Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - The Gecko: 20 May, 1994

The Gecko: 20 May, 1994

The Gecko: 20 May, 1994

T he Gecko is indeed riddled with remorse over the "completely unfounded"

information aired in last issue's column concerning the UN Center for Human

Rights. Most importantly, the Gecko is pleased as punch that the Center is, in

fact, not shutting down, as it shouldn't and as most hope it won't for a long

time to come.

However, the fact that the Center did close shop for two

days due to lack of funds is a cause for concern. And, as Center employees also

tell the Gecko, the fact that the phone company threatened to cut off the

Center's services due to lack of payment only adds to the concern about what is

actually going on there.

At the heart of the issue seems to be a power

struggle between those Center employees trying to get the job done and the

bureaucrats in Geneva who are using the Center's purse strings as leverage to

maintain control over who does what here.

In any event, the Gecko's was

told that last edition's three sentences on the issue appear to have rung a few

alarm bells in Geneva and funding for (only) another month has apparently been

released expeditiously. But is month by month funding for the Center really the

best way to ensure the effectiveness of the organization's operations here in

Cambodia?

At least the Center isn't the only institution in town to have

phone bill problems. One western embassy defense attache was desperately trying

to get through to Phnom Penh from Battambang during the recent fighting out west

to report in on the hemming and hawing on the front lines only to find out that

their mobile phone service had been cut off due to lack of payment.

Its

good to know that Samart has one system that works - alas, it's the one that

cuts off your phone when the check doesn't arrive on time.

Phnom Penh's

dental students need to be applauded for their thirst for knowledge as they seek

to become experts in tooth repair.

But is Tuol Sleng really the best

place for research? The Gecko hears that a few would-be dentists were seen

stealing whole jaws from one of the genocide museum's second floor skull

storerooms to have a look-see back in the lab.

The coalition government

is having its fair share of problems although, for the time being, one major one

seems to have been resolved.

With two co-prime ministers the issue of who

gets to walk first on the red carpet at airport ceremonies was causing a bit of

a stir.

Solution: simple! Order a wider red carpet built for two which

is now ready to be un-rolled at a moments notice.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Thy Sovantha threatens new suit

    Social media celebrity and card-carrying CPP member Thy Sovantha yesterday said she will file a lawsuit against wildlife NGO head Suwanna Gauntlett alleging discrimination after the latter allegedly denied her access to an ecotourism program the group is launching today in Koh Kong province. The

  • Police raid Siem Reap party, arrest 10 foreigners over ‘pornographic’ images

    A group of 10 foreign tourists appeared in court today after being arrested for producing “pornographic” photos in Siem Reap town on Thursday, while dozens more were detained temporarily and let go after being lectured on their behaviour, according to authorities. A report posted to the

  • Hun Sen’s in-law removed from RCAF after cockfighting rings raided

    Thai Phany, the nephew-in-law of Prime Minister Hun Sen who is accused of running two large cockfighting rings, has been removed as a general in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces. Phany, formerly a one-star brigadier general, was removed by royal decree on December 19, according to

  • Government approves plan to relocate Phnom Penh’s airport

    The government has signed off on a proposal to build a new airport to serve Phnom Penh and has earmarked land in Kandal province for the $1.5 billion project. A new international airport to replace the existing Phnom Penh International Airport will be constructed on partially