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Old January 2nd, 2013, 06:12 PM   #161
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Locals in the Dark to Chinese Rail Project
By Simon Lewis and Sun Mesa -
The Cambodia Daily.
January 2, 2013

With two Chinese firms due to start work on a 400-km railway, steel mill and port in July, an environmental impact assessment (EIA) has yet to be conducted, and affected provinces are still largely in the dark about the massive infrastructure project.

In a ceremony in Phnom Penh on Monday, Chinese conglomerate Cambodia Iron and Steel Mining Industry Group and China Railway Group Limited signed a deal on the purported $9.6 billion project in the presence of Transport Minister Tram Iv Tek.

The ambitious plan would see a railway built by 2017 from a plant in Preah Vihear province, through Kompong Thom, Kompong Chhnang, Kompong Speu and Koh Kong provinces, to a seaport on Koh Smach Island, off the coast of Koh Kong.

Environment Minister Mok Mareth said in a message yesterday that an EIA on the project was “not yet submitted.”

“Naturally, the company shall fulfill this obligation to get the support from Chinese [government] and [the financers of the project],” he said.

China Railway conducted a feasibility study on the rail project in 2011, but results have not been made public and officials have not given any specifics on the precise path the railway line will take, or how many people will be displaced.

Peou Maly, deputy director of the transportation department within the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, said that he believed the project “will have some impact on some people’s homes because it is more than 400 km long.

“When it impacts on a citizen’s house, they [the companies] will pay compensation” in accordance with the Land Law, he said.

Mam Sambath, chairman of Cambodians for Resource Revenue Transparency, a coalition of NGOs, said he was concerned about the tight timescale on a project that would clearly impact many people and affect the environment.

“It is just seven months to go. In order to manage this project and conduct an assessment well takes a long time. And consultation with the community is very important,” he said.

“It’s a bit short notice.”

Koh Kong provincial governor Bun Leut said he had heard about the development, which includes plans for a 3-km bridge in Kiri Sakor district, but that no discussions had been held on what impact it would have on the people or their environment.

“I heard that there will be a Chinese company developing on the island, but I didn’t get an official document yet,” he said.

Kompong Speu governor Kang Heang and Kompong Thom deputy governor Uch Samon also both said they had heard of the plan but had not been officially notified.

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CONFUSION OVER CHINESE RAILWAY PROPOSAL
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2nd January 2013

Over the weekend, two Chinese firms signed an MOU to start work on an entirely new 404-km railway line, a steel mill and a seaport later this year valued at $US9.6 billion, the Cambodia Daily reported yesterday.

The deal was inked between Zhang Chuan You, general manager of Cambodia Iron and Steel Mining Industry Group, and Liu Ziming, chairman of China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group, and witnessed of Cambodian Minister of Public Works and Transport Tram Iv Tek and Bai Zhongren, president of China Railway Group Limited.

The consortium of Chinese metal firms has contracted China Railway to conduct construction work on the railway, which will link a 14-square-km steel mill in Preah Vihear province’s Rovieng district to a brand-new port on tiny Koh Smach island off the coast of Koh Kong province, which will be connected to the mainland by a a 3,192-meter railway bridge, according to Zhang Chuan Li, chairman of Cambodia Iron and Steel Mining. The track will run through Preah Vihear, Kompong Thom, Kompong Chhnang, Kompong Speu and Koh Kong provinces. The railway is expected to take four years to build.

Transportation Minister Tram Iv Tek, claimed the railway would not only help to transport steel but could carry agricultural products, other industrial goods and passengers. The rail project includes plans to build eleven railway stations along the line.

The steel mill would take two-and-a-half years to build, and would produce one million tons of steel per year in its first three years of operation, he said.

“The steel company will be able to supply the Cambodian market entirely—it already imports 900,000 tons of steel every year from outside—and the company will also export,” Zang said. Cambodia Iron and Steel Mining already has a 1,300-square-km iron-ore exploration license in Rovieng district, which has attracted numerous companies looking to find iron ore and other minerals, although none have so far managed to develop a large-scale mine.

