jose Mourinho, their “Special One”, as manager for the second time on a four-year contract yesterday. The Portuguese, who left Real Madrid at the weekend, won the 2005 and 2006 Premier League titles in his first spell with the west London club but departed in 2007 after falling out with billionaire owner Roman Abramovich. “I feel the people there love me and in life you have to look for that,” said the 50-year-old, who first joined Chelsea in 2004. “Life is beautiful and short and you must look for what you think is best for you.” REUTERS

Dempsey scores twice as US beat Germany

Clint Dempsey scored twice as the United States held on to beat a below-strength Germany 4-3 in a friendly on Sunday, giving American coach Jurgen Klinsmann victory over his former homeland. Dempsey’s second-half double provided the Americans with a commanding 4-1 lead before Germany responded with two late strikes in a seven-goal international at RFK Stadium in Washington DC. “Obviously we are pleased with such an entertaining game as the centennial game,” said Klinsmann, who scored 47 goals in 108 games for his country and coached Germany to the 2006 World Cup semi-finals. REUTERS

Allegri is to stay on as Milan coach: Berlusconi AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has ended weeks of speculation by agreeing that Massimiliano Allegri will stay on as coach. Milan’s hardcore supporters, known as Ultras, were among those who had wanted the phlegmatic coach to keep his job after leading a young and rebuilt Milan team to third place in Serie A this season. “The relationship with the coach, which has never been interrupted, continues with confidence and in absolute and mutual respect,” Berlusconi said. REUTERS

Xabi Alonso to miss Confederations Cup

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has been left out of Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque’s final 23-man squad for the Confederations Cup due to a groin injury. Despite Alonso’s absence, midfielders Benat Extebarria and Javi Garcia have also been left out of the original 26-man list Del Bosque delivered earlier this week. Alonso has struggled with injuries in the second half of the season and has not been given the allclear by Madrid’s doctors to take part in the competition which starts on June 15. AFP

Sunday’s Results International Friendlies Ukraine 0 Cameroon 0 Rep of Ireland 4 Georgia 0 Lesotho 0 South Africa 2

tonight’s fixtures 2014 World Cup Qualifier Jamaica v Mexico – 8:35am

International Friendlies

Kazakhstan v Bulgaria – 9pm Romania v Trinidad and Tobago – 12:45am Poland v Liechtenstein – 2am


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Sport Lorenzo wins Italian Grand Prix


amaha’s MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo won the Italian Grand Prix for the third year in a row on Sunday, while team mate Valentino Rossi crashed on the opening lap. Lorenzo won comfortably from Honda’s championship leader and fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, whose rookie team-mate Marc Marquez crashed with two laps to go shortly after he had moved into second place at Mugello. The crash allowed Britain’s Cal Crutchlow to take third place for the Tech3 Yamaha team. Pedrosa now has 103 points, with Lorenzo moving into second place on 91. Marquez, whose crash denied him the chance to become the first rider to finish on the podium in his first five MotoGP races, has 77. “It wasn’t an easy race for us because when it’s hot it never is,” Lorenzo said. “I gave it everything and I managed to make the difference. The last two races have been really hard but finally we’ve had a good day.” Pedrosa was relieved to at least finish second after having started out on pole.

Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain leads Honda's Dani Pedrosa (centre) and Marc Marquez on his way to winning the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello circuit.

“It was not my day today. We had many problems with this new tyre so we had to set up the bike in a different way,” he said. “We finished second on a day we didn’t expect to do that well, so it was a good day for the team.”

Rossi crashed after Spanish Honda rider Alvaro Bautista appeared to clip him as they took the same line going into the third corner. “We crashed; I didn’t see anything,” Bautista told the BBC. “Just when I went in to enter the corner I

felt Rossi’s bike and we fell down.” Crutchlow said he was happy with third but would have preferred to have earned it by passing his rival. “I hate to get gifted a podium, I want to work for it, but I was definitely working for it at the end,” he


said. “I was coming back to him [Pedrosa] quite fast and I think if I would have kept going anyway I would have been able to catch Dani and be on the podium. As soon as I saw [Marquez] crash, I just eased up but I was close anyway.” REUTERS

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