Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - The Gecko: 22 May 1998

The Gecko: 22 May 1998

** Frank Sinatra's death struck a note of sadness around the world, even here in

Cambodia. In response to a faxed message from Agence France Presse to His

Majesty King Sihanouk concerning the subject, the King responded: "I have always

admired Frank Sinatra as a singer and equally as a film star. I have at my home many

records and tapes of songs of this illustrious artist. My favorites are 'My Way'

and 'Strangers in the Night'. I will never forget Frank Sinatra, an exceptional human

being."

** How does one prepare for a ministerial post in the new government? According to

informed sources, Hok Lundy - perhaps expecting a promotion after the elections for

services rendered - recently visited Germany for some liposuction treatment on his

stomach.

** It's official. The word is out that all incoming election observers have been

advised that a visit to the FCCC and the Heart of Darkness is a mandatory component

of their orientation process.

Officials have determined that the standard training module for election observers

may lack a full exposure to the wide range of issues related to the overall polling

process, not to mention the broader "Cambodian context".

Accordingly, short- and long-term observers have been encouraged to seek out contacts

with the diverse panoply of viewpoints represented at the two distinguished watering

holes, including those of drunk journalists with a two-minute attention span, shrill-yet-caring

NGO workers, sourpuss investors who haven't made a dime but paid through the nose

for the opportunity to lose their shirts, drug-addled backpackers named "Like

Wow", highly-paid consultants who see problems as per diemed opportunities,

armchair political pundits now famous because they've latched on to a country where

finding the truth is simple, and an assorted, motley crew of rapidly-aging hangers-on

whose purpose in life is still a mystery, especially to themselves.

And if all you observers get a bit overwelmed by the cacophonous diversity of opinion

on what's really happening in-country, you can always check out the Martini Pub and

practice your sign language skills.

** The EU ambassadorial troika in Phnom Penh tasked with determining the freeness

and fairness of the elections has lost one of its legs and the diplomatic cocktail

circuit is a bit at a loss for words. The Ger-man ambassador has decided to tie the

knot which will involve nine-weeks leave. He'll be back one week before the polls,

just in time to make a seasoned, in-depth analysis of the entire process.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Explore the durian and rubber farms of Kampong Cham

Take a drive north of Kampong Cham, past the dirt roads and the dense greenery.

Kem Sokha talks politics, power and Hun Sen

Kem Sokha, leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, sat down with The Post’s Alex Willemyns and Mech Dara to discuss his supporters’ initial disappointment with this year’s

NEC officials tally votes during a recount last week in Phnom Penh.

Cambodia’s National Election Committee last week rejected 33 of 61 complaints filed over the conduct of June 4’s commune election, according to a s

People search for their names on the voter lists at a polling station in Kampong Cham’s Veal Vong commune earlier this month.

Four years ago, when the opposition snatched Kampong Cham away from the ruling party in 2013 national elections, it hinted at a deeper shift taking