Two Opposition Lawmakers Assaulted as Protest Turns Violent

VOA Khmer

October 26, 2015

Phnom Penh—two lawmakers from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party were seriously injured after they were beaten by protesters outside the National Assembly on Monday.

More than 1,000 anti-opposition protesters had gathered outside the Assembly to demand the removal of Rescue Party President Kem Sokha from office, but while most of the protesters disbanded after delivering a petition to the Assembly, a small contingent remained, waiting for the lawmakers to leave the building after the morning session.

They set upon lawmakers Nhay Chamreoun and Kong Sakphea as they left the building in their vehicles. Both men were beaten and kicked in the head, leaving them bloodied and dazed. (Full article here)

A Short video before the violence

Full Video in Khmer

Article in Khmer

បាតុកម្ម​អហិង្សា​នៅ​មុខ​រដ្ឋសភា​ជាតិ​កាល​ពី​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ច័ន្ទ​នេះបាន​ប្រែ​ក្លាយ​ជា​ អំពើ​ហិង្សា​ ​ដោយ​ក្រុម​បាតុករ​បើ​ការ​វាយ​តប់​លើ​តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​របស់​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ។ មិនទាន់​មាន​ក្រុម​ណា​ចេញ​មក​អះអាង​ទាក់​ទិន​នឹង​ការ​ប្រព្រឹត្ត​អំពើ​ហិង្សា​នេះ​នៅ​ឡើយ​នោះ​ទេ។​

បាតុកម្ម​ដែល​ទាមទារ​ឲ្យ​ដក​តំណែង​លោក​ កឹម សុខា​ ​អនុ​ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​ជំទាស់ចេញ​ពីតំណែង​អនុ​ប្រធាន​ទី​១​នៃ​រដ្ឋ​សភា​បាន​ផ្ទុះ​ជា​អំពើ​ហិង្សា​ ​ក្រោយ​ពេល​ដែល​បាតុករ​មួយ​ចំនួន​ ​បើក​ការ​វាយ​តប់​លើ​តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត​របស់​គណបក្ស​នេះ។​ យ៉ាង​ហោច​ណាស់​មាន​តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ពីរ​រូប​បាន​រង​របួស​នា​ថ្ងៃ​ច័ន្ទ​នេះ។

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​កាល​ពី​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ច័ន្ទមានក្រុម​អ្នក​តវ៉ា​ប្រឆាំង​លោក ​កឹម សុខា ​ជាង​១.០០០​នាក់​ ​ដែល​គេ​ស្គាល់​ថា​ ជា​អ្នក​គាំ​ទ្រ​គណបក្សកាន់​អំណាច​របស់​លោក ​ហ៊ុន សែន​ ​បាន​ប្រមូល​ផ្តុំ​គ្នា​នៅ​មុខ​រដ្ឋ​សភា​ ​ធ្វើ​ការ​ស្រែក​សុំ​ឲ្យប្តូរ​លោក​ កឹម សុខា​ ​ចេញ​ពី​តំណែងអនុប្រធាន​រដ្ឋសភា។​ ​ក្រុម​អ្នក​តវ៉ាលើក​ហេតុ​ផល​ថា​លោក​ កឹម សុខា​ ប្រើ​នយោបាយ​បោក​ប្រាស់​ និង​លាប​ពណ៌។​ Continue reading Two Opposition Lawmakers Assaulted as Protest Turns Violent

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Archive Could Help Provide Answers to Khmer Rouge Mysteries

Neou Vannarin/VOA Khmer

October 01, 2015

Phnom Penh—Chhang Youk, the head of the Documentation Centre of Cambodia, was busy last week unloading box after box of declassified material, donated by the former personal assistant of late King Norodom Sihanouk. He says that the documents hold answers related to atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge nearly two decades ago.

Julio Jeldres, who was Norodom Sihanouk’s biographer, donated his archive to the Documentation Center, which researches Khmer Rouge atrocities, to help researchers now and in the future understand the regime.

Chhang Youk says the documents are an important part of Cambodian history, helping people understand how Cambodia’s ethnic majority Khmer turned on one another in one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.

The archive has documents from the time Cambodia gained independence from France, in 1954, through the civil war, the rise of the Khmer Rouge, and its fall, in 1979. Its subjects range from secret papers concerning the contentious Preah Vihear temple, on the Thai border, to the Khmer Rouge’s relationships with North Vietnam and China. It also includes films written and directed by Norodom Sihanouk.

“Yes, all of the documents are of the confidential kind,” Chhang Youk says. “Telegraphs, documents, communications between heads of state, such as China, Australia, Indonesia, North Vietnam and Korea, which talk about the politics and situations in our Motherland, especially the relationship between China and the Khmer Rouge in the last stage.”

