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CROWDS of protesters in
Hong Kong swelled yester-
day after police were seen
unloading boxes of tear gas
and rubber bullets, sending
tensions soaring as author-
ities urged pro-democracy
demonstrators to disperse
as soon as possible.
Huge throngs shut down
central areas of the south-
ern Chinese city with a
mass sit-in, including out-
side the citys legislative
assembly, and gave Chief
Executive Leung Chun-
ying until midnight last
night to step down or face
escalated action.
China backed the citys
embattled leader, saying it
was behind Leung firmly
and unshakably and
pledged support for the
police as protesters pre-
pared for a fifth night at the
Days of peaceful dem-
onstrations have seen tens
of thousands of people
take over the citys usually
May Titthara
WHEN Meanchey district
police chief Hy Narin was
arrested by the Anti-Cor-
ruption Unit (ACU) on
Wednesday, his colleagues,
superiors and ACU officials
were tight-lipped on what
laws the senior law enforce-
ment officer was accused of
But as a letter posted to the
ACU website yesterday and
dated the same day as the
October 1 arrest shows,
this isnt your average cor-
ruption case.
Narin, who has not been
charged yet and was ques-
tioned by a Phnom Penh
Municipal Court prosecu-
tor yesterday, allegedly
embezzled nearly $700,000
using a total of eight diverse
and rather creative schemes
and scams.
He is suspected of tak-
ing the salaries of ghost
employees from 2006 to
2014, demanding that
individuals pay more than
the official price for a fam-
ily book an official reg-
ister used for documenta-
tion purposes and
soliciting funds to train
his forces to control dem-
The ACU says he also took
money from motorbike
owners who hadnt paid tax;
sold off seized motorbikes;
required business owners
and some of his own men to
kick upstairs to him month-
ly; siphoned off cash from
settlements made after traf-
fic accidents; and made his
men buy reflective shirts
HK cops
bring in
Cop at
centre of
graft case
Meas Sokchea
HE minimum wage
issue took centre stage
in the National Assem-
bly yesterday, with the
government arguing that if the
US cut unjust import duties
for Cambodian garments, fac-
tories could afford to pay the
$177 wage demanded by unions
and the opposition.
During a debate on a draft law
on the control of factories and
handicrafts passed unani-
mously by both parties Minis-
try of Industry and Handicraft
Cham Prasidh laid out the gov-
ernments position on the con-
tentious wage question.
Although Prime Minister Hun
Sen wants so much to increase
workers salaries, even beyond
$177, it is impossible because all
the factories will run away,
Prasidh told the assembly.
If we demand too much, our
rice pot will turn upside down
US blamed for low wages
Minister calls on America to lower duties on Cambodian garments
People accompany cofns during the funeral of two of nine people killed last Saturday in Ayotzinapa after they were attacked by
police ofcers and gunmen during a protest in Tixtla, Mexico. AFP
Da de los asesinados
STORY > 12
Khouth Sophak Chakrya
POLICE will today le charges
against the daughter of a Preah
Vihear police ofcial over the
hit-and-run death of an Irish
man in Phnom Penh early on
Sunday, ofcers said yesterday.
Chev Hak, director of Phnom
Penh trafc police, said Sila Ra-
tanak, who police continue to
search for, will be charged with
careless driving causing death.
Ratanak, 20, had been driv-
ing the Range Rover of her
father, Hou Sila, deputy chief
of tourist police in Preah Vi-
hear, when it struck and killed
Tomas Edmond Beecher, 30, at
the intersection of Street 278
and Monivong Boulevard at
about 1:30am, Hak said.
Seng Chanthorn, a trafc
police ofcial, alleged that Ra-
tanak, a university student, had
ed the scene after the accident
and Hou Sila had later spoken
to police in a bid to solve the
[Today], our police will send
a document accusing them to
the court, he said, adding that
the suspects father could be re-
quired to pay compensation.
Hit-and-run charges due
Sen David
whose relatives die of HIV/
AIDS may be entitled to pay-
ments from the government
under a new scheme, a senior
government ofcial has said.
Ngy Chan Phal, secretary of
state at the Ministry of Inte-
rior, said that the plan would
see HIV/AIDS-affected Cam-
bodians receive an identity
card that entitles their family
to payouts after their death.
We are worried about the
next generation if someone in
the family who is HIV-positive
dies and leaves their children
with no one to support them,
he said. So we will select
them [for the scheme] if they
are very poor, and they will get
a poverty identity card to get
funds from the government.
The scheme was announced
along with gures showing
a steady drop in the HIV rate
in Cambodia, falling from 0.7
per cent in 2013 to 0.6 per cent
this year, according to Ieng
Moly, chairman of the Nation-
al AIDS Authority.
The AIDS situation in Cam-
bodia will improve and the
infection rate will drop to 0.4
per cent in the near future,
he said.
Five years ago, more than 40
HIV/AIDS-affected families
from Phnom Penhs Borei Kei-
la community were trucked
to the village of Tuol Sambo,
where they were left to live in
3.5-metre-by-4.5-metre cor-
rugated metal sheds.
He added that the govern-
ment continued to work to-
wards improving medical care
for HIV/AIDS patients and to
provide accommodation where
they can avoid discrimination.
We give them places to live
away from the community,
because when they live in the
community, they always get
discrimination from the pub-
lic, he said.
The gures suggest that
much has improved since the
AIDS epidemic was reported
in the late 1990s.
In 1997, the Ministry of Health
predicted that 40,000 Cambo-
dians would die of AIDS in the
three years until the year 2000.
In May, the UN said that
while Cambodia had taken
signicant steps to combat
HIV/AIDS, more than 60,000
people were still at risk of con-
tracting the virus.
families to receive new
benets under plan
Dam promises are a facade
Daniel Pye and Laignee Barron
ITH regional consultations
on Laoss Don Sahong dam
expected to commence
soon, the developers are
violating pledges to postpone construc-
tion, which is being undertaken by a Chi-
nese company associated with several
controversial hydropower projects, the
Post has learned.
In June, the Lao government agreed
not to begin construction on the dam,
which lies less than 2 kilometres north
of Cambodia, until after the six-month
prior consultation period. In August, the
newly appointed Laotian ambassador to
Cambodia corroborated the claims, tell-
ing Cambodian ofcials that the dam had
been suspended pending dialogues.
But yesterday, watchdog NGO Interna-
tional Rivers said construction was still
under way.
As construction and negotiations con-
tinue, its clear that the prior consulta-
tion process is a facade and will have no
inuence over whether or not the project
should proceed. Given the serious impacts
this dam is expected to have on Cambo-
dia and other Mekong countries sher-
ies and food security, its unacceptable
that Laos continues to set all the rules of
engagement, International Rivers South-
east Asia director Ame Trandem said.
Articles posted to the website of Chi-
nese state-owned engineering rm Pow-
erchina reveal that the rms subsidiary,
Sinohydro International, has been sub-
contracted for much of the Don Sahongs
preparatory work.
Known as the largest hydropower con-
struction company, Sinohydro Group
is involved in at least ve of Cambodias
dams, including the heavily contested
and potentially postponed Stung Cheay
Areng dam.
Sinohydro International is likely to
be involved as the main construction
contractor of Don Sahong; it already has
some preliminary work contracts for
the bridge and roads, said Grace Mang,
China program director for Internation-
al Rivers.
The large majority of [the] funding
[used by the company] comes from loans
from Chinese banks to the host country
According to several posts on Pow-
erchinas website, Sinohydros involve-
ment in the Don Sahong project began
in November 2013, when Sinohydro al-
located at least one staff member to the
Don Sahong.
Another post conrms that the com-
pany has been in negotiations for further
work on the project, including designing
elements of the dam, installing equip-
ment and drilling.
Sinohydro International and Powerchi-
na did not return request for comment.
Activists hold placards and banners on a boat in Phnom Penh last month during the handover of
a petition against the Don Sahong dam project. HENG CHIVOAN
Prison guard gave saw to escapee
US blamed
for low
factory pay
Farmer arrested after dope bust
Khouth Sophak Chakrya
and Alice Cuddy
A KAMPONG Chhnang prison
guard was questioned yesterday
on suspicion of facilitating an
inmates escape, officials said.
Pao Vuthy, director of Kam-
pong Chhnang prison, said that
one of his staff was called in for
further questioning yesterday
afternoon over his role in
30-year-old Ear Tals escape
from incarceration on Tuesday
Tal had already served half of
his five-year sentence for steal-
ing a motorbike when he broke
out of the jail by sawing the bars
off of his cells window.
After questioning [prison
staff] on Wednesday and Thurs-
day morning, the provincial
police brought a prison guard to
their office for more questioning
because . . . he [the suspect]
brought the saw to Ear Tal,
he explained.
Pol Vuthy, a deputy provincial
police chief, declined to name
the guard, but confirmed that
he stands accused of giving
tools to illegally release the
Tal was still at large yesterday
Rights group Licadho said Tal
was the sixth inmate it was
aware of who had escaped from
prison so far this year, compared
to three escapes recorded by the
group last year. In 2012, a guard
in Kampong Cham provincial
prison was arrested on suspi-
cion of facilitating the escape of
six inmates.
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and we will not have rice to eat,
he said, proposing that his ruling
Cambodian Peoples Party work
together with the opposition
Cambodia National Rescue
Party to find a solution that keeps
factories alive.
Cambodia exported about $5
billion worth of garments world-
wide last year, Prasidh said, but
paid $500 million in import
duties to the United States alone,
the destination for about half of
those garments.
Given the figures, the minister
claimed that a relaxation of the
US tough tax regime on garment
imports would free up plenty of
cash to pay workers more.
According to Prasidh, France
and Britain exported some $30
billion and $40 billion worth of
goods to the US last year, respec-
tively, but paid a similar dollar
amount on duties as Cambodia,
a developing country.
It is so unjust for us. It means
that these days we help America
with $500 million every year, he
said, adding that the govern-
ment should lobby Washington
on the issue.
The European Union, in com-
parison, levies no taxes on Cam-
bodian imports under its Eve-
rything But Arms trade scheme
for least-developed nations.
Speaking to the assembly after
Prasidh, CNRP leader Sam Rain-
sy again made the argument that
the elimination of corruption
would easily allow the govern-
ment to bump up the minimum
wage to $177.
We must ask ourselves, if we
want our country to be devel-
oped, who should it be devel-
oped for? For the factories or for
the people? he said.
If we reduce under-the-table
payments or clear out unofficial
payments altogether, I believe
that [we] will benefit benefit
for the nation and benefit for
the workers.
According to Rainsy, the prices
of essential goods, public serv-
ices and utilities like electricity
are also much higher in Cambo-
dia than in neighbouring Thai-
land or Vietnam, meaning work-
ers require a higher basic wage
to lead normal lives.
Ken Loo, secretary-general of
the Garment Manufacturers
Association in Cambodia
(GMAC), said that the US was the
only developed nation not to
give Cambodia preferential duty
access on garment imports.
Cambodia paid about a 16 per
cent tariff on roughly $2.5 billion
worth of garment exports to the
US last year, he said.
Of course, it depends on what
goods are exported, [but] what
the UK and France are paying as
a percentage on the value of their
exports is about 1 per cent.
If duties were reduced, Loo
agreed that it would most likely
be the case that workers could
be paid significantly more.
However, he disputed Rainsys
claim that if factories entirely
stopped paying bribes, they
would be able to afford $177.
They obviously havent done
their homework and crunched
their numbers. What he claims
is not true, Loo said.
He added that although Cam-
bodians did indeed face higher
costs than Thailand and Viet-
nam, this argument would
apply to the costs of factory
owners, too.
Pav Sina, president of the Col-
lective Union of Movement of
Workers, said that while he was
pleased the wage was being
debated in parliament, he did
not believe the ruling party
would acquiesce.
If the wage was increased to
$177, it would make the CNRP
more popular [because they lob-
bied for it], he said.
But both parties should seek
a solution that increases sala-
ries to an appropriate level for
The Labour Advisory Commit-
tee made up of employers, the
government and unions hopes
to set a new wage on October 10.
Khouth Sophak Chakrya
POLICE in Pursat provinces Veal
Veng district arrested a man on
Wednesday accused of working
as a guard at a 450-plant mari-
juana field as he chopped up
dried marijuana in a hut nearby,
police said yesterday.
Veal Veng district police chief
Theang Leng said that suspect
Sor Rithy, a farmer from Anlong
Reap commune, had told police
that he and another man named
Doeun were guards who tended
to and processed the marijuana
for men from Phnom Penh
identified as Sok and Rith who
provided the seeds.
We have arrested the suspect
along with 12 kilograms of dried
marijuana, Leng said. The 450
fresh marijuana plants were
burned down at the site by the
Police found the crop based
on a tip off from local villagers,
Leng said.
According to the police report,
Rithy allegedly confessed to
selling several kilograms of
marijuana to customers in
Phnom Penh twice at a cost of
$100 per kilo.
Leng added that, according to
Article 38 of drug law, authorities
decided to [preliminarily] charge
the suspect with planting addic-
tive plants illegally for commer-
cial purposes a charge that
carries a sentence of up to five
years in prison if proven.
Phuong Sothea, a provincial
monitor for rights group Adhoc,
urged authorities to keep inves-
tigating to find those in charge
of the operation.
Vong Sokheng
THIRTEEN prominent civil so-
ciety organisations yesterday
said that a controversial circu-
lar issued by National Assembly
president Heng Samrin on Sep-
tember 12 violates principles of
democracy and transparency,
along with the constitution and
internal assembly regulations.
The circular stipulates that
parliamentary commissions
half of which are now led by
the opposition party must
ask permission from Samrin
to meet with practically any
outsiders in the assembly com-
pound, are not allowed to open
the questioning of government
ofcials to media or civil soci-
ety, and need to go through the
prime minister via Samrin to
summon ministers.
The NGOs, which include
umbrella body the Coopera-
tion Committee for Cambodia,
Transparency International
and the Cambodian Center for
Human Rights, say Samrin has
no legal right to issue such cir-
culars regulating commissions.
He has been accused of giv-
ing himself CEO-like powers
and liberally interpreting the
assemblys internal regulations
to reduce the clout that com-
missions have to hold the gov-
ernment to account.
On September 17, Education
Minister Hang Chuon Naron
was questioned by the educa-
tion commission on his reform
efforts, but nine representa-
tives from NGOs and interna-
tional organisations, including
UNESCO, were barred from
attending, the groups say.
It is clear that this circular
has made the debate between
the commissions and ministers
or government not transparent
and not public, they said in a
statement, adding that it vio-
lated citizens access to infor-
mation rights.
I very much regret that the
Cambodian Peoples Party law-
makers are afraid of dialogue
as a tool to solve the problems
of the nation, CCHR chairman
Ou Virak said at a press confer-
ence yesterday.
But Lork Kheng, a CPP law-
maker and deputy chair of the
human rights commission, said
the circular was in accordance
with the internal regulations
and with the consensus of all
I do not think that it is wrong
and lawmakers from the two
parties have been smoothly
working together to resolve
problems for people, especially
my rst commission, she said.
The opposition has said it will
challenge the circular.
Civil society groups
slam Samrin circular
Poverty line $120, govt says
Sean Teehan
ORKERS in Cam-
bodias capital
earning less than
$120 per month
are living below the poverty
line, according to the Ministry
of Plannings own calculation.
At a September 17 workshop
on the garment industry mini-
mum wage, International La-
bour Organization Cambodia
national director Tun Sophorn
cited Ministry of Planning data
that put the poverty line at $120,
he said yesterday.
One hundred and twenty
dollars in Phnom Penh is the
poverty line [according to the
Planning Ministry], Sophorn
