Monday, December 27, 2010

អាសម្បូរណ៌ ទៅ​រស់​នៅ​ក្នុង​ផ្ទះ​ថ្មី​ សង្ឃឹម​ថា​អាច​រក​បាន​មិត្ត​ស្រី​​យល់​ចិត្ត

អាសម្បូរណ៌ ត្រូវ​បាន​ក្រុម​ការងារ​អភិរក្ស​សត្វ​ព្រៃ​ដឹក​យក​ទៅ​មណ្ឌល​សង្រ្គោះ​សត្វ​ព្រៃ​ភ្នំ​តាម៉ៅ។ រូបថត AFPភ្នំពេញ៖ ដំរី​ចុះ​ប្រេង​មួយ​ក្បាល​ដែល​បាន​សម្លាប់​ហ្ម​របស់​វា និង​បន្ទាប់​មក​បាន​បង្ក​ការ​ភ័យ​ខ្លាច​អស់​រយៈ​ពេល ១០​ថ្ងៃ នៅ​តំបន់​ជន​បទ​កម្ពុជា​នោះ ត្រូវ​បាន​គេ​នាំ​យក​ទៅ​កាន់​មណ្ឌល​សង្រ្គោះ​សត្វ​ព្រៃ​មួយ​ហើយ។
សម្បូរណ៌ ដែល​ជា​ឈ្មោះ​ដំរីចុះ​ប្រេង​មួយ​ក្បាល បាន​បង្ក​ការ​ភ័យ​ខ្លាច​ដល់​ប្រជា​ពលរដ្ឋ​នៅ​ភាគ​និរតី​​នៃ​ខេត្ត​កំពង់ស្ពឺ ហើយ​បាន​បំផ្លាញ​ផល​ដំណាំ​របស់​អ្នក​ភូមិ មុន​នឹង​វា​ត្រូវ​បាន​ក្រុម​ការងារ​សត្វ​ព្រៃ​ទាក់​បាន​កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៥ ធ្នូ។

ដំរី​ទម្ងន់ ៥​តោន​នេះ ត្រូវ​បាន​គេ​រក្សា​ទុក​នៅ​ឯ​វាល​ស្រែ​មួយ​កន្លែង​អស់​រយៈ​ពេល​ជាង​មួយ​សប្តាហ៍ ខណៈ​ដែលទ្រុង​ពិសេស​មួយ ត្រូវ​បាន​គេ​រៀប​ចំ​ឡើង​សម្រាប់​ដឹក​ដំរី​ដ៏​ធម​នេះ ទៅ​កាន់​​មណ្ឌល​សង្រ្គោះ​សត្វ​ព្រៃ​ភ្នំតាម៉ៅ​ នៅ​មិន​ឆ្ងាយ​ប៉ុន្មាន​ពី​រាជ​ធានី​ភ្នំពេញ។

សម្បូរណ៌ ដែល​បាន​បញ្ចេញ​អាកប្បកិរិយា​ហិង្សា​កាល​ពី​មុន ហើយ​​ត្រូវ​បាន​គេ​គិត​ថា បាន​សម្លាប់​មនុស្ស ៤​នាក់ កាល​ពី​ប៉ុន្មាន​ឆ្នាំ​មក​នេះ បាន​ទៅ​ដល់​មណ្ឌល​សង្រ្គោះ​សត្វ​ភ្នំ​តាម៉ៅ កាល​ពី​ល្ងាច​ថ្ងៃ​សៅរ៍ ដែល​នោះ​គឺ​ជា​អំណោយ​សម្រាប់​ចុង​ថ្ងៃ​បុណ្យ​ណូអែល​ ដល់​មណ្ឌល​សង្រ្គោះ​សត្វ​ព្រៃ។

ភ្នាក់​ងារ​បម្រើ​ការ​ឲ្យ​ក្រុម​ហ៊ុន​ជ្រើស​បុគ្គលិក​តម្រូវ​ឲ្យ​ពាក់​ឯក​សណ្ឋាន បញ្ចៀស​ការ​បន្លំ

ប៊ុត រស្មីគង្គា

ភ្នុំពេញៈ មន្រ្តី​បាន​ឲ្យ​ដឹង​កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ម្សិល​មិញ​ថា ភ្នាក់​ងារ​ដែល​ធ្វើ​ការ​ងារ​ឲ្យ​ក្រុម​ហ៊ុន​ជ្រើស​រើស​ពល​ករ​ដែល​ មាន​អាជ្ញា​ប័ណ្ណ​នឹង​តម្រូវ​ឲ្យ​ពាក់​ឯក​សណ្ឋាន និង​កាន់​ប័ណ្ណ​សម្គាល់​ខ្លួន​ ចាប់​ពី​ខែ​មករា​ឆ្នាំ​ក្រោយ​តទៅ នៅ​ក្នុង​កិច្ច​ខិត​ខំ​ប្រឹង​ប្រែង​ដើម្បី​ញែក​ពួក​គេ​ឲ្យ​ដាច់​ចេញ​ពី​ ឈ្មួញ​កណ្តាល​។

