A Change of Guard

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Friday, 19 December 2014

តើលោកអ្នកយល់ឃើញយ៉ាងម៉េចដែរ? [Hochi-monks?]


សន្និសីទកាសែតខ្លីរបស់លោក គួយ ប៊ុនរឿន - ១៨ ធ្នូ ២០១៤ / 18 Dec. 2014

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Of dual nationality [Hun Sen Speaks Vietnamese in Hanoi 27 Dec 2013]

School of Vice: No head of state or PM of one country whilst on an official visit to another country had ever been known to have delivered an entire speech in the host country's native language, unless the two states involved shared a common linguistic roots, say North and South Korea. Heads of state or heads of Opposition parties, from Nelson Mandela to Aung San Suu Kyi, would have normally chosen to give their speeches in one of the few internationally widely used language mediums such as French, and nowadays more often than not, English. Partly, this is because they had received their formal intellectual training through those languages and thus feel most adequate or confident using them on such important official occasions.

One may argue that this practice may historically reflect the legacy of European colonialism and cultural hegemony of the previous centuries. Yet, this 'reality' of colonial legacy may also explain Mr Hun Sen's subconscious and subservient mindset towards a country that has been de facto colonial master and usurper of 'his' own Cambodian nation and all its riches to the present day. In fact, one suspects that his decision not to speak via interpreters [his knowledge of English is sketchy at best] might have caused a certain amount of concern to his Vietnamese hosts themselves who would have preferred it that he conducted himself in accordance with conventional international diplomatic norms or protocols, notwithstanding his eagerness to please them as his hosts and political benefactors. The main reason behind this is that the Vietnamese [unlike Mr Hun Sen and his provincial entourage] are keenly aware of the reflected adverse publicity they would stand to receive from such ill thought diplomatic blunders and, the inevitable conclusions most thinking onlookers will have drawn from the same incidents.

Some teachers paid, some protest

Teachers sign for and receive compensation payouts yesterday afternoon at Boeung Trabek High School in Phnom Penh, where the proposed Sleuk Rith Institute will be built. Heng Chivoan

Tue, 16 December 2014 ppp
Sen David and Sarah Taguiam

Several teachers from Boeung Trabek High School demanded yesterday that the government altogether stop the development of Cambodia’s long-awaited genocide studies institute on their school grounds while officials offered them “encouragement bonuses” meant to hasten the building’s construction.

The teachers handed a petition to Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports representatives as the officials doled out the $600 they had offered to each of the school’s nearly 200 educators.

The petition, which had 163 signatories, outlined their refusal of the payments and requested the ministry halt its plan to build the Sleuk Rith Institute, which was designed by prominent architect Zaha Hadid.

The institute will not displace the teachers, and is set to be built on a 4,800-square-metre plot of government-owned land that houses an unused, dilapidated building that is part of the school. A new unit has already been constructed to replace the old building.

“We don’t even want to take any payments anymore,” said English teacher Pech Seakleng, as he walked out of the meeting with ministry officials along with several other teachers. “We think it’s a good idea but we just want to protect the land and stop the ministry from creating the institute here because our school is growing and having the big building here will take away space for children to learn.”

Premier mulls NA eligibility provisos

Minister of Women’s Affairs Ing Kantha Phavi (left), who is a dual national, speaks in Phnom Penh in 2012. Pha Lina

Wed, 17 December 2014 ppp
Vong Sokheng

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday suggested that he backed the idea of expanding single-nationality restrictions – recently agreed upon for members of a revamped National Election Committee – to cover National Assembly members, senators and government officials.

But the premier, speaking to hundreds of senior officials at a workshop on judicial laws at Phnom Penh’s InterContinental hotel, said that now was not the right time for such a move, which would affect many ministers and parliamentarians, including opposition leader Sam Rainsy.

“Now, if [anyone] wants to expand [this single-nationality restriction] please come forward … in the Constitutional Council, the Senate, the National Assembly and in the government. But now, we should not expand [it],” he said.

The premier added that while many in his ruling Cambodian People’s Party also possess multiple citizenships – while the opposition is well-known for being stacked with dual nationals – they might in future have to give up any nationality other than Cambodian.

HIV nightmare in Battambang

អ្នក​ភូមិ​នៅ​ស្រុក​សង្កែ នាំ​គ្នា​ធ្វើតេស្ត​ឈាម​រក​​មេរោគ​អេដស៍ (AIDS) 
នៅ​មណ្ឌល​សុខភាព រកា ក្នុង​ខេត្ត​បាត់ដំបង នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៤ ធ្នូ ២០១៤។ 

RFA/Hum Chamrouen

Wed, 17 December 2014 ppp
Mom Kunthear and Sarah Taguiam

More than 70 residents in Battambang’s Sangke district – including children as young as 3 – have tested positive for HIV after some of them received injections from an unlicensed doctor now on the run from authorities, villagers and officials said.

Following examinations by health officials starting on December 8, 72 out of 556 patients in the district tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS, National AIDS Authority (NAA) secretary-general Dr Teng Kunthy said yesterday.

Forty-four women, 14 men, seven girls and seven boys have been affected. Their ages range from 3 to 82 years old.

“This is a very unusual situation,” Kunthy said. “For now, this is the number that we have, but there might be more.”

Teacher quality in spotlight

A teacher instructs an English class at a Phnom Penh high school earlier this year. Heng Chivoan

Wed, 17 December 2014 ppp
Taing Vida

After a year of overhauling the nation’s notoriously corruption-riddled grade 12 exam, the Ministry of Education said yesterday that 2015 will be the year of reforming teaching quality.

“The government’s strategic plan from 2015 to 2030 will focus on the capacity of the teachers . . . Teachers are the key to raising the quality of education in Cambodia,” said Nath Bunroeun, secretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, during an education workshop in the capital.

In order to amend a long-standing teacher shortage that has left the nation with one of the worst student-teacher ratios outside of Africa, the Education Ministry will now make it easier for the top-scoring graduates of the national exam to become a teacher.

“From next year, those who get A, B or C [on the exam], if they want to become a teacher, they can become so automatically, no need to take any exams,” Bunroeun said.