said, adding that the ILO was
still investigating this gure.
The information comes as
the Ministry of Labours Labour
Advisory Committee prepares
to set next years garment sec-
tor minimum wage on October
10. The current industrial mini-
mum monthly wage is $100,
putting garment workers earn-
ing minimum wage $20 below
the poverty line.
Chief of the Planning Minis-
trys national accounts unit Keo
Chettra could not be reached
for comment yesterday.
Free Trade Union president
Chea Mony questioned how
people who carry this indus-
try could be paid below $120.
Cambodians in this indus-
try . . . continue to provide mil-
lions of dollars for the econo-
my, he said.
Garments account for more
than 80 per cent of Cambodias
total exports.
The Garment Manufactur-
ers Association in Cambodia
(GMAC) has said it can afford to
pay a $110 minimum wage. But
GMAC secretary-general Ken
Loo yesterday said in addition
to the $110 is a $10 attendance
bonus and a $7 transportation
and housing bonus, making its
total offer $127 per month.
Not many garment workers
earn only minimum wage, Loo
said. The poverty line and mini-
mum wage, he added, are not
relevant to one another.
How are they related? [Min-
imum wage] might be, it could
be, but it isnt by default [what
workers earn], Loo said, not-
ing that many earning the oor
wage are new to the industry
or in a probationary period.
Dave Welsh, country directo-
ry for labour rights group Soli-
darity Center, said he thought
GMACs minimum wage offer
of $110 when the Planning Min-
istrys poverty line in Phnom
Penh was $120 highlights phil-
osophically where theyre at in
this argument.
Garment workers protest on Veng Sreng Boulevard in Phnom Penh last month during a campaign to raise the
minimum wage to $177. HONG MENEA
CNRP president Sam Rainsy talks to protesting garment workers in
Svay Rieng province in December. PHOTO SUPPLIED
A policeman poses with a marijuana tree during a drug bust in Pursat
provinces Veal Veng district on Wednesday. PHOTO SUPPLIED
[The prison guard]
brought the saw
to Ear Tal
Dam villagers demand titles
Pech Sotheary
FEARING loss of land, about
150 farmers in Svay Rieng prov-
ince yesterday marched to the
provincial hall, filing a petition
that demands land titles on
their property.
Many villagers in Svay Chrum
districts Chhoeuteal commune
lost parts of their property in
2011, when a dam was built
there. The next year, authorities
issued land titles to people liv-
ing in the upper-dam area, but
have not granted titles to those
in the lower-dam area, said
community activist In Sot.
We demand the land titles
and ask the provincial authori-
ties to give the key to the local
authorities to open the water
gate to make it easier to irrigate
our farmland, Sot said.
After the two-hour gathering,
Svay Rieng deputy provincial
governor Ou Vatanak invited
four representatives to speak
with him about their concerns,
where he promised a speedy
solution to the dispute.
Vatanak could not be reached
Provincial Hall official Phok
Yin said authorities are already
looking into the issue. Yin
serves as deputy director of the
committee for the analysis.
We have created a working
group to go to the disputed
location and will seek a resolu-
tion for people soon, Yin said.
Those who measure land
and grant titles have discrim-
inated against people in the
lower dam are since 2012,
ignoring numerous requests
for land titles, said Theng
Saroeun, coordinator of Coa-
lition of Cambodia Farmers
We hope there will be the
resolution and offer land titles
to people in the near future,
Saroeun said.
Villagers from Svay Chrum district protest in front of the provincial hall
in Svay Rieng yesterday after they led a petition. PHOTO SUPPLIED
Chhay Channyda
AFTER three days of ques-
tioning opposition Cambodia
National Rescue Party mem-
bers accused of attacking se-
curity guards at a protest near
Phnom Penhs Freedom Park
in July, court ofcials were
yesterday no closer to extract-
ing confessions.
Khin Chamroeun, 32, San
Kimheng, 32, and Neang Sok-
hun, 28, were all arrested on
August 2 and detained for 20
days in the capitals Prey Sar
prison before being released
on bail.
The trio was arrested for al-
leged involvement in violence
against security forces during
an opposition-led protest to
free Freedom Park, which
had been in lockdown for
more than half a year.
The July 15 protest, which
began peacefully, ended in
violence when the crowd re-
sponded to baton-wielding
security guards aggressive at-
tempts to disperse them with
brutal mob beatings.
Sokhun, who is charged with
joining a riot and intentional
violence with aggravating cir-
cumstances, told the Post that
despite months having passed
since his arrest, authorities are
yet to compile any credible
evidence against him.
The judge just asked me
whether I used a pipe to hit
the security guards and whose
pipe it was . . . I said I do not
know at all, he said of his
questioning at Phnom Penh
Municipal Court yesterday.
On that day [July 15], I went
to take pictures of the dem-
onstration for public broad-
cast, Sokhun added, urging
the court to drop the charges
against him.
Chamroeun, who is charged
with leading a riot, opposing
public servants and intention-
al violence with aggravating
circumstances, said his ques-
tioning on Tuesday also pre-
sented a lack of any evidence.
I have been apprehended
without any evidence or proof
that I committed [any crime]
at all, he said.
Another CNRP member,
48-year-old Sum Puthy, was
arrested on Monday over his
alleged role in the attacks.
Puthys lawyer, San Sou-
dalen, who visited him in
Prey Sar yesterday, said she
planned to le a bail request.
CNRP trio continues to deny
role in Freedom Park beating
Phak Seangly and Alice Cuddy
VIETNAMESE nationals were
deported en masse this week
from Svay Rieng province,
with 142 illegal migrants sent
back across the border in a one
day, as Cambodias nationwide
census of foreigners continues,
ofcials said yesterday.
General Sok Phal, director
of the Interior Ministrys Im-
migration Department, said
the 142 Vietnamese nationals
were gathered on Wednesday
and deported back to Viet-
nam because they did not
have any documents.
According to Phal, since
the rst census deportations
in September, 306 foreigners
have been forced to leave.
The census has been pre-
sented as a government effort
to take a more precise count of
foreigners living in Cambodia
and enforce the countrys Im-
migration Law. It has been cel-
ebrated by some observers as
a chance to develop a clearer
policy regarding undocument-
ed Vietnamese. But concerns
have also been raised that Viet-
namese people could be un-
fairly targeted and deported.
Phal yesterday stressed that
illegal migrants of all national-
ities and races had been given
the same treatment.
They have been deported
to their own country regard-
less of white or black skin,
he said, adding that Chinese,
Thai and Nigerian nationals
were among those discovered
to be living here illegally.
However, he added, 70 per
cent of the deportees were
Deputy director of the im-
migration department Mam
Srim Vanna, who is conduct-
ing the census in Svay Rieng,
said he was not sure when it
would be complete.
Ratanakkiri deported at least
12 Vietnamese nationals living
there illegally in September.
Ang Chanrith, executive di-
rector of the Minority Rights
Organization, said he contin-
ued to support the government
process to gure out where the
illegal immigrants are.
They must be deported.
This is the law, he said. But,
Chanrith added, the govern-
ment should clarify its policy
on children born in Cambodia
to Vietnamese parents.
Census deportations
hit 142 in single day
Migrants kids at risk: CDRI
Laignee Barron and Cheang Sokha
UELLED by poverty and debt,
more than a quarter of Cambo-
dian adults migrate, and, in the
process, many are leaving behind
their children, a new report nds.
Part of a four-year research project on
child labour, the Cambodian Indepen-
dent Research Institutes The Impacts of
Adult Migration on Childrens Well-Being
found evidence that children left behind
suffer a variety of consequences to which
their peers from nonmigrating families
arent subjected. The loss of parental su-
pervision disrupts family life and the ab-
sence of a breadwinner in the household
may translate into day-to-day cash short-
ages that force children out of school and
into work, according to the report.
A high proportion (17.2 per cent) of
children aged between 10 and 17 years
[who were left by their migrant families]
are not currently attending school, the
report says, adding that the situation
is worse for girls, who are perceived to
be better suited to tackling household
chores and more in demand by the la-
bour market.
Instead of attending classes, many of
the children take up jobs to add to the
familys earnings in between remittances
or to make up for shortfalls. Children from
migrant households are 27 per cent more
likely to have income-earning work, and
for child labourers who were already em-
ployed before the adults left, their burden
increases; migration is likely to add 7.4
hours on childrens workload per week,
according to the report.
Most of the people in the village left
for Thailand to seek work. When they left,
they left their children with parents or
other relatives unless the children could
work said Ban Sareap, 40, a resident of
the heavily migrant-populated Moung
Russey district in Battambang.
But migration experts said the alter-
native, kids migrating with the parents,
poses an equally poor option.
Its not a good idea for children to go
with parents, as they will have less access
to education, maybe also have to work
and will likely be living in temporary
and hazardous conditions, said Moeun
Tola, labour program ofcer at the Cam-
bodian Legal Education Center. There
is a saying in Cambodia, when you jump
into water you meet with crocodiles, but
when you jump out to land, you meet
with tigers The choice of leaving or
taking children to migrate is like that,
there is no good choice.
A young boy loads bricks into a kiln in Kandal province last year. A new report suggests that chil-
dren of migrant workers are more likely to stop schooling and joint the labour force. HONG MENEA
I have been
without any
evidence or proof
Ice-dealing couple plan
honeymoon in Prey Sar
A GUY and his gal lingering at
a park at nightfall may sound
like a romantic proposition
unless theyre dealing crystal
meth. A 25-year-old man and
his girlfriend, 23, were arrest-
ed in Phnom Penhs Chroy
Changvar district on Wednes-
day for allegedly dealing
drugs after police spotted the
pair giving drugs to a shady
character as they sat on a
motorbike. The police arrest-
ed the lovers, seizing 14 pack-
ages of ice, or metham-
phetamine. The pair were
sent to court. KOH SANTEPHEAP
Pinky swear: No more
cockfights, officer!
EVER made a promise you
didnt keep? Five men and
three women were arrested
on Tuesday for cockfighting in
Banteay Meancheys Poipet
district but were released
after they promised to never
engage in the blood sport
again. Police raided the house
following a neighbours tip,
but many people ran away,
leaving only eight, aged 22 to
35, to be arrested. Police
seized five cocks and 10
motorbikes. DEUM AMPIL
Moto motor sale moots
successful bike-jacking
THREE men who thought they
had gotten away with stealing
a mans motorbike were
arrested in Phnom Penhs
Tuol Kork district on Wednes-
day after police found them
selling the bikes motor at the
market. The bikes owner said
he had recently been robbed
at night by the trio, aged 25 to
30, while he was walking his
broken bike in the street.
Police sent them to court.
Angry mob ruins purse
snatchers evening
IF YOURE a criminal in the
Kingdom, sometimes the
cops are the least of your
worries. A man, 22, was beat-
en up for allegedly snatching
a womans purse in a Siha-
noukville market on Tuesday.
The woman, 18, told police
she was crossing the street
on her way to the night mar-
ket when the suspect
snatched her bag as he rode
his motorbike. She shouted
for help, and the crowd cor-
nered him, beating him up
badly. Police sent him to hos-
pital before detention. KOH
Laptop thief logs in to
Kratie justice system
A 29-YEAR-OLD man was
arrested in Kratie town on
Wednesday for trying to steal
a laptop from a parked car
near a market. The man
threw a brick through the
cars window, but he was
spotted by the cars owner,
22, who yelled for help. The
suspect attempted to escape
on his motorbike but was
arrested following a chase by
police. He confessed and was
sent to court. DEUM AMPIL
Translated by Sen David
Charges loom for $700K cop
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and holsters for their ries,
costs his department was sup-
posed to bear.
After grilling Narin for more
than three hours yesterday,
Om Sophea, the court pros-
ecutor, decided to send him
back to the ACU for the time
being. Thus far, I have not
decided anything. We will
continue questioning him,
he said.
Based on information from
police witnesses and people
living in Meanchey district, in
addition to Narins own con-
fession, which the ACU says it
obtained, Narin did wrong
by taking some money for his
own benets, according to the
ofcial statement.
Some money here means
$678,059, in a country where
many police ofcers made as
little as $57 a month in 2013,
or just under $2 a day, accord-
ing to a Transparency Interna-
tional Cambodia (TI) report
released in September.
The investigation against Na-
rin took eight months, accord-
ing to the ACU, but it had been
brewing for some time. Oddly,
the organisation admitted in its
statement that it warned Narin
to shape up and improve.
However, he ignored them.
In the past, the ACU has re-
ceived ve complaints against
Hy Narin, and the ACU has
asked him to clarify and to im-
prove twice, but he seems to
turn a blind eye, continuing to
commit the same faults, the
statement says.
Anti-corruption advocates
yesterday said graft is rifer in
organisations with muscle.
This is quite common and is
seen worse in the police forces
and armies, said Preap Kol, ex-
ecutive director TI, in an email.
Kol added that he applauded
the ACU for the arrest.
Last month, TI Cambodia
released a baseline report on
corruption in the Kingdom,
placing the judiciary and law
enforcement agencies lowest
in the organisations national
integrity rankings.
In TIs Global Corruption Ba-
rometer report from last year,
65 per cent of respondents to a
survey said that they had paid
a bribe to both the police and
the judiciary within the past
12 months.
San Chey, a coordinator with
the Afliated Network for So-
cial Accountability in East Asia
and the Pacic, said corruption
among police institutions had
become virtually habitual
and had made the public lose
trust in them.
They are the coordinators
of people who need them, but
they instead use their roles
to extort money from people,
taking the law into their own
hands, which they do for their
own benet only, he said.
ACU spokesman Keo Remy,
National Police spokes-
man Kirth Chantharith and
Phnom Penh Municipal Po-
lice chief Choun Sovann could
not be reached for comment
While the court decides
whether to pursue charges,
those who have worked under
Narin will be watching, some
with evident satisfaction.
Born Vuthy, Prek Eng com-
mune police chief, said Narin
was always putting pressure
on his subordinates to hand
over greenbacks, and that the
ACU allegations were true.
He ordered us to get mon-
ey from people 50,000 riel
($12.50) for each family book,
which is free of charge by law,
but if we do not follow him, he
will punish us immediately,
Vuthy said. He treats his sub-
ordinates so badly. I do not
know to whom he pays the
money or if he just keeps it for
Meanchey district police chief Hy Narin is led away in handcuffs yesterday at Phnom Penh Municipal Court
after being questioned. HONG MENEA
deal given
green light
Eddie Morton
OIL and gas company, KrisEn-
ergy has finalised its purchase
of Chevrons stake in Cambo-
dias oil reserves in the Gulf of
According to a statement filed
to the Singaporean stock
exchange, KrisEnergy yesterday
officially completed the acquisi-
tion of Chevrons 30 per cent
share of the Block A site for a
reported $65 million after receiv-
ing Cambodian government
approval on September 17.
KrisEnergy has achieved
many milestones in its five-
year history, but gaining oper-
atorship of Cambodia Block A
marks a new step up in our
activities, Richard Lorentz,
executive director and director
of business development at
KrisEnergy, was quoted saying
in the filing.
We thank the government for
its rapid acknowledgement of
the change in control, and we
will now work with our partners
to submit a revised plan of
development to make the
Apsara oil field a reality as
quickly and efficiently as pos-
sible and launch Cambodia as
an oil producing nation.
KrisEnergy, which already
held a 25 per cent interest in
Block A along with joint-ven-
ture partners MOECO and GS
Energy, now holds the lions
share in the site, with a com-
bined 55 per cent.
However, with the Cambo-
dian government set to acquire
a 5 per cent interest in the 4,700
square-ki lomet re block,
KrisEnergys overall ownership
will decline to 52.25 per cent
KrisEnergy expects to pro-
duce some 10,000 barrels of oil
per day once Block A becomes
Thailand halts buying crops
as junta seeks to spark sales
Supunnabul Suwannakij