លោក អាន ប៊ុនហាក់ ​ប្រធាន​សមាគម​ទីភ្នាក់​ងារ​ជ្រើស​រើស​ពល​ករ​កម្ពុជា​បាន​ថ្លែង​ឲ្យ​ដឹង​ថា វា​ជា​គំនិត​ផ្តួច​ផ្តើម​រួម​គ្នា​របស់​ក្រសួង​ការ​ងារ ក្រសួង​មហា​ផ្ទៃ និង​សមាគម​ទីភ្នាក់​ងារ​ជ្រើស​រើស​ពលករ​កម្ពុជា​នោះ ដែល​បាន​ផ្តួច​ផ្តើម​ឡើង​ដើម្បី​ឆ្លើយ​តប​ទៅ​នឹង​ការ​កើន​ ឡើង​នូវ​ករណី​ជា​ច្រើន ទាក់​ទង​នឹង ពល​ករ​ចំណាក​ស្រុក ដែល​គេ​ជួញ​ដូរ ឬ​រំលោភ​បំពាន។

លោក អាន ប៊ុនហាក់ បាន​ឲ្យ​ដឹង​ថា៖ «​យើង​បាន​សិក្សា​អំពី​មូល​ហេតុ​ដែល​តែង​មាន​បញ្ហា​ជា មួយ​នឹង​ពល​ករ ​បាន​រក​ឃើញ​ថា ​៩០​ភាគ​រយ​នៃ​បញ្ហា​ បណ្តាល​មក​ពី​ការ​ជ្រើស​រើស​»។ លោក​ថា ​ឈ្នួញ​កណ្តាល​ដែល​គ្មាន​អាជ្ញា​ប័ណ្ណ​ តែង​ផ្តល់​ព័ត៌​មាន​មិន​ពិត​ឲ្យ​ពល​ករ។ លោក​ថា​៖ ​«​ឧទាហរណ៍ អ្នក​បោក​​ប្រាស់​ថា ​ពលករ​អាច​បាន​ប្រាក់​ខែ​ច្រើន​និង​ការ​ងារ​ស្រួល ប៉ុន្តែ​អ្វី​ដែល​ពួក​គេ​ជួប​ប្រទះ​នៅ​បរទេស​ គឺ​ខុស​ពី​អ្វី​ដែល​ពួក​គេ​ដឹង​មុន​ទៅ​បម្រើ​ការ​ងារ​»​។

លោក​បាន​បន្ថែម​ទៀត​ថា ពាក្យ ទីភ្នាក់​ងារ​ជ្រើស​រើស​ពល​ករ​ស្រប​ ច្បាប់​ នឹង​បោះ​ពុម្ព​លើ​ផ្នែក​ខាង​ក្រោយ​អាវ​យឺត ដែល​មាន​ឈ្មោះ​ និង​អាសយ​ដ្ឋាន​អ៊ិនធឺណិត​ក្រុម​ហ៊ុន​ដែល​ភ្នាក់​ងារ​បម្រើ​ការ​។ ​ប័ណ្ណ សម្គាល់​អត្ត​សញ្ញាណ​នឹង​បង្ហាញ​ឈ្មោះ​របស់​ភ្នាក់​ងារ ​ក្រុម​ហ៊ុន លេខ​ប័ណ្ណ​ និង​ថ្ងៃ​ផុត​កំណត់​។

លោក អាន ប៊ុនហាក់ បាន​បន្ត​ថា​កិច្ច​សហ​ប្រតិបតិ្ត​ការ​ជា​មួយ​នឹង​ក្រសួង​ការ​ងារ ដើម្បី​គ្រប់​គ្រង​និង​​ទទួល​ខុស​ត្រូវ​លើ​ពលករ​ដែល​ទៅ​ធ្វើ​ការ​នៅ​ក្រៅ​ ប្រទេស​ ហើយ​នគរ​បាល​និង​អាជ្ញា​ធរ​តាម​មើល​ក្រុម​ហ៊ុន​ដើម្បី​ឲ្យ​ដឹង​ថា តើ​ក្រុម​ហ៊ុន​ណា​កំពុង​ជ្រើស​រើស​ពល​ករ​ខុស​ច្បាប់ និង​ស្រប​ច្បាប់​។

លោក ហ៊ូ វុទ្ធី ​អគ្គ​នាយក​រង​នៃ​ក្រសួង​ការ​ងារ​ បាន​ឲ្យ​ដឹង​ថា ឯក​សណ្ឋាន​នឹង​ផ្តល់​ឲ្យ​តែ​ភ្នាក់​ងារ​ដែល​ធ្វើ​ការ​ឲ្យ​ក្រុម​ហ៊ុន​ទទួល​ បាន​ការ​អនុញ្ញាត​ពី​ក្រសួង​។

លោក​បញ្ជាក់​ថា៖ «​ខ្ញុំ​គិត​ថាឯក ​សណ្ឋាន​នេះ​សំខាន់ ព្រោះ​វា​ជួយ​ ឲ្យ​ងាយ​ស្រួល​ស្គាល់​ភ្នាក់​ងារ ឬ​ បុគ្គលិក​របស់​ក្រុម​ហ៊ុន​ជ្រើស​រើស​ពល​ករ​ឯក​ជន​នៅ​ពេល​ពួក​គេ​ ចុះ​ធ្វើ​ការ​តាម​ទី​ក្រុង​ឬ​ខេត្ត»។

លោក​គិត​ថា វាជា​គំនិត​ផ្តួច​ផ្តើម​មួយ​ដែល​នឹង​ជួយ​លុប​បំបាត់​បញ្ហា​ដែល​បណ្តាល​មក​ពី​ឈ្មួញ​កណ្តាល​​គ្មាន​អាជ្ញា​ប័ណ្ណ។

