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The Gecko: 18 June , 2004

The Gecko: 18 June , 2004


recent visitor to Pailin says that if you need a decent meal, go to the casino smack

on the border. You won't find anyone working there who speaks Khmer but the food

is free so nobody is complaining.

Also not complaining are the legions of pick-up-truck drivers who are speeding from

Thailand via Poipet to Battambang with jerry cans filled with smuggled gasoline.

Those crafty ex-KR boys! Jumped into the free market like a bear into honey.

** If you want to see sculptures made from AK-47s by artists from the Peace Art Project

Cambodia, they are on display at Talkin to a Stranger.

** Readers will be shocked to learn that a recent World Health Organization study

has determined that "Up to half of all people with serious mental disorders

in the United States and several European countries are not receiving treatment,

and the situation is even worse in some developing countries," according to

a WHO press release.

"The researchers found that the prevalence of having any mental disorder in

the prior year varied widely from 4.3 percent in Shanghai to 26.4 percent in the

United States," the WHO statement said.

The study did not determine what percentage of people with untreated mental disorders

were sending out spam via the internet.

** One US Government employee in town is giving his infant daughter a lesson in democratic

pluralism in preparation for the upcoming US elections.

"Who's the worst President?" he asks her, to which she replies "Bush".

"Who's the best President?" "Bush," comes the reply.

"Who's the most mediocre President?" "Bush" again.

** If you've lost your Kampong Som address book, don't forget that the Sea View Villa

is at: # Seround Dipty, Sihanouk Ville.

** Heartiest congratulations to David King and Le Thi Nguyet Minh on the occasion

of their marriage celebration. The newlyweds are so happy that David says he doesn't

even mind when some of his in-laws call him "country bumpkin" in Vietnamese.

** Alert readers will recognize immediately from the news item below that this is

what has been missing in the Kingdom.

Los Angeles-based journalist Shawn Adler prefaced an interview with Hollywood star

John Travolta by noting "his life's ambition is to open a branch of Scientology

in Cambodia."


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Coffee maker roasted for producing fake product

    The Ministry of Interior’s Counter Counterfeit Committee will send a suspect to court on Monday after she allegedly roasted coffee mixed with soybeans and other ingredients, creating a product which could pose a high risk to consumers’ health. On the afternoon of July 2, the

  • Cash handout programme 80% complete

    Minister of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation Vong Soth confirmed on Thursday that the implementation of the Cash Transfer Programme For Poor and Vulnerable Households During Covid-19 had been implemented for more than 80% of the over 560,000 families. The programme was introduced one week ago.

  • Cambodia armed with money laundering laws

    Money laundering will now carry a penalty of up to five years in prison while those convicted of financing terrorists will be jailed for up to 20 years, according to new laws promulgated by King Norodom Sihamoni and seen by The Post on Thursday. Comprising nine

  • Where is Cambodia’s exit strategy that can save the economy?

    With the prospect of being slammed by a double whammy, the government is working on an economic recovery plan to deliver it from Covid-19 and the EU’s partial withdrawal of the Everything But Arms scheme in the next two to three years Cambodia is