HAILANDS junta is
changing tack on agri-
cultural policy, saying
it will eschew buying
farm products directly from
growers as state purchases
spur overproduction, distort
the market and create stock-
piles that are hard to sell.
The government will instead
look at measures to support
earnings, based on incomes
plus the payment of a sum
to ensure farmers are able to
make a living, Minister of Ag-
riculture and Cooperatives Pe-
tipong Puengbun Na Ayudhya
said. Therell also be incentives
for growers to switch crops to
curb oversupply, notably rice
to sugar, said Petipong. The
country is the second-largest
rice exporter and the biggest
rubber shipper.
The military seized power in
Southeast Asias second-larg-
est economy four months ago,
toppling the administration of
Yingluck Shinawatra, which
spent about 900 billion baht
($28 billion) buying rice and
rubber at above-market rates.
The rice-buying program,
which was described by the
Food & Agriculture Organiza-
tion as unsustainable, spurred
the buildup of record reserves.
Petipong said that one of his
long-term tasks is to restruc-
ture farm output, focusing on
quality over quantity.
We dont want to use tax-
payers money to disrupt the
free, commercial system, said
Petipong, a 67-year-old former
bureaucrat. Its easy to buy
stockpiles but difcult to sell
them at the right time and the
right place. In the long run,
this isnt going to work.
Benchmark Thai rice prices
dropped in May to the low-
est level since at least 2008
amid ample supplies, then
rebounded 13 per cent as the
military administration re-
stricted movement of reserves.
Rubber in Tokyo and Thailand
extended losses yesterday to
the lowest level in more than
ve years.
Removing distortion from
the market is a good step, San-
titarn Sathirathai, an econo-
mist at Credit Suisse Group Ag,
said by phone from Singapore.
It will allow rice prices, which
have been suppressed from
oversupply, to improve, while
high costs of rice production
will be alleviated.
Junta leader Prayuth Chan-
Ocha, whos taken the post
of prime minister, has said
he was forced to take over to
avoid clashes between sup-
porters of Yingluck and op-
ponents, whod accused her
of corruption and buying the
support of rural voters. Ying-
luck won a parliamentary ma-
jority in 2011 after pledging to
buy rice directly from farmers
to lift incomes.
Thailand will spend 40 bil-
lion baht to boost rice farm-
ers incomes with a one-time
payment of 1,000 baht per rai
(1,600 square metres) of land
to compensate them for low
prices this year, Deputy Prime
Minister Pridiyathorn Devaku-
la said at a brieng on Wednes-
day. The program is capped at
15 rai per farmer.
While agriculture accounts
for about 8 per cent of gross do-
mestic product, rural residents
make up almost 87 per cent of
Thailands 67 million popula-
tion. Prayuth has pledged to
quicken state spending, pro-
mote investment and create
jobs to spur growth. The econ-
omy expanded 0.9 per cent in
the second quarter, rebound-
ing from a contraction in the
rst three months.
Rice production surged to
a record under Yingluck as
farmers were paid to produce
the crop, which they sold to
the state at guaranteed rates.
Ending stockpiles more than
doubled to 12.8 million tonnes
between 2011 and last year,
US Department of Agriculture
data shows.
The program was simply
unsustainable and hurting the
nances of the country, Con-
cepcion Calpe, a senior econo-
mist at the FAO, said in Febru-
Thailands government will avoid buying farm products from growers as state purchases spur overproduction and distort the market. BLOOMBERG
Removing distortion from the
market . . . will allow rice prices,
which have been suppressed
from oversupply, to improve
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Graft buster
Cleaning up
with an app
NDONESIAS powerful
anti-graft agency an-
nounced yesterday that it
had launched a mobile app
packed with graphics and
games to educate the public
and ofcials about bribery in
one of the worlds most cor-
rupt countries.
The app, available for free on
iPhones and handsets using
the Android operating system,
features a virtual theme park
where animated graphics
teach people about how to
avoid giving out or receiv-
ing payments that could be
considered kickbacks.
The app also features quiz-
zes to test peoples knowledge
of the issue.
Corruption is rampant in
Indonesia, particularly in the
bureaucracy, and it is common
practice for officials to demand
payments from members of
the public for providing servi-
ces that should be free.
NGO Transparency Interna-
tional ranked Indonesia 114th
out of 177 countries and terri-
tories in its annual corruption
perceptions index last year. A
number one ranking means
the least corrupt. AFP
Thai debt collectors silenced
Cold showers for HK businesses?
BILL that outlaws
the use of verbal or
physical coercion by
debt collectors work-
ing for creditors passed the
third and nal reading in the
National Legislative Assembly
(NLA) yesterday.
The bill was passed by a vote
of 199-2 with four abstentions.
The legislation makes it ille-
gal for bill collectors or credi-
tors to take advantage of or
intimidate debtors or their
guarantors. It covers the en-
tire informal lending system
and sets down rules on how
debts are collected. Violators
are liable to a jail term of up to
ve years and/or a maximum
500,000 baht (about $15,400)
ne under the provisions.
In the second reading, the
majority of NLA members
proposed an amendment to a
clause that said the bill, which
takes effect 90 days after being
published in the Royal Gazette,
had retroactive effect on loan
agreements made prior to its
The amendment was passed,
ensuring the legislation will
not be retroactive.
It is the rst-ever bill to regu-
late the debt collection sector.
The key provisions prohibit
a creditor from seeking dam-
age from a defaulting bor-
rower at an extent beyond
the value of the collateral,
or demanding money from
a guarantor at the same or
more than the amount bor-
rowed. They must also give a
guarantor six months to nd
a runaway borrower before
forcing the guarantor to settle
the debt.
Section 9 of the legislation
prohibits debt collectors from
threatening, using violence,
causing bodily harm or dam-
aging the reputation or assets
of a debtor or others. They are
also barred from disclosing in-
formation about the debt to a
third party.
Section 3 denes debt collec-
tors as lenders or those who are
authorised by creditors to col-
lect debts. They are required to
contact debtors only between
9am to 8pm and must identify
themselves to the debtor as
well as provide written proof
from the creditor authorising
them to collect the debt.
The legislation comes into
force once it receives royal ap-
proval and is published in the
Royal Gazette. BANGKOK POST
THE umbrella revolution
is starting to weigh on Hong
Kongs economy as protests
escalate but the real concern is
over the citys status as an in-
ternational nancial hub.
Transport has been dis-
rupted, banks have shut and
business trips have been
cancelled in a region of seven
million people with an econ-
omy as big as Chile, Egypt or
the Philippines.
If the protests continue,
tourism and retail, which to-
gether account for around 10
per cent of the territorys GDP
would be badly affected, said
Gareth Leather from the Cap-
ital Economics research rm
in London.
Leather warned Hong Kong
could easily be pushed into
recession as its economy con-
tracted last quarter and the
formal denition of recession
is two consecutive quarters of
There is more concern, how-
ever, on the reputational dam-
age for Hong Kong and the
fallout for a stable capitalist
system vital to the local econ-
omy as well as surrounding
regions of China.
Hundreds of billions of dol-
lars ow through the citys
foreign exchange, commodity
and inter-bank markets every
day. The stock market lists
heavyweights including bank-
ing giant HSBC, telecoms titan
China Mobile and energy be-
hemoth PetroChina.
The Hong Kong stock market
is considered the third most ef-
cient after New York and Lon-
don in a rating by the Z/Yen re-
search centre in London based
on professional opinions.
The citys status as a nancial
hub was built up in the second
half of the 20th century by its
residents a mixture of Hong
Kong locals, Chinese people
eeing the Communists com-
ing to power in 1949, the Brit-
ish and other Westerners.
As it had been during the
centuries of British colonial
rule until the colony was ceded
to China in 1997, Hong Kong
has been a peaceful place and
one that through the last cen-
tury has thrived, said Howard
Wheeldon, an independent
Wheeldon said there had
been tensions between dif-
ferent parts of the population
over the years but these had
never imperilled the citys im-
age of stability as a crossroads
between American, Soviet and
Chinese power during the
Cold War.
The colonys handover to
China 17 years ago didnt break
the equilibrium for inves-
tors, despite regular tensions
between the pro-democracy
camp and Chinese ofcials.
Ivan Tselichtchev, an econ-
omy professor at Niigata Uni-
versity of Management and a
specialist on the region, said
Hong Kongs status was not at
risk because China could step
in hard.
The Chinese government
and Hong Kong authorities
currently have enough power
and resources to prevent a
substantial unrest and will un-
doubtedly use them once the
demonstrations go beyond a
certain limit, he said.
But he said the protests do
elevate the level of political
risk stemming from the one
country, two systems formula
at the heart of the handover
agreement between the Chi-
nese and British authorities
which enshrined a capitalist
system for Hong Kong for 50
years until 2047.
Everything depends on how
the authorities handle the
protests and Beijing is fully
aware of the impact for the
economy of Hong Kong and
of China as a whole of any
violent crackdown.
The Hong Kong govern-
ment is unlikely to tolerate
the main business district be-
ing occupied by protesters in-
denitely and at some point
could authorise the police to
use force to clear the streets,
Leather said.
It is even possible that the
Chinese government could
call upon the army to disperse
the demonstrators, he said.
Such a scenario would deal
a blow to Hong Kongs status
as an international nancial
centre, which depends on rule
of law, a stable system of gov-
ernance and being a safe and
pleasant place to live.
For investors, the business
beneciaries in a worst-case
scenario would be the city
state of Singapore and to a
lesser extent the growing Chi-
nese economic hubs of Shen-
zhen and Shanghai. AFP
Eddie Morton
GLOBAL commercial real es-
tate rm CBRE has put the call
out for retail tenants for the
new Parkson City Centre Mall,
which stands to become the
second foreign mall developer
to open in the Kingdom in as
many years.
According to a statement is-
sued by CBRE yesterday, the ve
level and 70,000 square-metre
retail mall located on Russian
Boulevard is on track to be op-
erational by the fourth quarter
of 2015. Tenant registrations are
now open.
At this stage I can only say
that we target at least one-third
of the tenants will be new to
the market, Laszlo Fulop, se-
nior retail consultant for CBRE
Cambodia said.
Parkson predominantly po-
sitions upper mid-market in
the region, in Phnom Penh we
hope to have a limited selection
of premium brands, which are
well-known and commercial.
Parkson Holdings, a Malay-
sia-based mall development
rm has some 141 stores across
Asia. The City Centre Mall is re-
ported to have cost upwards of
$117 million.
New mall
to open in
late 2015
A man handles Thai banknotes in Bangkok. Thailand yesterday passed a bill that would outlaw the use of
verbal or physical abuse by debt collectors. BLOOMBERG
A demonstrator sits under an umbrella on Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. The umbrella
revolution is beginning to take its toll on Hong Kongs businesses and economy. BLOOMBERG
WITH some 75 million young people
the world over unable to nd work,
policy makers are increasingly focus-
ing efforts to boost skills-based educa-
tion programs to improve labour force
output. In Cambodia, the constant
ow of foreign investment in areas
such as manufacturing continues to
drive demand for skilled workers. But
public perception and inequitable
access are just a few of the barriers
preventing labour supply from meet-
ing demand. Enter Dr Sriram Bhagut
Mathe, team leader and policy, man-
agement and institutional develop-
ment specialist for the Asian Devel-
opment Bank. Sriram spoke with the
Posts Eddie Morton about ADBs ve
technical and vocational training
(TVET) projects in Cambodia and the
importance of improving the practical
training sector as the Kingdom strug-
gles to sustain its economic growth.
Why is vocational and technical train-
ing now such a focus for Cambodia?
Actually, TVET has been out of
the general radar for a number of
decades, but has suddenly become
very important to policy makers the
world over because the skills of the
workforce have now been recognised
as an important catalytic element
to accelerate economic and social
The importance of TVET is clearly
evident from the report of UNESCOs
UNEVOC International Center, which
stated that the majority (80 per cent)
of jobs involve TVET skills.
The increasing focus on TVET in
Cambodia, and in most countries, is
denitely to better align supply with
demand in existing and emerging in-
dustries. Several studies have shown
high unemployment in many coun-
tries, including Cambodia, in spite of
high demand for skilled workers.
What are the challenges and what
industries in Cambodia are the most
impacted by a lack of trained indi-
The challenges facing the TVET
sector are (i) the need to refurbish the
image and status of TVET, (ii) inequi-
table access to TVET, (iii) the absence
of an integrated and comprehensive
system of formal, non-formal and
informal with clear lateral and verti-
cal pathways, (iv) the need for TVET
to be viewed for lifelong learning,
and (v) the necessity to encourage
public-private partnership to ensure
relevancy of the training.
These challenges are being ad-
dressed. A very encouraging start is
the approval of Cambodian Quali-
cation Framework (CQF) by the Na-
tional Training Board. Once CQF gets
implemented through a sub-decree
or even a decree, the issue of access
and relevancy of training can be even
better addressed through national
policies and better funding.
Is public perception of technical and
vocational training the biggest hur-
Society perceives TVET as a sec-
ond-chance, second choice option.
Even worse is that large segments of
society view TVET as catering to the
poor, the disadvantaged and the
drop-outs. This is certainly a major
hurdle preventing large-scale enroll-
ment in the TVET Certicate 1, 2 and
3 (equivalent to CQF levels 2, 3 and
4) programs, which are supposed to
produce the skilled workers for both
existing and emerging industries.
The desire of most young people to
go for white-collar jobs, rather than
blue-collar jobs, even if these jobs
are more nancially rewarding than
white-collar jobs, has led to increas-
ing vacancies in the industries, and
at the same time increasing educat-
ed unemployed.
What is the Cambodian govern-
ment along with development agen-
cies doing to address vocational
training issues?
The Government of Cambodia with
the help of development partners,
especially ADB, has been initiating
the necessary reforms to address the
equity, quality and relevancy issues
related to TVET. More specically, the
ongoing ADB nanced $24.5 million
STVET project is supporting the Gov-
ernments socio-economic develop-
ment program through provision of
an industry-endorsed TVET system
which is aligned with the basic and
middle level skills requirements of
the formal and informal economies
in the three industry sectors, namely:
mechanics, construction and busi-
ness services and ICT.
ADB has recently approved a $30
million loan for a nationwide pro-
gram to raise the quality of TVET in
Cambodia leading to more job oppor-
tunities for women and the poor. The
program will overhaul the existing
system to make it more responsive to
labor market needs and help provide
disadvantaged groups with more op-
portunities for formal training.
This interview has been edited for
Providing the tools for employment
Dr Sriram Bhagut Mathe, team leader and policy, management and institutional
development specialist for the Asian Development Bank and the Ministry of Labour
and Vocational Training. PHOTO SUPPLIED
Philips ordered to pay
$466M in patent row
ROYAL Philips Nv was handed
a $466 million defeat by jurors
who decided the worlds
largest lighting company
should pay Masimo Corp for
infringing patents covering
technology used in fingertip
devices that measure blood
oxygen and pulse rates using
light absorption. The jury
award is the third-largest in
the US so far in 2014,
according to data compliled by
Bloomberg. Royal Philips
claimed during the two-week
trial in Wilmington, Delaware,
that while it does use the
inventions for pulse oximeters,
the patents arent valid and no
damages are warranted. The
jurors disagreed. BLOOMBERG
Wonga to write off debt
for 330,000 customers
lender that has drawn
opposition including from the
Church of England over its
high rates has said it was
writing off debts from 330,000
customers. Wonga admitted it
had made loans worth a total
of $356 million to people who
could not afford to repay them,
adding that the debtors did not
meet its new affordability
criteria. For approximately
330,000 customers who are in
arrears . . . Wonga has agreed
to write off all outstanding
debt, the firm said. AFP
bank chief
steps down
ARGENTINAS central bank
governor resigned on Wednes-
day, the presidents office said,
as the country grapples with an
economic slowdown, a debt
default and a damaging row
with the United States.
Juan Carlos Fabregas deci-
sion to quit after less than a year
in the jopb comes a day after
President Cristina Kirchner
alleged in a televised address
that domestic and US interests
were pushing to devalue the
peso, topple her centre-left gov-
ernment and even kill her.
Argentinas economic woes
have been piling up in recent
months, with annual inflation
estimated at nearly 40 per cent,
the value of the peso tumbling
and a bitter court dispute with
two hedge fund creditors forc-
ing the country to default on its
debt for the second time in 13
years. Argentina is struggling to
get back on track with deals to
restructure the debt it defaulted
on during its 2001 crisis.
A US court has ordered it to
halt interest payments to cred-
itors who agreed to take steep
losses until it settles a $1.3 bil-
lion dispute with the holdout
hedge funds refusing to accept
a write-down. AFP
Ukraine crisis fuels gas war
and the European
Union were aiming
yesterday to forge
a joint stance at crunch talks
with Russia in the latest gas
war with its westward-leaning
The meeting of Ukraine and
EU energy ofcials in Brus-
sels became even more criti-
cal after EU member Slovakia
reported a 50-per cent drop
in Russian supplies following
its decision to divert imports
to Ukraine to help ease its
spreading fuel shortage.
Europes top energy envoy
will then try on Friday to con-
vince both the Kiev and Mos-
cow gas chiefs, during talks
in Berlin, to strike a compro-
mise before winter forces
Ukraine to consider tapping
into the Russian gas bound
for Europe.
Russia cut its deliveries to
Ukraine in mid-June after a
pro-Western government took
power, saying that Kiev had not
been paying its bills on time.
Since then pro-Russia reb-
els have waged an ongoing
separatist struggle in eastern
A rst round of talks in Ber-
lin broke up last Friday with
EU and Russian talk of an ini-
tial agreement being quickly
quashed by Ukraine.
The EU energy commis-
sioner said at the time that
the winter package allowed
Ukraine to purchase emergen-
cy supplies of gas at a reduced
rate over six months.
This would give Moscow
and Kiev time to negotiate a
long-term contract and ways
to settle Russias debt claim of
$5.3 billion that Ukraine de-
nies owing.
Russias energy minister said
he thought a successful out-
come on this occasion was
likely. But his Ukrainian coun-
terpart stressed that Kiev re-
jected many of the conditions
demanded by Moscow and
laid out in last weeks EU plan.
The European Commission
has submitted its proposals.
And we have submitted our
slightly different ones, Ukrai-
nian Energy Minister Yuriy
Prodan said shortly before set-
ting off for Brussels.
Russia had warned before
last weeks talks that it may
be forced to cut European
supplies because some coun-
tries were re-exporting gas to
Ukraine in breach of their con-
tracts with the state energy gi-
ant Gazprom.
EU ofcials protested against
the warning and said its deals
with Gazprom allowed the gas
to be shipped freely to any in-
terested client.
However, Hungary imme-
diately halted its limited ship-
ments to Ukraine a decision
Gazprom rewarded by boost-
ing the former-Soviet satel-
lites gas supplies. Slovakia,
meanwhile, refused to bow to
the pressure and continued
providing Ukraine with the
largest quantity of gas pro-
vided by any of its western
It was unclear whether the
50-per-cent cut in Russian de-
liveries that Slovak Prime Min-
ister Robert Fico reported on
Wednesday represented Gaz-
proms response to Bratislavas
deance. The Slovak gas im-
porter said suppliers blamed
the drop on unspecied tech-
nical problems.
Gazprom issued no immedi-
ate comment and its spokes-
man did not return calls.
But Fico warned that the sit-
uation would turn very com-
plicated if Russian gas ows
ground to a halt.
Ukraines pipelines transmit
just 15 per cent of the Russian
gas imported by Europe. AFP
Robert Fico, Slovakias prime minister (left), Arseniy Yatsenyuk,
Ukraines prime minister (centre) turn a valve wheel at the opening of
the SK-UA reverse gas ow compressor station in Slovakia. BLOOMBERG
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Mark Hughes
ONEVA Group, an owner of
luxury hotels and resorts,
plans an initial public offering
to raise $100 million to lift the
standards of its Thai island resort as
part of an expansion drive.
Chairman and chief executive Sonu
Shivdasani has already put the island
of Koh Kut, 50 kilometres from the