លោក​ថ្លែង​ថា៖ «​រហូត​មក​ដល់​ពេល​នេះ មាន​តែ​ក្រសួង​ការ​ងារ​តែ​មួយ​ប៉ុណ្ណោះ ដែល​មាន​ភារ​កិច្ច​ជ្រើស​រើស​ពល​ករ​កម្ពុជា​ឲ្យ​ទៅ​ធ្វើ​ការ​នៅ​កូរ៉េ​ខាង​ ត្បូង ​ហើយ​ក្រសួង​ធ្វើ​ការ​ងារ​នេះ​ពី​ឆ្នាំ ២០០៦»។

អ្នក​ស្រី លីម មុនី អនុ​ប្រធាន​កម្ម​វិធី​សិទិ្ធ​កុមារ​និង​ស្រ្តី របស់​អង្គ​ការ​សិទិ្ធ​មនុស្ស​អាដ​ហុក​ បាន​ថ្លែង​ ថា ​ឯក​សណ្ឋាន​អាច​ជួយ​ឲ្យ​ប្រជា​ជន​កំណត់​អត្ត​សញ្ញាណ​និង​អនុវត្ត​តាម ​បែប​បទ​ចំណាក​ស្រុក​មាន សុវត្ថិ​ភាព។​ ប៉ុន្តែ​ ប្រជា​ជន​ខ្លះ​មិន​បាន​កត់​សម្គាល់​ច្រើន​ទេ ហើយ​អ្វី​ដែល​សំខាន់​បំផុត​នោះ​គឺ​ថា អាជ្ញា​ធរ​មូល​ដ្ឋាន​ត្រូវ​ស្រាវ​ជ្រាវ​ដើម្បី​ដឹង​ឲ្យ​បាន​ច្បាស់​ពី ក្រុម​ហ៊ុន​»។

លោក អាន ប៊ុនហាក់ បាន​មាន​ប្រសាសន៍​ថា បច្ចុប្បន្ន​មាន​ក្រុម​ហ៊ុន​ជ្រើស​រើស​ពល​ករ​មាន​អាជ្ញា​ប័ណ្ណ​ចំនួន ៣០ ប្រតិបតិ្ត​ការ​ ក្នុង​កម្ពុជា។ តាម​រយៈ​ក្រុម​ហ៊ុន​ទាំង​នេះ​កម្មករ​ចំណាក​ស្រុក​ចំនួន​៨០៨៦​នាក់​ត្រូវ បញ្ជូន​ទៅ​ថៃ និង​ពល​ករ ១៤ ៣៣៩ នាក់​បាន​បញ្ជូន​ទៅ​ម៉ាឡេស៊ី ក្នុង​អំឡុង​រយៈ​ពេល​១០​ខែ​ពី​ខែ​មករា ដល់​តុលា ឆ្នាំ​នេះ៕

ពីរ​នាក់​ដែល​សន្តិ​សុខ​ក្រុម​ហ៊ុន ឡុង​ស្រេង​ឃុំ​បាន​ដោះ​លែង

ប៊ុត ​រស្មីគង្គា

កំពង់ចាមៈ មន្រ្តី​ស៊ើប​អង្កេត​របស់​អង្គការ​អាដហុក​ប្រចាំ​ខេត្ដ​កំពង់ចាម​ លោក​ ភឿង សុភា ថ្លែង​ថា ​​សេង​ អូន អាយុ​៤២​ឆ្នាំ​ ដែល​ត្រូវ​បាន​សន្ដិសុខ​ក្រុម​ហ៊ុន​ចំការ​កៅស៊ូ​ឡុងស្រេង ចាប់​ខ្លួន​ធ្វើ​ទារុណ​កម្ម​ នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៩​ ខែ​ធ្នូ​ ត្រូវ​បាន​ដោះ​លែង​ហើយ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២១​ ធ្នូ​កន្លង​ទៅ​នេះ​។

លោក​ បាន​អះ​អាង​ថា​ លោក​មិញ ទុំ អាយុ​៣១​ឆ្នាំ ជា​ជន​រង​គ្រោះ​ម្នាក់​ទៀត​ដែល​ត្រូវ​សន្ដិសុខ​ម្នាក់​​បាញ់​ឲ្យ​រង​ របួស​ជា​ទម្ងន់ ក៏​ត្រូវ​ដោះ​លែង​ពី​ការ​ចោទ​ប្រកាន់​ពី​បទ​លួច​ជ័រ​កៅស៊ូ​ផង​ដែរ បន្ទាប់​ពី​បាន​ផ្ដិត មេដៃ ឈប់​ប្ដឹង​សន្ដិ​សុខ​ក្រុម​ហ៊ុន​ ដែល​បាន​បាញ់​លោក​ឲ្យ​រង​របួស​ ប៉ុន្ដែ បច្ចុប្បន្ន​លោក​សម្រាក​ព្យាបាល​នៅ​មន្ទីរ​ពេទ្យ​ខេត្ដ​ ក្នុង​ក្រុង​កំពង់​ចាម​។

លោក​សុភា​បញ្ជាក់​ថា​ ​លោក​ សេង អូន ត្រូវ​បាន​ដោះ​លែង​បន្ទាប់​ពី​គាត់​បាន​បង់​ប្រាក់​៣០០​ដុល្លារ ​ទៅ​ឲ្យ​ប៉ូលិស​ដើម្បី​បញ្ចប់​ក្ដី​នេះ​ ហើយ​ក៏​បាន​យល់​ព្រម​ឈប់​ប្ដឹង​សន្ដិ​សុខ​ក្រុម​ហ៊ុន​ដែល​បាន​បាញ់​​និង​ ធ្វើ​ទារុណ​កម្ម​លើ​រូប​លោក​ មិញ ទុំ។

