With all the anti-Vietnamese rhetoric spewing forth from the demonstration in front
of the National Assembly, several observers have suggested that Rainsy should change
the name of his party to "The Sam Racist Party".
** Heard from one citizen who has been watching political events over the last few
months: "This is not democracy. This is demo-crazy."
** Nigerian scam artists have discovered Cambodia and are shopping around for partners.
One businessman received an unsolicited letter from a guy in Lagos which starts off:
"I am Dr. Akwali Umueni, the financial controller of Nigeria National Petroleum
Corporation... I got your contact from an associate working with the Nigerian export
promotion council and I decided to propose to you this business in strict confidence...
We are seeking your assistance for the transfer of $25,000,000 to your account for
further private investment purpose...This amount... accrued from over-invoiced contract
amount for construction of oil refinery."
Dr. Umueni says that all you have to do is send him your name, contact address, phone
and fax numbers, the name of your bank, telex and account numbers. Once they transfer
the money they will come to meet you and you get to keep 30% or $7,000,000 just for
letting him use your account.
Dr. Umueni also writes that the "transaction is 100% risk free" but you
do have to keep it secret.
**An article in the Chicago Tribune on the government's criticism of Thomas Hammar-berg
and the UNCHR has CPP adviser Om Yeng Tieng quoted as saying: "He never provides
us with adequate evidence. Evidence does not mean just photos and fingerprints of
those dead bodies."
** Fashion buffs are curious and want to know how and why Funcinpec's Lu Lay Srieng
has purple hair.
** The cops who have been camping out at night several hundred yards from the demonstration
in front of the National Assembly are both bored and friendly, and several speak
excellent English. Said one to a foreign journalist: "Why are you speaking Khmer
to me? Please speak English. I like to practice." And some training seems to
have sunk in: "You know, I can't talk about politics. I don't want to say anything
bad about anybody." Why did he join the force?: "I joined so I could get
a higher rank, but you know we have problems getting paid."