We're participants of the 4th CALD Communications Workshop!! Having loads of fun and learning a great deal! Let's hope we'll all be able to grow together as party partners!

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Ms Sok Vilay (right, new KNYM President) with fellow CALDCloggers Anne Elicano (left, YLDA) and Sammy Santos (center, Philippine Senate Media Director and Liberal Party of the Philippines Media Consultant) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - CALD Communications Workshop 2005

Dear All,
General Secretariats of Khmer Nation Youth Movement (KNYM) of Sam Rainsy Party have a great honor to inform your Excellencies, Louk Chumteavs, Ladies and Gentlemen of the SRP, Journalists, NGOs, Associations, Embassies and other related agencies that KNYM had arranged the fifth General Assembly on the February 19, 2006 under the presidency of H.E Sam Rainsy; the purpose of the General Assembly was to report the outcome of the KNYM’s activities of the forth mandate (2004-2006), and besides, the election of the new leader and the central committees were appointed to continue their
work for the new mandate from 2006 to 2009.

Miss Sok Vilay was elected as the new leader of the central committee and the president of the KNYM for the 2006-2009 mandate by the fifth General Assembly of KNYM, and the executive committees were appointed and approved.

As above-mentioned, we are positive that we are fully supported and cooperated by Excellencies, Louk Chumteavs, Ladies and Gentlemen.

On behalf of KNYM, we would like to pay our grateful respect to your Excellencies, Louk Chumteavs, Ladies and Gentlemen.

General Secretariat
Khmer Nation Youth Movement of the Sam Rainsy Party (Cambodia)

Monday, February 27, 2006

50,000 rally against Thai PM as opposition mulls election boycott

26/02/2006 18h32

BANGKOK (AFP) - Tens of thousands rallied in Bangkok to demand Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra resign, as opposition parties said they were mulling a boycott of elections called to settle the standoff.
Organisers said 200,000 protesters had turned out to demand the tycoon turned politician step down over allegations of corruption, while police put numbers at 50,000.
Protesters held anti-Thaksin banners, with one reading "Thaksin is the worst prime minister we've ever had", while elsewhere a two-meter (six-foot) tall effigy of the premier was erected.
Thousands were still gathered at the Sanam Luang field near Bangkok's royal palace late Sunday where many of them were expected to sleep out overnight.

Thaksin's decision Friday to dissolve parliament and hold elections in April, three years early, has failed to appease his critics, who have vowed to continue their campaign to force him to resign.
The three main opposition parties are now seeking a meeting with Thaksin to persuade him to commit in writing to constitutional reforms in a bid to end the deepening political crisis.
"The best solution as of now is to hold a meeting of the four party leaders, including (Thaksin's) Thai Rak Thai party, Monday to consult on constitutional changes to go ahead with political reform," said Abhisit Vejjajiva, leader of the opposition Democrat party, who did not attend Sunday's rally.
If Thaksin agrees to review the constitution, the opposition is proposing the installation of a neutral interim prime minister named by the king.
But the opposition has not ruled out a boycott of the April 2 election.

"The current political tension is very serious.... We have not yet ruled out a boycott of the election," Abhisit said.
Thaksin said he would send two deputies to meet the opposition, without saying whether he would agree with their constitutional reform proposal.
The prime minister has come under increasing pressure over his family's 1.9 billion dollar tax-free sale of stocks in Shin Corp -- the telecoms giant he founded before entering politics -- to foreign investors in January.
The anti-Thaksin alliance mobilised 50,000 people for a February 4-5 rally in Bangkok in the biggest anti-government protest since Thaksin took office in 2001. A week later, 20,000 people gathered in the capital.
At Sunday's rally, protestors cheered wildly as anti-Thaksin leaders Chamlong Srimuang, a former mentor of the premier, and Sondhi Limthongkul, Thaksin's fiercest public critic, took the main stage, which was festooned with a caricature of a monstrous Thaksin devouring the Thai flag.
"There are many of us today ... if we unite and be patient I think we will win," Chamlong told the protesters.

"Thaksin repeatedly said he would not dissolve the house, now he dissolved it, and he repeatedly said that he would not resign. I wonder how can he resist if 100,000 of us protest," he said.
One police source earlier said authorities were concerned over more militant Thaksin opponents who have joined the anti-Thaksin movement including Chamlong, who led demonstrations in 1992 against the military-backed government.
Analysts have described Thaksin's decision to call early elections as a shrewd political maneuver that will likely give him a fresh mandate to build on his landslide election victory in February 2005.
His critics have denounced the move, saying it benefits only Thaksin.
"The root cause of the problem is Thaksin himself. He must quit unconditionally," said Suriyasai Katasila, spokesman for the People's Alliance for Democracy which is made up of a variety of anti-Thaksin groups.
Suriyasai has urged voters to boycott the April 2 polls.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Dr Chee Soon Juan's Defamation Suit

Dr. Chee Soon-juan, SDP Secretary General and CALD Executive Committee Member

Hi all,

hope everyone's doing well. Here's taking the chance to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day. Meanwhile, here's an article on the SDP website regarding Dr Chee Soon Juan's defamation suit. Do spread the news!


Dr Chee criticizes system as he is declared bankrupt

10 Feb 06

Dr Chee Soon Juan criticised the legal system today in his bankruptcy petition hearing in the Supreme Court. Former prime ministers Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Mr Goh Chok Tong had applied to the courts to bankrupt the SDP secretary-general after they were awarded $500,000 in damages.

The courts then adjudicated Dr Chee a bankrupt at the end of the brief hearing. Dr Chee's submission can be read at