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The Gecko: 04 September 1998

The Gecko: 04 September 1998

With all the anti-Vietnamese rhetoric spewing forth from the demonstration in front

of the National Assembly, several observers have suggested that Rainsy should change

the name of his party to "The Sam Racist Party".

** Heard from one citizen who has been watching political events over the last few

months: "This is not democracy. This is demo-crazy."

** Nigerian scam artists have discovered Cambodia and are shopping around for partners.

One businessman received an unsolicited letter from a guy in Lagos which starts off:

"I am Dr. Akwali Umueni, the financial controller of Nigeria National Petroleum

Corporation... I got your contact from an associate working with the Nigerian export

promotion council and I decided to propose to you this business in strict confidence...

We are seeking your assistance for the transfer of $25,000,000 to your account for

further private investment purpose...This amount... accrued from over-invoiced contract

amount for construction of oil refinery."

Dr. Umueni says that all you have to do is send him your name, contact address, phone

and fax numbers, the name of your bank, telex and account numbers. Once they transfer

the money they will come to meet you and you get to keep 30% or $7,000,000 just for

letting him use your account.

Dr. Umueni also writes that the "transaction is 100% risk free" but you

do have to keep it secret.

**An article in the Chicago Tribune on the government's criticism of Thomas Hammar-berg

and the UNCHR has CPP adviser Om Yeng Tieng quoted as saying: "He never provides

us with adequate evidence. Evidence does not mean just photos and fingerprints of

those dead bodies."

** Fashion buffs are curious and want to know how and why Funcinpec's Lu Lay Srieng

has purple hair.

** The cops who have been camping out at night several hundred yards from the demonstration

in front of the National Assembly are both bored and friendly, and several speak

excellent English. Said one to a foreign journalist: "Why are you speaking Khmer

to me? Please speak English. I like to practice." And some training seems to

have sunk in: "You know, I can't talk about politics. I don't want to say anything

bad about anybody." Why did he join the force?: "I joined so I could get

a higher rank, but you know we have problems getting paid."

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