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The Gecko: 21 June 2002

The Gecko: 21 June 2002

A woman at the Rainsy-led Congress of the Poor demonstration on June 18 was

carrying a sign in English which read "The poor demand social justice". One

journalist asked her "What does this mean in Khmer?" She replied (in Khmer): "I

don't know."

At the same demo, the Free Trade Union of Workers of the

Kingdom of Cambodia (FTUWKC) had a banner calling for an increase in the minimum

wage to $70 per month. A wonderful idea, but it's unclear if anyone has

explained to FTUKWC that if the government accepted this demand probably every

garment factory in the Kingdom would shut down and move to Vietnam within one

week. Maybe there is a conspiracy afoot.

Jose Carreras is set to perform at Angkor Wat. Ticket sales will start at the

low, low price of only $500. But the cause is good. Proceeds go to CRC, VI and


Samnang Beware! Your $5 Heart of Darkness T-shirts are now on sale at the

Choeung Ek Killing Fields Gift Shop for only two bucks.

The Vietnamese flag along the waterfront is STILL upside down.

There are causes, Xhosas, casuistry, and then there is Tom Fawthrop. Tom,

ever the fan of the underdog, has established the Phnom Penh chapter of the "Go

Senegal Club". He's produced a bunch of colorful T-shirts which say "Viva

Senegal-African Victory. New World Order-World Cup 2002". Tom says that shirts

can be ordered by calling Mr. Kola at 012-804-171, and that all profits will

support a worthy cause.

As a committed underdog supporter Tom was asked if he was rooting for the USA

in the current World Cup frenzy. He stopped in his tracks, as if he had just

been told he was standing in the middle of a minefield. Against Germany, Tom

will be pulling for the Yanks. Imagine that!

In other World Cup-related news, Andy Eames is on the verge of a nervous

collapse with the thought that he might see England win the Cup at least once in

his lifetime.

After a flood of inquiries via email, phone and fax from around the globe,

the Post Investigation & Research Department has finally come up with

answers to questions that have been nagging readers for all too long. In 1999 in

the Big Apple 184 New Yorkers were bitten by rats. During that same year, 1,002

New Yorkers were bitten by other New Yorkers.


  • 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