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  • Koh Kong sand exports permanently banned after volume discrepancies

    The Ministry of Mines and Energy has permanently banned sand exports from Koh Kong province – eight months after it imposed a temporary ban following controversy over large discrepancies found in sand export figures to Singapore. Mines Minister Suy Sem on Monday signed a prakas and set of guidelines detailing the changes, though activists and... [full post]

  • Busts on human trafficking double

    Operations against human trafficking networks increased by a whopping 127 percent compared to the same period in 2016, according to a six-month report released yesterday by the National Committee for Counter Trafficking (NCCT). The report states that in the first six months of 2017, authorities launched 66 “crackdowns” – or investigations and raids on...

  • Naga profits hit jackpot again

    NagaCorp’s winning streak shows no signs of letting up, with the Hong Kong-listed casino operator posting another impressive half-year result, reporting profits up more than 20 percent year-on-year during the first six months of 2017 on a surge in VIP rollings and visits to its main gaming floor. Gross gaming revenue soared nearly 40 percent... [full post]

  • China’s appetite driving rice export growth as demand continues to outstrip supply

    Cambodian rice exports increased marginally during the first half of the year as export companies push to fulfil higher quotas destined for China. Rice exports totalled 288,562 tonnes in the first six months of the year, an increase of 7.6 percent compared to the same time last year, according to the latest data published by... [full post]

  • Tribunal’s edited decision on Im Chaem draws ire

    International tribunal monitors have slammed what they call the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s lack of transparency in the wake of a heavily redacted decision to dismiss the case against former Khmer Rouge district secretary Im Chaem. The lengthy document – many pages of it redacted – was intended to outline the rationale for why Chaem fell... [full post]

  • Top-heavy RCAF mints 87 new generals

    In its fourth round of promotions this year, the government has approved the more than 100 increases in rank for the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, elevating 87 officers to the level of one-star brigadier general and promoting 27 to two-star major general. The promotions were announced in the June edition of the Royal Gazette and... [full post]

  • Join The Post as a reporter/sub-editor

    The Post Media Supplement Department is looking for a full-time reporter/ sub-editor. Job description: Applicants must have interest and ability in covering a broad range of topics including property, finance, business, ICT, education and lifestyle. Applicants must also have an understanding of the media business and be able to think of themselves as cross-...

  • Speed Pay has plans for cash in a digital age

    Speed Pay Plc, a newly licensed electronic payments service provider (PSP), is gearing up to join the ranks of mobile platforms tapping into Cambodia’s nascent digital payment sector. While not yet operational, the company held a launch ceremony on Friday to announce its licensing under a recently overhauled set of laws that put in place... [full post]

  • Activists fear dredging in wildlife sanctuary

    Activists and a fisherman yesterday claimed that a company has started sand dredging within a wildlife sanctuary in Koh Kong, despite a standing ban on sand exports from companies operating in coastal areas. The alleged activities are in the same area where dredging vessels were spotted about a week ago in the vicinity of a... [full post]

  • Celebrating heritage

    A monk participates in a drum beating ceremony held yesterday in Phnom Penh to celebrate the listing of Kampong Thom’s Sambor Prei Kuk as a new Unesco World Heritage Site. The temple, dating to the Chenla era, is considered by archaeologists to be an area of Cambodia where a uniquely Khmer culture began to emerge... [full post]

  • Teen claims innocence but only had a leg to stand on

    Trying to show off backfired for a teen in Preah Sihanouk province when he crashed with an Italian man while riding his friend’s motorbike. Borrowing the scooter to demonstrate his expertise, the youth was weaving through traffic when he hit another bike and fell to the pavement. The foreigner was slightly injured, while the youth’s... [full post]

  • Home is where the heat is, these dealers discover

    Phnom Penh pushers in Prek Pra commune didn’t look far for a place to peddle their product yesterday when patrolling police peeped them passing packets in front of their place of residence. Roving officers caught two suspects dealing outside the house, and then went inside to find four others using the substance. Eight bags were... [full post]

  • Student caught dealing outside karaoke parlour

    One Sihanoukville drug dealer’s school career didn’t teach him how to conceal his side business as he was arrested for selling his stuff outside a karaoke bar on Sunday. The 26-year-old grade 12 student was spotted by police loitering outside the establishment, so they conducted a search that netted 10 bags of drugs and two... [full post]

  • Bystanders round up pair of purse snatchers

    A mother-daughter outing took a disastrous turn but was saved when capital bystanders took down two bag snatchers. Driving on Sunday in Chamkarmon district, the two women were followed by a duo that swerved close and came away with a handbag. The unlucky ladies wiped out but fellow riders witnessed the chaos and corralled the... [full post]

