Wednesday, 6 January 2010

DAP News ; Breaking News by Soy Sopheap

(CAAI News Media)

Pandemic Threats to Public

Wednesday, 06 January 2010 06:01 DAP-NEWS

Diseases like Foot and Mouth Disease, Erysipelosis, Salmonella, Diarrhea and Parasites are a public concern, the Depar- tment of Animal Health and Production (DAHP) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said on Tuesday.

DAHP Director Kao Phal said in seminar at the Sunway Hotel learning about the Swine Fever, Reproductive and Respiratory Syndromes is at the heart of the DAHP´s strategies.

“We plan to destroy to all infections in the Animal Heath and Production sector,” he said.
A report said that in 2009, swine production were decreased 4.2 percent.

Vice DAHP Director Sourn Sothoeun said that the plans and strategies should eliminate pandemics from Cambodia.

Gov’t Spokesmen to Connect to Press: Minister

Wednesday, 06 January 2010 06:01 DAP-NEWS

Ministry spokesmen will now have direct contact with the press, the Information Minister said on Tuesday at a ceremony to distribute books explain the role of spokesmen.

Cambodian Government Spokesper- son and Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith said at at the Sunway Hotel in Phnom Penh that “Cambodian spokesmen are the government’s heart to send information to the press.”

All must understand about the word ‘Why’, said the minister. “It should explain back to the questioners,” Khieu Kanharith added.

He expressed admiration for Chhay Sophal, a journalist and a part-time journalism lecturer at the Department of Media & Communication of the Royal University who wrote the spokesmen guides.

The spokesman guidebooks will be distribute to all Cambodian government departments and international and domestic press in Cambodia, he said.

Chhay Sophal said that the original source of the guide material was in English, so he had translated it with supporting from Germany’s Konrad Aden-auer Foundation. The book has 13 points to help readers understand how to be a good spokesman, he said, as well as press and other guidelines.

Konrad Adenauer Foundation Fund Director Um Sivan said that “The funds to contribute to strengthen democracy policy, economic development, reduce poverty and connect all information sectors in Cambodia.” She added that Konrad focuses on human resources, providing capacity building.

Cambodia to Borrow US$400 M for 2010 Development

Wednesday, 06 January 2010 06:01 DAP-NEWS

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday said that the country will borrow US$400 million to speed development projects for economic growth.

The development projects will focus on irrigation systems and infrastructure to reduce poverty among, he told the opening ceremony for part of National Road 1 in Kandal province.

“If they do not have [the money], it will be difficult for us,” he said.
Only the Ministry of Economy and Finance may borrow money with the petrmission of the National Assembly, he noted. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will coordinate, he added.

The two top priorities will be reducing poverty and expanding agriculture through expanding seasonal planting, the PM continued. The loans from partners are concession loans with very low interest rates, he said, though he expressed dissatisfaction for borrowing to provide scholarships to primary school students. He said that such a practice is unnecessary. “But we have to borrow loan to serve the economic growth that is key factors for the country’s development” he said”. The government has never touched the loan and grant aid from our partners because loan’s owners need to deal the projects by themselves.”

The Cambodian debt to foreign countries has been worth billions of dollars since the 1970s. Cambodia owes the U.S about US$300 million and Russia US$1.5 billion. Cambodian has asked the US and Russia to cancel or transfer the funds to development projects.

A large of amount of debt was already cancelled or transferred to other projects. The IMF cancelled Cambodian debt worth about US$80 million. Other previous creditors include the Czech Republic and China.

Gov´t Registers 24 Khmer Kampuchea Krom

Wednesday, 06 January 2010 06:03 DAP-NEWS

Cambodian government officials registered 24 ethnic Khmer Kampuchea Krom after were declined being granted refugee status in a third country by the UNHCR, an Interior Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

The Ministry spokesman, Khieu Sopheak told DAP News Cambodia that the Cambodian government "does not discriminate against any races, especially Khmer Kampuchea Krom." "All of them are our families. We registered them officially with full rights."

Kampong Chhnang Governor Touch Marin said that the Khmer Kampuchea Krom will not be persecuted.

The Khmer Kampuchea Krom were sent by Thailand to Siem Reap.

Former Security Director for the KKK Association Ang Channrith told DAP News Cambodia that all 24 are currently living in Phnom Penh.

"Although the Cambodian government has never cared well about these problems, I hope the government will help them to seek legality and ensure their security for living in Cambodia," he said.

All 24 Khmer Kampuchea Krom were handed a Cambodian identity card, a family record and birth certificates.

PM Rejects SRP Lawmaker Japan Bridge Allegations

Wednesday, 06 January 2010 06:03 DAP-NEWS

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday rejected an opposition party lawmaker’s claims that the Japanese Government halted funds for the construction of the Nak Loeung bridge.

The premier said that funds must be carefully spent after a similar project in Vietnam, bridge donated by Japan, later collapsed.

Opposition Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) lawmaker Ly Sreyvina claimed in a recent National Assembly debate that Japan halted the funds allocated for the bridge construction. Her remarks were published by the Cambodia Daily newspaper.

“Japanese Prime Minister confirmed that the study period would be end at the end of November and at the beginning December, 2009 and to construct this bridge, it needs more times as it is related to technical matters,” the premier said during the inauguration of a second section of National Road 1, and the beginning of repairs to the 3rd section of the same road in Kien Svay district, Kandal province.

Keo Sovannaroth, another SRP Lawmaker, declined to confirm the original statement, saying she does not wish to cause further confusion.

Ly Sreyvina could not be reached for comment on Tuesday. She told DAP News Cambodia that she was busy.

PM Threatens to Arrest Pamphleteers Criticizing January 7

Wednesday, 06 January 2010 06:04 DAP-NEWS

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday threatened to arrest anyone planning to distribute leaflets criticizing Cambodia’s January 7 Victory Day celebrations.

The PM´s warning came following rumors that a group plans to distribute leaflets critical of January 7 after printing them in Thai- land and sending them to Phnom Penh.

During the inauguration of a second section of National Road 1, and the beginning of repairs to the 3rd section of the same road in Kien Svay district, Kandal province, the premier indicated that he already knows the identity of the groups that plan to distribute the leaflets. He said that he will order immediate arrests if such actions take place. He said looking down on January 7 is tantamount to look- ing down on him personally and also looking down on the entire ruling CPP party. “Be careful with distributing leaflets, I will arrest quickly as I know the faces already. Yesterday I saw leaflets cursing Hun Sen,” the premier added.

Keo Sovannaroth, opposition Sam Rainsy Party secretary-general, declined to comment.

Hun Sen also called on all Cambo-dians to cooperate, claiming that no country in the world could have developed during the chaos of the Khmer Rouge years. “It’s shamed for these bad persons who refused to recognize historical reality that we are not able to teach them, as they neither wish to know nor listen,” the premier said during the inauguration of the International Children’s village built by the SOS organization in Battam- bang on Monday.

“Do not lie to yourselves,” the PM instructed, “for those who used to dig and carry the land during that time now do not recognize January 7.”

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