Remembrance Week Dec 26-Jan 1

An e-mail from Dina

Last year, on the 26th December, an earthquake, and then a tsunami, killed, wounded, or impoverished hundreds of thousands of people in South Asia.

During the course of the year, other disasters took their toll too. Most devastating of them: Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the South-East coast of the USA; and another enormous earthquake near Pakistan’s border with India. Continue reading →

Request for Participation in a Survey on ASEAN Foundation

An e-mail from Clara Lila at InterMatrix Communications in Jakarta, Indonesia

Request for Participation in Survey
We only have few respondents from Cambodia, your participation in this survey is very much needed

Dear Tharum ,

My name is Lila and I am working at InterMatrix Communications at Jakarta, Indonesia.

I have your name and contact contact through http://tharum.blogspot.com

Currently, Intermatrix Communications have been appointed to develop a communication strategy for the ASEAN Foundation. The development of this strategy and design of an action plan will be completed in the next three months. Continue reading →

Cambodia: Voices from Cambodian blogosphere

Ministry of Information has ordered all radio and television stations to stop reading news article of print newspapers. This move is considered as an attempt to maintain professional journalism in the country. News readers read some selected press articles and make personal comments for their radio and television broadcasting. Since most people find it difficult to buy and read newspapers, airing of news reading is popular in the country where large population is illiterate and living under poverty line.

And in response to the arrest of border critics and a radio journalist, about 30 human rights groups have just formed an Alliance of Freedom of Expression to launch a nation-wide campaign. The campaign aims to promote freedom of expression in the country. So far some 60,000 ribbons has been distributed in the city and some provinces. Apart from traditional media, access to online news and resources is also popular among college students in Phnom Penh, the business and cultural center of the country. The worldwide network opens windows to young people to access to useful online materials, mostly for their life-long learning as well as participation in online discussion groups to share their opinions on particular topics. However, a knife is just a knife; some users enjoy only chatting, accessing to inappropriate Web sites such as pornography and violence.

In 15 years, struggling film industry comes to life again. The country organized its second national film festival , featured 22 Cambodian movies, at Chaktomuk Theatre on November 28, 2005. Vampire and ghost stories make the most in the competition list. In this last decade, popularity of foreign movies have made life difficult for national filmmakers. Local people find Thai, Chinese, American, and even Korean movie a taste of entertainment when local film productions have to do more to compete with quality foreign film company. Horror stories are not only in the film, in countryside, sorcery also makes news headlines. Witchcraft or sorcery, Arb-Thmob in Khmer, is what people have ever heard of, but never actually seen this scary creature, half-ghost and half-human.

Living with her father in Phnom Penh, she was just 5 years old, and was evacuated from the city when the Khmer Rouge came to power. She does not understand why she had to leave from her home in the city to the countryside. An educated person like her father is a target of execution and killing of the regime to revolutionize the society. First They Killed My Father: a daughter of Cambodia remembers by Loung Ung is beautiful and so clearly captures the voice of a child survived from the genocide.

Intel enters Cambodia

Erik Wasson, an Associate Editor of The Cambodia Daily wrote on Friday, December 16, 2005, that ‘Intel Plants Flag in Cambodia, Seeks to Develop New Market.’

US-based firm Intel has stepped into Cambodia with prospect to transform narrow market of computer users of the country. Despite low number of computer users and high Internet access costs, at 7 percent and 12 percent respectively, its potential attracted attention from Intel corporation, the world’s largest computer manufacturer of computer processor. The giant company officially established its first office on Thursday.

Initially the company has introduced a “My First PC” promotion campaign that offers computer system running Khmer-language software for between $300 and $459. The Khmer-language account software was developed one year ago by Cambodian-owned Blue Technology.

In my opinion, a big brandname and first player Intel will take the lead to enter the market at the time that no other competitors, and will contribute a significant part to develop the computer end-users market. I also do believe that this entrance will pave the way for more company to view Cambodia as a land of business opportunities. Although large population of the country has low income comparing to others in the region, that people prefer affordable and second-hand products, however people know very well about Japanese electronic Sony products, the way that Americans do.