  • Cops put in good scare to easily frightened man

    A spooked assistant turned out to be the one giving a capital security guard the creeps when he was arrested for trespassing early yesterday. After his driving partner left the Choam Chao commune guesthouse room they were sharing, the man was scared he would be joined by ghosts, so he went for a walk along... [full post]

  • Tanker filled with timber

    A petrol tanker truck was found with more than 2,000 pieces of luxury rosewood stashed inside its tank when it was intercepted by authorities in Phnom Penh last week, National Military Police spokesman Eng Hy said yesterday. “The Military Police forces halted a truck carrying timber on July 7,” Hy said. “On July 8, experts... [full post]

  • Cassava poisoning kills girl, 2

    A 2-year-old girl died on Sunday and nine other people remained hospitalised yesterday in Oddar Meanchey province after being poisoned by cassava, a local official said yesterday. Nhem Bunchan, Ou’Tamaeng village chief, identified the toddler as Heng Leang, who died while being transported to Anlong Veng District Referral Hospital. Her siblings, Heng Hean...

  • REITs could offer investors a piece of the real estate boom

    The Kingdom’s property sector is booming, but investment in commercial real estate and high-grade rental assets is capital-intensive, providing few opportunities for smaller investors. However, a new investment tool may be on the horizon that will allow a pool of individual investors to earn income from commercial real estate without having to actually buy...

  • Government approves law to guarantee energy purchase

    The National Assembly approved a draft law yesterday that will guarantee the state’s purchase of electricity from two large-scale private energy projects, protecting the investments against any loss resulting from political instability. The proposed legislation mandates a power purchase agreement for electricity distributed by a 220-kilometre transmission...

  • Ministry to use ‘experts’ to review exam grading

    Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron said yesterday that next month’s Grade 12 high school exams will largely follow the same process as the past few years, though a spokesman noted that new subject “experts” will be introduced to help spot grading errors. “So far, the ministry has set out measures to strengthen both the examining... [full post]

  • CPP assembly members vote for ‘Anti-Rainsy’ law

    The National Assembly swiftly passed controversial new measures yesterday to effectively ban former opposition leader Sam Rainsy from the political arena or from bolstering the opposition’s firepower ahead of next year’s elections. The amendments to the Law on Political Parties are the second round of changes this year, following an earlier amendment that...

  • Logging probe moved to capital

    A high-profile investigation into corruption charges levelled against Mondulkiri police officials for colluding with Vietnamese timber traders has been transferred from the provincial court to Phnom Penh due to a lethargic investigation by local police, many of whom are involved in the case, a court spokesman said yesterday. The case dates to March, when a...

  • Im Chaem filing short on reasoning

    Investigating judges at the Khmer Rouge tribunal yesterday released their highly anticipated – and heavily redacted – reasoning for throwing out the case against former Khmer Rouge district secretary Im Chaem. In February, the judges took the unprecedented step of dismissing Chaem’s case – in which she stood accused of a slew of crimes against... [full post]

  • PM addresses rumours of treatment in Singapore

    Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday hit back at claims that he has been out of the country since the start of this month for health reasons, posting a statement and pictures to Facebook of himself relaxing with family and party insiders in what appears to be Singapore. Three consecutive Council of Ministers meetings have been... [full post]

  • Kem Ley memorial allowed

    As slain political commentator Kem Ley’s memorial service wound down at his family home in Takeo province yesterday, around 50 civil society members and unionists held a short prayer ceremony at the Caltex petrol station where he was gunned down last year, a day after a similar gathering was met by around 40 district security... [full post]

  • Stung Treng prepares for bridge dismantling

    Stung Treng provincial authorities have vowed to demolish the Sre Pok Bridge ahead of the testing of the Lower Sesan II dam – which will submerge a number of villages – and warned that police will be deployed should villagers protest. Provincial Deputy Governor Duong Pov yesterday visited a village in Kbal Romea commune, one... [full post]

  • Convicted Kampong Cham teacher still free

    Three weeks after a third arrest warrant was issued for a teacher convicted of sexually assaulting young students in Kampong Cham, police have still failed to arrest him, with the deputy provincial police chief claiming yesterday he had not received a warrant. Kem Chan Chhen, a former teacher in Kampong Cham province, was found guilty... [full post]

