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The Gecko: 13, January , 1995

 

Where's Pol Pot? According to General Nhek Bun Chhay the KR leader is in Phnom

Thom (Big Mountain) on Cambodian territory just across from Tart in Thailand.

Bun Chhay also said that Pol Pot had just returned from a visit to China for

medical treatment due to problems from repeated bouts of malarial. Anyone want

to figure out how Pol Pot gets to China and back? Khieu Samphan is supposed to

be in Phnom Malai south of Poipet.

 

An RCAF soldier in Phum Bos, 30 Kms north of Stoeng on Route 6 in Kompong

Thom province was asked recently what he would tell Prime Minister Norodom

Ranariddh if he had the opportunity. Chat Samnang, 32, said "I would ask for a

new uniform and new weapon to fight the Khmer Rouge." Samnang said he had not

been paid in two months but added, "About salary, no problem because I know our

government is poor."

Khmer Rouge defector Troul, 28, sitting in the main defector camp in Siem

Reap city on January 5 was asked what kind of military activities he'd conducted

from his jungle hideout in Pourk district over the last three years. He replied,

"Nothing, we got very bored."

Is AIDs a problem in Cambodia? According to a graduate of the University of

Phnom Penh Medical School the answer is clear. "AIDs? No problem," he said. "We

are not afraid of AIDs because it takes a long time to die - 20 or 30

years."

It appears that Geckos don't like journalists. FCCC Manager James Campbell

recently purchased 20 Geckos for 1,500 riels each and tried to perch them on the

club's walls thinking they could pick up some useful tips for this column.

They've all disappeared, although James says they are hiding.

But James'

toes aren't! His new shoes are the height of fashion in Paris. He says he

clipped a photo from GQ magazine of the designer Yamamoto's latest trend

setters, and then went to a cobbler in Phnom Penh where a pair was literally cut

out for only $25.

Someone had to be medivaced to Bangkok recently, and thanks to the ingenuity

of the airplane's crew the flight came off without a hitch in spite of some

electrical problems. When the crew was about to take off after dark, the lights

in the aircraft weren't working. After some quick purchases, one and all flew to

Thailand by torchlight.

The inaugural RAC flight to KL was a "non-smoker" but that policy may not

last. The Gecko hears that both Hun Sen and Sar Keng were grumbling about not

being able to light up on board and were not shy about saying they hoped things

would change.

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