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Phak Seangly, The Phnom Penh Post
Mon, 4 July 2016
The prime minister has called on government ministries to pursue closer cooperation with NGOs and community activists in the fight against illegal logging, a call met with scepticism by some in the forest protection community yesterday.
Speaking at an event in Kampong Speu on Friday to mark National Fish Day, HE said it was time for all parties to put aside their differences, starting with the ministries of environment, agriculture and mines and energy. “It is an error that we have to change that begins in government,” he said.
The premier made special mention of the Prey Lang Forest Protection Community, which has long been at odds with the Forestry Administration.
But Prey Lang activist Hoeun Sopheap was not convinced.
Praise by Prime Minister HE for social media celebrity Thy Sovantha’s “forest protection” work in Koh Kong’s Areng Valley yesterday irked long-time environmental activists, particularly in light of Friday’s conviction of three members of NGO Mother Nature for their activism in the province.
Speaking at an event on Friday in Kampong Speu province to celebrate National Fish Day, the premier praised Sovantha as well as prominent singer Meas Soksorphea for serving as role models.
“Thy Sovantha, known as a Facebook user, used to lead groups to the Areng area, [as part of] a protection movement, and I would encourage her to continue, because there is nothing wrong with protecting the forest . . . all the people love the forest and [Sovantha] also hates the timber traders and loggers as well.”
Like the spoilt child she is, she will not be happy till she destroys herself from within and breaks your heart.
I know nothing, I see nothing, in fact I'm not here right now.
Romanian source debriefed in West Berlin
Speaking at an event in Kampong Speu on Friday to mark National Fish Day...
Too many of these national days pass un-noticed : National Fish Day
Excuse me, didn't mean to go OT. Carry on.
Eat them or refrain from eating them?
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Some sort of explanation : https://cambodiaexpatsonline.com/newswor ... t9628.htmlJohn Bingham wrote:Thy Sovantha was an opposition party supporter who drove around in her Lexus taking selfies and making vacuous comments and became hugely popular on Facebook during the 2013 elections. Since then she has fallen out with the CNRP and has joined the other side, as you do...
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