Apr 30: Reuters reported: Over 65,000 people flew to Cambodia in the first
quarter of this year, up 32 percent on last year's figure, according to the Ministry
of Tourism. The latest ministry statistics show 65,662 people arrived at the airport
by the end of March, including 48,864 people traveling on tourist visas, 15,008 on
business visas and 1,790 on official visas.
Apr 30: Reuters reported: Cambodia's Interior Ministry destroyed 1.5 tonnes
of marijuana, signaling its determination to stamp out production of a crop widely
used by locals to spice meals. The official, speaking at the ministry headquarters
as the crop went up in smoke, said that one Cambodian man had been arrested and could
face at least one year in jail if convicted.
May 1: Reuters reported: General In Sidarei, a high ranking officer and
commander of Military Region Five, was killed in an April 29 ambush as he rode in
an armored personnel carrier through forest north of the Khmer Rouge stronghold of
Pailin. Tea Banh, Co-Defence Minister, said about ten Khmer Rouge guerrillas had
opened fire on the vehicle with rockets and guns before fleeing.
May 5: Reuters reported: Cam-bodia's fast-growing garment industry is plagued
by poor working conditions, abuse of workers and low pay, according to a report by
an independent non-governmental organization. The organization said the report was
prepared after two months studying 13 garment factories and interviewing workers.
It said some employees were making as little as $10 a month. "There is no official
minimum wage in Cambodia. There are no trade unions and no right to bargain. Labour
inspectors reported that they are often barred from entering factories." Women
at one factory referred to the manager as "Pol Pot."