Cambodian border, on the map of the
wealthy through his desire to pro-
mote sustainability, learning and fun
in an exotic location.
Now he plans to make his Soneva
Kiri resort, where he employs some
350 staff, even more attractive by
listing publicly in Singapore, Hong
Kong or London in the next two or
three years.
Speaking to the Bangkok Post from
his office in Two Pacific Place in cen-
tral Bangkok, where he has 40-50
staff in a hub for sales, marketing,
finance and creativity, he said he was
driven by a change in world demo-
graphics, a personal philosophy
about ecology and his own vision of
what was in demand.
Two billion more people will be
entering the super-rich class over the
next few years. There will be more
demand from short-haul places such
as Southeast Asia. I think Koh Kut can
become another Koh Samui, said the
Oxford University-educated Indian.
Shivdasani believes in a concept
he calls intelligent luxury, which
he encapsulates in the acrostic
SLOW LIFE, in which S stands for
sustainability, L for luxury, O for
organic, W for wellness, the second
L for learning, I for Inspiring, F for
fun and E for experience.
This translates in practice into, for
example, providing the resorts own
suitably-treated water from a reser-
voir the firm created on the island in
reusable jugs and bottles. The 18-per
cent profit from not importing and
disposing of plastic bottles is given to
water charities, benefiting 600,000
people who lack access to clean
water, Shivdasani said.
Soneva began life in 1995, when
Shivdasani and his wife Eva built their
home on the deserted Maldivian
island of Kunfunadhoo, later devel-
oping Soneva Kiri on unspoiled Koh
Kut in 2009.
We take our environmental and
social responsibilities very seriously,
said Shivdasani.
Whether its developing resorts
using sustainable materials, recycling
waste materials, conserving water or
preserving ecosystems, were always
prepared to take the initiative.
As a child growing up in Britain, his
family used to go on holiday to the
Maldives. He loved it but was shocked
by certain practices there such as
dumping raw sewage into the sea and
using coral for building.
Despite not having any formal
training in hospitality, Shivdasani
decided to use the familys wealth to
enter the industry and apply his own
strict criteria to it.
His late father was a very success-
ful businessman operating out of
A total of 74 per cent of Sonevas
solid waste is recycled, while the over-
all carbon footprint of Sonevas waste
management is a negative 69 tonnes
per year.
Other waste control methods
include composting, glass recycling
and recycling wood waste into char-
coal for barbecues.
The Slow Life Foundation launched
by Soneva partnered with the Plant a
Tree Today Foundation to plant
452,000 trees on 300 acres in Chiang
Mai from 2011-12.
Last year, they planted a further
59,920 trees to address losses in initial
A framework-species methodology
with guidance from Chiang Mai Uni-
versitys forest restoration research
unit was used. BANGKOK POST
Thai resort owner targets
a sustainable expansion
A view from a room at Soneva Kiri resort. COURTESY OF SONEVA KIRI
Turkey debates military action
Relatives scour crime-ridden state for students
URKEYS parliament
yesterday began de-
bating a government
request to grant au-
thorisation for the use of the
Turkish armed forces to com-
bat jihadists in Syria and Iraq.
The motion submitted by
the government seeks a green
light for the use of Turkish
troops in the neighbouring
countries as well as for for-
eign forces to transit Turkish
territory in operations against
Islamic State (IS) jihadists.
The debate comes after
President Recep Tayyip Erdo-
gan last week indicated Tur-
key was shifting its policy to
take a more active role in the
ght against IS militants, who
have advanced to within a
few kilometres of the Turkish
border in northern Syria.
But the requested mandate
which would last for one
year is very broad in scope
and in no way commits Tur-
key to sending armed troops
into Syria and Iraq.
The government will de-
cide on concrete steps after
winning authorisation, with
many analysts expecting a
cautious approach.
The motion should be car-
ried easily with the ruling Jus-
tice and Development Party
(AKP) having a majority in
parliament and the opposi-
tion Nationalist Movement
Party also to vote in favour.
The main opposition Re-
publican Peoples Party and
pro-Kurdish Peoples Demo-
cratic Party have said they
will vote against.
The US is pressing Ankara for
the use of its Incirlik air base in
the Adana region of southern
Turkey by US jets launching
assaults against IS in Syria.
But it is unclear if Turkey
will allow the transit of lethal
weaponry and may restrict the
authorisation to humanitarian
aid and non-lethal supplies.
Whether the Turkish armed
forces will ever be used
against IS militants is also
highly questionable.
Erdogan has called for a
buffer zone inside Syrian
territory backed by a no-y
zone but it is unclear how this
could be implemented.
Ankara has previously justi-
ed its low-key role in the ght
against IS by saying its hands
were tied by concerns over the
fate of dozens of Turkish hos-
tages abducted by IS in Iraq.
But those hostages were
freed on September 20 in a
reported swap for IS captives
held by pro-Ankara Syrian
rebels whose details have yet
to be fully publicised.
Meanwhile, Turkeys top
general yesterday issued an
unusual message of support
for Turkish troops stationed
at an exclave inside Syria at
a critical period, saying the
army would act if ever they
needed help.
The small patch of land in-
side Syria around the tomb of
Suleyman Shah the grandfa-
ther of the founder of the Ot-
toman dynasty Osman I is
considered Turkish territory
under a 1920s treaty signed
between the Turkish authori-
ties and France, who had a
mandate on Syria.
Some press reports stated
this week that the exclave
had been surrounded by Is-
lamic State jihadists, who
have taken swathes of north-
ern Syria, and the few dozen,
lightly-armed Turkish troops
stationed there had been
taken hostage.
Turkeys leaders have cat-
egorically dismissed the re-
ports. But the message to
the troops from chief of staff
General Necdet Ozel indi-
cated the army was taking the
situation very seriously.
You are successfully per-
forming this duty that was
assigned to you at this critical
period, Ozel said in the mes-
sage for the upcoming Muslim
festival of Eid al-Adha (Feast of
the Sacrice).
Dont forget that you are
not alone. Dont forget that
76 million of our citizens are
committed to standing be-
hind you.
Addressing the heroic
troops on duty at Turkeys sole
overseas territory, he added:
My valued and heroic com-
rades who are on duty on our
only sovereign land abroad
I rmly believe that you will
continue to full your duty in
a manner that will make our
ancestors proud. AFP
DESPERATE relatives of 43 missing
Mexican students knocked on doors
of homes on Wednesday, handing out
pictures of the aspiring teachers who
vanished after a deadly police shoot-
ing last weekend.
Backed by scores of marines, sol-
diers and state police, they waded
through chest-high wildowers,
looking in gullies, empty lots and
villages around the southern town
of Iguala, where the teacher trainees
were last seen.
Witnesses saw many of the students
being whisked away in police cars af-
ter ofcers red on their buses as they
headed home late on Friday in the
crime-plague state of Guerrero.
Authorities suspect the ofcers have
links to drug gangs, raising fears over
the fate of the 43 in a country where
80,000 people have died in drug vio-
lence and 22,000 have gone missing
since 2006.
The search is taking place in places
that people know as being high-risk
because organised crime dominates
these places, said Manuel Olivares,
coordinator of the Guerrerense Net-
work of Human Rights Organizations.
While the families remain hopeful
their loved ones will turn up alive, he
said they are looking in places that
gangs use to bury bodies.
But the nine relatives knocking on
doors around Iguala are not giving up,
breaking up into groups of three and
accompanied by 20 troops and police
each. We will search until they reap-
pear, said Epifanio Alvarez, a farmer
looking for his 19-year-old son.
State prosecutors detained 22 mu-
nicipal ofcers over charges that they
red on three buses carrying the stu-
dents, killing three of them.
Ofcers are also accused of shoot-
ing at a bus carrying a third-division
football club and a taxi on the out-
skirts of Iguala, killing three people.
Authorities say a gang may also have
been involved.
The students, from the Ayotzinapa
teacher training college near the state
capital Chilpancingo, say they went
to Iguala last Friday to raise funds for
their studies.
While Guerreros radical teachers-
in-training have held protests against
reforms and work conditions in the
past, they denied they demonstrated
in Iguala.
They admit seizing buses to return
home, a common practice among the
students, who say they have no choice
because of a lack of government aid.
A student who survived said that he
saw police take away 30 to 40 students
in patrol cars after the shootings.
Prosecutors say that street surveil-
lance cameras showed patrol cars
carrying civilians.
State prosecutors issued an arrest
warrant for Iguala Mayor Jose Luis
Albarca and his public security chief,
both of whom are considered fugi-
tives from justice over their possible
roles in the violence.
Olivares, of the human rights net-
work, said the state government had
wasted a lot of time before begin-
ning the search, though ofcials insist
they started at the weekend.
Authorities hope the students are
merely hiding out of fear like a dozen
others who turned up alive this week.
The state government is offering a
$75,000 reward for information lead-
ing to their location.
However the families insist their
loved ones are not hiding and fear
the students could now be in the
hands of a gang.
We havent rested since we started
searching last weekend, Ortega said.
They were taken away alive; we want
them back alive. AFP
A girl holds her sister after crossing the Syria-Turkey border yesterday. IS are pushing towards a key town on
Syrias border with Turkey, whose parliament was to consider authorising military intervention yesterday. AFP
Man makes
in Thailand
Brit killings
A BURMESE man has con-
fessed to murdering Hannah
Witheridge and David Miller,
the young British backpack-
ers found dead on a Thai
island last month, police
have said.
The i nvestigation has
advanced considerably,
Police Lieutenant General
Jaktip Chaijinda, Thailands
deputy national chief of
police, told Reuters.
Three Burmese workers
were detained and we took
their DNA for testing. During
the investigation one of them
admitted to killing the two for-
eigners, he said.
The bodies of Witheridge, 23,
from Great Yarmouth in Nor-
folk, and Miller, 24, from Jer-
sey, were found together on a
beach on Koh Tao, an island
popular with young foreign
tourists, on 15 September.
Both had suffered serious
head injuries, which were
found to have killed With-
eridge, while Miller died from
a combination of head inju-
ries and drowning, a post-
mortem found.
The double murder brought
worldwide coverage and
prompted a concentrated, if
seemingly chaotic, police
Thailand is heavily reliant on
tourism and there were fears
the killings could scare away
foreigners, especially if the
case remained unsolved.
Initial efforts focused on
Burmese migrant workers, of
whom there are many in
Thailand. Two British broth-
ers who were travelling with
Miller were also questioned,
but swiftly eliminated as pos-
sible suspects.
Later, police said they
believed the crime might have
been motivated by sexual jeal-
ousy and were looking into
reports that Witheridge and
Miller had had a confrontation
in a bar with a Thai man before
they were killed.
Jaktip said the man who
had confessed was being
detained but had not been
arrested. We still have to
wait for DNA test results,
which we expect to have in 14
hours from now, in order to
confirm this, he said. THE
RESEARCHERS from Siriraj
Hospital of Mahidol University
in Thailand yesterday claimed
to have developed the worlds
rst antibody treatment that
could cure Ebola infections.
At least a year away from
practical application, the anti-
body was called a significant
step towards finding a cure for
the disease.
Researchers used synthesised
Ebola genes and tested them on
samples of haemorrhagic-fever
viruses similar, but less virulent,
than the five Ebola variants.
The antibody is small enough
to enter infected cells and
access virus proteins within
them, said Dr Udom
Kachinthorn, dean of the med-
ical science faculty at Siriraj
Thailand does not possess a
facility to test on the Ebola
virus itself. Doctors admitted
they had not been in contact
with the WHO regarding the
purported cure.
The next step is to conduct
testing on animals before
human trials. If successful, the
antibody would then need to
mass produced. That step would
be at least a year away, Dr Udom
cautioned. BANGKOK POST
Thailand in
Ebola step
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trafc-heavy streets as they
demand Beijing grant fully
free elections in the semi-au-
tonomous city.
In August, China said Hong
Kongers would be able to vote
for their next leader in 2017
but only those vetted by a
loyalist committee would be
allowed to stand something
demonstrators have dismissed
as fake democracy.
The city authorities yester-
day said that they wanted the
streets cleared around the
government HQ, with civil
servants expected to return af-
ter a two-day public holiday.
Ofcials called on protesters
not to block the access there
and to disperse peacefully
as soon as possible. School
classes in the protest-affected
areas would also be suspend-
ed on Friday, they added.
The late afternoon resupply
by police ofcers outside the
government headquarters
caused widespread alarm and
anger among protesters, but
more demonstrators arrived
on the scene regardless after
an appeal from leaders.
Pictures shared widely on
social media and television
showed one barrel with the
words Round, 38mm rubber
baton multi written on it. An-
other had 1.5 in, CS embla-
zoned on it, a possible refer-
ence to tear gas.
The more people are here,
the safer we are, Heiman
Chan, 25, said, adding he
rushed down to the main pro-
test site after seeing photos of
the rubber bullet barrels on
Were not going to leave
this space for anything. If they
use tear gas well run back and
hold a new area. If they use
rubber bullets, well have to
run a little faster, he added.
Some of those in the crowd
wanted to block one of the last
trunk roads still open in the
area, while others were con-
cerned it could provoke vio-
lent action from the police.
If we occupy every road we
will provoke the police, and
weve already done that by
occupying Admiralty, Ares
Tse said, in reference to the
area that has become the epi-
centre of the protests.
The point is to start a dia-
logue on political reform, not
ght police.
Chinas Communist Party
has shown no sign of bow-
ing to protesters twin de-
mands that Leung step down
by Thursday and that Beijing
allow Hong Kongers to nomi-
nate their next leader.
An editorial in the Commu-
nist Party mouthpiece Peo-
ples Daily yesterday warned
against chaos in the city,
adding that Beijing supported
the police of the special terri-
tory in handling these illegal
protests according to the law.
Beijings latest comments
came after Chinas foreign
minister issued a stern
warning to the United States
not to meddle in Chinas in-
ternal affairs.
The demonstrators consider
Leung a Beijing stooge and
protest leaders wanted yester-
days ultimatum to be met.
We will consider having
different operating actions
in future days, including oc-
cupying other places like im-
portant government ofces,
said Agnes Chow of student
movement Scholarism.
Some analysts say it is un-
likely that Leung will step
down, in what would be a
massive loss of face for the
If Beijing forces him to
resign, they will be seen to
be buckling under pressure
from the protesters. They
might give out signals that
he has been sidelined, but
the likelihood of his imme-
diate dismissal . . . is not very
high, said Willy Lam, a China
scholar at the Chinese Uni-
versity of Hong Kong.
However, Lam added, the
longer the protests affect
Hong Kong, the more pressure
Chinese President Xi Jinping
will be under to act.
In a movement being
dubbed the umbrella revolu-
tion a nod to the umbrel-
las they have used to protect
themselves against pepper
spray, the sun and torren-
tial downpours alike the
protesters have brought key
parts of the city to a standstill,
heavily disrupting the trans-
port network and shutting
down businesses.
The protests pose a huge po-
litical challenge for Beijing at
a time when the Communist
Party is cracking down hard
on dissent on the mainland.
Authorities have scrubbed
mentions of the protests
from Chinese social media,
while rights groups say more
than a dozen activists have
been detained and as many
as 60 others questioned for
expressing support for the
Hong Kong crowds.
In a sign of Beijings growing
unease, a local tourism leader
said Chinese travel agents
were reporting that group
visits to the city had been sus-
pended. AFP
HK police bring in rubber bullets
A demonstrator looks on during a protest near the government HQ and
the Peoples Liberation Army barracks (background) yesterday. AFP
FORMER US secretary of state
Henry Kissinger pushed for a
military invasion of Cuba in
the mid-1970s, and said he
would smash Fidel Castro
(below) for sending troops to
Angola, newly released de-
classied documents show.
The material, made public
by the National Security Ar-
chive, uncover candid con-
versations between Kissinger
and US president Gerald Ford
in 1976 after Cuban troops
were deployed in Angola to
support independence ght-
ers, sparking fears in Wash-
ington of growing communist
inuence in Africa.
I think we are going to have
to smash Castro, Kissinger
told Ford, adding that they
would have to wait until after
Cubas upcoming election.
I agree, Ford replied.
Kissinger said a military
response would have to be
in earnest and vowed not
to use halfway measures,
particularly if Cuban troops
moved into other
southern African
If we decide
to use military
power it must
succeed. There
should be no
halfway measures, he said.
If they move into Namibia
or Rhodesia, I would be in
favour of clobbering them.
He took a stab at president
Castro too, calling the late
leader a pipsqueak for his
military support in Angola,
as he vowed to crack the
The previously classied
documents 116 pages in
total also show that the an-
gry turn in US relations with
Cuba followed an earlier at-
tempt by Kissinger to mend
ties with Havana.
Kissinger sent two envoys to
New Yorks La Guardia airport
in January 1975 for a meet-
ing with Cuban emissaries to
normalise relations between
the Cold war foes.
The documents
are published in
a book called
Back Channel to
Cuba: The Hid-
den History of
Negotiations Be-
tween Wash-
i ng t on
a n d
H a -
The United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), Cambodia Country Ofce is seeking to hire Institutional
consultancy rm to conduct a study on Commune/Sangkat Planning and Budgeting for Social Services
Understanding Expenditure Trend and Factors that promote and hamper Social Service Delivery.
Objectives of the Study:
To analyze the trends in commune development expenditures with particular focus on expenditures
for women, youth, children, people with disabilities and ethnic minorities across provinces using
available primary and secondary data from 2010 through 2014.
To identify factors that enable and hamper social service planning, budgeting and implementation
(barriersand bottlenecks) through desk review and eld surveys to (a) identify the demand for social
services among the poor and non-poor with particular focus on poor and vulnerable women and
children, youth,children, people with disabilities and ethnic minorities, and their opportunities
and capacity to inuenceplanning and budgeting process; (b) examine the existing commune capacity
and challenges inimplementation of social interventions; (c) identify key stakeholders and partners
best positioned toadvance childrens rights at community level; and (d) to review relevant institutional
arrangement andlegal framework and identify strengths and weakness for learning and corrective
actions respectively.
Specic outputs of the study:
Analysis of commune expenditures trend for the period of 2010 through 2014 and opportunities for
additional revenue streams;
Analysis of demand for social services by the most vulnerable people (children, women, youth,
personswith disability and ethnic minorities), and their level of satisfaction with availability/delivery
of socialservices;
Analysis of platforms, key partners, and scope and opportunities for the poorest and most
vulnerableincluding children, women, youth, persons with disability and ethnic minorities, to
participate in localdecision making and governance;
Analysis of barriers and opportunities for improved planning, budgeting and delivery inclusive
social services and initiatives (barriers may be related to both supply and with demand, legal
framework andpolicy, human resources, supervisory capacity, availability of technical support,
mechanisms for qualityassurance and/or other issues);
4 publishable case studies: 2 focusing on communes that are performing well in socially inclusive
localgovernance and 2 focusing on communes that that are not performing well;
Recommendations for actions to be taken by different stakeholders at national, sub national and
communelevel to improve local governance that is socially inclusive and meeting the needs and
demands of themost vulnerable and poor.
Duration of Contract:
78 working days starting from December 2014 through March 2015.
Submission of Proposals:
Proposals MUST include the title, RFP number and all required documentation as detailed in the
RFP document. Information on required qualications, submission of proposals and complete Terms of
Reference are available at
The deadline for receipt of proposals is Wednesday 15 October 2014 10:00AM
(GMT + 7 hours).
US Secret Service chief