The Daily reports the director of the provincial industry, mines and energy department, Kong Makara, saying that Cambodia Iron and Steel Mining “does not have the license to dig a mine yet.”

Last year, another Chinese company, Guangxi Nonferrous Metal Group, began work on its own $500 million steel plant in Rovieng, but progress has since been frozen.

All this has left many observers scratching their heads. The Daily reports Richard Stanger, president of the Cambodian Association for Mining Exploration Companies and CEO of Liberty Mining International, saying he had heard the company was conducting exploratory drilling and magnetic imaging for iron ore in the area, but that he did not know details of how much iron ore was there.

The senior country economist at the Asian Development Bank, Peter Brimble, questioned the project’s price tag, noting that a rail link between Vientiane and the Lao-Chinese border that was approved by Laos in October, that includes numerous tunnels through mountains, is only priced at $US7 billion. The scale of the proposed investment is worth about three-quarters of Cambodia’s entire gross domestic product last year.

Some sceptics are suggesting there may be a hidden agenda behind this ambitious project, given the apparent lack of proven reserves of iron ore, plus the absence of a business case for the railway and the steel mill if there the ore fails to materialise. They suggest the port may be the real objective, with docking facilities for Chinese navy vessels patrolling Chinese claims to the South China Sea.

Cambodia Iron and Steel Mining donated $200,000 toward the construction of a new CPP office for the district, which was completed in January, and is paying for the construction of a park in Preah Vihear City.

Not that this had anything to do with anything, of course.
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First Cargo Train Links Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville
By Kaing Menghun and Simon Lewis
The Cambodia Daily
December 31, 2012

The first cargo train between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville’s port ran on Friday, marking the beginning of a route that it is hoped will decrease reliance on the road network to transport goods to the coast.


A Toll Royal Railways train making the first trip on the newly refurbished Southern Line to Sihanoukville passes through Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kok district on Friday. (Siv Channa)
A test train, loaded with empty cargo containers, left the station in Phnom Penh for the first time down the 256-kilometer Southern Line—the first part of the rail network to be fully restored.

“Today we just tested the cargo,” said David Kerr, chief executive of Toll Royal Railways, the line’s operator, on Friday.

Toll Royal will begin running trains three times a week to the port carrying goods including rice, garments and rubber for export, he said.

He said that once permission from the customs department has been obtained, hopefully this week, trains could carry up to 128 containers, which are about 6 meters long.

The project has received $141.6 million of funding, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the largest contributor, which has provided an $84 million loan for the plan.

Other funding has been provided by the Australian government, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Malaysia and the Cambodian government.

In a statement Friday, the ADB said that by reducing reliance on trucks to transport goods, the new service would help to lower the cost of commodities, minimize heavy road traffic and boost the economy.

“In sum, the modern Cambodian railway will strengthen the business environment, create jobs and incomes, improve road safety, and stimulate local and foreign investment,” the statement said.

In March, Australian firm Toll Group, which has partnered with local conglomerate Royal Group to operate the railway once it is restored, suspended a service that was then bringing cement from Kampot province to Phnom Penh, which was not proving profitable.

The move raised questions about the project’s future, which will only partly be answered by Friday’s launch of the new line.

Transportation Minister Tram Iv Tek said on Friday that there was still a shortage of funds to complete the difficult restoration of the 337-km Northern Line, which would provide a vital link between Phnom Penh and Poipet City on the Thai border.

“Some ADB funding is left, but it won’t be enough for the whole project if we want a high quality railway,” Mr. Iv Tek said.

The ADB said in its statement that the line was “expected to be opened in several phases between 2014 and 2015.”
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Toll Royal Railway commences train services Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh
Toll Royal Railways(Cambodia) 7 Jan 2013

CEO of Toll Royal Railway David Kerr said that he is pleased to announce the commencement of train services on the southern line between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville on Friday 28 December 2012.

