16 July 2008

Updates from Phnom Penh Cambodia

Journalist and son were shot dead:
The reason I haven't been coming to internet as frequently is because I've got a chance to part-time joining the writing force for major newspaper here in Phnom Penh. I'm mainly covering the election story. My director kept emphasised all articles I write, must be non-bias-- which is kind of hard for me to follow because I'm a very opinionated kind of person.


Body of the slain victims, Khim Sambo and his son Khath Sarin Pheata. Click on the picture to read more.

Sorry, I can't reveal the place I work for. I'm afraid some assassin would shoot me dead IN MY BACK while I'm riding my moto on our Phnom Penh street. This has happened to Khim Sambo, the journalist of Moneaksekar Khmer News (Khmer Conscience Newspaper) . Khim Sambo, 47, and his son Khath Sarin Pheata, 21, were shot dead, in assassination style while they were riding their moto scooter. Khim was shot from behind. Multiple bullets went through from his back and killed him instantly. To shoot people from the back, make this hired assassin a coward what the Khmer word called កំសាក "Komsak". To the master who hired the assassin is truly the worst kind of killer. He's 10 times more coward than this killer. Silencing the truth by killing, no matter how much money and power this master has, I hope the conscience will haunt him for the rest of his miserable life.



Preah Vihear:

I still can't understand what's up with the Thais. What the Thai claims the "overlapsed" of 4.6KM, is actually Cambodia's land. There's no "joint communiqe". Sorry. Us Khmers want to manage our property by ourselves. Hello ? Don't you Thai get it ? The world members have voted UNANIMOUSLY to have our Preah Vihear on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. All 21 members voted for it -- not even one was against the listing. This ought to send Thailand a clear message that the world recognises Preah Vihear and land surrounding belong to Cambodia. Always have and forever will be.



Satire As Satire Can be:
OK, I admit I keep myself up with news from all over the world. One most notable news is from America where the magazine The New Yorker has a cartoon drawing of their presidential candidate Mr. Barak Obamah and his wife Michelle Obama on the magazine cover page. The cartoonist portrayed Mr. Obama and his wife as Islamic terrorists residing in the American capitol "The Whitehouse" -- assuming the role Mr. Obama as the president of the United States. As you can see from the picture, Mrs. Obamah is carrying the terrorist weapon of choice, the AK47 automatic assault weapon and Mr. Obama with a Muslim sandals and headdress. Behind their backs, the American flag was tossed and burned onto the fireplace. I wish I could find a copy of this issue in our Phnom Penh bookseller here, so I could learn from the writings. Clearly as I can think, there's no defamation. This is purely satire and satire at best.


សួស្តី ស្រុកខ្មែរ ! Hello Cambodia ? Mr. Hor Namhong, David Meas the atorney and Mr. Hun Sen, I would like to repeat political satire (cartoon) is freely express in every modern part of the world.

Gloating Over Preah Vihear Events:
In more than a week time, on 27 July 2008, we're having the national election. Our government ruling party CPP of PM Hun Sen is taking the credit of Preah Vihear UNESCO listing. I think it's great to have our temple officially listed. But still, PM Hun Sen shouldn't taking the advantage to poplicise for votes. I saw on TV broadcasting kept on praising the CPP. I'm just tired of it. Lately, I saw the of picture posters of PM HUN Sen at our Phnom Penh central stadium on the Preah Vihear rallying event.

This is wrong for PM HUN SEN and his CPP party to hijack at the rally for his political gain for the 27 July up comming election. No matter what parties you're belong to, Preah Vihear and land surrounding is our Khmer national assets. I am sure any opposition party, beside CPP party, would just have done the same, if not better than the CPP party, to protect our Cambodia national heritage. Sorry PM Hun Sen. Your CPP party is still corrupt, sir, you haven't convinced me that I should vote for you. And sir, your time is running out.

ខ្ញុំបាទ ធំ វណ្ណះ
ពីរាជធានី​ ​ភ្នំពេញ
From Phnom Penh
Thom Vanak

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

All Khmers who loves democracy probably focus on one very powerful man in Cambodia if not the high ranking government officials that mastermind the killings of Khim Sambo and his son. Just like the high profile killings from the past the government never arrest and convict the perpetrators if they do it will be a fake one like Bon Somnang and Sok Som Earn who they said killed Cambodian union leader Mr. Chea Vichea in 2004. WHAT A JOKE. My prediction is that soon the Cambodian government will stage the arrest and later convict the FAKE alleged triggerman who they might say killed Mr. Khim Sambo and his son, and the case is closed. Remember, there is no justice in Cambodia as long as corruption continues. To convict someone the court has to recieve the green light from the Hun Sen's government, if they fail to do so the court officials has to be resigned or removed from the post to the rural countryside where they earn very little money, THAT'S THE RULE. Mr. Khim sambo worked for Moneakseka Khmer newspaper that manage by Mr. Dam Sith. Recently, Mr. Dam sith was charged for printing allegations that Cambodia's foreign minister had ties to the genocidal Khmer Rough regime and jailed for almost a week. The news of Mr. Dam Sith arrest made front page headline throughout Cambodia leading to widespread demand of his release from the local communities. Unbelievably, Hun Sen stepped in and pleaded for his release. Soon after that Mr. Dam Sith was freed from jail, and the charge was later dropped. On Fri. July 11 2008 Mr. Khim Sambo and his son was gunned down by a lone gunman.

ខ្មែរ said...

សំបញ្ចេញយោបល់ផងណា?
បើតាមខ្ញំគិតទៅអាយ៉ងយួនហ៊ុនសែន អាភ្នែកខ្វះអាលក់ក្បាល់ឲ្យយួន អាបត​​​ ទី២ បន្ទាប់ពី
អាកួនបារាំង​ លើកបន្តុប់ មកគឺអាខ្វាក់អត់ខួរនេះឯង
សូមកូនខ្មែរក្រោកឡើងដើម្បីតស៊ូនិងអាជនផ្តាច់ត្រកូល
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អាប្រាស់ស្រុក ទៅឲ្យឆ្ងាយ អាយ៉ងយួន អាវង្វេងស្នូក។