resigns over breaches
THE director of the US Secret
Service resigned on Wednesday
following a string of lapses by
the elite presidential protection
branch, including one in which
an armed intruder ran into the
White House. Today, Julia
Pierson, the director of the
United States Secret Service,
offered her resignation, and I
accepted it, Homeland Security
Secretary Jeh Johnson said.
Joseph Clancy was appointed
as interim acting director until a
permanent replacement is
named for Pierson, who only
took up her post 18 months ago
after a prostitution scandal
erupted within the agency. An
independent panel will be
named to probe the September
19 intruder incident. AFP
Rebels stage renewed
Ukraine airport assault
PRO-RUSSIAN insurgents
launched a fresh assault
yesterday on an airport held by
isolated Ukrainian forces as a
month-old truce came under
renewed strain and calls grew
for the Kremlin to help halt the
bloody revolt. Yesterday, the
resurgent rebels backed up by
what NATO claims are hundreds
of Russian elite forces
mounted waves of all-out
attacks on the devastated
airport on the northern outskirts
of Donetsk that has been their
target since May. AFP
Kissinger pushed to
smash Fidel Castro
Hajj begins
Muslim pilgrims arrive for a prayer at Meccas Grand Mosque, home of the cube-shaped Kaaba or House
of God that Muslims believe was built by Abraham 4,000 years ago, on Tuesday. Hundreds of thousands
of Muslims began a mass movement out of the holy city of Mecca towards the nearby Mina Valley in Saudi
Arabia yesterday, beginning the hajj. One of the worlds largest annual gatherings and a pillar of the Islamic
faith, this years hajj comes with authorities striving to protect pilgrims from two deadly viruses, Ebola and
the MERS coronavirus. It also comes against the backdrop of widespread revulsion among Muslims toward
Islamic State jihadists. Authorities say close to 1.4 million believers have come from abroad to follow the
1,400-year-old tradition of Prophet Mohammed. Bangladesh sacked a top minister after his criticism of the
Muslim pilgrimage triggered protests by Islamists who declared him an apostate, it was reported on Tuesday.
Abdul Latif Siddique, the telecommunications minister, said: I am dead against hajj. hajj is a waste of
manpower. Those who perform hajj do not have any productivity. They deduct from the economy and
spend a lot of money abroad. The comments drew immediate protests from the hardline Islamist group
Hefajat-e-Islam, whose leaders called him an apostate and set a 24-hour deadline to the government to
sack him from the cabinet. AFP
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Which driving school should be considered? Whats its requirements?
Interview with president of Cambodia automobile federation and presidents of car distributors
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Boko leader dismisses
reports of his death
BOKO Haram leader Abubakar
Shekau dismissed Nigerian
military claims of his death in a
new video obtained yesterday
and said the militants had
implemented strict Islamic law
in captured towns. Here I am,
alive. I will only die the day Allah
takes my breath, Shekau said,
adding that his group was
running our . . . Islamic
caliphate and administering
strict sharia punishments. The
military announced last week
that Shekau was dead and that
a man who had been posing as
the groups leader in the videos
had been killed after fighting
with troops in the far northeast.
Security analysts and the US
questioned the credibility of the
militarys claim. AFP
200kg of heroin seized
from Golden Triangle
MYANMAR authorities have
seized more than 200 kilograms
(440 pounds) of heroin on their
side of the notorious Golden
Triangle, arresting three men
armed with guns and a grenade
launcher, police said on
Wednesday. The haul, worth
around $20 million, was made
in a town in eastern Shan State
bordering Thailand. Myanmar is
the worlds second-largest
opium producer after
Afghanistan and Southeast
Asias biggest synthetic drug
maker, according to the UN. AFP
Thai devotees get the point
Apilaporn Vechakij