In a significant step forward for the economy and people of Cambodia, Toll Royal Railway is planning to operate 3 return container services per week from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville. The services will commence modestly with 20 container wagons and will progressively increase to 60 container wagons per service. The length of the train will increase to 1,000 meters and each train can carry payloads of up to 3,000 ton.

Toll Royal Railway's CEO David Kerr welcomed the commencement of operations on the southern line adding, "With this regular service in place we can better target customers including shipping lines and garment manufacturers with both Merchant Haulage and Carrier Haulage".

"Since the commencement of this project, ensuring safety along the railway line during operations has been our highest priority”, he added “I can guarantee that will continue to be the case as full southern line rail operations commence, Our well trained local staff will have an increased focus on rail safety as this operation gets underway”.

"We ask everyone along the rail line to be especially conscious of their own safety too," Mr Kerr concluded.

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Toll Royal Railway Phases of the Track Development in Cambodia (Updated 7 Jan 2013)
Phase 1: Phnom Penh - Kampot [118 km] commenced October 2010
Phase 2: Kampot - Sihanoukville [146 km] commenced December 2012
Phase 3: Phnom Penh - Sisophon [338 km] under rehabilitation - commenced Mid 2013
Phase 4: Sisophon - Poipet [48 km] under rehabilitation - commenced Early 2013


Cambodia Railway Future Options No 01 (Updated 3 Jan 2013)
Proposed new Line:
1. Sisophon - Siem Reap (105 km) - support tourism
2. Bat Doeng - Skun - Kampong Cham - Snoul - Loch Ninh (255 km) - connect to vietnam via Di An - Loch Ninh line
3. Siem Reap - Skul (239 km) - Create the loop line around Tonle Sap
4. Snoul - Stueng Treng - Lao Border (273 km) - connection to Laos


Here is 404.4 km railway line proposed by Chinese consultant to go from Preah Vihear,to Samith Port in Koh Kong via Kampong Thom, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Speu, Bat Deueng in form of the blue dashed line ... Hope that there will be junctions for interchanging the train
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Ajarn Ek (Mongwin) has found Cambodia Road Network Map issue by Ministry of Post, civil works and tranportation with the size of 16.3 MB to be downloaded from here: http://www.mpwt.gov.kh/wp-content/up...a-Road-Map.zip

BTW, I have noticed that much of the newly proposed railway line such as the route from Sisophon to Siem Riap and Siem riap to Kampong Thom are just following Highway No. 6 along with all other existing highways ...
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- King Sihamuni and Queen mother Monique coming to inspect the Progress on the construction of crematorium for the late king Sihanouk on 7 Jan 2013Photo by Sopeak
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Hun sen telling the press that French PM, Thai PM, Vietnam PM, Lao PM, high rank officers from China, the Philippines, India and the the second imperial prince of Japan will participate in the cremation of King Sihanouk - ceremony started when the royal coffin moving out of the palace to the crematorium on 1 Feb 2013 and the actual cremation started in the afternoon of 4 Feb 2013

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Showing the 1.2-5.0 Million US Dollar crematorium to Hunsen, King Sihamuni and Queen Mother Monique
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Crematorium for the late King Sihanouk 19 January 2013 by Sovannara from Xinhua



Army Funeral march for the late king Sihanouk by Sovannara from Xinhua

http://ki-media.blogspot.com/2013/01...uneral-of.html

Khmer Guardian pointing out that King Sihanouk has nothing to do with the Independence Movement at all
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Old January 26th, 2013, 06:09 AM   #168
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Mobil listrik pertama Kamboja

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Angkor EV, Mobil Listrik Asli Kamboja
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Phnom Penh, KompasOtomotif – Tak banyak liku, aksi protes, atau tindakan melawan hukum, Kamboja sudah meluncurkan mobil listrik pertamanya, Rabu (9/1) yang diberi nama Angkor EV 2013, dan langsung dijual kke publik. .

