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Anonymous letters slam Cambodia’s NGOs

A screenshot of the Facebook page Chaksmok Chao, which made a series of posts accusing international NGOs of colluding with the opposition party.

A raft of anonymous letters and articles critical of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and other NGOs funded by the United States was published by government-aligned Fresh News over the weekend, which one NGO head described as an “avalanche” of misinformation intended to create uncertainty and confusion. Last week, materials from NDI were leaked online from a training session it conducted for the Cambodia National Rescue Party in March, prompting government officials and Fresh News to accuse the group of political bias, of assisting the opposition to overthrow the government and of failing to register with the Ministry of Interior as an NGO.

Hun Sen vows benefits for factory workers

Garment factory workers will receive free health care, free access to public transport in Phnom Penh and a minimum wage increase to at least $168 per month, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced following a gathering of thousands of garment industry employees yesterday. Ou Ratana, a Labour Ministry official and organiser of the event, said that between 4,500 and 4,700 people from 93 factories attended the speech on Phnom Penh’s Koh Pich, including factory managers, supervisors and their assistants. Low level factory workers – who comprise a voting bloc hundreds of thousands strong – were not invited, and only a few seemingly pro-government unions attended ...

Spate of rapes fuels debate over Cambodia’s response to sexual assault

Hang Meas TV Deputy Director General Meas Rithy offers what critics characterised as an insincere on-air apology for inflammatory comments he made on rape that caused a social media uproar.

The Kingdom saw a spate of rapes – mostly against children – over the last few days, adding further fuel to a charged debate over the country’s response to sexual assault, even as government officials sought to dampen criticism of a TV presenter who made inflammatory victim-blaming comments on air. At least five cases were brought to the attention of Cambodian authorities in the past few days, according to the Child Protection Unit’s James McCabe. Poipet Deputy Military Police Chief Sar Sopheaktra said suspect Chrun Reth, 36, had been arrested on Thursday for the alleged repeated rape of a 10-year-old relative in Banteay Meanchey.

Business Insider: Banking thrives on innovation

CIMB Bank Deputy Chief Executive Officer Neoh Sze Ming speaks to The Post last week in Phnom Penh.

Cambodia’s financial sector continues to deepen, with banks and microfinance institutions launching new products to serve their growing base of customers. The Post’s Hor Kimsay spoke with Neoh Sze Ming, deputy chief executive of CIMB Bank Plc, about product innovation in the local banking sector. PPP: Cambodia’s banking sector is growing rapidly, but is this growth resulting in new banking products and services for consumers? NSM: Cambodia has yet to reach the same level of product innovation in banking as its regional peers. Most commercial banks offer very basic products. The banking sector in Cambodia is not very mature, ...

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