The free market has its limits in Sihanoukville. Some years back when the
numbers of tourists visiting the seaside resort started to increase
dramatically, one motodupe driver saw an opportunity to set up a business
renting motorcycles to foreigners. He did well and prospered, and soon his tiny
fleet of moto rentals increased to 14. But this did not please other motodupe
drivers who saw their own level of business decline. As an expression of their
appreciation for their compatriot's entrepreneurship, they retaliated.
Foreigners discovered that their rental motos sometimes had tires cut or they
were just stolen.
The police and authorities got involved and a solution
was found: Ban foreigners from renting motorcycles. Now a system has developed
where the cops get a cut from moto drivers who are back in business ferrying
around the foreigners who can't rent motos on their own.
papers just get it wrong. Several lept on the report that US Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice had named Cambodia as an "outpost of tyranny", along with Cuba,
Iran, Belarus, Zimbabwe and North Korea. Khmer Intelligence picked up the story
- wrongly - listing it as (1), which means as "confirmed fact".
Embassy was forced to issue a press release on Feb 24 denying the report, noting
that the sixth country named by Rice was Burma. The embassy also hoped that
Khmer Intelligence would correct its mistake. Time will tell.
France Presse correspondent Luke Hunt has had his last hurrah, his final
farewell, and his swan song declaration on the state of the universe. All the
PPPost staff wish him well as he heads to take up his post as an editor on the
AFP desk in Hong Kong, and they expect an occasional postcard as well.
** A large crowd turned out for the book launch of Tom Fawthrop and
Helen Jarvis' new publication Getting away with genocide? elusive justice and
the Khmer Rouge tribunal held at Friends on Feb 22. The book is on sale around
town. Check it out.
The master of ceremonies asked the assembled guests
to raise their hands if they thought a trial would ever take place. Only about
30 percent did so.
** Sasha Constable has unleashed her creative juices
and an exhibition of her latest works can be seen at Java Café.