Modelnya menarik, futuristik dengan pintu model gunting. Mobil dibuat olehHeng Development Company (HDC) di Provinsi Kandal. Desainernya orang lokal, Nhean Phalloek,berbulan-bulan berkutat mengemangkan Angkor EV. Sebagian komponen dari Kamboja, sisanya diimpor dari Jerman, China dan Jepang.

”Akhirnya Angkor EV meluncur setelah lama tertunda. Kami sempat menjalin kerjasama Maret 2011 dengan Chou Leang Alliance Group senilai 20 juta US Dollar untuk memproduksi 500 hingga 1.000 baterai per tahun, dengan 300 karyawan. Namun sampai enam bulan tidak terlaksana,” beber Seang Chen Heng, Direktur HDC kepada Phnom Penh Post.

Dihargai Rp 96 Juta
Struktur Angkor EV adalah mobil dengan tempat duduk 2+2. Model pintu gunting dipilih agar semakin menarik perhatian. Dijelaskan, mobil ini bisa menempuh jarak 300 km untuk sekali isi baterai dengan kecepatan maksimalnya 60 kpj.

Interior juga futuristik, dilengkapi layar sentuh yang bisa menjalankan berbagai pertintah.

Meski sudah diluncurkan, HDC belum tah target produksi per tahun. ”Tahun ini, kami pastikanya menjualnya ke pasar domestik. Harganya, sekitar 10.000 dollar AS (Rp 96 juta). Mulai sekarang, kita punya produk yang bisa dibanggakan rakyat Khmer,” terang Chen Heng.

Kebangkikan industri otomotif Kamboja sudah tampak ketika pabrik komponen otomotif pertama di negara itu dibangun beberapa waktu lalu. di Provinsi Koh Kong. Pabril ini siap memproduksi komponen apa saja berdasarkan pesanan untuk memenuhi kebutuhan industri otomotif lokal.

Dengan cara ini, harga lebih murah, pengiriman lebih cepat.

Inilah mobil listrik hasil rekayasa insinyur Kamboja!
http://otomotif.kompas.com/read/2013...k.Asli.Kamboja

Indonesia punya banyak konsep mobil listrik tapi gada satupun yang sudah bener-bener diproduksi massal. Akhirnya kebalap ama Kamboja soal mobil listrik. Kemana sih pejabat kita ini? CUma mau mikirin duit aja. $$$
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hehe setau saya german aja ga punya tu mobil listrik yg komersial......
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http://otomotif.kompas.com/read/2013...k.Asli.Kamboja

Indonesia punya banyak konsep mobil listrik tapi gada satupun yang sudah bener-bener diproduksi massal. Akhirnya kebalap ama Kamboja soal mobil listrik. Kemana sih pejabat kita ini? CUma mau mikirin duit aja. $$$
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Mobil listrik pertama Kamboja



http://otomotif.kompas.com/read/2013...k.Asli.Kamboja

Indonesia punya banyak konsep mobil listrik tapi gada satupun yang sudah bener-bener diproduksi massal. Akhirnya kebalap ama Kamboja soal mobil listrik. Kemana sih pejabat kita ini? CUma mau mikirin duit aja. $$$
tidak atau belum akan diproduksi massal setidaknya dalam dua tahun kedepan, karena supporting electric carnya belum mendukung untuk melakukan produksi massal.
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101 gun Salute for the late King Sihanouk on 25 Jan 2013
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Commemorative 1000 Riel Banknote (8 Baht) for the late King Sihanouk issued on 1 Jan 2013


Existing issue of 1000 Riel - 1995 series


Existing issue of 1000 Riel - 1999 series


Existing issue of 1000 Riel - 2006 series
http://news.sabay.com.kh/articles/366490


Funeral parade of the late King Sihanouk from TVK of Mekhong channel
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...levant_count=1

Funeral parade of the late King Sihanouk from Bayon TV
http://www.khmerlive.tv/bayon/


The prime ministers of France, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam will attend next week's royal cremation in Cambodia along with senior political, royal and military figures from across the region, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said.

