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Law, justice and rights

Dear Editor,

First, I'd like to commend the Post for its impressive articles in the last edition

dated 2-15 March 2001, and would like to share my comments on some of the issues

publicized.

KR Trial Law: I am very glad to see KR trial law has been under way, yet I am very

anxious to see the actual trial takes place very soon as it has been too long already.

The former KR leaders are lucky to have a choice of selecting a lawyer and not receiving

death penalty. Were those people killed during the KR regime given opportunity for

formal court hearing or a lawyer as such? Why don't we show our younger generation

that we are serious about accountability, rule of law, justice, peace and human rights,

etc in Cambodia. Let's take no excuses, but go ahead and try them!

Jobs and people are first: The idea of running local bus lines in Phnom Penh centre

is good. However, for the moment please consider the possible loss of jobs and a

creation of hunger for many motorbike taxi-drivers and their families who have been

relying on these jobs. Job opportunities are still limited in this town as you would

know. There are more jobs as motorbike taxi-drivers than bus drivers and their motor

bikes use petrol which probably contribute higher petrol tax than buses run by diesel

fuel.

How about giving the public a choice of bus or motorbike on the same road?

The reported traffic accident related death figure is high and I think is very serious

to consider it as a priority because it involves many people's lives in danger. Traffic

safety education is needed and serious law enforcement is a priority. Let's run a

series of traffic safety campaign widely in the mass media and workshops in schools,

ministries and institutions. On the other hand let's reduce commercial advertisements

that have adverse impacts on our population.

Good roads are the routes to development of economy and contribute to poverty alleviation,

which means jobs for the people. If we lack quality roads, we should NOT lack responsibilities

in taking care of existing roads and safety. Big businesses involving heavy transport

should consider the economy for all, not self-interests. Usually, overloaded vehicles

contribute to the destruction of old and new roads. For the sake of good society

in the long term, let's take no bribes to let them pass the weight control point.

Finally, the removal of the squatters at the Monivong Bridge river bank is not a

priority if they have nowhere else more decent to stay.

- Cheang Yudh, Phnom Penh.

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