លោក​បាន​បន្ដ​ថា បុរស​ទាំង​ពីរ​ត្រូវ​បាន​ចោទ​ប្រកាន់​ពី​បទ​លួច​ជ័រ​កៅស៊ូ​របស់​ក្រុម​ហ៊ុន​ នៅ​បរិវេណ​​ចំការ​កៅស៊ូ​កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៩​ធ្នូ​ក្នុង​ភូមិ​ពង់​សាខា ឃុំ​អូ​រម្លូ ស្រុក​ស្ទឹង​ត្រង់​ ខេត្ដ​កំពង់​ចាម។

លោក​ សេង អូន ជា​កសិករ​ម្នាក់​រស់​នៅ​ភូមិ​ពង់​សាខា បាន​ពន្យល់​ថា លោក​និង​ឈ្មោះ​ មិញ ទុំ បាន​ជិះ​ម៉ូតូ​ជាមួយ​គ្នា​ទៅ​ចំការ​​កៅស៊ូ​របស់​ក្រុម​ហ៊ុន ក្នុង​ឃុំ​អូរម្លូ​ ដើម្បី​រើស​ជ័រ​កៅស៊ូ​គេ​ចោល មក​លក់​ តែ​ត្រូវ​សន្តិសុខ​មក​ទាន់​ចាប់​ខ្លួន​ និង​បាន​បាញ់​មិញ ទុំ​ ឲ្យ​រង​របួស​ធ្ងន់​តែ​ម្តង។

លោក សម ចាន់​ថាន មេ​ប៉ុស្ដិ៍​ឃុំ​អូរម្លូ​ បាន​ថ្លែង​ថា​ សន្ដិ​សុខ​ក្រុម​​ហ៊ុន​ដែល​បាញ់​មិញ ទុំ​ បាន បន្ដ​ការងារ​ជា​ធម្មតា​ បន្ទាប់​ពី​រត់​គេច​ខ្លួន​មួយ​រយៈ​ក្រោយ​ពេល​ជន​រង​គ្រោះ​យល់​ព្រម​ឈប់​ប្ដឹង​ ។ ប៉ូលិស​ក៏​មិន​ចាត់​វិធាន​ការ​ច្បាប់​ ចំពោះ​គាត់​ដែរ៕

Animal attacks: Two bitten by escaped black bear

BY Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

TWO villagers were seriously injured after being attacked by a large male black bear that escaped from Phnom Tamao Zoo in Takeo province on Thursday, said Seng Saroeun, deputy police chief of Trapaing Sap commune.

Son Tim, a 50-year-old farmer from the commune’s Trapaing Sap village, sustained serious wounds on his leg and hand when he tried to catch the escaped bear in his rice field on Friday. Meanwhile, Minh Chan, 57, was injured in the leg on the same day while trying to chase the escapee out of her watermelon patch, said Seng Sarouen.

He said the victims were rescued by villagers and were immediately sent to the district health centre, adding that the zoo would pay for their treatment.

Nhem Thy, deputy director of Phnom Tamao Zoo, said that the male bear escaped on Thursday night by digging a hole to escape from his cage.

“We sent our staff to catch it when we received reports that it bit villagers in Trapaing Sap village and we shot it with tranquiliser darts,” he said. He said the bear was then safely returned to its cage in the zoo.

“I noted that this bear is cruel and the reason it bit people is because it was frequently violated by people,” he said.

Phnom Penh to revamp street signage

BY Buth Reaksmey Kong


Nhem Saran, director of the municipal Department of Public Works and Transport, said yesterday that the project would begin in the city centre early next year before being gradually extended to the outskirts of the capital.

The project – which is set to upend Phnom Penh’s anarchic system of street and house numbering – came about as a means of enhancing public order, he said.

“I notice that many houses and even streets still lack signs, which makes it very hard for our officers to implement their daily work,” he said.

“Once all houses, villas, flats and roads in Phnom Penh are adequately labelled, it will make things less complicated for us and our people, and accelerate development and progress in our country.”

He said the Chinese Chung Hong Company had been commissioned to manufacture the aluminum signs, but that businesses and homeowners in the capital would be required to pay US$4 each to cover the costs.

The scheme received a mixed reaction from residents yesterday, with some expressing concern about the fee they would be required to pay.

Sum Chanthol, a 50-year-old resident of Russei Keo district, yesterday welcomed the initiative, saying that her house was currently unnumbered, making it hard for visitors to find.

She noted, however, that authorities should have consulted with homeowners first if they were to be expected to foot the bill.

“It is very good to make new address labels for houses and roads in our capital city, but I think that this proposed price is very expensive for the people to pay,” she said.

“The authorities should reduce the price and organise a public forum about this with the participation of the affected people before setting the price.”

According to figures provided by City Hall, Phnom Penh is currently home to more than 260,000 families.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Former police official pleads innocent to drug charges

By Buth Reaksmeykongkea

PHNOM Penh Municipal Court yesterday heard a case against an ex-police officer and his alleged accomplice charged with trafficking drugs.

Sam Chansa, a 38-year-old former police official, was arrested in April by undercover agents posing as drug dealers, said Sok Mut, chief of the Anti-Drug Unit at the Interior Ministry’s Anti-Drug Trafficking Department.

“One of our policemen pretended to be a drug buyer, meeting the suspect at a coffee shop,” he said.