Rest in peace, our King.

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We will always remember you, my greatest hero KING!!

Why Cambodian consider his Majesty King father Norodom Sihanouk as their Hero?

-His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk was born in 31/10/1922 in Phnom Penh Cambodia.
-He studied at Francois Baudoin Primary School in Phnom Penh (1930-1940) and continued at Lycée Chasseloup Laubat in Saigon, Vietnam.
-He was Selected to be the king by the Crown Council (23/04/1941) and Officially crowned as the king (28/10/1941) in his age of 18 only.
*** He returned the national independence to Cambodia (09/11/1953)
*** He abdicated in favor of his father establishing Sangkum Reastr Niyum (02/03/1955) [ The second golden era after Angkor era]
*** He restored peaces by mobilizing all political parties to stop fighting and signed the Paris Peace Agreement on 23 October 1991 and have a general election to Cambodia in 1993.
*** He won n the court case in International Court of Justice (ICJ) which ruled that the temple was situated in a territory under the sovereignty of Cambodia.
Source : cambodia-financial-market.blogspot.com
*** He is one of the founding father of Non-Aligned Movement.
*** He Claimed back the 3 provinces (Siem Reap, Battambong and Steung Treng) from Thailand after Japan failed (WWII).

*** He still be in our heart our soul and our dream!

** Cambodian administrators
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A woman sits in prayer while her head is shaved to mourn the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk ahead of his funeral, Jan. 31, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Photo source: Wong Maye-E / AP

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Royal Golden Coffin of the late body of King Norodom Sihanouk
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PM Yinglux, 2 Deputy PMs who also hold the position of Minister of Education and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of PM Office, Minister of Defense, and Minister of Commerce are flying from Donmueang Air Force Base at 0745 AM to Phnom Penh to participate in the cremation of the late King Sihanouk. They will fly back to BKK at 8 PM at the same day - while ex senator Khamnoon mocking the cabinet of Yinglux who keep saying very contradict statements
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...levant_count=1
http://www.thairath.co.th/content/pol/324475
http://thaiinsider.info/news2012b/th...02-04-03-30-51
http://www.matichon.co.th/news_detai...&subcatid=0100


Royal Letter from His Majesty to King Sihamouni for the occasion of ex King Sihanouk cremation
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The Whole Nation Is Mourning

In Cambodian tradition which lasts since Angkor Era, King normally has three names in his life. One when he is born, one when he reigns and the last one when he dies.

As a result, King Norodom Sihanouk was named "Preah Borom Rattanak Kout - ព្រះបរមរតនកោដ្ឋ" after he passed away.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...levant_count=1


Long line before the cremation of ex King Sihanouk
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Photo Series: Aviation photo of funeral parade for ex-King Sihanouk near Vimarn Ekkarat and Crematorium
http://www.manager.co.th/IndoChina/V...=9560000014071


The Whole Nation is Mourning

It's the saddest time for all of us, however, it's also the time that we can see the real unity of Cambodian people.

Since last friday, millions of people are joining together to participate the royal funeral ceremony. Thousands of people are reported to join the crowd to pay their respect in front of the royal crematorium everyday.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...levant_count=1
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The whole Kingdom is mourning...

The giving fire to the greatest king's father Norodom Sihanouk has already done. Not only our current king cry, but the whole nation are sad and can't stop tearing.

