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Papua Biak massacre remembered in Sydney
with 136 white carnations
From News Reports:
Sydney, July 5: A ceremony to mark the 16th anniversary of the Biak Massacre in West Papua on 6 July 1998 will be held at the Waverley Cliffs cemetery in Sydney on Sunday.
The Waverley Cliffs community will throw 136 white carnations from the waverley cliffs into the Pacific Ocean in memory of the Biak massacre.
A citizens tribunal, hosted by the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) at the University of Sydney last year on the 15th anniversary of the Biak massacre found that 136 West Papuan protesters were thrown into the sea by Indonesian security forces.
The tribunal heard eye witness testimony that the West Papuan demand for the right to vote for independence from Indonesia was met with gunfire by Indonesian security forces.
Survivors of the massacre told the international team of jurists that the unarmed West Papuan protesters were surrounded and shot by Indonesian security forces and that survivors were thrown into the sea on 6 July 1998.

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Thai military not invited to
US 4 July celebrations in Bangkok
From News Reports
Bangkok, July 2: Senior Thai military officers have not been invited by the US embassy in Thailand to attend Independence Day celebrations on 4 July in Bangkok, reports the Nation.
National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) spokesman Colonel Werachon Sukondhapatipak said that Commander of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), General Prayuth and four other senior military officers have not received an invitation from the US embassy to attend the annual US Independence Day celebration on the 4 July in Bangkok.
The US embassy in Thailand will reportedly hold a reception on Thursday at a Bangkok hotel to celebrate Independence Day.
Invitations were extended to senior government officials, selected members of the public and the diplomatic community but did not include senior Thai military officers.
Invitations for the US Independence Day celebrations that began arriving last week and that did not include senior Thai military officers
follow the ban last week on the participation of the Thai navy in the US led Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) attended by 22 navies.
The ban on the Thai navy participation in the biennual maritime exercise in the Asia-Pacific follows the declaration of martial law by Commander of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), General Prayuth Chan-ocha on May 22.
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Public demonstration bill debate brought forward
From News Reports:
Hanoi, June 10: The proposed draft public demonstraton bill, prepared by the Vietnam Ministry of Public Security, is to be presented to the National Assembly for possible approval earlier than planned, reports Thanh Nien.
The draft public demonstration bill that was expected to be completed within the next five years was brought forward for possible approval by legislators following public protests in 22 provinces against the deployment of the Chinese oil rig in alleged Vietnam waters on May 1.
HCMCity National Assemblyman, Truong Trong Nghia said that the government has yet to offer the public a legal means to demonstrate.
"The government is required to protect the people's right to express themselves despite conflicting interests", he said.
371 of 436 legislators agreed to debate the proposed draft public demonstration bill at a mid year session next year with voting on the possible passing of the bill to follow at the end of the year.
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'Islam is not a state,' says author of book published for Indonesian high school students

From News Reports:
Jakarta, May 3: The book titled, 24 Weeks to a Civic Example: A Muslim Student’s Agenda, that was launched by pro pluralism organisation, the Maarif Institute, in Indonesia last month, encourages the idea that being religious is synonymous with being a good citizen, reports the Jakarta Post.
"Being a good Muslim is analogous to exemplary civic conduct but one should not conflate Islam with the state," said co-author Bambang Q. Anees, philosophy at the Bandung State Islamic University (UIN).
He warned of the dangers of religious instruction that he said must be addressed in the national curriculum.
“The current Islamic studies curriculum needs to be revised", he said.
He said that Muslims have been brought up to think that Islam is all about the history of Muslim wars and
nationhood.
"This belief translates into the belief that Islam is a state,” said the co-author at the launch of the book at the Muhammadiyah Center of Study in Menteng, Jakarta.
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Indonesia votes for new parliament and new president

From News Reports:
Jakarta, April 10:
Indonesians voted for a new parliament yesterday in a poll that will decide who will run for president in the presidential elections scheduled for July 9, reports the Jakarta Post.
About 75 percent of the more than reportedly 186 million registered voters caste their vote for almost 236,000 candidates in about 500,000 polling stations yesterday.
A party or coalition requires 112 of the 560 seats in the lower house of parliament to nominate a candidate for the presidency
The Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P) is the only party out of 12 parties nationawide seen as having a chance of achieving this result without forming a coalition, reports the Jakarta Post.
The PDI-P has been ahead in the opinion polls and reportedly extended its lead with the nomination of Jakarta governor, Joko Widodo, 52, known as "Jokowi".
PDI-I had almost 20 percent of the reportedly 30 percent of votes counted at 2,000 polling stations yesterday or almost 20 percent of about 50 percent of total votes counted.
The official results of the legislative elections are not expected to be announced until 9 May.
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Malaysia's migrant rights activist
dies at 67

