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The Gecko: 02-Marcch-2001

The Gecko: 02-Marcch-2001

Film buffs take note: French movie star Gerard Depardieu arrived in town Feb 27

to work on the Matt Dillon production. Anyone eager to catch a glimpse of the veteran

actor need only pass by the square in front of the Post Office where filming will

be going on for the next three or four days.

One embassy in town took such a beating when the near-dozen banks shut down without

notice in December that they've become rather gun shy about opening an account elsewhere.

To meet on-going fiscal needs, they now bring in around $250,000 in cash from Bangkok

each month in a suitcase. How does one declare this on the customs arrival form?

Inquiring minds want to know which donor official involved in providing funds to

support the Forest Crime Monitoring Unit (FCMU) was reprimanded for organizing his

own private hunting trip to Ratanakiri. Apparently, it was explained in no uncertain

terms to the would-be marksman that shooting rabbits in the bush was exactly what

the FCMU was trying to prevent.

Aspiring tour guides in Siem Reap are complaining that they are being stymied in

their career development plans as the powers-that-be are demanding $1,000 each for

the Tourist Guide License needed to ply the trade in the Angkor Temple area. However,

given the rise in English-language skills of the young hawkers around the temples,

even registered tour guides may face an uphill battle. One tourist was recently approached

by a wee trinket seller and when he declined to make a purchase received an "Oh

my Gawd!" Unfazed by the rebuff, when the young tyke blurted

out "I wanna die" a sale was finally confirmed.

A new phrase has entered the Khmer-language lexicon, but its origins are murky. Iraq

chikong, Iran chi lanh roughly translated means: Iraq [goes by] bicycle, Iran goes

by car. However, when asked where the phrase came from one solipsist replied:"You

know; remember when they bombed Kosovo?"

Keep your eyes peeled. Two of the ideas now in play to help sort out the city's traffic

woes include the installaation of parking meters (who gets the concession to sell

the tokens needed to use them?) and meter taxis. Industry insiders say that if a

meter taxi plan were approved, investors would flock to Phnom Penh to get in on the

action. But what about meter motodupes? Those could be a real hit.


  • Over $3M in traffic fines collected in two months

    Traffic police officers collected over $3 million in fines throughout the Kingdom during the past two months when officers strictly enforced the law in accordance with a May sub-decree, officials said. As incentives, law enforcement officers received between 200,000 and two million riel ($50 to $500) each. The figures

  • More than 10,000 workers suspended

    More than 10,000 workers at 18 factories in Svay Rieng province have been suspended because of Covid-19, said provincial deputy governor Ros Pharith. Home to 11 special economic zones, Pharith said Svay Rieng has not been spared as the pandemic takes a toll on the global economy. “There

  • Oz lauds Kingdom’s passage of money laundering laws

    In a press release published by the Australian embassy in Phnom Penh on Monday, the country applauded Cambodia’s stance on transnational crimes as well as its promulgation of an anti-money laundering law and a law on combating proliferation financing. The praise came after King

  • Lotus face masks designed to cover globe

    A French designer in Cambodia has produced ecological face masks from lotus fibre to supply local and international markets with an eye on preserving ancestral techniques and supporting Cambodian women in rural communities. During a trip to Asia, Awen Delaval, an eco-friendly fashion designer, was

  • Accused not treated equally, says CCHR

    The Cambodia Centre for Human Rights (CCHR) has urged the Court of Appeal to do more to ensure that an accused’s right to a fair trial is fully respected. In a bulletin released on Monday, the CCHR said it had monitored 273 cases at the

  • Planning ministry hands out cash to 420,000 poor families in Kingdom

    The Ministry of Planning has identified 20,000 more poor families in the country, bringing the total to over 580,000, while over 420,000 of them have received the government’s cash assistance. In the meantime, many social security cards from families not deemed to be poor have been revoked.

  • Investors’ $14.4M projects approved

    New investments from local and foreign sources continue to pour into Cambodia despite the Covid-19 pandemic remaining a lingering threat to regional and global economies. This comes as the Kingdom’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to contract between one and 2.9 per cent this

  • NagaWorld casinos set to reopen, schools to follow

    NAGACORP Ltd has requested that it be allowed to reopen its NagaWorld integrated resorts in Phnom Penh after the government recently approved casinos to operate again, provided they follow Covid-19 prevention measures set by the Ministry of Health. Mey Vann, the director-general of the Ministry

  • Rubber exports stretch 17%

    Cambodia exported 97,175 tonnes of natural rubber in the first five months of this year, surging 17 per cent compared to the same period last year as the Covid-19 pandemic stretches on, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries official Khuong Phalla told The Post on Thursday. Phalla,

  • ASEM supports Kingdom’s proposal to postpone meeting amid Covid

    The 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM13) scheduled to be held in Cambodia in November has been postponed until mid-2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation press statement released on Saturday said. The decision was made during a two-day meeting