“After having seen the money being used to trap him, Sam Chansa called his wife to hand over 225 grams of ‘ice’ drugs [methamphetamine] to a second policeman who pretended to be a drug broker.”

Sok Mut said Sam Chansa’s wife had fled the scene and evaded arrest, allegedly taking the drugs with her.

Huot Seng, 35, was arrested later the same month on suspicion of supplying drugs to Sam Chansa.

Both men pled innocent during yesterday’s hearing, retracting previous confessions that they claimed were coerced during their interrogations by police.

In an initial statement made to police and read by a clerk in court yesterday, Sam Chansa is quoted as saying: “I got involved in the drug business for the first time when I got to know Huot Seng who asked me to sell ‘ice’ drugs for him, worth more than US$40,000. He promised me a commission of $500 for successfully selling the drugs.”

Yesterday, however, he denied any involvement in trafficking, noting that there was a lack of evidence to prove otherwise because police had not confiscated any drugs during his arrest.

“I was not involved with drugs and the police only confiscated my motorbike and 150,000 riel,” he said.

Hout Seng also denied all charges yesterday. “I was not a drug smuggler and I also didn’t give drugs to Chansa to sell for me,” he said.

The pair’s defence lawyer, Nach Try, yesterday called for the case against his clients to be dropped, citing insufficient evidence and accusing police of failing to follow proper procedure.

“I request that they set my clients free as police officials violated the criminal code in their procedure and lack any evidence against my clients,” he said.

Presiding Judge Kor Vandy said a verdict will be announced January 14.

Uniforms, ID cards to curb trafficking

By Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

AGENTS working for licensed labour recruitment firms will from January be required to wear uniforms and carry identity cards in a bid to differentiate them from unlicensed brokers.

An Bun Hak, president of the Association of Cambodian Recruitment Agencies, said the move – a joint initiative of the Labour Ministry, the Interior Ministry and the ACRA – came in response to a recent spate of cases involving trafficked or abused migrant workers.

“We learnt about why there were always problems with the workers and then we found that 90 percent were caused by recruitment,” An Bun Hak said.

He said unlicensed brokers often provided their recruits with false information.


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“For example, the cheaters tell them that they can get higher salaries and easy work, but what they [end up doing abroad is different] from what they were told before they go to work.”

The words “Legal Recruitment Agency” will be emblazoned across the back of the shirts, which will also bear the name and website address of the individual firm the agent works for, he said. Identity cards will display the names of the agents, as well as their company name, a card number and an expiry date.

An Bun Hak said ACRA and relevant ministries will launch a public awareness campaign so that people will be able to recognise licensed agents. Information will also be provided to police and other authorities, he said.

“This process will be successful with cooperation with the Labour Ministry, which is the main ministry responsible for workers who work abroad, and the police and authorities following the recruitment firms, [who can] see which are legally and illegally recruiting,” he said.

Hou Vudthy, deputy director of the Labour Ministry’s Employment and Manpower Department, said uniforms would only be issued to agents working for companies approved by the ministry.

“I think that this uniform is important because it is to [help people] easily recognise … private labour recruiting companies’ agents or staff when they are going to recruit workers at cities or provinces,” he said.

He said he was optimistic that the initiative would help eliminate problems that he said were largely caused by unlicensed brokers.

“It can ... prevent our people from being defrauded, cheated or trafficked by bad people,” he said.

Lim Mony, deputy director of the Women and Children’s Rights Programme at the rights group Adhoc, said it was possible that the uniforms could help people identify and utilise safe migration procedures. But she noted that it would not replace the need for vigilance from local officials.

“Some people don’t notice the uniform so much and what is most important is that the local authorities have to research so they know the companies clearly,” she said, adding that it would be best if local authorities were routinely involved in the recruitment process.

An Bun Hak said there are currently 30 licensed recruitment firms operating in Cambodia through which 8,086 migrant workers were sent to Thailand, and 14,339 to Malaysia in the first 10 months of the year.

General’s son charged over three road deaths

By Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

KOEUN Sotharaneth, the 16-year-old son of a general in the National Police, has been charged with manslaughter after he killed three people in a car accident in Kandal province on Friday night.

Ouk Kimseth, a prosecutor at Kandal provincial court, said the boy was charged on Saturday and was in detention awaiting trial.

Police said the teenager was speeding along Street 21A in Takhmao town on Friday evening when he lost control of his vehicle and hit three people who were driving their motorbikes along the side of the road.

Iv Chamroeun, the provincial chief of police, said the three victims – Mao Tharith, 54, Chea Heng, 50, and Chea Eng, 51, all of Chong Koh village in Takhmao – were killed immediately.

After the accident, police took Koeun Sotharaneth to the provincial police station for further questioning. The boy’s 23-year-old bodyguard was also taken in for questioning, but was released the same night.

Meas Chanby from Handicap International Belgium said yesterday that 682 people were killed in car accidents in the first four months of 2010, about the same figure as in 2009. He said statistics for the rest of the year had not yet been compiled.

Police release rubber thieves – for a price

By Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

TWO men who were arrested after trespassing on a Kampong Cham rubber plantation were freed after paying local police a US$300 bribe, according to a local rights activist.

Seng Uorn, a 42-year-old farmer, said he and his friend Minh Tum, 31, entered the Long Sreng Rubber Plantation in Stung Trang district’s O’Mlou commune on Tuesday to collect rubber sap, when they were surprised by security guards.

“The guards chased us with the company car and tried to hit us. We tried to get away but my motorbike was hit and I was detained. Minh Tum was shot and seriously injured while he was trying to get away from there,” he said. Seng Uorn added that the guards then tied him to a rubber tree and beat him.

