Sweep targets still in lockup

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Source: Phnom Penh Post, Tue, 23 June 2015, and

More than 100 men, women and children rounded up from Phnom Penh’s streets last week remained in detention yesterday at the notorious Prey Speu Social Affairs Centre, with orders from City Hall to keep them there indefinitely.

The detainees – who authorities say are either homeless, sex workers or drug addicts – were forced into vans by mixed security forces over the course of a multi-day sweep and driven to the de facto prison.

When Post reporters visited the remote facility yesterday afternoon, dozens of people

Singapore developer launches camhomes to offer quality affordable housing in cambodia

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Source: Phnom PenhPost,

Leading Singaporean developer HLH Group Ltd announced its entry into the Cambodian property market today with the launch of CAMHOMES, a property development firm that will provide high-quality, affordable homes in premium locations across the country.

The Camhomes brand is a subsidiary of Public Housing Development (Cambodia) Ltd, which is part of the HLH Group Ltd. The group has been building homes in Singapore since 1988, and listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange in 2000. HLH has completed a number of major residential, commercial and industrial developments in the island city-state, including numerous public housing units.

Cambodia’s …

PPSEZ shores up land deal prior to CSX listing

PPSEZ shores up land deal prior to CSX listing

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Source: Phnom Penh Post, Wed, 17 June 2015,

Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone, the Kingdom’s most-developed SEZ, says the land deal for its planned SEZ in Poipet will be concluded before PPSEZ lists on Cambodia’s stock exchange.

Hiroshi Uematsu, CEO of PPSEZ, said that 53 hectares of land near the Thai border had already been acquired by the firm and were in the process of transferring ownership to a new company, which will be a full subsidiary of PPSEZ.

“It will happen before [the] IPO,” he said.

Uematsu said the cash from PPSEZ’s listing, which is expected

Workers Focus on the Sunny Side of a Dirty Job

Workers Focus on the Sunny Side of a Dirty Job

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PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – Employees of Cintri, the city’s sole garbage collection agency, are feeling the effects of their job as they go about keeping the capital clean.

Skin rashes and respiratory problems are commonplace complaints, as is the low standard of living that comes with being a city trash collector. Those who spoke to Khmer Times, however, said there is an upside to their job, and it has all to do with playing their part to keep the capital clean.

Chhim Sambo, a 52-year-old rubbish collector in Chamkarmon district, often suffers from breathing difficulties and other …

Garment Workers Again Target $177 Minimum Wage

Garment Workers Again Target $177 Minimum Wage

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PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – Cambodia’s garment workers will renew their campaign for a monthly wage of $177 next month, when talks start for a new minimum wage, labor leaders said yesterday.

The demand for a 38 percent hike from the minimum monthly of $128, which came into effect in January, is not tied to productivity increases. Instead, Ath Thorn, head of the Cambodian Labor Confederation, says unions will base demands on research that indicated workers need between $150 and $177 to remain above the poverty line in Phnom Penh. His union confederation will also push for the …

Firm Tests Paid Spots to Curb Parking Woes in Phnom Penh

Firm Tests Paid Spots to Curb Parking Woes in Phnom Penh

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Source: Cambodia Daily, By | June 16, 2015,

With Phnom Penh’s parking situation in “disarray,” City Hall has agreed to allow a Cambodian-Japanese joint venture to test a paid-parking scheme next month in an effort to reduce the number of parked cars clogging the capital’s streets, according to company officials.

“The situation is messy and complicated because there are more and more motorbikes and cars in the city, so parking is becoming more difficult, and is in disarray,” municipal spokesman Long Dimanche said Monday.

Mr. Dimanche said that with very few paid parking lots in Phnom Penh, …