Khmer People

Who's who in the news

1 Kaing Guek Eav

2 Chip Tsao

3 Kelvin Kwan Chor-yiu

4 Lewis Hamilton

5 Benjamin Netanyahu

Wednesday, 8 April, 2009, 12:00am

Gone, but not forgotten

The young man approached me with a simple enough offer as I strolled through the grounds of the Royal Palace near the banks of the Tonle Sap in Phnom Penh all those years ago. Did I need a guide; maybe an interpreter?

12 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Looting of relics is grave news for future generations

When they unearthed old skeletons buried under their homes, the villagers of Sophy thought their wildest dreams of buried treasure had at last come true.

For three days until the authorities stopped them, peasant farmers abandoned their rice fields and dug frantically, unearthing piles of bones and pots and a few glass beads but, to their disappointment, no gold.

11 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Death of a tyrant

Sometimes the biggest stories have the smallest beginnings. The death of Pol Pot in April 1998 was like that. Hearing rumours of instability in the secretive jungle camps of the last remaining Khmer Rouge, I headed north from Bangkok with some colleagues to Surin, on Thailand's border with Cambodia. None of us were hopeful of much coming from the trip, but it was a quiet week.

6 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

'No haven for Khmer chiefs in Thailand'

As thousands of displaced Cambodians were closing in on the Thai border yesterday, Bangkok officials were preparing to reject any demands for asylum from the Khmer Rouge leadership.

'We've had no official requests yet but we have indications that maybe we should expect something,' a Foreign Ministry official said.

1 Apr 1998 - 12:00am


'You are outstanding among women' - Li Peng, flattering Anson Chan.

'He didn't seem to have a good sense of humour' - neighbour of the Heaven's Gate sect, describing a meeting with a member a few months before their mass suicide in California this week.

30 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Frisky fishermen cast caution to the wind

Thai fishermen are a major cause of the crossborder spread of HIV, of which they appear remarkably ignorant, a study has reported.

The country's aggressive fishing industry has been forced to look beyond the overfished Gulf of Thailand, which means that notoriously frisky Thai sailors have been coming into increasing contact with Cambodian and Vietnamese girls.

1 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Viets hail 'death of evil enemy'

Vietnam was on the cusp of celebration yesterday as news spread of Pol Pot's possible death.

Small gatherings of former soldiers and Communist Party members were toasting reports of his death in cafes and draught beer halls as rumours blazed across the capital Hanoi.

8 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Tails with no backbone

The author's brief for Gecko Tails was to write a light-hearted travelogue about Cambodia that would be read by people who might travel there when events settle down.

This she has duly done, but at what cost? Gecko Tails is light-hearted, and it is a travelogue. But it is not much else. A better title might have been 'A Cosmo Reader Goes Travelling'.

20 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

Khmer threat

BANGKOK: The Khmer Rouge has threatened to cut off the head of the first Australian who falls into their hands, the outlawed guerilla group's radio, monitored in Bangkok, said yesterday. The group ridiculed security measures at the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh.

15 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Inchcape Pacific expands presence

TRADING company Inchcape Pacific has upgraded its office in Cambodia into a fully owned subsidiary and appointed a representative in Laos, executive director the Earl of Cromer said yesterday.

Inchcape, which began operations in Cambodia a year ago, remains one of the few Hongkong companies to make any inroads in the country.

30 Jun 1993 - 12:00am

Movement for resistance

WITH less than a week before Cambodia's United Nations-sponsored elections, the Khmer Rouge is doing its utmost to disrupt and possibly force their cancellation. From bases inside its own areas of control, the radical communist guerilla group has attacked railways, roads and airports and threatened to target polling stations in a blatant attempt to intimidate voters into staying at home.

18 May 1993 - 12:00am

Waiting for another Year Zero

HOW many more atrocities will the Khmer Rouge be allowed to perpetrate against naturalised Vietnamese and United Nations officials in Cambodia before the UN is empowered to take action? The UN has effectively entertained the tyrannical Khmer Rouge leadership since the 1992 Paris Peace accord and has increased their power with or without the effect of the sanctions imposed on them.

6 Apr 1993 - 12:00am

The shadow people escape Site Two

WITH few tears shed and a minimum of fuss, one of the darkest symbols of global humanitarian aid will quietly pass into history this month.

Eight years after it gained notoriety as a refuge for Cambodians fleeing their war-torn country, the sprawling Site Two displaced persons camp has been reclaimed by the desolate plains of northeast Thailand.

8 Mar 1993 - 12:00am

Sliding backwards into darkness

THE Phnom Penh government's official acknowledgement yesterday of the Khmer Rouge's long-rumoured practice of circulating its own money in the areas it controls is yet another nail in the coffin of Cambodia as a unitary state.

19 Feb 1993 - 12:00am