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Official decries CNRP plan to slash ministry budgets

Opposition leader Kem Sokha (centre) speaks at a commune election campaign rally on Saturday, where he proposed to shutter the Rural Development Ministry.

Government spokesman Phay Siphan lashed out at opposition leader Kem Sokha over a proposal to slash ministry spending, saying that Sokha’s “sad and surprising” policy was another indication that the CNRP does not know how to govern or develop Cambodia. The dissolution of the Ministry of Rural Development [MRD] will not only destroy the development of rural farmers who have never voted for the party, but will also affect civil servants . . . serving the masses,” Siphan said on Facebook on Monday.

CPP calls out foreign NGOs for stirring ‘colour revolution’

CPP lawmaker Chheang Vun speaks to the press about colour revolutions yesterday at the National Assembly in Phnom Penh.

Cambodian People’s Party lawmaker Chheang Vun yesterday accused the United States and four NGOs that run or fund programmes in Cambodia of working to foment “colour revolutions” in a detailed power-point presentation delivered at the National Assembly. Titled “Colour Revolution and War Destruction”, the presentation was made to about 100 parliamentary staff members and aimed to encourage youth to “protect peace and stability”, according to Vun.

Journos face complaint over seemingly routine reporting

Two journalists for the Cambodia Daily have been named in a complaint to authorities by villagers in Ratanakkiri for asking questions about politics, with the information minister subsequently posting one of the pair’s passport details to Facebook as part of what he called a “reminder” to reporters during the election campaign. Labelled “a bit absurd” by the newspaper’s general manager, the complaint was lodged with O’Yadav district authorities by three ethnic Jarai minority villagers from Pate commune.

High demand for Chinese speakers

Students practise writing Chinese at Duan Hua School in Phnom Penh in 2014. RUTH KEBER

Chinese language skills are in growing demand from companies looking to hire in Cambodia’s job market as China’s influence in the Kingdom is increasingly felt both in the business and tourism sectors, online job portal Everjobs said yesterday. Reflecting on trends noted during the firm’s two years of operations in Cambodia, Niels van Klooster, Cambodia country manager for Everjobs, said companies are increasingly looking to recruit Chinese-speaking candidates, though language skill levels in the Kingdom remain low.

Opposition leader Kem Sokha speaks at a rally yesterday in Kampong Chhnang provinc

Opposition leader Kem Sokha continued to push the party’s decentralisation platform yesterday on the campaign trail while declaring in an interview

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Cambodia's biggest sugar mill has finished its two-month production run, producing half a million tonnes of refined white sugar, nearly five times what the company predicted at the beginning of the harvest season, a company representative said yesterday. Kuy Yoeurn, an administrative manager for Rui Feng (Cambodia) International Co Ltd, said the second harvest season of its $360 million sugar plant in Preah Vihear province greatly exceeded the company’s expectations. He said the mill produced 500,000 tonnes of refined sugar from an undisclosed amount of raw sugarcane this season.