  • Siem Reap chief locked out of office by predecessor

    More than a week after newly elected commune chiefs were sworn in, an opposition commune chief in Siem Reap has complained that his predecessor had locked the office he was meant to occupy, impeding his administrative work. The Cambodia National Rescue Party’s Sala Kamroeuk commune chief, Chen Sokngeng, said the outgoing commune chief, Sam Lan,... [full post]

  • Cambodia draw tough group for SEA Games

    Cambodia face a tough footballing test at the South-east Asian Games in Malaysia next month after being drawn in a six-team Group B that includes three of the four semifinalists from Singapore 2015, the last edition of the regional sporting showpiece. At the official draw in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, the Angkor Warriors found themselves... [full post]

  • Michael Hayes, an unlikely publisher with an enduring legacy

    One of The Post’s former contributors reflects on the improbable origins of the country’s first English-language paper – and the equally improbable phenomenon of a newspaper owner who was actually liked by his staff More than two decades ago, American Michael Hayes arrived in Cambodia with his then-wife Kathleen and their life savings of about... [full post]

  • Guardians of the truth, disruptors of the status quo

    For four decades I have written stories only for The Age in Melbourne and other Fairfax Media publications, with one notable exception. When Michael Hayes founded The Phnom Penh Post in 1992, I offered to become an unpaid bureau chief, filing variously from Canberra, Melbourne, Jakarta and Darwin, over many years.It was a great honour... [full post]

  • Saluting Michael Hayes and The Phnom Penh Post

    Milton Osbourne, one of the Kingdom’s pre-eminent historians, recalls a time when The Post was one of the few windows onto Cambodian affairs, and when an annual sit-down with founder Michael Hayes was a ‘mandatory’ refresher My first encounter with Michael Hayes, and so with The Phnom Penh Post, occurred in 1994, a time when... [full post]

  • Cambodia, the Kingdom of complexities

    I arrived in Phnom Penh in 2001, drawn here largely by the fact that I wanted to be near China but not in it. Cambodia seemed a good choice. I had also hoped to freelance a story about ethnic minority Montagnards fleeing Vietnam’s repressive highlands for Cambodian refugee camps as coffee plantations extended into their... [full post]

  • CSCC a leader in construction field within a decade

    The name Cana Sino has a foreign ring to it but in fact, this large-scale construction company has its origins in Cambodia. Having completed many milestone projects in the Kingdom, Cano Sino Construction Corporation (CSCC) has now set its sights on further developing the nation. Deputy general director of CSCC Lai Long Zhao said that... [full post]

  • The war is over, but in the political battle that remains, laws are an effective weapon

    Twenty-five years ago today, when reporter Sara Colm wrote the lead story of The Phnom Penh Post’s first edition, violence reigned supreme. Cambodians campaigning ahead of the 1993 elections, and those preparing to vote, were met with threats, intimidation or death.  The Khmer Rouge remained armed and entrenched in their border strongholds. Factions...

  • ‘Chaotic’ Phnom Penh was built on a wing and a prayer – and an occasional police baton

    The Pearl of Asia. Paris of the East. The monikers are today synonymous with Phnom Penh under the French and the Golden Era under Prince Norodom Sihanouk until the 1970s. The small but bustling city boasted grand boulevards, a thriving cultural scene and an emerging skyline dotted with Vann Molyvann’s “New Khmer” architectural creations. It... [full post]

  • Breaking: Assembly passes Party Law changes targeting Rainsy

    Cambodia's National Assembly swiftly passed controversial new laws this morning to effectively ban former opposition leader Sam Rainsy from the political arena, and to forbid the Cambodia National Rescue Party from using his near-ubiquitous image in their campaign material and logos. The amendments to the Law on Political Parties are the second round of...

  • Passport fees to be investigated

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has officially instructed the Cambodian Embassy in Malaysia to investigate agencies that ask for exorbitant passport renewal fees for workers there, according to a statement released on Friday, though some sources said corruption in the Passport Department itself is part of the problem. The Post reported late last month that...

  • Sesan residents settle on new relocation site

    Over a hundred families in Stung Treng province’s Srekor and Kbal Romea communes said yesterday that they have located around 2,000 hectares to relocate to when a scheduled test run for the Lower Sesan II dam this week leaves their villages flooded. The villagers have refused compensation to relocate to resettlement sites for people affected... [full post]

  • Security firms grow with economy

    Cambodia’s rapid economic growth has fuelled a growing demand for private security guards to protect businesses and new real estate developments – and the high-profile people behind them. The Post’s Matthieu de Gaudemar sat down with John Muller, managing director of Global Security Solutions (GSS) and a pioneer of private security in Cambodia, to discuss...

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