Friday, October 16, 2015

Political Paradigm of Pragmatism from the Khmer Youth part 39

Scene view of Cambodia Students during Exam 2015 - photo courtesy of MoEYs facebooke page.

Op-Ed: Leadership Skills

This part (39), the author Mr. Sophan Seng analysed the Education Reform of Cambodia. Beside of his summary of education history of Cambodia, two points are keyly elaborated:
  1. The displacement of Cambodian workers majorly young people to work in South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia or other countries, have evidently brought with them the two hands and two legs to scavenge soil and dirt in those countries in expected returns of higher compensation than working inside Cambodia. They didn't bring with them skills or expertise they have accumulated or learnt in Cambodia at all. Or if they have some levels of education, or skills, those host countries didn't value or accept such credential at all. So we could conclude that Cambodian youths have used only heritage from their parents (body and mind) to earn a living in those countries. Those youths have not been able to use their skills or knowledge from Cambodia schools at all.
  2. Second point is the foreign direct investment (FDI) in Cambodia. Until today, we see only garment factories being planted and mushroomed in Cambodia. The requirement of education credential or experiences for those garment labors (although completion of diploma or 12 years compulsory education) are not needed. Whenever, those young men and women can use their both hands, they are accepted to work. Their work environment is basic laboring, not skilling or technical utilization. Once, the factories are closed, those workers could not transfer their skills or inscript it into CV for higher position with expected higher wages beside of garment factory at all.
So education system in Cambodia has remained in limbo in producing higher skills and workable human resource in real working environment. But the recent strictness in high school examination is in question that: those passed and failed candidates are retained good quality of education or not?

Hun Manet speaks to Beverley O'Connor of ABC News

Pragmatically speaking, there are many things to be considered from his speech, but I have not been confident and it shall not buy out on his two points argument: peace and stability, and corruption is a universal human failure. In front of the 70% Cambodian young voters, Hun Sen has failed terribly on his boast of stability, peace and incremental progress during this 30 years under his power grip. Now his son has inherited such failure argument to aim on what? Screenshot_2015-10-16-13-37-02Corruption is not a universal practice and it is not a universal value at all. He might not be able to distinguish the difference between institutional corruption and individual corruption (which lean into nature of human greed)? More than this whenever he has never spoken up against corruption, it means he has conspirated it or involved in corruption. This last resort is very unfortunate for Cambodia to be survived on this planet.
At the end, observing from his stance, it is not wrong to attest the public saying: "like father like son" within a general perception. One of the likeness illustrated is the "self-defense" politics... I could assure you all that this self-defense approach has been very outdated. Whenever the incumbent clan of Cambodia politics has never learnt to accept mistakes, failure, reality, and Pragmatism, the navy of Cambodia is remained in the brink of danger. (Courtesy: Sophoan Seng facebook)  
Hun Manet speaks to Beverley O'Connor'Not no, not yes' Hun Manet, the son of Cambodia's prime minister Hun Sen, has declined to say if he wants the top job one day in a rare interview. Posted by Radio Australia on Friday, October 16, 2015

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Siem Reap Ranked World’s Fourth Best City for Tourists

Siem Reap Ranked World’s Fourth Best City for Tourists
JULY 4, 2014
Siem Reap is the the fourth best city in the world for travelers, according to readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.

The city received a score of 89.82 out of 100 in the magazine’s 2014 World’s Best awards. Among the categories readers were asked to rate were hotels, airlines, spas and city attractions.

Siem Reap’s best-ever showing on Travel + Leisure’s list comes about two weeks after Siem Reap’s Angkor Wat and Bayon temples placed 6th and 7th, respectively, among the world’s top 10 tourist attractions, according to TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

In Cambodia, A Lost City Is Found

In Cambodia, A Lost City Is Found

(Photo : Phnom Kulen Program) The ancient royal city of Mahendraparvata was little more than a legend until modern technology spotted it.
Archeologists working in the Southeast Asian nation of Cambodia announced the discovery of a city once thought to be legend.
The nation is most famous for Angkor, the illustrious capital of Khmer Empire, that rose near the Tonle Sap Lake around 1150 AD. But a rare few inscriptions tell of another, older city called Mahendraparvata that may be the true birthplace of Khmer culture. But nobody knew where it was.
Until now Archeologists flew over a plateau northeast of Angkor called the Kulen Hills using lidar, a technology that strips away otherwise impenetrable vegetation. The region is mentioned as the site of Mahendraparvata, but is so vast and so over grown by near-impenetrable rain forests that work on the ground would have taken years.
Before the survey team's eyes, a neat grid of streets and boulevards appeared out of the jungle, dotted with temples, man-made ponds, and evidence of hydraulic architecture that is the hallmark of Angkor's dazzling water-controlling civilization.
Even more impressive, the street grid defied geography; roads and ceremonial pathways cut straight through hills and dales across the plateau.
"You have this kind of sudden eureka moment where you bring the data up on screen the first time and there it is - this ancient city very clearly in front of you," said Dr. Damian Evans of the University of Sydney in Australia, who led the lidar survey.