Phuong Sophea, Adhoc’s investigating officer in Kampong Cham, said Minh Tum was seriously injured in the shooting. The pair, who were subsequently arrested, thumbprinted agreements saying they would not sue the guards for their actions. Phuong Sophea added that Seng Uorn also paid Stung Trang district police $300 in exchange for their release.

“I am not a thief,” Seng Uorn said. “I think the company security guards’ actions were very cruel and inhumane.”

Sam Chanthan, chief of the O’Mlou commune police post, said the company security guard who shot Minh Tum has returned to work.

“The company security guard who shot Minh Tum resumed his work ... after the victims agreed not to sue him,” he said. “The police will not take any legal action against him.”

Sambo Heads to New Home

By Adam Miller and Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Sambo, the bull elephant that terrorised a small village in Kampong Speu province earlier this month, has finally found a new home at Phnom Tamao Zoo, following a Herculean effort by Forestry Administration officials and local NGOs to safely relocate him on Saturday.

Ahead of his arrival at the zoo, the raging hormonal beast, who was in the musth period of his adult life – a time of intense aggression that affects bull elephants periodically – was tranquilised and coaxed into a steel cage while hundreds of villagers watched on.

For hours, local vendors cashed in on the spectacle, selling coconut ice cream and loaves of bread to gawking locals who drank and cheered as the caged Sambo was hoisted onto the back of a truck.

“The situation was certainly not ideal. We were in a location close to many people and this did not make looking after him easy,” said Jack Highwood, director of the Elephant Livelihood Initiative Environment.

“We had to deal with people who wanted to get close [to] him, ride him, catch him and drive him – and especially deal with drunken people who wanted to take him home with them. However, we had great co-operation from the local authorities and the fact that the elephant is still alive and nobody else was killed was a huge achievement.”

After killing his owner earlier this month, Sambo ran wild in Mon village, in Kampong Speu’s Samrong Tong district, trampling ricefields and terrorising locals. He was finally subdued on December 15 after being tranquillised and chained up by officials from the Forestry Administration.

Sambo has since lost 500-600 kilogrammes in weight in after being put on a strict diet, and a road was built late last week to allow access to the rice paddy where he was left stranded.

The road proved troublesome for the truck used to transport him to the zoo. The large vehicle sat in the mud for hours as rescue workers used a bulldozer to push it closer to the elephant. An excavator was then used to bring the cage closer to Sambo. Ropes were then tied around him to help steer him toward the massive steel cage.

Sambo finally relented at about 4pm, giving up his three-week struggle and walking into the cage under his own power, where he was lifted by crane onto the flatbed truck and driven away.

“This was incredibly successful,” said Highwood. “I think this is a huge achievement for the Forestry Administration, Wildlife Alliance and ELIE.”

Nhem Thy, deputy director of Phnom Tamao Zoo, said that Sambo arrived at the zoo safely at 10pm on Saturday night.

“Sambo is now staying in his new enclosure, but he could only eat a little bit of food because his health is not very good after being tranquilised. We hope that his condition improves in the coming days,” he said.

When Sambo’s health improves, zoo officials hope to breed him with Srey Pao, a 45-year-old female elephant at the zoo, Nhem Thy said.

“However, we are now thinking that if Srey Pao is too old and she can’t have a baby with Sambo, we will put him with three young female elephants at the zoo,” he added

Yet despite the happy ending for Sambo, some Mon village residents say they will miss the danger and excitement that the aggressive elephant brought to their small community.

“What are we going to look at now that the elephant is gone?” one villager asked Heywood. “Rice? Cows?”

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Photographer to be set free

By Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Japanese photojournalist Go Takayama (R) poses for a photograph with newlyweds he photographed as part of a photo essay he was working on in Siem Reap on November 19.
A Japanese photojournalist jailed on charges of producing pornography was set to be released following intervention from Information Minister Khieu Kanharith, Siem Reap Provincial Prosecutor Ty Soveinthal said yesterday.

Local officials have alleged that Go Takayama, 28, photographed women at brothels in Siem Reap, though organisers of the recently concluded Angkor Photo Festival say the photos in question were inoffensive portraits of a married couple.

Ty Soveinthal said Takayama and the couple arrested along with him would likely be released today or tomorrow, following a hearing at the provincial court scheduled for today.

“I have already completed my investigation of the Japanese photographer, and I think his punishment should be very minor and he should not be jailed in Cambodia,” Ty Soveinthal said, adding that Takayama would likely be fined 1 million riels (US$245) and would possibly receive a suspended sentence.

“The reason why we have considered releasing this Japanese man is because we have found that his mistake is very minor, and he was supported by Cambodia’s Ministry of Information, His Excellency Khieu Kanharith.”

Khieu Kanharith said in an email yesterday that he had contacted Siem Reap officials about the case and would be sending a formal letter to secure Takayama’s release.

“I got messages from many friends, some are Cambodian journalists trained in USA, affirming his innocence. I also checked his blog and understood the nature of his art,” Khieu Kanharith wrote.
“Also there was some misunderstanding about his works. In the future I suggest any foreign journalist ... to first
contact our provincial information office [on our website] for arrangement.”

Conflicting claims
Chea Heng, deputy chief of Siem Reap’s anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection office, said Takayama had hired the couple arrested with him to help him shoot illicit photos.

“He has taken many naked photos of teenage women in brothels in Siem Reap,” Chea Heng said.

