Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Letter of protest

Letter of protest

Letter of protest

Dear Editor,

This letter is in reference to the unsigned opinion slipped into the "Letters"

segment of the October 27 edition of the Post.

The caption under the photo of the Youth Club pool stating that the 50 meter Youth

Club pool is a "pool open to the rich" is both false and runs contrary

to both the substance and intent of my letter which ran alongside the photo.

Such a caption next to a reader's letter submitted to you in good faith would surely

have had a deterrent effect on readers potentially interested in my letter's message.

Indeed, the title you chose for the letter, "Save the Youth Club" was itself

misleading and inappropriate. "The USA poised to usurp priceless Phnom Penh

sports site" would have been much more accurate.

We hear much about America's quality of life, but how much does the USA care about

our quality of life in Phnom Penh?

The US Ambassador indicates he has the culture to clearly conceive the negative impact

that the proposed US Embassy at Wat Phnom will have on Phnom Penh's urban planning

and future development if the Embassy proceeds with its plan to acquire the Youth

Club site.

There are three billion people in Asia, 1.5 billion under 25 years old, and half

a billion categorized as "middle-class" by the West. The Youth Club site

principally addresses the needs of the young and aspiring middle classes, not "the

rich".

Does the Phnom Penh Post wish to perpetuate the stereotype of "poor Cambodia"

or pretend that only the poor can have valid causes?

Are we to bear crosses of guilt because we spend US$50 a month for physical culture?

Finally, considering the nature of the subject, it might be pertinent this time to

retain the qualification appended to the signature of my original letter.

- Damien Morrison, Australian Institute of Sports, Center Management (AISCM),

Diploma holder

Phnom Penh

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia unveils new quarantine regulations

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Cambodia sets new Covid-19 quarantine rules

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Hun Sen: Cambodia set to fully reopen

    Prime Minister Hun Sen concludes that the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, during which many people either flocked to their hometowns for family reunion or gathered at tourist attractions across the country, has not caused an outbreak of Covid-19. In a special address to

  • Will Evergrande change the way Chinese developers do business in Cambodia?

    China’s property sector policy has exposed the grim financial condition of real estate developers including those operating in Cambodia, which raises questions over the viability of their projects and business going forward The dark blue netting draping over one of Yuetai Group Co Ltd’

  • Cambodia voted ‘world’s friendliest country’ in Rough Guides reader poll

    Cambodia ranked number one among the “World’s Friendliest Countries”, according to a reader poll conducted by London-based international website “Rough Guides”. Taking submissions through Twitter and Facebook, “Rough Guides”, a well-known travel agency and publisher of guidebooks, said the Kingdom “was by far the

  • S’ville set to turn into ‘second Shenzhen’

    The Ministry of Economy and Finance has awarded a master plan consultancy contract to top Chinese institute for the development and transformation of Preah Sihanouk province into a “Model Multi-Purpose Special Economic Zone”, Southeast Asia’s next logistics and resort hub and innovation centre. The