Showing posts from November, 2013

Cambodia: Poor Education Could Cripple Business Growth

By Joshua Wilwohl - November 29, 2013 (The Cambodia Daily) Low-quality education is jeopardizing business growth in Cambodia, and local graduates will not be employable in skilled jobs if the government does not quickly implement educational reforms, business executives warned Thursday at the Cambodian Market Intel 2013 seminar in Phnom Penh. During an hourlong panel discussion among five foreign business executives and the secretary-general of the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), the businessmen said Cambodia would struggle to attract foreign investment without improving the quality of secondary and university education. Martin McCarthy, managing director and country representative of oil and gas conglomerate Total, said his organization has trouble finding local engineers capable of working on its projects. “Total has its own university and courses at local universities, because university is too late. We must start reforms a

Cambodia: ILO: women still lag behind in education

Thu, 28 November 2013 By Sean Teehan (Phnom Penh Post) Despite making some gains, Cambodian women continue to fall well short of their male counterparts when it comes to education and position in the labour market , a study released yesterday by the International Labor Organization reports. Men account for just five per cent more of Cambodia’s approximately 7.4 million-person workforce, but earn about $25 per month more than women, the study says. That disparity is likely linked to inequality in education received, said Ros Sopheap, executive director of NGO Gender and Development for Cambodia. “There are some changes if you compare to 10 years before, but the changes have not come as far as we want,” Sopheap said yesterday. “In Cambodia, they believe men have an important role in the family to study higher education .… Girls are encouraged to stop studying, to contribute to the household income.” The ILO’s Labour Force Report, which surveyed Camb

Malaysia: Federal Court Dismisses Ex-USM Student's Application For Leave To Appeal (University and Political Rights)

Source: BERNAMA (National News Agency of Malaysia) PUTRAJAYA, Nov 28 (Bernama) -- It's the end of the road for a former Universiti Sains Malaysia student to pursue her legal challenge on the constitutionality of a section in the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971 (UUCA), in a bid to clear her school record of disciplinary misconduct. This is because Soh Sook Hwa, 31, Thursday failed in her attempt to obtain leave from the Federal Court here to appeal against the decisions of the High Court and Court of Appeal which were not in her favour . Soh , a former communications student, was given a reprimand and fined RM200 by the university's disciplinary board who found her guilty on Dec 2, 2004 of breaching the UUCA for allegedly campaigning for Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) during the 2004 general election. A five-member Federal Court panel chaired by Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum unanimously rejected her applicatio

Big Brother is watching closely

Sun, 17 November 2013 Roger Mitton The United States taps the telephones and monitors the emails of everyone in this region. No one is immune: not you, not me, not Prime Minister Hun Sen or opposition leader Sam Rainsy. We know it because of the revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, now in exile in Moscow. As The New York Times noted this month: “The NSA has operated on the principle that any eavesdropping that can be done on a foreign target of any conceivable interest , now or in the future, should be done.” It called the NSA “ an electronic omnivore of staggering capabilities, hacking its way around the world to strip governments and other targets of their secrets ”. In this way, Washington monitors not only communications from dodgy regimes like Myanmar and Vietnam, but also from treaty allies like the Philippines and Thailand. In Phnom Penh, the NSA’s Special Collection Service operates out of locked rooms


Tuesday, 19 November 2013 Roger Mitton   អាមេរិក បាន​លួច​ស្តាប់​ការ​សន្ទនា​តាម​ទូរស័ព្ទ និង​លួច​មើល​សារ​អេឡិច​ត្រូនិក​របស់​មនុស្ស​គ្រប់ៗ​គ្នា​ក្នុង​តំបន់​។​មិន មាន​នរណា​ម្នាក់​អាច​រួច​ផុត​ទេ។ មិន​ថា​អ្នក មិន​ថា​ខ្ញុំ មិន​ថា​លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋ​មន្រ្តី​ហ៊ុន សែន ឬ​មេ​ដឹក​នាំ​បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ទេ។ យើង ដឹង​វា ក៏​ដោយ​សារ​ការ​លាត​ត្រដាង​ដោយ​អតីត​អ្នក​ម៉ៅការ​ភ្នាក់ងារ​សន្តិសុខ ជាតិ (NSA) លោក Edward Snowden ដែល​ពេល​នេះ បាន​រស់​នៅ​និរទេស​នៅ​ក្រុង ម៉ូស្គូ។ កាសែត ញូវយ៉ក ថែម បាន​កត់​សម្គាល់​នៅ​ខែ​នេះ​ថា៖ «NSA បាន​ប្រតិបត្តិ​លើ​គោល​ការណ៍​ដែល​ថា ការ​លួច​ស្តាប់​អាច​កំណត់​លើ​គោលដៅ​បរទេស​នៃ​ប្រយោជន៍​ដែល​គេ​អាច​គិត​ទៅ​ ដល់​ពេល​នេះ ឬ​នៅ​ពេល​ខាង​មុខ ដែល​គេ​គួរ​តែ​ធ្វើ»។ កាសែត​នេះ​បាន​ហៅ NSA ថា​ជា​ការ​ចាប់​យក​ព័ត៌មាន​ដែល​ឥត​រើស​មុខ តាម​រយៈ​ការ​លួច​យក​ឯកសារ​របស់​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​និង​ការ​កំណត់​គោល​ដៅ​ផ្សេង​ទៀត នៃ​រឿង​សម្ងាត់​របស់​ពួក​គេ»។ ក្នុង​របៀប​នេះ ក្រុង វ៉ាស៊ីនតោន បាន​តាម​ដាន​មិន​ត្រឹម​តែ​លើ​ប្រព័ន្ធ​គមនាគមន៍​នៃ​របប​ដែល​មាន​ល្បិចកល​ ដូចជា ភូមា និង វៀតណាម ប៉ុណ្ណោះ​ទេ ប៉ុន្តែ​ថ