HERE is no pain once the gods
enter your body, said Jampen
Deebuk, after puncturing
the cheeks of a young devo-
tee with metal skewers at Thailands
bloody vegetarian festival this week.
Bearing fresh wounds from his own
act of devotion, Jampen is following
an ancient Chinese Taoist ritual on
the island of Phuket where celebrants
eschew meat and undergo public self-
mutilation in search of virtue.
I dont feel any pain. It doesnt hurt.
Once the gods have arrived you dont
feel anything, said the 49-year-old,
who, like other participants, believes
he is possessed by spirits and imbued
with special powers during the rites.
But agonised shrieks can be heard
from some other devotees as their
bloodied faces are skewered with
knives and swords, or more obscure
objects including household orna-
ments and cardboard cut-out signs.
Phuket, which has a sizeable ethnic
Chinese population, is thought to have
started the annual festival in honour
of Taoist gods in 1825 after a plague-
stricken opera troupe from China was
cured by adopting a vegetarian diet.
Thousands of white-clad believ-
ers lled the streets of Phuket to seek
blessings from participants, who are
thought to cleanse the sins of the entire
community through their devotion.
The devotees receive the pain on
behalf of the people. They get rid of
any bad luck for all of the followers,
Teeravut Sritularak, chief of local Jui
Tui shrine, said.
Participants, who must adhere to
strict rules including abstinence from
meat and sex during the festival, are
mostly male. At night some devotees
test their faith by running barefoot
across mounds of burning coal.
I didnt feel hot at all while I was
running on it I felt like the gods are
protecting me, Chaowarit Attatham,
29, said after braving the re. You
have to follow the rules . . . You have to
be very pure, he said.
The festival was expected to attract
an extra 300,000 tourists to the already
popular resort island, according to
Anoma Vongyai, director of the Tour-
ism Authority of Thailand in Phuket.
She said that the majority of visi-
tors are ethnic Chinese from Malay-
sia but also come from Singapore,
Taiwan and China, as well as Thais
from other provinces.
We expect 1.5 billion baht
[$46.3 million] will be spent
by visitors during the festi-
val, Anoma said.
The spectacular fes-
tivities have drawn
strong reactions from
onlookers. It is excit-
ing, fun, a miracle, said local Thai
Sakchan Pongthepparak who brought
his 7-year-old daughter to see the re-
walking ceremony on Monday, attend-
ed by an audience of several hundred.
But the procession of pierced devo-
tees has evoked more mixed feelings.
Some are awesome but with re-
spect I cant bear [to watch] it, said
Samira Halih, 32, from Iran, turning
her back to the passing parade.
The nine-day festival, which ended
yesterday, has so far reported fewer
than 20 injuries, according to the
head of the local rescue team, Santan
Sanguanngam. The most harm suf-
fered by devotees involved stitches to
their cheeks after their piercings were
cut too wide, he said.
The risks of self-mutilation seem far
from the minds of the near 2,000 faith-
ful actively participating in the ritual.
I feel good, Chaowarit said after
his walk across the scorching coals. It
felt like I just threw away bad luck in
the re. AFP
Devotees of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine, with swords and power drills inserted into
their cheeks, take part in a street procession in Phuket this week. AFP
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ECENT articles on a deal to
bring refugees to Cambodia
from Australia have caught
public attention. Concerns
raised range from Cambodias read-
iness to receive refugees to the
means available for effectively
resettling refugees given the living
conditions of the local people.
My question is slightly different
though. I wish to address the condi-
tions that are conducive to Cambo-
dias inconsistent policy and behav-
iour in dealing with refugee issues.
Political calculus including the
states political interests and sup-
port from the sending countries,
particularly influential states is
an outstanding factor. Among the
adverse consequences of this
inconsistency is the naming and
shaming of Cambodia by the inter-
national community.
On the spectrum of political inter-
ests, the country once had a great
need for the resettlement of its own
people, as hundreds of thousands of
Cambodian refugees were displaced
and settled by Thailand, the Philip-
pines, Malaysia and Indonesia, and
then resettled by third countries,
including Australia, in the 1980s
and the 1990s.
Having signed the 1951 UN Refu-
gee Convention in the early 1990s,
Cambodia is obliged to accept refu-
gees. If acting in consistence with
the conventions obligations, there
would not be any naming or sham-
ing by the international community
of Cambodia. Indeed, on some
occasions, the acceptance of refu-
gees under the treaty obligations
may help Cambodia strengthen
diplomatic relations with the send-
ing countries.
Cambodia has thus far accepted
68 refugees from several countries,
including Myanmar. These refugees
were resettled by Cambodia with
support from the United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees
and they were placed in a safe envi-
ronment. In interviews in July with
four Rohingya Muslim refugees who
arrived in Cambodia in 2013, I was
told that they were trying to adjust
to Cambodian culture.
Additionally, the political position
of the sending country does matter.
Whether or not the government of
the sending country requests Cam-
bodia to settle or resettle refugees
influences the Cambodian govern-
ments decision. In the case of Aus-
tralia, its government has promised
to provide Cambodia with full polit-
ical, monetary and technical sup-
port to help resettle those Middle
Eastern refugees. At least $35 mil-
lion was pocketed as a signing fee.
Cambodia seems eager to accept
these refugees. However, in 2009,
the Kingdom despite being a sig-
natory of the UN Refugee Conven-
tion for nearly two decades reject-
ed and controversially repatriated
20 Uighur refugees to China instead
of resettling them in Cambodia or
sending them to a third country.
Cambodia took this decision
because China pressured it into
doing so. In return, China contin-
ued to back the Cambodian gov-
ernment and rewarded the King-
dom with $850 million worth of
trade deals. Cambodia was named
and shamed by the international
community for not fulfilling its
According to a Time magazine
article dated September 29, 2014,
kangaroo courts in China sentenced
17 of the 20 Uighurs to lengthy pris-
on sentences.
Therefore, the inconsistency in
refugee policy towards Uighur ref-
ugees is highly motivated by politi-
cal calculus gaining political
interest and rewards from the gov-
ernments of the sending countries,
namely China and Australia. This
simultaneously creates a negative
image of Cambodia in the interna-
tional arena.
Cambodias political calculus
A protester holds a placard during a protest against the Australian governments asylum-seeker policy in Melbourne in July 2013. AFP
Farina So
Farina So is a doctoral student of global
studies at the University of Massachusetts
HE interior of the
Grand Palais was
transformed into a
city street. Trompe
loeil Beaux Arts buildings rose
up from a fake sidewalk and
puddles of real water lay stag-
nant by a mise en scene curb.
Once again, Chanel designer
Karl Lagerfeld had given his
audience an eyeful to look at
besides the clothes. But this
season, he also gave his guests
a few thoughts to consider.
The theme of the spring 2015
collection was feminism. What
does that mean in the realm
of designer fashion, where
so much of the business is
wrapped up in a subtext of fe-
male and insecurity? Is there
a kind of empowerment in a
$5,000 boucl suit and a pair
of golden sandals? Can this be
anything more than a gimmick
when it comes from a designer
who reportedly called singer
Adele a little too fat?
The show began with a sym-
bolic gesture having the
models walk the street-turned-
runway in groups. Instead of
one woman strutting along in
a kind of competitive walk-off,
the women ambled along with
one another, looking like ex-
ceptionally dressed colleagues
heading to an appointment.
The clothes were gorgeous:
an entire group of olive-drab
jackets and skirts, a series of
pop-art prints in fuchsia, glit-
tering dresses constructed of
tiny rectangular paillettes that
called to mind concrete blocks.
An ivory skirt suit was enhanced
with a layer of spangles. A black
skirt was layered over black
trousers and worn with a black
jacket and a white shirt. Black
pinstriped shorts were matched
with lavish white blouses.
The golden sandals were
practically at. The black slip-
pers had a solid block heel. The
models wore wire-rimmed
glasses and had their hair
styled simply.
But this was not a somber
collection. It was full of colour
and frivolity. And in keeping
with the Chanel spirit, it of-
fered freedom of movement
and was infused with an in-
dependent spirit. But it ada-
mantly celebrated the pleasure
of fashion.
As the nal models disap-
peared from sight, the sound
of Chaka Khans Im Every
Woman began to blast over the
speakers. It was abruptly inter-
rupted and after a moment of
expectant silence, the models
reappeared en masse, march-
ing with picket signs with slo-
gans such as Feminist But
Feminine, Be Your Own Styl-
ist and History Is Her Story.
The models paraded down the
runway, many of them laugh-
ing and giddy. Who wouldnt
guffaw at a sign reading, Boys
Should Get Pregnant, Too?
The scene was played for
laughs, which was expected.
And thats too bad. Because
buried under the paillettes,
gold and glitter are very real
questions about the role
fashion plays in empowering
women. The topic of feminism
and fashion has been explored
before, but typically it has been
done within the realm of eso-
teric brands, T-shirt slogans,
designer philanthropy and
in the condescending chat-
ter of academics. In the late
1990s, the literary critic Elaine
Showalter penned an essay
for Vogue, The Professor Wore
Prada, in which she explored
(confessed) her affection for
fashion. Discussion boards
practically exploded in schol-
arly outrage.
The subject, however, de-
serves a fair hearing and a
thoughtful one. It doesnt re-
quire a lengthy dissertation on
female control, the feminist
body or the evil of high heels.
A company need answer only
a simple question: Is the fash-
ion industry doing all it can to
make its customers lives bet-
Thinking caps
1 Florida city
6 Violin parts
10 Macbeth quintet
14 Negatively charged particle
15 Arm bone
16 Ball of yarn
17 Far from expert
19 Preserve with 9-Down
20 Depletes
21 Came on like gangbusters
23 Lead-in for Bravo
24 Get off the road
26 Common adhesive
27 Small ornamental case
29 Survivor grouping
32 Cash, in Kyoto
33 Path less traveled
36 Cake covering
38 Not qualified
41 Reporters coup
42 Painful shock
45 Clairvoyance, telepathy, etc.
48 Ant, old-style
50 Slow running pace
51 Broadway busts
53 1996 presidential candidate
56 Hard-shelled seed
57 Sherwood and Arden
60 Miscommunications
62 ___ no good
63 Bush-league
66 Make a web
67 Place to roll the dice
68 Gardener, in fall
69 Nestling hawk
70 Did the breaststroke
71 God ___ America
1 Greek T
2 Lump sum alternative
3 Show Me state
4 Make Poppin Fresh giggle
5 Spice rack selection
6 Sermons originate from them
7 December helper
8 Bearded herd
9 Margarita complement
10 Capital of Ghana
11 Hardly coordinated
12 Cylindrical and tapered
13 Baltic Sea country
18 Light measurement
22 Word with garage or bottle
23 Vicksburg combatant
25 Took a header
28 Ca++ and Cl-
30 Old-fashioned refrigerant
31 Ships post for securing cables
34 Locate, as data on a computer
35 Ensure failure
37 Insect pest
39 Delivery person?
40 Expressway
43 Some chilled desserts
44 Many a defender (Abbr.)
45 Flow outward
46 Unkempt
47 De Rossi of Arrested
49 Its beaten by hand
52 American serfs
54 Be deceptive
55 Outlying area
58 Veteran seafarers
59 Small merganser
61 Russian range or river
64 Santa ___
65 Four-baggers, briefly
Thursdays solution Thursdays solution
Celebrating feminism
at Paris Fashion Week
German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld (centre) acknowledges the public along with models faking a dem-
onstration as they present Chanels 2015 spring/summer ready-to-wear collection. AFP
Marcos violated
by artwork seizure
FORMER Philippine rst lady
Imelda Marcos felt violated
after the authorities searched
her homes and ofces and
seized art pieces, her lawyer
said on Wednesday.
The government launched
simultaneous searches on
Tuesday for eight paintings
worth tens of millions of dol-
lars, including works by Pica-
sso, Miro and Michelangelo.
She felt really violated that
this happened. She was really
in shock, Marcos lawyer Rob-
ert Sison told AFP.
The 85-year-old widow of the
late dictator Ferdinand Marcos
was asleep in one of her luxury
Manila apartments when a
team of government agents ar-
rived, announcing they were
searching the place, Sison said.
Still recovering from recent
eye surgery, she sat calm and
composed on a wheelchair
during the search, he added.
Other teams also went over
another luxury apartment, a
Marcos mansion in suburban
Manila, and Marcoss ofce in
the House of Representatives
where she serves as a con-
gresswoman. Sison said noth-
ing was found where Imelda
Marcos was staying but art was
taken from the mansion.
The raid came a day after a
special court ruled that eight
paintings owned by Imelda
Marcos had been acquired
with embezzled state funds.
Sison insisted the govern-
ment had yet to prove the
paintings were acquired with
stolen money.
Eric Isidoro, a justice depart-
ment ofcial who searched the
Marcos mansion, said his team
seized at least 15 artworks, in-
cluding three identical paint-
ings of Michelangelos Madon-
na and Child.
There were three of them
but there is supposed to be only
one. They could all be replicas
or one could be genuine, he
told AFP.
Experts from Sothebys and
Christies will be consulted to
verify if those seized are the
paintings being sought, said
Andres Bautista, head of a
wealth-recovery body. AFP
Imelda Marcos is seen in her Manila apartment with a gallery of paintings
including a Picasso, upper right, in June 2007. AFP
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The RV on the eastern side of Utahs Zion National Park, famous for its
slickrock formations. THE WASHINGTON POST
How I learned
to love RVing
Carol D Leonnig
HIS is what it has
come to, I thought
grimly, as we steered
our rented RV onto a
gravel road, past a shuttered
gas station and towards a dark,
unseeable campsite.
I am now a person who sleeps
behind Chevron stations.
This bleak pull-off in the
middle of Nowhere, Utah,
was fairly early in our familys
long-planned tour of the Great
American West, a trip two years
in the making and one that we
hoped would dazzle our girls
with this countrys natural
wonders. Now, in small panicky
bursts, I was wondering wheth-
er agreeing to my husbands
strong preference to have this
experience in a rolling RV had
been a colossal mistake.
Our daughters, thankfully,
had fallen asleep in the evening
on our drive here, to the out-
skirts of Bryce Canyon Nation-
al Park. So as we entered the
mysterious RV campsite just
before midnight, they didnt
have to see their mother bug-
eyed with fretful thoughts.
Miraculously, when the
sun came up, all my fretting
proved to be unwarranted.
The four of us peeked through
the vinyl blinds of our 24-foot
home-on-tires to discover that
we were nestled on the pris-
tine edge of the Dixie National
Forest, surrounded by tall, ma-
jestic pines, literally whistling
in the morning breeze. To the
east, pink-and-white moun-
tains soared. After dashing
out to meet our guide for our
planned horseback ride into
Bryce Canyon, we returned to
fully appreciate the sweet spot
that Bryce Canyon Pines RV
Park was, after all.
Our ride to the bottom of
Bryce Canyon was a lifetime
memory: breathtaking views
of the canyons famous sand-
stone rock formations called
hoodoos (they look like fro-
zen people); the mule that
carried our younger daughter,
Molly, taunting us by walking
on the outer precipice of ev-
ery trail; and hokey, hilarious
commentary from our cowboy
guide, who was straight from
central casting.
One of my guidebooks had
mildly ridiculed the park as
having an unusually shallow
pool with a strange shed over-
top. To us, it was an impossi-
bly happy oasis a gated and
sparkling pool all to ourselves.
Showing our children the
Great West was something that
John and I had talked about do-
ing for a while, an idea rooted
in good memories. As kids, wed
both taken this trip with our
own parents and had loved a
trip we took with friends to hike
from the North to the South
Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Our route loosely circled
the Grand Canyon, rst hit-
ting the Hoover Dam and Lake
Mead before heading north to
the big national parks: Zion,
Bryce and the North Rim of the
Grand Canyon.
Though I entered this jour-
ney with trepidation, I learned
a delightful lesson: Nearly ev-
erything about the RV experi-
ence was imbued with novelty
and built-in humour. And it
didnt hurt that nearly every-
where this camper carried us
provided a new adventure or
a jawdropping vista. And bad
things that happened felt more
like funny movie scenes than
annoyances. When the coffee-
maker wasnt securely stowed
and ew across the cabin, or
when the side door opened
unexpectedly on the highway,
we all had to laugh after the
danger had passed.
There were moments when I
was dying for the periodic ho-
tel night to arrive. But after
a brief break, I admit, I wasnt
sorry to climb back aboard our
Vegetation dots the terrain around Zion, known for its canyons and
spectacular views for hiking and camping. THE WASHINGTON POST
WALLABY back Kurtley Beale
is under investigation by the
Australian Rugby Union over
a bust-up with a team official
on a flight and was yesterday
left out of the team to play
Beale was allegedly involved
in a heated verbal argument
with Wallabies business man-
ager Di Patston during the
teams 10-hour flight from
Johannesburg to Sao Paulo
last Sunday, Fairfax Media
Reports said the incident,
which has been referred to
the Australian Rugby Unions
integrity unit for investiga-
tion, culminated in Patstons
departure from Buenos Aires
two days later.
The Wallabies are in Argen-
tina preparing to play the
Pumas in Mendoza tomorrow
(kick off at 5:40am Cambo-
dian time Sunday morning)
and Beale was left out of the
match-day squad after com-
ing off the bench against
South Africa last week.
Were aware of an alleged
incident involving Wallabies
player Kurtley Beale on a
flight from South Africa to
Brazil on Sunday, an ARU
spokesperson told the Daily
The matter has been
referred by team manage-
ment to the Australian Rugby
Unions Integrity team to be
investigated according to our
usual processes.
This investigation will
ensure all parties have an
opportunity to present all
relevant facts, before any
assessment of the alleged
incident can be reached. We
expect the investigation will
be completed by the end of
next week.
We can confirm that a Wal-
labies staff member has left the
team to return to Australia.
Coach Ewen McKenzie spoke
to rugby journalists with the
Wallabies team in Mendoza on
Wednesday and said the situ-
ation was complicated.
A staff members flown home
but Im not going to com-
ment on the detail of that,
McKenzie said.
Matters of integrity, youve
actually got to protect the
people involved until there is
some sort of decision. So
theres processes going on
and, as I say, its awkward
when youre [on the other
side of the world].
But welfare and these mat-
ters are paramount from my
perspective, and behaviour,
you already know how Ive
done these things in the past.
I dont leave these things
unattended to. AFP
RFU will review Lancasters deal
NGLAND coach Stuart
Lancasters record six-year
contract extension will be
reviewed after next years
World Cup on home soil, Rugby
Football Union chief executive Ian
Ritchie conrmed on Wednesday.
The RFU surprised many observers
by awarding Lancaster the longest-
ever contract given to an England
coach, one that doesnt just include
the 2015 World Cup but also the 2019
edition in Japan.
One question that arose immedi-
ately after Wednesdays announce-
ment by the RFU was what would the
governing body do if England failed
to qualify for the knockout stages of
next years World Cup from a pool
also including Australia and Wales?
Ritchie moved to reject sugges-
tions the RFU had boxed themselves
in by revealing that a performance
review would be held after next
years World Cup in England.
We will all, including the coaches,
sit down and review how things go
during the duration of the contracts,
said Ritchie. They will be on a review
capability, so we will look at that.
Yes there will of course be a review
at various stages, of which an obvious
one will be after the World Cup.
But we are looking on the positive
side of it, we believe this is a fantastic
coaching team, we want to keep them
together as a team and a group.
Thats why weve taken these
We believe the commitment is
clear and we want to give certainty
and stability to the longer-term de-
velopment of the England team.