Picture of the Current king Norodom Sihamoni in font of King father Norodom Sihanouk's body, this evening.
Picture credit: Kimlong Meng
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The real end of Journey for ex King Sihanouk at 6 PM of 4 Feb 2013
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Prince Sihanouk paying respect to Ho Chin Minh - in July 1969 -Many Khmer never forgive Prince Sihanouk for this action
Photo series: Anti Sihanouk and Anti Hunsen-CPP album by Bushba Angor
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Burning body of King Sihanouk and the burning coffin Inside the crematorium
http://ki-media.blogspot.com/2013/02...ematorium.html


Funeral process of King Sihanouk - Part 1


Funeral process of King Sihanouk - Part 2


Funeral process of King Sihanouk - Part 3


Funeral process of King Sihanouk - Part 4

The Royal Cremation video
http://ki-media.blogspot.com/2013/02...ion-video.html

Cambodia: A monarchy façade
Jerome Boruszewski (Phnom Penh), La Croix (France)
(Translated from French by KI-Media)
3 February 2013


Funeral procession of the deceased Norodom Sihanouk, who will be cremated Monday, February 4 in Phnom Penh (Heng Sinith / AP).

The remains of King-Father Norodom Sihanoukwill be incinerated in Phnom Penh on Monday, February 4.
Although highly respected by Cambodians, the royal institution has no power.
The country is dominated by the party of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

“Hun Sen rules by fear.”

For more than three months, Cambodians of all ages from all over the country gather in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. They pray before the remains of Norodom Sihanouk, who died October 15, 2012 in Beijing at the age of 89, and he will be cremated on Monday 04 February on the courtyard located in front of the National Museum where the ruling regime has built a large building funeral crematorium. French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault will be present. At time King, Head of State, and allied, then prisoner of the Khmer Rouge, Sihanouk has dominated Cambodian politics for over sixty years. He abdicated in 2004 in favor of his son, Norodom Sihamoni.

" King Sihamoni is not interested in politics,” says Riya, a 25-year-old Cambodia who came to pray in front of the royal palace. “He is not as knowledgeable as His Majesty Grandfather (Norodom Sihanouk)." Kunthea, 29, left a bouquet of lotus flowers at the base of a national flagpole and a portrait of the deceased king. "Norodom Sihamoni is neutral, he loves his people, he helps his people and that's it," she said.

In reality, it is a symbolic role

For nearly nine years, Sihamoni, the constitutional monarch, is happy to receive foreign guests and visiting the poor. His subjects rarely see him on television. The 1993 Constitution states that the king is "the protector of the rights and freedoms of all citizens." In theory, his role is not merely symbolic. "But he has no power,” Son Soubert lamented. He is the king’s Privy Councilor. “He did not want to be king. I think he is bored. He reads a lot.”


Born in May 1953, Norodom Sihamoni spent part of his youth in Czechoslovakia before settling in Paris in the early 1980s. In October 2004, he was elected king by political and religious officials loyal to the Cambodian People's Party (CPP), the ruling political party. Sihamoni then arrived in a Cambodia political scene that is dominated by Hun Sen who is prime minister since 1985. Hun Sen has never hesitated to use force, and in 1997, he did just that to defeat his political opponents.

The CPP fully controls the Cambodian political scene. "The government ministries are useless in Cambodia. Here, the Prime Minister manages everything," Son Soubert criticized. The judiciary is not independent and the Parliament is merely a rubber stamp. The opposition has very limited access to the press. "This regime is not a dictatorship. But it is close to be one,” said Ou Virak, the president of the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights. “Hun Sen rules by fear.”

A regime "close to a dictatorship"

In anticipation of the upcoming July elections, the country’s two main opposition parties announced that they will merge to gain weight. But their main figure, Sam Rainsy, is still in exile in France. If he returns to the kingdom, the opposition leader will face a 12-year prison sentence after he was charged with disinformation and destruction of public property.

