** Some doubting Thom-ases are already predicting the outcome of the upcoming
elections and the world's response to it.
One weary pundit envisions the following press statement from the EU which will be
released after vote counting has been completed: "In recognition of the recent
tragic history in Cambodia, the 1998 elections, although there were some irregularities,
broadly reflected the will of the people and were a positive step on the road to
** Hun Sen's English is getting very good with some key words added to his
At the recent half-marathon in Siem Reap, the two Prime Ministers and Defense Minister
Tea Banh kicked off the event by competing amongst themselves in a ceremonial 200
meter dash. Ung Huot came in first, Hun Sen second and Tea Banh third.
After the sprint the two PMs stopped at a cafe in their natty jogging suits for a
cognac. Samdech Hun Sen reached for his smokes so he could savour his second place
finish, but one of his gorgeous daughters came up and said "Daddy, you promised
you would quit smoking."
The Second PM, looking a bit chagrinned, turned to a foreign friend and said in the
Queen's finest: "I have to find a loophole."
** Nutcases beware! Expatriate editors and publishers in the Kingdom, who
have long had a reputation for being completely off their rockers, may have to come
face-to-face with a serious reality check. Sources say that a draft prakas circulating
within the Ministry of Information includes language which would make it mandatory
for all foreign editors and publishers to obtain certificates of mental health in
order for them to be able to continue working in Cambodia.
** One foreign doctor is a bit sanguine about all the fuss over the alleged
executions after the July fighting. He says: "What's the difference between
guys getting shot in the head and those in hospitals who have to pay for an IV drip?
And when they can't pay for it, it takes three hours for them to die. At least the
guys who get shot die quickly."