But Jessica Lim, coordinator assistant for the Angkor Photo Festival, said the photos in question consisted exclusively of clothed shots of the married couple, and were shot as part of a project for the festival based on the Cambodian folktale “The Seven Colour Princess”.

Takayama’s female subject posed in a t-shirt and sarong, later removing the shirt to reveal a bra, while the male subject posed in shorts and no shirt, Lim added.

“He was trying to demonstrate the aspect of possessive, strong love,” she said. ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY JAMES O’TOOLE

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Japanese photojournalist to face charge of producing pornography

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

A Cambodian bride poses for a portrait during a wedding in Siem Reap on November 19. The picture, which was taken with the permission of the woman and her husband, is part of a series of photos by Japanese photojournalist Go Takayama, who was arrested last month on charges of producing pornography.
THE Siem Reap provincial court will try a Japanese man next week on charges of producing pornography, though the defendant claims the photos were shot as part of an inoffensive project for the recently-concluded Angkor Photo Festival.

Chea Heng, deputy chief of Siem Reap’s anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection office, said Go Takayama, 28, had been arrested last month after he hired a Cambodian man and a female sex worker to take him to photograph women at a brothel in Siem Reap district’s Thvay Dangkum commune.

Police discovered 78 illicit photos on Takayama’s camera that depicted sex workers in Siem Reap, Chea Heng added.

“I think this is a serious offence that has affected Cambodian women and society,” he said. “We request the court to punish him strongly in accordance with the law.”

But Jessica Lim, coordinator assistant for the Angkor Photo Festival, said Takayama’s photos depicted a single married couple and did not include any nudity, though she acknowledged that she had not had the chance to scrutinise them closely, as she had only seen thumbnail photos.

“The couple, in some of the pictures they’re posing next to each other, as in a portrait shot, and in others they’re standing there hugging each other,” Lim said.

“There’s absolutely no nudity… there’s nothing you can see. If anything, it’s the viewer’s imagination.”

Lim said Takayama had travelled to Cambodia to participate in a workshop as part of the photo festival.

“The idea of him looking for sex workers and being asked to be taken to brothels – I think both are extremely inaccurate,” she said.

Siem Reap provincial prosecutor Ty Soveinthal said Takayama had been charged under the Kingdom’s anti-human trafficking law and faced between six months and one year in prison.

“Making or publishing pornographic pictures is absolutely prohibited in Cambodia and is in violation of Cambodian law, so the court will make a decision on this next week,” Ty Soveinthal said.

110 photographers hosted exhibitions at the Angkor Photo Festival, which ran from November 20 to 27.

“I think the pictures that were taken by Go Takayama are not pornographic, but artistic,” said Suon Sophea, Takayama’s defence attorney.

“If we compare the pictures to Cambodian films, or the photos of singers and stars that appear in Cambodian magazines, they are not the worst thing in Cambodia.”

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY JAMES O’TOOLE

Bogus official faces fraud charges

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Kandal provincial court has charged a 41-year-old man with public-letter fraud after he was arrested on suspicion of distributing business cards and documents claiming he was an official in Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet.
Sdoeung Saroeun, a Kandal native, was arrested October 30 in Prek Chiek village, in Ponhea Leu district’s Koh Chin commune, after villagers suspected his credentials were fraudulent and tipped off police.

“He was arrested because he pretended that he had a role within the Prime Minister’s cabinet and used that title to further his business in cities and provinces throughout Cambodia,” said Kandal province police chief Eav Chamroeun.

He said the accused used his fake title to buy land from villagers, though he could not confirm how much was purchased, or in what provinces.

Ouk Kimseth, prosecutor of Kandal provincial court, said the accused was being detained at the provincial prison and would be held until investigations were completed.

“We are now investigating the case and we think that if the accused is found guilty, he will be jailed for a period of between five and 15 years,” he said.

Earlier this year, Hun Sen urged authorities to arrest and punish any fraudsters trying to use his name to further their business prospects.

Japanese photographer to face trial

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

A Cambodian bride poses for a portrait during a wedding in Siem Reap on November 19. The picture, which was taken with the permission of the woman and her husband, is part of a series of photos by Japanese photojournalist Go Takayama, who was arrested last month on charges of producing pornography.The Siem Reap provincial court will try a Japanese man next week on charges of producing pornography, though the defendant claims the photos were part of an inoffensive project shot in connection with the recently-concluded Angkor Photo Festival.
Chea Heng, deputy chief of Siem Reap’s anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection office, said Go Takayama had been arrested last month after he hired a Cambodian man and a female sex worker to take him to photograph women at a brothel in Siem Reap district’s Thvay Dangkum commune.

Police discovered 78 illicit photos on Go Takayama’s camera that depicted sex workers in Siem Reap, he added.

“I think this is a serious offence that has affected Cambodian women and society,” he said. “We request the court to punish him strongly in accordance with the law.”

But Jessica Lim, coordinator assistant for the Angkor Photo Festival, said Go Takayama’s photos depicted a single married couple and did not include any nudity, though she acknowledged that she had not had the chance to scrutinise them closely as she had only seen thumbnail photos.

“The couple, in some of the pictures they’re posing next to each other, as in a portrait shot, and in others they’re standing there hugging each other,” Lim said.

“There’s absolutely no nudity… there’s nothing you can see. If anything, it’s the viewer’s imagination.”

Lim said Go Takayama had traveled to Cambodia to participate in a workshop as part of the photo festival.

“The idea of him looking for sex workers and being asked to be taken to brothels – I think both are extremely inaccurate,” she said.