If Cambodians have shown in recent months, their respect for the royal institution, they are more likely to challenge and exceed the limits tolerated by the Hun Sen regime. Protesters realize that neither the authorities, nor the opposition can solve their problems. The protest movements are now beginning to organize and unite.
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Cambodia mourns as 'King-Father' Sihanouk cremated


The crematorium site for Cambodia's former King Norodom Sihanouk is seen at dusk in Phnom Penh Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of mourners gathered in Cambodia's capital …more Monday for the cremation of Sihanouk, the revered "King-Father," who survived wars and the murderous Khmer Rouge regime to hold center stage in the Southeast Asian nation for more than half a century. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)


Fireworks explode over the Tonle Sap River for the cremation of Cambodia's former King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of mourners gathered in Cambodia's capital Monday for the cremation of Sihanouk, the revered "King-Father," who survived wars and the murderous Khmer Rouge regime to hold center stage in the Southeast Asian nation for more than half a century. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)


Fireworks explode at the site of cremation for Cambodia's former King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of mourners gathered in Cambodia's capital Monday for the cremation of Sihanouk, the revered "King-Father," who survived wars and the murderous Khmer Rouge regime to hold center stage in the Southeast Asian nation for more than half a century. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)


Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni, center right, son of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, and his mother, Queen Norodom Monineath, center left, with Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, covering his mouth, leave the crematorium where the body of the late former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk rests in Phnom Penh, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of mourners gathered in Cambodia's capital Monday for the cremation of former King Norodom Sihanouk, the revered "King-Father," who survived wars and the murderous Khmer Rouge regime to hold center stage in the Southeast Asian nation for more than half a century. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
By DENIS D. GRAY |
Associated Press reporter Sopheng Cheang in Phnom Penh contributed to his report.
Associated Press 02/04/2013

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodians bade goodbye Monday with tears, chanting and fireworks to former King Norodom Sihanouk, their revered "King-Father" who led them through half a century of political tumult that took them into the abyss of genocidal Khmer Rouge rule and back out again.

Hundreds of thousands of Cambodians thronged the capital for the elaborate royal cremation of the maddening mercurial leader whose charm often overshadowed missteps that to most of his countrymen have faded away in a fog of nostalgia for a simpler time.

Sihanouk's elaborate funeral rites — mingling Hindu, Buddhist and animist traditions — were last seen 53 years ago with the death of his father, King Norodom Suramarit. And they may never be seen again in a rapidly modernizing country where the monarchy has lost much of its power and glamor.

After sunset, Sihanouk's son King Norodom Sihamoni and widow, Queen Mother Norodom Monineath, both weeping, ignited the funeral pyre inside a temple-like, 15-story-high crematorium. Howitzers fired salvos and fireworks lit up the sky when they exited about half-an-hour later.


After the cremation, Sihamoni handed out gifts to some 400 prisoners he had earlier pardoned as part of the mourning for his father, who he said was "in heaven, near the Lord Buddha, forever."

"May the much revered king support and protect the entire Kingdom of Cambodia and Cambodians forever," he said.

The cremation took place within a walled compound where 90 Buddhist monks — one for each year of Sihanouk's life as counted by Cambodians — chanted around the flower-decked, gilt coffin. Only the country's elite and foreign dignitaries were allowed inside the cremation ground, along with courtiers dressed in pantaloons and soldiers in 19th century-style uniforms with spiked helmets and swords.

Outside, Cambodians young and old gathered to honor and remember the late king.

"I would exchange my life for his if he could live because he was a great leader who brought peace, prosperity for the whole nation," said Pal Hor, an ailing, 64-year-old man who had come from the distant province of Battambang. He said he shaved his head out of reverence for the deceased monarch.

The $1.2 million crematorium, built just for this funeral, will be dismantled in keeping with Cambodian tradition.

Sihanouk's body had been lying in state since he died of a heart attack in Beijing on Oct. 15 at the age of 89.

The cremation was the climax of seven days of official mourning for Sihanouk, who was placed on the throne by the French as a teenager. Instead of proving the puppet the colonials had hoped for, Sihanouk went on to win independence, then rule the country both as monarch and head of state until ousted in a 1970 coup. Internationally, he was a leading member of the non-aligned movement and heightened his small country's profile in the world.

