Notes with cryptic terrorist slogans turned up in the men's toilets of a major Phnom
Penh hotel on September 4 during a meeting of more than 30 journalists from the Mekong
region and a Christian religious service.
At 11.30 a.m., a Cambodian television journalist attending the International Press
Service's Imaging Our Mekong workshop at the Sunway Hotel discovered several strips
of paper above the urinal with typed messages in Khmer and English.
One note read, "The center city top richs will attack by poors soon and the
war (on terror) of aggression another country will coming too (U.S)."
Said another, "(If have) eat danger (if have) eat danger (if leave) eat danger
... (if leave) eat danger."
And another, "I'll make you became a terrorist by yourself, wich you be safe
all the time na !ha".
The notes did not identify any person or organization. One was printed on the back
of a photocopy of page 6 of the The Cambodia Daily's August 30 edition.
Puzzled, the journalist passed the notes around to his colleagues and finally to
a security guard, with the expectation that hotel management would be alerted.
But Jean Gablin, general manager of the Sunway Hotel, said he had not been informed
of the strange notes by security and wasn't sure what to make of the messages.
"I have never seen anything like this before, and I have no idea what it means,"
"It is difficult to for me to trust this, when the finding was made in a public
area and no employees at the hotel witnessed it," he said.
Gablin said he would meet with hotel security to discuss the findings.
Greg Gallaher, assistant minister for the International Christian Fellowship, said
their regular 9 a.m. Sunday service was moved to accommodate the journalism conference
but otherwise reported nothing out of the ordinary.