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More than 1.7 million people died under the Khmer Rouge, in less than four years. The root cause of so much violence remains much a mystery to many Cambodians. Chhang Youk says he hopes the documents will help fill in the gaps in existing research.

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A Writer Returns to Preah Vihear Temple

Neou Vannarin/VOA Khmer

August 13, 2015

Preah Vihear Temple, Cambodia—Preah Vihear temple, which sits on a high cliff near the Thai border, has been the centre of confrontation between Cambodia and Thailand for years.

These days, quiet—and tourists—have returned to the temple. John Burgess, a former Washington Post reporter who has written a book about the temple and the conflicts over it, revisited the site recently to learn where things now stand.

In an interview at the temple with VOA Khmer, Burgess said both governments may find it difficult to create lasting peace near the temple, because it has emotional significance to both Thai and Cambodian groups.

Erected on the cliff of the Dangrek Mountains, the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple was once located at the center of Khmer empire.

“This this temple is very unusual among the Khmer temples,” Burgess, author of “Temple in the Clouds,” said. “It’s on top of a large natural mountain, and it was built by several kings. It’s laid out from north to south and along a linear design, rather than a square design.”

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One Year On, Bus Lines Slowly Gaining in Popularity

My multimedia/dual language article at VOA and experiment with iphone video

October 22, 2015

Phnom Penh—the public bus system in Phnom Penh continues to grow in popularity, one year into its reestablishment.

City officials said on Facebook the three lines of the city serve around 6,200 people, a small proportion of the 2 million people living here, earning around $100,000 per month.

Residents say they are growing to appreciate the bus lines, which can ease traffic congestion in the crowded capital. On a recent weekday, one bus line was in good use by residents who paid about 1,500 riel, or $0.35, per ride.

Passenger Yim Phalla, who lives in Phnom Penh, told VOA Khmer that she gave up driving her car and has been taking the public bus for about a year. Her children use it to go to school, too, she said. (Read more here)

Full Khmer Text

ភ្នំពេញ​—ជាង​មួយ​ឆ្នាំ​ក្រោយ​ពី​សេវា​ឡាន​ក្រុង​ក្នុង​ក្រុង​ភ្នំពេញ​បាន​ដំណើរការ​ ​អ្នក​ប្រើ​ប្រាស់សេវា​នេះ​នៅ​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ​មាន​ការ​កើន​ឡើង​ជា​បន្តបន្ទាប់។​ ប្រជា​ពលរដ្ឋ​មួយ​ចំនួននៅ​ក្នុង​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ​បាន​ងាក​មក​ប្រើ​សេវា​ឡានក្រុង ​ដោយ​សារតែ​តម្លៃ​ថោក​សមរម្យ​និង​មាន​សុវត្ថិភាព​ជាង​ការ​ប្រើប្រាស់​មធ្យោបាយ​ផ្សេង​ទៀត។​

សេវា​រថយន្តក្រុង​ក្នុងរាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ​ ​ដែល​មាន​អាយុ​ទើប​តែ​ជាង​១​ឆ្នាំ​ ​ទទួល​បាន​ការ​ពេញ​និយម​ពី​សំណាក់​ប្រជា​ពល​រដ្ឋ​រស់​នៅ​ក្នុង​រាជធានីដ៏​ចំណាស់​នេះ​ ដែល​មាន​ប្រជាជន​យ៉ាង​ហោច​ណាស់​២​លាន​នាក់។​

អ្នក​ដំណើរ​ភាគ​ច្រើន​បាន​ប្រាប់​ VOA ​ក្នុងសប្តាហ៍​នេះ​ថា មូល​ហេតុ​ចម្បង​ដែល​ពួក​គាត់​ចង់​ងាក​មក​ប្រើប្រាស់​ឡានក្រុង​ ​ជាសេវា​ដឹក​ជញ្ជូន​សាធារណៈដែល​មាន​បី​ខ្សែនេះ គឺដោយសារវា​មាន​តម្លៃ​ថោក​ ងាយ​ស្រួល​ និង​អាច​ចៀសផុតពីគ្រោះ​ថ្នាក់​ចរាចរណ៍​នេះ។​