A charismatic figure regarded as a "God-King" by many of his subjects, a prideful Sihanouk sided with the Khmer Rouge against the U.S.-backed government, but after the victory of the ultra-communists in 1975, he and his wife were held prisoners in the palace. Five of his children died during the reign of terror.

A consummate survivor, Sihanouk emerged as a leader of an insurgency fighting a Phnom Penh government installed by the Vietnamese and went on to broker a peace accord that enabled his return to the throne in 1993. He abdicated 11 years later in favor of Sihamoni, a 59-year-old former ballet dancer who had spent most of his life in European artistic circles and has proven a low-keyed constitutional monarch overshadowed by strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Sihanouk's dark side, particularly his cooperation with the Khmer Rouge and his often brutal suppression of dissent, has been publicly ignored as loudspeakers broadcast eulogies and television stations show old clips of Sihanouk's triumphs and ebullient personality.

A larger-than-life character, Sihanouk directed films, composed music and led his own jazz band and palace soccer team. His appetite extended to fast cars, food and women, marrying at least five times, some say six, and fathering 14 children.

In the coming days, some of Sihanouk's ashes will be scattered near the confluence of the four rivers in Phnom Penh, while others will be put in an urn which, according to his wishes, will be placed on the grounds of the Royal Palace near those of his favorite daughter, Kunthea Buppha, who died at the age of 3.

The funeral was attended by French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, Prince Akishino of Japan, leaders of neighboring countries and China's Jia Qinglin, a senior government adviser and former high-ranking Politburo member.

Representing the United States was Ambassador William E. Todd. The U.S. Embassy did not directly respond to explain such a relatively low-level representation given the long U.S. involvement in Cambodia.

Many Cambodians were upset when President Barack Obama was one of the only leaders attending a regional summit here in November not to pay his respects before Sihanouk's body. The president had a reportedly tense meeting with Hun Sen at the time, with Obama pressing him on Cambodia's worsening human rights record.





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Scattering the ash of the late King Sihanouk into the point where 4 rivers have met in Phnom Penh after collecting the remains after cremation into the golden urn before interring the golden urn into the pagoda near the pagoda containing the remains of King Sihanouk's favorite daughter


Royal Barge to scatter the ash of the late King Sihanouk into the point where 4 rivers have met in Phnom Penh on 5 Feb 2013 - AFP PHOTO/Tang Chhin Sothy.

Ashes of Cambodia’s late King Sihanouk scattered into river
PHNOM PENH, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) — Cambodian royal families brought late King Father Norodom Sihanouk’s ashes to scatter at the confluence of the four rivers in front of the capital city’s royal palace on Tuesday after his body was cremated.

Sihanouk’s body was cremated on Monday evening in an elaborated Buddhist ceremony at the Veal Preah Meru Square next to the palace.

On Tuesday morning, after Sihanouk’s wife Queen Mother Norodom Monineath and his son King Norodom Sihamoni took some parts of Sihanouk’s ashes for putting in an urn, the remaining ashes were brought to spray into the river in accordance with Sihanouk’s wish.

The late monarch died at the age of 90 in China’s capital of Beijing on Oct. 15 last year.

He suffered from various forms of cancer, diabetes and hypertension and had been treated by Chinese doctors in Beijing for years before his death.

Sihanouk reigned over Cambodia from 1941 to 1955 and again from 1993 until his voluntary abdication on Oct. 7, 2004 in favor of his son, the current King Norodom Sihamoni.

Prince Sisowath Thomico, spokesman for the Royal Cabinet and former aide to the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk, said Sihanouk’s ashes will be put in a gold platinum-made urn and placed in a stupa at the royal palace to comply with his wish.
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Ash collecting ceremony - Morning of 5 Feb 2013

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