Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Of tanks and G-men

Of tanks and G-men

Of tanks and G-men

The Editor,

Your issue of May 3-15 has given me the impetus to write a request of the Phnom

Penh Post that I've vacillated on for far too long. You gave all your readers an

artistic rendition of the types of tanks and armored personnel carriers that abound

in the Kingdom, which I appreciate. Now I can cut it out, laminate it, and place

it in my shirt pocket. And next time one of these vehicles moves down Monivong Blvd

I pull it out and tell my wife that's a Pt-76 and it only has one barrel pointed

at you while the Type-69 (Is there a hidden message in that military numbering system?)

has not only one barrel pointed at you but also a front-mounted machine gun as well.

She's got to be impressed and for that I thank you.

Anyway, the point of this letter needs to be addressed. I've been a resident of the

Kingdom for 3 1/2 years and I'm still unable to distinguish between the various branches

of the military and police. In my home country, I can easily identify all the cops,

jar-heads, swabbies, doggies, air-dales and G men (It's the creases in their trousers

that always give them away), but here I'm still in a quandary. I can, however, discern

the guys in plain clothes because "they all look alike". What I suggest,

then, is that you commission your Photographer-at-Will to do a photographic essay

of the RCAF, Funcinpec and CPP men/women outfitted in their different insignias and

shades of blue, beige, green, black and that macho camouflage. Maybe even do a piece

on their headgear which would, however, involve another set and shade of color. By

doing that, we residents of the Kingdom would have a better picture (no pun) intended

of who was really ripping us off at all those checkpoints. God, my wife would really

be impressed then!

- David Hagenson, Phnom Penh.

MOST VIEWED

  • Temi tourism project approved by the CDC

    The $500.4 million Tourism, Ecological, Marine and International (Temi) tourism project has been approved by the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), according to a notice on its Facebook page on Monday. The project is part of Chinese-owned Union City Development Group Co Ltd’s (

  • Rainsy will return at ‘favourable time’

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy on Saturday suggested he would not return to Cambodia as he had previously promised, saying that like liberators King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Charles de Gaulle, he would only do so at a “favourable time”. “I will go back to Cambodia

  • NagaWorld casino sees net profit of more than $390M last year

    Phnom Penh’s NagaWorld casino posted a 53 per cent net profit increase last year at $390.6 million, a sum which is almost equal to the combined net profit of all Cambodian commercial banks in 2017. NagaWorld’s parent company, NagaCorp Ltd, is listed on the Hong Kong

  • US Embassy urged to stop ‘disrespecting sovereignty’

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation called on the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Saturday to respect the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations after it called former opposition leader Kem Sokha “an innocent man” – a move deemed to be “disrespecting Cambodia’s