‘Well-founded fears’: Montagnards returning to Vietnam speak of dread for what awaits them

When Rlan Lap was 25 years old, he ran into the jungle. For the next two years, he lived mostly in hiding in the thick green of the trees.


Official warns ex-RFA staffers about continuing to work in Cambodia

Information Ministry spokesman Ouk Kimseng on Friday made a thinly veiled threat to jail Radio Free Asia reporters if they continued to work in the Kingdom, following the broadcaster’s announcement last week that it had ceased in-country operations.


Streaming platforms focus on content to attract subscribers

The local market for streaming video on demand, or SVOD, has become a whole lot richer in recent months, with three new paid platforms launching since July to join international heavyweight, Netflix. The four internet television services are now competing head-to-head for subscribers in Cambodia, but their biggest challenge is not each other, but rather persuading budget-conscious Cambodians to pay for video content in a market awash in free and pirated offerings.


Fresh arrest over Facebook criticism of Hun Sen

A 20-year-old woman was charged in Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court yesterday with incitement and public insult for posts made on Facebook about Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Queen Mother.


Hun Sen amps up attacks on US

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday ratcheted up his attacks on the United States, announcing that he had instructed the Immigration Department to check for American “spies” and suggesting the US Embassy pull out its Peace Corps volunteers.


Environmental NGO Mother Nature dissolved

The Interior Ministry on Friday announced it had stricken critical environmental NGO Mother Nature from its registry, effective immediately, with the group saying it had requested the move and would continue to investigate sand dredging and export violations in the country’s southwest despite the de-registration.


Business Insider: Selling life insurance in an untapped market

Prudential Life Assurance first entered the Cambodian market in 2013 at a time when few in the country understood the value of life insurance products in long-term financial planning. A partnership with Acleda Bank, the largest bank in the Kingdom, has helped Prudential grow steadily and extend its reach across the Kingdom. The Post’s Kali Kotoski sat down with David Nutman, CEO of Prudential Cambodia, who took over the reins in November.


Hun Sen lashes out at US for deportations

Prime Minister Hun Sen continued to criticise the US on Friday over its decision to suspend certain visas for Foreign Ministry officials due to the Kingdom’s unwillingness to take back Cambodian citizens that the US wants to deport, appearing to allude to the possibility of protests should the ban remain in place.


Finance, World Bank lead reform workshop

The Ministry of Economy and Finance and the World Bank launched a two-day workshop yesterday focused on the progress of Cambodia’s Public Financial Management Reform Program (PFMRP), an initiative that aims to improve the governance and transparency of the national budget.


Kim Sok to remain in detention

The Appeal Court on Friday upheld an 18-month prison sentence and $200,000 compensation claim against political commentator Kim Sok on charges of incitement and defamation.


Kingdom to enjoy special status at China biz event

Cambodia has been selected as the Country of Honour for next year’s China-Asean Expo (CAEXPO) and China-Asean Business and Investment Summit (CABIS), a high-profile annual business event held in Nanning, China, that aims to expand business cooperation between China and the 10 Asean member states.


New firm takes over for Cintri to tackle trash in Sihanoukville

Move over, Cintri – there’s a new garbage collector in town.


Vietnam looks to give fishery assistance to Cambodia

Vietnam has expressed inter-est in investing in Cambodia’s aquaculture sector and providing technical support to help boost fisheries production, according to Vietnamese media reports.


Opposition’s Chhay seeks answers on ‘red-handed’ crimes

Opposition lawmaker Son Chhay last week sent a letter to Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana seeking his ministry’s interpretation of the criminal procedures for “red-handed” crimes – a legal rationale used by the government to justify the arrest of Cambodia National Rescue Party President Kem Sokha in spite of his parliamentary immunity.


Prince Real Estate snaps up Phnom Penh Tower

Prince Real Estate (Cambodia) Investment purportedly signed an agreement yesterday morning for the purchase of the Phnom Penh Tower from Hyun-dai Engineering (Cambodia), two anonymous sources and an executive confirmed.


Drug mule arrested at airport with ‘cocaine in stomach’

Cambodian authorities last week arrested an alleged drug mule attempting to smuggle cocaine into the Kingdom by hiding it in his stomach.


CDC official thanks China for investment

The Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) heaped praise upon China yesterday for its continual support of the Kingdom, claiming that without its investment the local economy would never have managed to take off.


Five sentenced over Phnom Penh grenade attack

Phnom Penh Municipal Court has delivered life sentences to three people and 30-year jail terms to two more for their roles in a grenade attack in the capital’s Boeung Keng Kang III commune in September last year.


Chinese firm to help raise pigs in Cambodia

The Ministry of Agriculture signed a memorandum of understanding with a Chinese agricultural company to provide technical assistance in developing pig production in Cambodia.


Cambodians in Long Beach protest arrest

Cambodian-Americans from Southern California held a peaceful protest in front of Long Beach City Hall on Saturday to urge the Cambodian government to release opposition leader Kem Sokha and to call for the United Nations to intervene in the country’s currently tense political situation ahead of next year’s national elections.


Canada, Asean to talk FTA

Canada has agreed to commence exploratory discussions on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the 10 member nations that make up Asean, according to an announcement by the Canada-Asean Business Council (CABC).


Defence in tree plantation deal

The Ministry of Defence on Saturday signed an agreement with a Chinese company to create a 30,000-hectare tree plantation in Preah Vihear province, an official said yesterday.


Kingdom’s biggest SEZ to get even bigger

The Kingdom’s biggest industrial park is moving beyond its initial development stage and looking to attract nearly 200 new tenants in the next five years as it doubles its footprint.


Chinese arrested after radio report

Immigration Police who burst into a Phnom Penh apartment building on Saturday morning expecting to find a Chinese VoIP scam based on reports from a local radio station didn’t find any evidence of an extortion ring. They did, however, discover 29 Chinese nationals living in Cambodia illegally who will now be deported, officials said yesterday.


RDB extends deadline for rice-storage bidding

The government-run Rural Development Bank (RDB) has extended the deadline to receive proposals from registered Cambodian agricultural firms to develop rice storage and drying facilities after receiving a tepid response to its finance offer, a bank official said yesterday.


Timber busts in Kampong Speu

National and Provincial Military Police in Kampong Speu seized hauls of illicit timber and arrested two suspects in separate cases over the weekend.


Cambodia has sole objective for US

Cambodia intends to submit a petition to the United States government to extend the duty-free privileges of its Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) scheme to include footwear, giving local manufacturers a competitive advantage in the world’s biggest consumer market. But hopes are dimming as the submission deadline approaches and a bill proposing the exemption fails to make traction in the US Congress.


Breaking: Hun Sen suggests US embassy to pull out Peace Corps volunteers

Far from backing down in the face of international criticism, Prime Minister Hun Sen today ratcheted up his attacks on the United States, announcing that he had instructed the Immigration Department to check for American “spies” and suggesting the US Embassy pull out its Peace Corps volunteers.


New cement plants to max out production capacity

Two large cement plants are expected to begin operations by the end of the year, according to a state official, who said the Kingdom has reached its limit for domestic cement production and the government will stop issuing new licences in order to protect dwindling natural resources.