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The Gecko: 17 March 2000

The Gecko: 17 March 2000

The big question as to where the SRP gets its funds has finally been answered. In

case you missed it, Sankruos Cheat scooped the planet with its no-brainer article:

"Sam Rainsy Sells His Brain To Foreigners For Millions Of Dollars," run

on February 28. As translated in the Mirror:

"According to a credible source, Mr. Sam Rainsy has sold his brain and body

for millions and millions of dollars to become a puppet of foreign countries. Unconfirmed

large amounts have been spent to buy Sam Rainsy as a pawn to serve policies of territorial

encroachment."

"Sources claim that Sam Rainsy does no political work except selling his brain

to foreigners; it is known that Sam Rainsy's brain does not only contain pure Cambodian

blood, but is also full of ambition for power and property. But it is felt that the

price for which he sold his brain will not be hidden for long. Sometime soon, the

facts will be revealed, because traitors like Sam Rainsy cannot escape defeat."

** Materials for the Asian Development Bank's 33rd Annual Meeting of the Board

of Governors to take place in Chiang Mai from May 4-6 are now circulating. There's

a little brochure listing the 14 seminars participants can attend. And then there's

a larger brochure listing pre- and post- conference tours.

Don't delay. Sign up now for Intanon National Park, Elephant Adventure, Sunrise Tour,

Khantoke Dinner, Golf in Chiang Mai, Authentic Thai Cooking Class, Elephants At Work

& Meo Hilltribe Village, Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle, 3 Days/2 Nights Mae

Hong Son-Long-Necked Hilltribe or 3 Days/2 Nights Bangkok.

** Aging Beatles fans will be tickled pink to learn that Paul McCartney's

new girlfriend, Heather Mills, has a connection to Cambodia. In recent years, since

losing one of her legs, she has supported a number of projects for the disabled here.

She and her work can be checked out at www.heathermills.org

** Anyone who wants a fresh perspective on the Kingdom's leap into the fold

of emerging democracies should take some time off and visit Hanoi. Don't forget to

take in the Ho Chi Minh Museum, one of Vietnam's finest and most frequently visited.

There are heaps of pictures of Uncle Ho over the years as he struggled for democracy,

with appropriate Ho quotes underneath.

One picture from 1959 has Uncle Ho meeting with peasants with a quote which reads:

"The State guarantees democratic freedoms to the citizens, but strictly prohibits

any misure (sic) of these freedoms to infringe on the interests of the state and

the people."

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