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The Gecko: 6 June 2003

The Gecko: 6 June 2003

The Kingdom's newest citizen, by naturalization, is none other than the world famous

Dr Helen Jarvis. Helen, who hails from Australia, said she didn't apply for citizenship,

It was just given to her as a gift. Wow!

ïï Bit of a slip-up in the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) May 21 press

release about the SRP demonstration in front of the National Assembly the same day.

CCHR wrote: "One woman, who was three months pregnant and was hit by a policeman

with an electric baton as she fled from the National Assembly, miscarried this afternoon."

As it turns out, the woman was not pregnant and, accordingly, did not have a miscarriage

that afternoon. It is still unclear what she did have and whether or not her problems

were even related to the demonstration. This is according to other human rights workers

who didn't rush to get out a press release.

One can only hope that these kinds of mistakes will be avoided in the future. Perhaps

CCHR's expat advisor Andrew Thornley, who just happens to be married to the International

Republican Institute's Cambodia program director Johanna Kao, which just happens

to be CCHR's primary donor, will run a seminar on fact checking for the lads at CCHR.

One assumes that further IRI funding for such an endeavor might be available.

ïï And then there's the story of the misplaced hotel.

A European tourist bowled into town last month with a head of steam and checked into

a hotel along the river-the only one with an elevator. He went out for a bit of revelry

but things got rather blurry as the night progressed, so much so that he couldn't

remember where he was staying.

Not a problem. He ended up sleeping in the park in front of the Palace-for eight


The good news is that when he finally ran into someone who told him the name of the

hotel, he returned to discover with a sigh of relief that his $6,000 in travelers

checks and passport were safe and sound.

ïï One of the great mysteries of the UNTAC era has finally been cleared up. Researchers

have for years wondered who was the guy who stole Morris Catering's live crocodile,

on display at its farewell dinner bash in 1993 at Le Royal, and put it in the Australian

Embassy compound's swimming pool.

Lindsay Murdoch, at his recent wedding in Jakarta, confessed that he was the mastermind

behind the rescue. He says it was an Animal Rights issue as the croc looked like

he needed a dip.


  • 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

  • Fish, frogs to boost local food supply

    The government has disbursed more than $4.5 million to boost aquaculture production and domestic market supply amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon told The Post on Monday that in boosting agricultural production, the ministry has received financing from development partners

  • 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.

  • Nature in focus at inaugural film and photo festival

    The first Cambodian Wildlife Photo and Film Festival – an event celebrating the conservation of nature through the eyes of wildlife photographers, nature enthusiasts and conservation experts – is scheduled for July 18-26 at Fauna in Focus’ Nature Discovery Centre in Siem Reap. The festival will be

  • 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