ដូច​អ្នក​ដំណើរ​ផ្សេងៗ​ដែរ ​លោក​ស្រី ​យឹម ផល្លា ​ដែល​រស់​នៅ​ក្នុង​ខណ្ឌ​ច្បារ​អំពៅ​ ប្រើ​ប្រាស់​សេវា​ឡាន​ក្រុង​ខ្សែទី​១ជា​ប្រចាំ​ ​ដោយ​អ្នកស្រីបោះ​បង់​ចោល​ការ​បើក​បររថយន្ត​ផ្ទាល់​ខ្លួន។​ លោក​ស្រី​ធ្វើ​ដំណើរ​យ៉ាង​ហោច​ណាស់​៦​លើក​ក្នុង​១​ថ្ងៃ​តាម​រថយន្ត​នេះ​ ​ដើម្បី​ទទួល​ និង​ជូន​កូន​ស្រី​ទៅ​សាលារៀន​នៅកណ្តាល​ក្រុង ​ព្រោះ​វា​មាន​ភាព​ងាយ​ស្រួល​ និង​អាច​ជួយ​កាត់​បន្ថាយ​ការ​ស្ទះ​ចរាចរណ៍​ក្នុង​ក្រុង​ភ្នំពេញ។​

ពេលកំពុង​អង្គុយ​ក្នុង​រយន្ត​ក្រុង​ខ្សែ​ទី​១​ជាមួយ​កូន​ស្រី​ ​លោក​ស្រី​យឹម ផល្លា​បាន​ប្រាប់​ VOA ​យ៉ាង​ដូច្នេះ​ថា៖​ Continue reading One Year On, Bus Lines Slowly Gaining in Popularity

Phnom Penh Bus Service

Neou Vannarin/VOA Khmer

October 22, 2015

Phnom Penh—the  public bus system in Phnom Penh continues to grow in popularity, one year into its reestablishment.

City officials said on Facebook the three lines of the city serve around 6,200 people, a small proportion of the 2 million people living here, earning around $100,000 per month.

Residents say they are growing to appreciate the bus lines, which can ease traffic congestion in the crowded capital. On a recent weekday, one bus line was in good use by residents who paid about 1,500 riel, or $0.35, per ride. (Read more here)

 

Phnom Penh Before Sunset

Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, has slowly emerged as a major city in Southeast Asia over the past five hundred years, from the Khmer Empire’s decline in the 15th century through French colonization and the terror of the Khmer Rouge regime. Today, Phnom Penh is rapidly changing and is home to over 2 million people. Here is a series of photos taken in Phnom Penh before and during sunset.

Golden light streaming through the clouds in Phnom Penh.
Golden light streaming through the clouds in Phnom Penh.

 

Monks leave the ferry as it docks on the east side of the Mekong River.
Monks leave the ferry as it docks on the east side of the Mekong River.

 

A fisherman passes by the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh at sunset
A fisherman passes by the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh at sunset

 

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Cambodia Celebrates A Cheerful Water Festival After Three-Year Suspension

(November 06, 2014) With cheers and shouts, boat racers found themselves before the king again yesterday after a deadly stampede in 2010, which took over 350 lives.

A three-day water festival kicked off yesterday, with noticeable numbers of racers, but fewer audiences.

Besides the presence of King Sihamoni, Prime Minister Hun Sen, parliamentarians, and numbers of government officials in front of Chaktomuk River, the streets around Royal Palace and boat racing compound near Tonle Sap River saw very few people compared to the ceremony in 2010, when over 3 million people visited the capital.

However, the number of visitors increased later, after nightfall. Families and young Cambodians made their way to events, shopping and concerts.

Here is a link to a video clip I made for the Cambodia Daily. The video was basically made out of hand-held camera style.

 

Here are some photos I took of the boat racings yesterday.

Cambodian Journalists’ Lunch Break

October 23, 2014 (Phnom Penh) After hard work and lots of stress, we take some time to enjoy our life. Lunch break is a good time for us to share experiences, meet up, and tell jokes. Here are photos and video from one of our lunch breaks at Chnganh Chnganh Restaurant, which is run by a former reporter from the Cambodia Daily.

The video and photos were my experiments with a new camera before I take a new role at the Cambodia Daily.

 

KRT Begins Genocide Trial of KR Leaders; Civil Parties Demand Personal Reparations

October 17, 2014 (Phnom Penh) Over 200 civil parties and victims of the Khmer Rouge regime on Friday protested in front of the ECCC, a U.N.-backed war crimes court, as the court begins its second trial of Case 002, which will deal with genocide and a broad range of crimes against humanity. The protesters demanded $13,500 each for their suffering and losses during the regime.

Most of protesters were unhappy that that the court and the Cambodian government paid very little support to victims compared to what is being given to imprisoned Khmer Rouge leaders. Below are the photos I took during the protest on Friday. The link will take you to a New York Times story I contributed to. (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/18/world/asia/khmer-rouge-leaders-genocide-trial.html?_r=0)

 

Opposition Lawmakers Take Oaths

August 05, 2014

(Phnom Penh, Cambodia) 55 elected lawmakers from Cambodia National Rescue Party took oaths on Tuesday to be complete lawmakers to end a year-long political stand off in Cambodia. Here are some snapshots in front of Cambodia Royal Palace.