Teacher Association’s ‘Pilgrimage’ Blocked From Sleeping at Pagoda
A small march vaguely calling for “morality” in the country’s politics faced obstacles within the first day of its planned 10-day trek from Phnom Penh to Pursat as authorities blocked them from sleeping at a pagoda.
Finance Minister’s Wife Gets State Land in Keo Seima for Ecotourism
Protected areas in Kirirom National Park and the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary are being privatized for companies run by family members of notorious tycoon Choeung Sopheap as well as the wife of the country’s finance minister.
Top Candlelight Adviser Announces Resignation, Accepts ‘Mistake’
Senior politician Kong Korm announced he would step down from his activities with the opposition Candlelight Party, apologizing to ruling party leaders for an unspecified “mistake.”
Electricite Du Cambodge Gets 7 Hectares of Boeng Tamok
The government continued the trend of giving state institutions and private individuals tracts of land on Phnom Penh’s Boeng Tamok lake, handing over 70 hectares to state utilities supplier Electricite du Cambodge.
Victim’s Husband Offers $1,000 Reward Over NagaWorld Murder
A husband is offering $1,000 for the whereabouts of an unofficial suspect he believes murdered his wife inside Phnom Penh’s NagaWorld casino.
Almanac Heralds Disease, Errant Weather With Some Hope from an Angel
The coming year will see hot and stormy weather for Cambodia, with the prospect of wars and disease across the world, according to the annual almanac.
Opinion: Any Redesign of Riverside Must Include Street Vendors
Phnom Penh should lean into the role street vendors play in our lives, and provide them with clean, orderly, dedicated places in which to do their work — starting with a hub on the city’s riverside, writes Future Forum junior researcher Prak Norak.
Authorities Unperturbed by Private Owner Fencing Off Sihanoukville Beach
A Preah Sihanouk spokesperson said private property encroaching onto the province’s beaches was OK as long as owners had the requisite land documents to prove ownership.
Court Changes Judge After Request From Mother Nature Defendants: Lawyer
A week before the scheduled start of a “plotting” trial against a group of young environmentalists, the court has switched judges and postponed the case as the defendants didn’t want the same jurist that previously convicted them of incitement, according to their lawyer.
Two Killed in Sihanoukville Club Fire
Two people have died and three were injured after Sihanoukville’s Julie & Anna Entertainment Club caught fire on Monday night in Sihanoukville’s Bei commune.
Alleged Malaysian Scammer Had Operations in Cambodia
A Malaysian businessman facing extradition from Thailand to China over money laundering and online gambling tried to recruit investors in Cambodia.
All Oddar Meanchey Journalists Ordered to Check In at Provincial Hall
The Oddar Meanchey information department ordered a roll call of all local journalists at its office, saying if any journalist or organization failed to appear, the department would not recognize their work.
Union Leader Rong Chhun Joins Candlelight
Prominent unionist Rong Chhun joined the Candlelight Party on Tuesday, months shy of the national election and he expected a “big achievement” for the party in July.
Vow of Silence After Clash Erupts Over Local Monk
A contract pledging quiet has been signed by a bitterly divided community that saw hundreds of residents clash over allegations that the local monk chief pocketed the pagoda’s money.
From ‘Color Revolution’ to ‘Extremists’: CPP’s Linguistic Gymnastics Against Dissidents
The Cambodian People’s Party will root out all extremist political groups, the party said at a congress this weekend, as party workers again voted for Hun Sen to lead them into the upcoming national election.
Prey Veng Councilor Jailed in CPP Officials’ Cross-Country Spat
A Prey Veng councilor has been jailed over a defamation and forgery complaint from a Preah Vihear provincial head, a dispute spanning provinces and involving allegedly fabricated land documents.
Brief: ABA Says It Can’t Talk About NagaWorld Accusations
An ABA Bank spokesperson said they cannot talk about client information after three NagaWorld casino workers alleged that the bank blocked international transactions to their accounts last October.
Finance Ministry Says It’s ‘Normal’ as Program Budget Jumps $650M
The Finance Ministry deflected questions about a spike in the cost of “public finance management” from $13 million to $671 million, which an asterisk on a ministry document appears to show now incorporates debt repayments.
Plate-Throwing Monk Charged With Violence
A defrocked senior monk who hit a 14-year-old monk in the head with a plate was charged with intentional violence and put in jail for pretrial detention, according to Takeo authorities.
Brief: SUV Driver’s Complaint Gets Traffic Cop in Trouble
Phnom Penh police demoted a traffic officer after he chased down an online seller’s Range Rover over unclear reasons after working hours, sparking a widely shared social media complaint.
‘Everyone Has Loans’: MFIs Used Angkor Land as Collateral for Years
As thousands of families evicted from Angkor Wat move to a desolate relocation site, they are leaving behind plots of land they have used as collateral for microfinance loans — putting them in the tenuous position of having to repay loans without income or access to the land itself.
Police Demands Money Over Facebook Mistake
A Kampong Cham man says local police demanded $250 in compensation for damage to their honor after he posted a photo from outside the province alongside an article about illegal gambling in the area.
Pailin Officials Block Candlelight From Putting Up Signs
Commune officials in Pailin have stopped the Candlelight Party from installing four party banners, claiming that other political parties had reserved the same locations but refusing to name the parties.
‘Maintain Reputation’ Tops Cambodia’s Priorities on Slavery
Cambodia pledged “drastic measures” against scam compounds in response to U.N. queries about 100,000 alleged human trafficking victims in Sihanoukville, but also denied finding any debt bondage and placed the country’s “reputation, dignity and benefits” at the top of its principles for combating the crime.
Phone Snatchers, Aged 14 and 15, Jailed for 18 Months
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has sentenced two underage phone-snatchers to a year and a half in prison after a failed attempt outside Boeng Keng Kang high school.
Monk Arrested, Sent to Court After Hitting Young Monk’s Head
A senior monk at Takeo’s Bati district pagoda was defrocked and sent to the provincial court after allegedly hitting a 14-year-old monk over the head with a plate during an argument, the district police chief said.
Police Say No Issue Found in Complaint of 20 Japanese Confined in Sihanoukville
Immigration police investigated the alleged confinement of 20 Japanese nationals at a Sihanoukville hotel but found no problems, the Interior Ministry said.
Workers Block Kampong Speu Road Over Lunar New Year Conflict
Around 1,000 workers in Kampong Speu protested outside the factory they work at because employers decided to cut their wages because they took a day off to celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday.
PM Says Teachers Shouldn’t Shave Students’ Hair in School
Prime Minister Hun Sen called for proper conduct in implementing school rules Thursday, reacting to a social media controversy over haircuts performed at a Battambang high school in which two teachers were criticized for shaving boys’ hair inside the classroom.
Hun Sen Calls for ‘Education’ of Journalists After Reporter’s Traffic Accident Rant
Prime Minister Hun Sen told the minister of information to “call all online journalists to get education” in a speech after a TV reporter faced criticism for his behavior while doing a live video of a Phnom Penh traffic accident earlier this week.