110 per cent World Cup focus
Ireland infamously handed coach
Eddie OSullivan a four-year contract
extension shortly before the 2007
World Cup only for him to leave the
job a matter of months later.
Ritchie added he was aware of the
potential pitfalls but believed they
were outweighed by the benets of
giving Lancaster and his coaching
staff a longer-term deal.
Of course you think about those
sorts of things [OSullivans contract
extension], and a lot of this is a mat-
ter of balance, said Ritchie.
Weve tried to nd that balance
between the short-term nature of
success and the medium to long-
term planning that were trying to
put in place.
This is the right thing to do and
the right time to do it.
Youve always got to look long-
term, and when youre thinking
about medium to long-term plan-
ning of course there are some ele-
ments of risk.
But I dont think theres a risk in
this situation.
England will be looking to win the
World Cup for only the second time
in their history after a team cap-
tained by Johnson and coached by
Clive Woodward triumphed in Aus-
tralia in 2003.
And Ritchie believes ending any
lingering uncertainty over Lancasters
position can only benet the side.
Its also very helpful in terms of the
short-term, when everyone needs to
be 110 per cent focused on what we
need to do in the World Cup.
Under Lancaster, England have
a 60 per cent winning record, hav-
ing played 30, won 18, lost 11 and
drawn one Test since he took charge
after the Red Rose brigades much-
criticised 2011 World Cup campaign
in New Zealand.
South Africa, one of four teams
heading to Twickenham in No-
vember are the only team England
have played but not beaten under
But whether England can de-
throne reigning world champions
New Zealand, another November
opponent, next year remains an
open question. AFP
Stuart Lancaster has extended his contract as the England head coach until 2020, the Rugby Football Union announced on Wednesday. AFP
Beale dumped after inight bust-up
NEW Zealand coach Steve
Hansen has made just two in-
jury-enforced changes to his
starting side for tomorrows
Test against South Africa, opt-
ing for consistency in a match
where the All Blacks expect to
be pushed to the limit.
Hansen pitched prop Joe
Moody into the Ellis Park
cauldron for his maiden Test
start after Wyatt Crockett
failed to recover from a fa-
cial cut, with Jeremy Thrush
replacing concussed Brodie
Retallick at lock.
Elsewhere, Hansen kept
faith with the side that de-
feated Argentina 34-13 last
week to claim their third con-
secutive Rugby Champion-
ship title.
While tomorrows match,
which kicks off at 10:05pm
Cambodian time, could be
seen as a dead rubber, Han-
sen said the recent history of
close matches between the
All Blacks and Springboks
would ensure there was no
This weekend is shap-
ing up to be another classic
All Blacks-Springboks Test
match with the two top teams
in the world going head to
head again on the Boks home
patch, he said. AFP
All Blacks draft in Moody,
Thrush to face Springboks
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King Kohei eyes fifth
world gymnastics title
KOHEI Uchimura will be aiming
to extend his dominance of
gymnastics and help Japan
topple all-conquering China at
the world championships
opening today. The 25-year-old
King Kohei will go for a record-
stretching fifth straight world
all-around title, to add to his
2012 Olympic gold, at the event
in Nanning, China. The 10-day
competition at the Guangxi
Sports Centre Gymnasium
begins with four days of
qualifying followed by mens and
womens team finals and
individual all-around and event-
by-event apparatus contests. AFP
IOC sees Rio Games on
track but schedule tight
RIOS 2016 Olympic prepa-
rations are progressing solidly
but the schedule is tight, the
International Olympic
Committee (IOC)s Coordination
Commission said on
Wednesday. Concluding its
seventh visit to Rio, the first
South American city to be
awarded the Games, the
Commission expressed
satisfaction at progress made
since its last in March. Over
three days the Commission
visited the Olympic Golf Course,
the Olympic Village, the
Deodoro Olympic Park and also
the Barra Olympic Park in the
company of Brazilian President
Dilma Rousseff. We leave Rio
satisfied with the progress that
has been made since our visit
last March, said Commission
chair Nawal El Moutawakel.
Meanwhile, Norwegian capital
Oslo pulled out of the race to
host the 2022 Winter Olympics
after the governments majority
Conservative Party voted
against backing the citys bid
financially. I had hoped for a
different result tonight and Im
of course disappointed, Oslo
mayor Stian Berger Roesland
said in a statement. AFP
Giants blank Pirates 8-0
to advance in playoffs
MADISON Bumgarner threw a
four-hit shutout and Brandon
Crawford belted a grand slam to
lift San Francisco to an 8-0 win
over Pittsburgh on Wednesday
in the National League Wild
Card game. The Giants have
now won seven straight playoff
elimination games. The blowout
lacked the drama of Tuesdays
American League wild-card
game between Kansas City and
Oakland, in which the Royals
rallied from behind for a 12th-
inning win. But with the victory
the Giants move on to face the
National League East division
champion Washington
Nationals in a best-of-five
Division Series, with game one
scheduled for tonight in
Washington. AFP
Rabbitohs to emerge
from 43-year hole
AUSTRALIAN rugby league
stories dont come much more
inspiring than South Sydneys,
who are heading into their first
grand final in 43 years against
the Canterbury Bulldogs on
Sunday. The fabled Rabbitohs,
born out of the working-class
streets of inner Sydney in 1908,
have often been called the
Pride of the League and for
just cause. They have won the
most premierships and should
they win this weekend it will be
their 21st title. AFP
Red hot Paints
face wounded
Tigers in CBL
H S Manjunath
ITH three more rounds to
go before the play-offs in
the Angkor Beer Cambo-
dian Basketball League,
co-sponsored by Pepsi and Smart, jos-
tling for better positions in the stand-
ings has begun in right earnest.
Four matches are framed for the
weekend at the Olympic Stadium
Indoor Arena with top-ranked Pate
310 meeting in tomorrows rst game
NSK Dream, a youthful team whose
form sheet is nothing much to en-
thuse about.
Pate have dealt with most of the
top teams in the competition so far
except for Emperors, whom they
play last. Thus the ninth-ranked NSK
Dream, holding a record of one win
and four defeats, could be the least
worrisome rivals for Pate.
The in-form Sok Tour and Ouch
Phanat have shown plenty of toe in
creating fast breaks and the team can
again bank on this pair to trouble the
Dream defense.
Last season, Dream missed out on
the play-offs and are again threat-
ened with an early exit unless they
reverse the losing trend. In all prob-
ability, their fate may be decided on
the nal game day when they face
Sabay Tiger Mosquitoes.
A highly combative contest is on the
cards when Mekong Tigers, wounded
as they are with two successive de-
feats, run into Davies Paints who have
gone from strength to strength after an
opening round loss.
The all-Cambodian Tigers are des-
perate to regain their poise after these
setbacks, but they have their work cut
out. The danger man could well be the
new addition to the Paints color range,
Janno Cunnan, who has played a key
role in offense alongside the seasoned
Aimar Sabayo and John Cornito.
Second ranked Emperors take on
Extra Joss Fighters in Sundays open-
ing game.
The Fighters have found second
wind with four wins in a row, thanks
in the main to the performance of
Filipino Stephen Siruma, who well be
the teams trump card against a decid-
edly stronger Emperors.
As to how vital Siruma is to the Fight-
ers scheme of things was well illustrat-
ed last week when the side scampered
home against CCPL Warriors. Siruma
was fouled out in the fourth quarter
and a panicky Fighters nearly lost the
game from a position of relative safety.
Although Emperors have their own
arsenal to trouble the best, dealing
with Siruma could well be their stout-
est challenge.
Smart Dragons and CCPL Warriors,
who are next to each other in the
rankings, will round off Sundays ac-
tion. The sixth-ranked Dragons main
thrust will be to ensure more efcient
rotations in offense, a mechanism
that did not work to the desired levels
even in their win against Sabay Tiger
The Warriors action plans will re-
volve round Sovan Panha, Fred Babida
and Vince Del Mundo, since play-mak-
er Angel Engilbert is still nursing his
ankle injury.
Weekend Schedule
Saturday October 4
Pate 310 v NSK Dream 2pm
Mekong Tigers v Davies Paints 4pm
Sunday October 5
Extra Joss Fighters v Emperors 2pm
CCPL Warriors v Smart Dragons 4pm
A CCPL Warriors player (in red) and a Pate 310 player go up for a rebound during their CBL
game at the Olympic Stadium Indoor Arena on August 16. SRENG MENG SRUN
THE Caterham Formula One
team has insisted it plans to
race at the Japanese Grand
Prix this weekend despite
questions over its future fol-
lowing a raid from bailiffs.
In a statement before Sun-
days race at Suzuka, the
struggling team said: There
have been unfounded and
unsubstantiated rumours
concerning actions against
1MRT, the entrant and owner
of CaterhamF1.
An action was threat-
ened yesterday [Wednesday]
against a supplier company
to 1MRT. This company is
not owned by 1MRT and it
has no inuence over the
entry of CaterhamF1 or the
The team added that it was
business as usual after a list
of items taken from the fac-
tory in central England ap-
peared on the bailiffs ofcial
website and included a test
car, steering wheels and vari-
ous pit-lane tools.
Contrary to uncontrolled
rumours, all operations are
currently in place ... and the
race team is doing its prepa-
ration in Japan.
Speculation was also rife
that staff had been ordered
to leave the factory and the
facilities shut down.
Tailenders Caterham are
facing an uncertain future
since being sold in July by the
Malaysian aviation entrepre-
neur Tony Fernandes to a
group of Swiss and Middle
Eastern investors advised by
former F1 team principal Co-
lin Kolles.
But team principal Manfredi
Ravetto has been quoted as
saying that work on the 2015
car was progressing in the Toy-
ota wind tunnel in Cologne.
Japans Kamui Kobayashi
and Swede Marcus Ericsson
are Caterhams current drivers,
with Spaniard Roberto Merhi
scheduled to take part in to-
days rst practice at Suzuka.
Caterham are last in the
championship standings and
have never scored a point.
Button unsure of F1 future
Former Formula One cham-
pion Jenson Button said yes-
terday he was not sure who he
would be driving for in 2015
amid mounting speculation
about McLarens drivers.
Button was reluctant to dis-
cuss his future as he prepares
for Sundays Japanese Grand
Prix and did not know when it
would be settled.
The 34-year-old Briton, who
starts his 262nd Formula One
race at Suzuka, said he was
condent of being on the grid
next season, but did not know
which team he would be with.
Caterham team to race in
Japan despite factory raid
Fukunaga eyes Arc win
THE Prix de lArc de Triomphe
is regarded as the greatest
prize in horse racing by the
Japanese and two-time cham-
pion jockey Yuichi Fukunaga
hopes he finally delivers it to
them when he rides the hotly
fancied Just A Way at Long-
champ on Sunday.
The 37-year-old, who
became a jockey despite his
father nine-time champion
Yoichi being paralysed after a
fall aged 29 in 1979, partnered
Just A Way to a devastating
six-length victory in the Group
One Dubai Duty Free in
While it was an eye-catching
performance, doubts persist
as to whether the five-year-
old trained by Naosuke Sugai,
who also saddles another five-
year-old in Gold Ship, will stay
over a distance that is three
furlongs longer than he won
over in Dubai.
However, Fukunaga is ada-
mant he would not be in
France unless he felt the horse
had a genuine chance of end-
ing Japans frustrating 45 year
quest to win the Arc, which
has seen their runners fill sec-
ond spot on four occasions,
including the last two editions
with Orfevre.
For the Japanese there are
many big race possibilities
abroad but for us as a nation
the Arc is the greatest race, the
top of the tops, said Fuku-
naga after partnering Just A
Way in his final all-out gallop
prior to the race in Chantilly
on Wednesday.
Victory in the Arc is the
dream and the goal of the
Japanese people.
I waited a long time to have
a ride that is good enough to
race in the Arc and now I have
struck lucky and I hope to
seize this opportunity for the
Japanese people, said Fuku-
naga, who chose being a jock-
ey in preference to becoming
a footballer or a teacher.
While Fukunaga, who said
Just A Way felt as good as he
had done in Dubai, has had a
competitive ride round the
tricky Longchamp track, both
Sugai and Hiroyoshi Matsuda,
trainer of the third runner, the
three-year-old filly Harp Star,
opted not to run them in the
Arc trials in early September
as their predecessors have
done. AFP
Japanese jockey Yuichi Fukunaga on Just A Way celebrates after winning
the Dubai Duty Free race held on Dubai World Cup day on March 29. AFP
Wanderers fight to keep
ACL final leg at home
WESTERN Sydney Wanderers
may be forced to play their AFC
Asian Champions League final
leg away from their home
ground to accommodate huge
interest in their bid to become
the first Australian winner, the
teams coach said yesterday.
Their 22,000-seater Parramatta
Stadium will likely be deemed
unsuitable to cater for the large
crowd expected for the home
first leg against Saudi Arabias
Al Hilal on October 25.
Wanderers, who would be the
first Australian team to win
Asian footballs showpiece, are
fighting to keep the game out of
one of Sydneys far bigger
grounds and at Parramatta
where they thrive in an
intimidating atmosphere
generated by vociferous
supporters. Our preference, of
course, is to stay at Parramatta,
but if the AFC decides otherwise
and it gets taken out of our
hands well play wherever we
have to, Wanderers coach Tony
Popovic said. The Wanderers
joined Adelaide United as only
the second Australian team to
reach the ACL final after beating
last years runners-up FC Seoul
2-0 on aggregate at home on
Wednesday after a scoreless
first leg in South Korea. AFP
Real offered more for
Neymar, reveals father
NEYMARS father and agent
told a Spanish court
investigating alleged tax fraud in
his sons signing by Barcelona
that the player rejected a much
higher offer from Real Madrid of
150 million ($190 million).
Barcelona initially said the
signing of the 22-year-old player
from Brazilian side Santos in
May 2012 cost them 57.1
million. But after questions
were raised about the deal by a
Barcelona club member, the
club in January revealed the
deal was worth 86.2 million
when including the players
signing bonus, commission,
marketing deals and other
agreements. The club member,
Jordi Cases, accused former
Barcelona president Sandro
Rossell of misappropriation for
not declaring publicly that 40
million of the initial figure
quoted by Barcelona was paid to
N&N, a company controlled by
Neymars parents. As a result
Barcelona were indicted in
February for tax fraud. AFP
Park named as a Man
United ambassador
FORMER South Korea captain
Park Ji-sung has been
appointed as an ambassador
by his former club
Manchester United, the
Premier League giants
announced yesterday. Park,
now 33, played for United for
seven years, winning four
Premier League titles, three
League Cups, one Champions
League title and one Club
World Cup, making him the
most decorated Asian
footballer in history. AFP
North Korea win gold to
repay Kim Jong-uns love
ORTH Korea upset defend-
ing champions Japan 3-1 to
win Asian Games womens
football gold on Wednesday
and again it was all down to leader
Kim Jong-un for sharing his wisdom.
Kim Yun-mi, captain Ra Un-sim
and Ho Un-byol were all on target as
the North Koreans totally outplayed
World and Asian Cup holders Japan
to avenge their loss in the nal four
years ago.
The Norths players squealed with
joy, some bursting into tears, at the -
nal whistle as around 60 of their ag-
waving comrades in ofcial tracksuits
hopped with delight in the stands.
After the match, their coach dedi-
cated the gold to North Korean leader
Kim, a big sports fan who is report-
edly ailing.
This was an inevitable result as the
North Korean players trained with
dedication and never stopped ght-
ing to return the warm love of our dear
leader Kim Jong-un, who watched over
us Kim Kwang-min told reporters.
Our respected leader visited our
training camp on July 11 and gave the
team valuable instruction on how to
win the gold medal at the Asian Games.
This victory reects the boundless feel-
ings of the players for our dear leader.
South Korean fans chanted support
for their neighbours from north of the
border throughout, many waving uni-
cation ags showing the Korean pen-
insula in blue on a white background.
The Norths players sprinted over
to the main stand after a celebratory
team hug and unfurled their countrys
ag as thousands of local fans seated
behind huge unication banners with
the same design serenaded them with:
We are one!
At the medal ceremony, local fans
and the delirious North Korean del-
egation continued to chant the same
mantra to each other from opposite
sides of the pitch.
When our team was being cheered
on by South Korea I felt we are one
nation, said coach Kim. We are all
brothers and sisters. I could sense a
feeling of Korean unication.
North Korea took the lead after 12
minutes when midelder Kim stabbed
home from close range following some
dreadful Japanese defending.
They produced a moment of true
class to double their lead seven min-
utes after the interval, Ra latching on to
a long diagonal from Jon Myong-hwa
to nish with a clinical right-foot shot.
Japan skipper Aya Miyama pulled
one back with a low drive moments lat-
er but substitute Ho who scored the
winner in the seminal added a third
for North Korea three minutes from
time with a bullet header after another
lightning counter attack.
The triumph could net the players
a windfall as the communist North
has rewarded athletes with cars and
apartments for international sporting
success, for which they always praise
the countrys leader. AFP
Kim Unha (centre) of North Korea vies with Azusa Iwashimizu (right) of Japan during their Asian Games womens football nal in Incheon. AFP
England players treated
like babies: Ferdinand
ENGLANDS players are treat-
ed like complete babies in
comparison to those of major
international teams, accord-
ing to Rio Ferdinand.
The former England defend-
er who won 81 caps from 1997-
2011, made his criticisms in
his new autobiography.
Ferdinand, 35, was impressed
by the way in which now Man-
chester United manager Louis
van Gaal treated his Nether-
lands players on the way to
guiding them to a third-placed
finish at this years World Cup.
The former United stalwart,
who left Old Trafford in pre-
season to join Queens Park
Rangers, visited the Nether-
lands set-up in his role as a
BBC pundit and believes Eng-
land, who exited at the group
stage without winning a
match, could learn lessons
from the grown-up approach
of the Dutch.
One evening we were in a
bar at the hotel with Fabio
Cannavaro, waiting for [fellow
ex-Italy international] Chris-
tian Vieri to come along. All of
a sudden almost the entire
Dutch team turn up and start
chilling in this bar, Ferdinand
wrote in #2sides.
I sat down next to [Wesley]
Sneijder and said Whats going
on? Are you allowed in here?
He was like, Yeah, the man-
ager said to go. As long as were
back in the hotel by 11, its
Our players are treated like
complete babies. It doesnt
really matter whether thats
because people have made
mistakes in the past, or the
manager doesnt trust the
players or he doesnt trust the
media who would make a
story of it. I dont think the
Dutch media even mentioned
it. Their players looked free
and relaxed.
England havent won a major
trophy since staging lifting the
World Cup on home soil back
in 1966.
Ferdinand, named as a
member of the FA commission
set up by chairman Greg Dyke
in October 2013 aimed at
improving the fortunes of the
national side, said an organi-
sational revamp was required
to make England truly com-
petitive with the worlds best
A unified approach has to
come from the very top. We
need a clear direction and
leadership. Were producing
good players, he said.
But whats the point if no
one knows how they can be
fitted into the national team in
a coherent way? Whats the
Id rather have a team like
Costa Rica who over-achieve
with players not deemed to be
world-class. AFP
English Premier League
Saturday October 4
Hull v Crystal Palace 9pm
Leicester v Burnley 9pm
Liverpool v West Brom 9pm
Sunderland v Stoke 9pm
Swansea v Newcastle 9pm
Aston Villa v Man City
Sunday October 5
Man United v Everton 6pm
Chelsea v Arsenal 8:05pm
Tottenham v Southampton
West Ham v QPR 10:15pm
Spanish La Liga
Saturday October 4
Getafe v Cordoba 2am
Valencia v Atl Madrid 9pm
Rayo Vallecano v Barcelona
Sunday October 5
Eibar v Levante 1am
Almeria v Elche 3am
Malaga v Granada 3am
Sevilla v Deportivo
de La Coruna 5pm
Celta Vigo v Villarreal 10pm
Monday October 6
Espanyol v Real Sociedad
Real Madrid v
Athletic Bilbao 2am
German Bundesliga
Saturday October 4
Hertha Berlin v Stuttgart
Bayer Leverkusen v
Paderborn 8:30pm
Borussia Dortmund v
Hamburg 8:30pm
Bayern Munich v Hannover
Werder Bremen v Freiburg
Hoffenheim v Schalke
Eintracht Frankfurt v
FC Koln 11:30pm
Sunday October 5
Wolfsburg v Augsburg
Borussia Mgladbach v
Mainz 10:30pm
Italian Serie A
Saturday October 4
Verona v Cagliari 11pm
Sunday October 5
AC Milan v Chievo 1:45am
Empoli v Palermo 5:30pm
Lazio v Sassuolo 8pm
Parma v Genoa 8pm
Sampdoria v Atalanta 8pm
Udinese v Cesena 8pm
Juventus v Roma 11pm
Monday October 6
Fiorentina v Inter Milan
Napoli v Torino 1:45am
French Ligue 1
Saturday October 4
Reims v Bordeaux 1:30am
Caen v Marseille 10pm
Sunday October 5
Bastia v Lorient 1am
Evian Thonon Gaillard v
Metz 1am
Nice v Montpellier 1am
Rennes v Lens 1am
St Etienne v Toulouse 7pm
Guingamp v Nantes 10pm
Lyon v Lille 10pm
Monday October 6
Paris SG v Monaco 2am
Former England defender Rio
Ferdinand thinks national team
players are mistreated. AFP
UEFA Champions League
Atletico Madrid 1 Juventus 0
Malmo 2 Olympiakos 0
FC Basel 1 Liverpool 0
Ludo Razgard 1 Real Madrid 2
Zenit St Petersburg 0 Monaco 0
Bayer Leverkusen 3 Benca 1
Arsenal 4 Galatasaray 1
Anderlecht 0
Borussia Dortmund 3
Chinese break Asian relay record
HINAS mens 4x100m re-
lay team broke the Asian
record as they raced to
gold at the Asian Games
yesterday, with Japan second and
Hong Kong third.
The Chinese crossed in 37.99 sec-
onds, the rst time an Asian relay
team has gone below 38 seconds
and the third best time in the world
this year.
Hong Kong snatched bronze from
Thailand in a tight anchor leg on the
sixth day of competition at Incheons
Asiad Main Stadium.
China made it a relay double with
another victory in the womens 4x100,
led by 100m gold medallist and 200m
silver medallist Wei Yongli.
There was more long-distance
gold for Bahrains female African
imports as Maryam Yusuf Jamal
won the 5,000m and Eunice Kirwa
the marathon.
India wrest gold from Pakistan
India beat Pakistan in a penalty
shoot-out yesterday to win back the
Asian Games hockey title after 16
years and earn direct entry to the
2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The archrivals played out a 1-1
draw in regulation time before Indian
goalkeeper Parattu Sreejesh became
his sides saviour by saving two of
Pakistans four penalty attempts.
India put four goals past Pakistans
Imran Butt to win the shoot-out 4-2
and clinch their third Asiad gold
medal, but the rst since the Bangkok
Games in 1998.
This is a special moment for Indi-
an hockey, said the teams Australian
coach Terry Walsh. Most of the guys
had not played a big nal for a long
time so I am very happy for them to
have accomplished the task.
Earlier, South Korea won the bronze
medal with a 3-2 win over Guangzhou
silver-medallists Malaysia, with three
of the ve goals coming through pen-
alty strokes. AFP
Yesterdays results
Athletics Mens
4x400m relay
1. Japan 3:01.88
2. South Korea 3:04.03
3. Saudi Arabia 3:04.03
Triple jump
1. Cao Shuo (CHN) 17.30 metres
2. Dong Bin (CHN) 16.95
3. Kim Deok-Hyeon (KOR) 16.93
1. Zhao Qinggang (CHN) 89.15 me-
2. Ryohei Arai (JPN) 84.42
3. Ivan Zaytsev (UZB) 83.68

