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The Gecko: 26 July 1996

The Gecko: 26 July 1996

Asiaweek's July 5 issue came out with their list of Asia's 50 most powerful people.

Second Prime Minister Hun Sen was the only Cambodian on the list, pegged at Number

42. In describing the Co-PM's "Power points" Asiaweek said: "A wily

tactician and shrewd judge of character. Despite losing in a 1993 poll, he has been

inexorably consolidating his power base. Fights to win but is becoming isolated politically.

Given to paranoid temper tantrums. Limited exposure to the outside world."

** "I'd still invest here over China, Vietnam and Burma. At least here

you can have a better chance of controlling your investment." said a financial

services advisor and former banker recently when commenting on Cambodia.

** A couple of barang tourists stop at a neon-lit club on the road near the

Casablanca restaurant late at night looking for a bite to eat. They walk in and ask

if there is still any food available. They are then ushered into a room with gals

sitting behind a glass window wearing pink uniforms. They say "No no. We want

some food." The host replies "Yes, yes. Food!" pointing at the massage


** How many casinos can you fit on the head of a pin? The scuttlebut on the

streets is that the new, shiny, five-story building across from the Lucky Market

is slated for development as a karaoke/entertainment/gambling center, as is the nearby

Makarah Restaurant which may get torn down with a new casino built in its place.

** Press Alert: Mr. Qazi Abdul Majeed, an international journalist (former)

has arrived in Phnom Penh and is on a new mission to write an international book.

Literature he is distributing says: "Our beloved Cambodia will be a significant

factor" in the new publication.

Mr. Majeed has had a run of bad luck of late as outlined in a brochure he has written

entitled "Special Police under Memorandum". According to the pamphlet Mr.

Majeed was poisoned with arsenic in Cairo after protesting against Sadam Hussein,

suffering from nerve-related problems ever since; was victimized by crooks in Mathura,

India, while seeking traditional Hindu health remedies, and had all his belongings

stolen; escaped an assassination attempt in Jalalabad, Afghanistan; was locked for

one month in "a dead cell under a hill" by Bulgarian secret police in Sophia;

and, later kidnapped by Pakistani spies and jailed in Peshawar before being released

and deported to Kathmandu.

** The world wide web, which is just starting to entangle Cambodia, has sent

shivers through the spines of some of Phnom Penh's residents. "The Internet

is the third Anti-Christ. It will destroy the world," preaches futurist, Nostradamusian

scholar and part-Chinese, Catholic look-alike Matthew Lee.


  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • China-Cambodia tourism forum held

    The Cambodian tourism sector must be prepared to welcome a growing number of Chinese tourists, as they lead the globe in the number of outbound travellers and were responsible for the most visitors to the Kingdom last year, the country’s tourism minister said on