Land dispute villagers told not to march in Phnom Penh

Source: Khmer Times

Petitioners said the district chief had cleared land to build a road. Supplied

Security guards in Phnom Penh yesterday stopped villagers from Oddar Meanchey province from marching to submit a petition to the government.
The petition, which relates to a land dispute, was to be handed to the Prime Minister’s Cabinet, the National Assembly, the Interior Ministry and the Land Management Ministry.
Guards in Daun Penh district said the 30 villagers Continue reading

Airline tax to help clean up Cambodia

Source: Khmer Times

For families who live near Phnom Penh’s garbage-choked waterways, life means an ever-present stench and fear of disease. Now, there are plans to fund a big environmental clean-up

The government is looking at ways to tackle Cambodia’s waste problem with a $1 charge on airline tickets touted to raise the cash.
The move comes after footage emerged showing the capital’s canals remain clogged with rubbish a year after video of the pollution was shown around the world.
More damning evidence of waste mishandling surfaced during Continue reading

Officials say Sesan dam will cause floods in September

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Lower Sesan II dam, a hydro electric dam that is seen under construction in 2015, will begin its operating soon. Kimberley McCosker

Stung Treng provincial authorities say they have warned villagers living upstream of the Lower Sesan II dam to expect floods in September as one of the dam’s 50-megawatt turbines goes into operation.

Stung Treng Provincial Deputy Governor Duong Pov Continue reading

NGO Cheers Opening of Animation Studio in Phnom Penh

Source: The Cambodia Daily

Visitors to the Institut Francais tonight will be met by life-size cardboard characters inspired by the 2D animations and illustrations of Phare Creative Studio, a new social enterprise that helps fund NGO Phare Ponleu Selpak in Battambang City.

The launch event for the animation and graphic design studio—which Continue reading

Cambodia’s Lower Sesan 2 Dam Reservoir Used to Launder Illegal Timber: Police

Source: Radio Free Asia

Timber cut near the Lower Sesan 2 dam in Stung Treng province, Nov. 2014.

A company owned by business magnate Kith Meng is using its license to clear a reservoir for the Lower Sesan 2 hydropower dam in Cambodia’s Stung Treng province as a cover to launder illegally logged timber, according to a report by the country’s police force.

Ang & Associates Lawyers, a subsidiary of Kith Meng’s Continue reading

Royal representative denies claims

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Authorities inspect a truck owned by tycoon Kith Meng’s Ang & Associates that was allegedly transporting timber to Vietnam from Strung Treng province last month. Photo supplied

 

A representative of business mogul Kith Meng’s Royal Group yesterday hit back at a report published by the National Police accusing the company of laundering illegal timber through the Lower Sesan II hydro power project.

Together with Chinese partners, the Royal Group is building Continue reading

Fraud at malaria centre: Global Fund report uncovers ‘systematic’ double billing, nepotism

Source: Phnom Penh Post

A motorist travels past the National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district. Pha Lina

A report by the Global Fund’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has confirmed evidence of corruption and nepotism at Cambodia’s National Malaria Centre (CNM), first revealed by The Post last year, calling the centre’s oversight “dysfunctional and unauditable”.

The report was released quietly in March, but passed Continue reading