Athletics Womens
4x400m relay
1. India 3:28.68
2. Japan 3:30.80
3. China 3:32.02
High jump
1. Svetlana Radzivil (UZB) 1.94 me-
2. Zheng Xingjuan (CHN) 1.92
3. Nadiya Dusanova (UZB) 1.89

Basketball Mens
Gold medal game: South Korea 70
China 64
Bronze medal game: Japan 61 Taiwan
Mens masters
1. Park Jong-Woo (KOR) 3,491
2. Wu Siu-hong (HKG) 3,465
3. Shaker Al-Hassan (UAE) 3,410
Womens Masters
1. Lee Na-Young (KOR) 3,474
2. Son Yun-Hee (KOR) 3,449
3. Wang Ya-ting (TPE) 3,378

Mens single canoe
1. Takuya Haneda (JPN) 1:13.08
2. Chang Yun-chuan (TPE) 1:14.26
3. Wang Xiaodong (CHN) 1:14.00
Mens single kayak
1. Kazuya Adachi (JPN) 1:04.96
2. Pan Hung-ming (TPE) 1:06.07
3. Yuan Tao (CHN) 1:04.82
Womens single canoe
1. Cen Nanqin (CHN) 1:23.79
2. Chen Wei-han (TPE) 1:34.31
3. Sonia Gomari (IRI) 1:27.36
Kayak Womens single
1. Li Tong (CHN) 1:09.42
2. Chang Chu-han (TPE) 1:12.56
3. Aki Yazawa (JPN) 1:14.36

Mens 3m springboard
1. Cao Yuan (CHN) 523.65pts
2. He Chao (CHN) 503.80
3. Sho Sakai (JPN) 456.05
Womens 10m platform
1. Si Yajie (CHN) 394.25
2. Huang Xiaohui (CHN) 362.30
3. Kim Un-Hyang (PRK) 358.45

Football Men
Gold medal match
South Korea 1 North Korea 0
Bronze medal match
Iraq 1 Thailand 0

Handball Men
Gold medal match
Qatar 24 South Korea 21
Bronze medal match
Bahrain 28 Iran 25

Men Kata
1. Lim Chee-wei (MAS)
2. Fidelys Lolobua (INA)
3= Issei Shimbaba (JPN)
3= Marwan Abdullah Murad Ahm Al-
maazmi (UAE)
Men -75kg
1. Saeid Hassanipour Sefatazgomi
2. Lee Ka-wai (HKG)
3= Songvut Muntaen (THA)
3= Gofurjon Zokhidov (UZB)
Men -67kg
1. Hiroto Shinohara (JPN)
2. Rinat Sagandykov (KAZ)
3= Kim Do-Won (KOR)
3= Ali Abdulaziz (KUW)
Women Kata
1. Kiyou Shimizu (JPN)
2. Nguyen Hoang Ngan (VIE)
3= Cheung Pui-si (MAC)
3= Bimala Tamang (NEP)
Women +68kg
1. Hamideh Abbasali (IRI)
2. Zeng Cuilan (CHN)
3= Ayumi Uekusa (JPN)
3= Paula Pereira Carion (MAC)

Modern Pentathlon
Women Individual
1. Chen Qian (CHN) 1348pts
2. Yang Soo-Jin (KOR) 1312
3. Choi Min-Ji (KOR) 1298
Women Team
1. Yang Soo-Jin/Jeong Mi-Na/Choi
Min-Ji/Kim Sun-Woo (KOR) 5120pts
2. Shino Yamanaka/Rena Shimazu/
Atsuko Itani/Narum Kurosu (JPN)
3. Chen Qian/Liang Wanxia/Wang
Wei/Bian Yufei (CHN) 4722

Rugby Sevens
Women Final
China 14 Japan 12
Women Third place
Kazakhstan 12 Hong Kong 0
Men Final
Japan 24 Hong Kong 12
Men Third place
South Korea 17 Sri Lanka 14

Gold medal match
Japan 6 Taiwan 0
Bronze medal winner: China

Soft Tennis
Men doubles nal
Kim Dong-Hoon/Kim Beom-Jun
(KOR) bt Lin Ting-chun (TPE) 5-2
3= Ho Meng-hsun/Lai Li-huang (TPE)
3= Lee Sang-Gwon/Park Kyu-Cheol
Women doubles nal
Joo Og/Kim Aek-Yung (KOR) bt Kim
Ji-Yeon/Yoon Soo-Jung (KOR) 5-1
3= Nao Morita/Hikano Yamashita
3= Chen Yi-chia/Cheng Chu-ling

Women 62kg Final
Lee Da-Bin (KOR) bt Zhan Hua (CHN)
3= Chuang Chia-chia (TPE)
3= Pham Thi Thu Hien (VIE)
Women 67kg Final
Lee Won-Jin (KOR) bt Guo Yunfei
(CHN) 2-1
3= Ha Thi Nguyen (VIE)
3= Liu Qing (MAC)
Men 63kg Final
Lee Dae-Hoon (KOR) bt Kitwijarn Ak-
karin (THA) 18-2
3= Ahmad Roman Abasi (AFG)
3= Chen Yen-ming (TPE)
Men 68kg Final
Behnam Asbaghikhanghah (IRI) bt
Huang Jiannan (CHN) 5-4
3= Kairat Sarymsakov (KAZ)
3= Benjamin Sembrano (PHI)

Women Final
South Korea 3 China 0
Women Third place
Thailand 3 Japan 0
Chinas Zhang Peimeng brings his team home to victory in the nal of the mens 4x100m
relay during the 17th Asian Games at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium yesterday. AFP
Schoolboy racer Verstappen worries driving legends
The Formula One establish-
ment is nervously watching to
see how Max Verstappen too
young to drive a car on his
home Dutch roads handles
a 300 kilometres an hour beast
on the legendary Suzuka track
Some worry that, at 17, the
son of Formula One veteran
Jos Verstappen, is taking a risk
at a tender age. Others are con-
cerned though about how big
a star the precocious talent is
going to become.
The impact will start as soon
as the young Verstappen
climbs into a Toro Rosso car to
be let loose at Suzuka for a his-
toric session of free practice
before Sundays Japanese
Grand Prix.
Verstappen was only 16
when he passed his racing
drivers super-licence last
month. He was 17 on Tuesday
and on Friday will become the
youngest ever Formula One
Jos Verstappen took part in
107 Grands Prix between 1994
and 2003 in a journeyman
career for Benetton, Simtek,
Arrows, Tyrrell, Stewart and
His career highlights were
two podium finishes as
Michael Schumachers Benet-
ton teammate at the Hungar-
ian and Belgian Grands Prix.
The elder Verstappen is best
known as the driver who sur-
vived when his car exploded in
a fireball at the 1994 German
Grand Prix.
Much more is expected of
Max Verstappen, already an
accomplished Formula Three
driver, who will replace French-
man Jean-Eric Vergne for the
morning Friday and perma-
nently from next season.
I am looking forward to tak-
ing part in a free practice ses-
sion at a Grand Prix for the first
time its good preparation for
next year even if its not some-
thing I could have imagined a
few months ago, said Verstap-
pen, a remarkably mature ado-
I have spent one day driv-
ing this track on the simula-
tor, which helps a bit, but its
no substitute for driving it for
Vergne, now hunting for a
F1 job for next year, has said
little. He knows that Toro Ros-
so, the sister team to champi-
ons Red Bull, is a breeding
ground for talent like four-
time champion Sebastian Vet-
tel and his current teammate
Russian rookie Daniil Kvyat,
who is only 20.
His teammate last year, Aus-
tralian Daniel Ricciardo, is
now at Red Bull and has won
three races this year.
Vergne, 24, will return this
afternoon aiming to record lap
times better than those of the
Dutch kid who was born at
Hasselt, in Belgium.
The world is looking at him
and thats not a small piece
of pressure, three-time cham-
pion Jackie Stewart, now 75,
told the BBC. He has been
sensational early in his career,
but F1 is another story.
He will face more pressure
than a young driver would
have been exposed to years
ago. Ive seen some great
young drivers come along and
the pressure has been too
much for them. It can go
either way.
Itll be interesting to see
how he adapts to that. There
has been so much talk about
him and his age. Its a big ask.
Toro Rosso believe they have
to give him a shot. If he does
that well, he is going to become
a young superstar. AFP