Koh Pich guards detain photographer

By Sebastian Strangio and Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

A staff photographer for The Phnom Penh Post was briefly detained by private security guards while taking pictures on Diamond Island yesterday, following last week’s deadly stampede on a bridge leading to the island.

“When I arrived there I started taking pictures, the security guard arrived and asked it I had permission from the developer,” said photographer Pha Lina, who went to the island to take photos of local vendors.

He said three guards escorted him back to their office, where he was forced to delete the photos from his camera, while security guards took down his ID card and motorbike licence plate numbers. A copy was also made of his ID card.

“They said ‘you are not allowed’,” Pha Lina said. “And the security guard explained to me that after the stampede, they don’t want people to report about the quiet place here. We want more people to come.”

The claim came after last week’s deadly stampede, which killed 352 people and injured a further 395. In the wake of the disaster there were concerns Diamond Island – a popular place for weddings – would lose business due to local superstitions relating to the tragedy.

Diamond Island project manager Touch Samnang said there was no order from the company to bar journalists from the island, and denied any photojournalist had been detained by the company’s security guards. But he added that those who are taking photos for their “own business purposes”, such as karaoke producers, required permission.

Susi Tan, the project director of the Overseas Cambodia Investment Cooperation, the project’s developer, said security was bolstered on the island due to this week’s meeting of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties. She could not comment on the actions of the guards who allegedly acted in the name of OCIC.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Boy Drowns During Festival

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Dragon boat teams steer towards the bank of the Tonle Sap river on Saturday as the first round of competitions kicked off in Phnom Penh. Two racers were injured in Saturday’s competition, while five boats capsized.
AN 8-year-old boy drowned on the first day of the Water Festival, while five boats were sunk after the first two days of races, leaving two competitors injured.

According to witness accounts reported to police, the boy was trying to collect bottles and empty cans that had been discarded at the Tonle Sap river’s edge on Saturday, when he was swept away by the river’s current and then submerged under the Royal Palace’s boat.

Phnom Penh deputy police chief Pen Rath said yesterday that authorities were still searching for the victim’s body.

“He disappeared on Saturday about noon near the Royal Palace’s parade, at the Water Festival ceremony, while he was swimming to collect the empty bottles and cans for sale,” he said.

He says the Water Festival attracts at least 100 children who swim in the river to collect rubbish for money every year, and that the police “have to prevent them from entry into the sites”.

He added that this year more police have been stationed along the river to prevent children from entering the water.

Meanwhile, five boats were sunk on the first two days of racing – two from a crash, and three from capsizing – which resulted in two injuries, one of which authorities said was serious.

“The reason why the boats sunk during the race is because some rowers do not have experience and they hit each other during the competition,” said Chea Kean, deputy general director of the National
Committee for Organising National and International Festivals. “However, they all are lucky because they were immediately rescued by competent rescue services.”

The NCONIF had little details about the injuries, but said that one paddler had sustained a serious arm injury, while another participant was in stable condition following a leg injury.

The other paddlers were picked up from the water by rescue boats. Police officials said that 5,000 officers have been deployed to the streets of Phnom Penh this year to ensure spectator safety and to regulate traffic.

Pen Rath said that four people had been arrested on allegations of theft, while two children who had been separated from their families were successfully returned once the parents were found.
The NCONIF said that 420 boats were taking part in this year’s festival, compared with 391 from last year.

According to Phnom Penh Municipality officials, an estimated 3 million people have travelled to the capital so far to take part in this year’s festivities.

Court Hears Case on Smuggling

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday heard the case against a man accused of importing, exporting and stockpiling chemicals used in the manufacture of illegal drugs.

Siek Cheng, 35, was arrested on April 4 in Tuol Kork district’s Chraing Chamresh commune after police searched his home and found 30 litres of acids allegedly used in the manufacturing of drugs.

During the hearing yesterday, presiding judge Sin Visal said the suspect was facing charges of illegal drug smuggling and stockpiling drug substances.

“Importing and exporting drugs is a very serious charge and is prohibited in Cambodia,” he said. “We will not pardon those who have committed such crimes in this country.”

Defence lawyer Lim Hong rejected the charges against his client.

“According to police investigations, results have shown that this amount of acid did not contain any chemicals for drugs, and my client was not involved,” he said. “I request that the court drop the charges and free my client.”

Sin Visal said a verdict will be announced on December 17.

Man Faces 15 years for making fake IDs

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

PHNOM Penh Municipal Court yesterday heard the case against a man accused of forging public documents after police confiscated materials used in the production of fake licences and ID cards in his house.

Soy Vuthy, 25, was arrested near Monivong Bridge in Chamkarmon district while attempting to deliver three fake vehicle licenses to his clients.

District police chief Iv Chhun Pheng said that during a subsequent raid on the suspect’s house, officials confiscated a photocopy machine, plastics, stamps and a further 60 fake documents including student and ID cards.

During the hearing yesterday, Soy Vuthy denied the charges and claimed that his business was legitimate.

“My business is to laminate cards and copy all kinds of documents to the customers’ demands,” he said. “I do not know which documents are real or fake.”

Defence lawyer Ros Aun said his client was illiterate and as such unable to read Khmer or any foreign languages, let alone tell whether a document was fake or not.

“I think this charge against my client is inappropriate, so I would like to request that the court drop the charges and release him,” he said.

If found guilty, Sor Vuthy faces between five and 15 years in prison.

Presiding Judge Kor Vuthdy said a verdict would be announced on December 23.