Irene Fernandez
18 April 1946 - 29 March 2014
From News Reports:
Kuala Lumpur, Thursday 3: A funeral service for Irene Fernandez, 67, advocate for the rights of migrants and women in Malaysia, will be held at the Church of Divine Mercy in Shah Alam, Selangor, today.
Irene Fernandez died of heart failure at the Serdang Hospital on Monday,
She received numerous awards in recognition of her work including the Human Rights Montor award in 1996, the Amnesty International Award in 1998; the International PEN Award in 2000; the Jonathan Mann Award in 2004; and the Right Livelihood Award in 2005
She established the Tenaganita, or Women’s Force, Non Government Organisation in 1991 to represent the rights of migrant workers.
She was arrested on March 18, 1996, and charged under Section 8A (1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 and found guilty of publishing the memo entitled
“Abuse, torture and dehumanised treatment of migrant workers at detention camps” on August 25, 1995.
She was sentenced to one year's jail in 2003 and immediately appealed.
High Court judge Mohammad Apandi Ali overturned her conviction and acquitted her on November 24, 2008.
She had not been allowed to leave Malaysia or stand for election till then.
In May 2012 Tenaganita, or Women’s Force, director Irene Fernandez told the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission that Malaysia’s law-enforcement officers regularly harassed the country’s “guest workers” and forced them to pay bribes.
She provided the commissioner with six examples of harrassment and asked the commission to investigate.
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Voting irregulaties reported in West Papua
From News Reports;
Jakarta, July 20: The Indonesian General Election Commission (KPU) reports that irregularities in the presidential elections including "cheating" have been reported in West Papua, report the Jakarta Post.
The General Elections Commissioner (KPU) , Hadar Nafis Gumay, reported last week that 11 regions have conducted revotes of the July 9 presidential elections after election field supervisors (PPL) found evidence of irregularities at polling stations.
"Revotes were necessay because votes were caste by unregistered voters, voters caste more than one vote and errors on ballots made votes invalid", he said.
The West Papua Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) commissioner, Anugerah Patah said that irregularities in voting were found in West and Central Mapia districts in Dogiyai regency.
He said that the election material that was to be delivered by election officials did not reach the two districts.
"The monitoring committee found that votes had been cast by election officials who delivered the ballots to Moanimani district", said the Papua election commissioner.
The West Papua election commissioner said that "similar" irregularities were found in five subdistricts in wapoga district, Nabiri regency where election material arrived after after all potential voters had left the polling stations.
"The ballots were pierced by election officials in agreement with village heads in the respective subdistricts", he said.
“We will recommend a revote in each in district ,” said election commissioner Anugerah.
Almost all West Papuans eligible to vote in the Indonesian presidential elections held July 9 burned there ballots.
Those who did vote at polling stations in Abepura, Waena, Entrop, Jayapura and Sentani sepih were reportedly described as 'migrants'.
West Papua National Committee (KNPB) chairman, Agus Kossay said that about 80 percent of West Papuans supported the call to boycot the Indonesian presidential elections.
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Australian PM calls for investigation into MH17
A memorial service for those killed in the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was held at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney yesterday. The service was attended by Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbot and leader in opposition Bill shorten
From News Reports:
Sydney, July 21: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called for a transparent, international investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, allegedly shot down by pro-Russian separatists over Eastern Ukrain enroute from Amsterdam to Kuala lumpur on Thursday.
The Prime Minister said that he was "personally touched" by the tragedy, on an Australian Broadcasting Corporation television programme.
He said that his daughters had flown on an MH17 flight earlier this year on their way home from Europe.
Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that the Australian Government appeal for an international investigation into the crash of the ill-fated flight that killed all 298 passengers onboard including 36 Australians will go before the United Nations.
The Foreign Minister is reportedly to begin a campaign for an international investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in New York.
The Foreigh minister is seeking a binding United Nations Security council resolution for open and independent access to the MH17 crash site.
"I have spoken with our representative in the United Nations and I understand that our calls for a binding resolution will be debated during the course of this week," she said.
Six officers from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have been deployed to Kiev including a five-member emergency response team and Australian Fedeal Police investigators.
A team of 17 investigators from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe have conducted an initial examination of the crash site.
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Garuda instucted not to fly over war zones
There were reportedly 12 Indonesians onboard the ill-fated Malaysian Airliner flight MH17 that was allegedly shot down over Eastern Ukrain enroute from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday killing all onboard
From News Reports:
Jakarta, July 20: Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has instructed national carrier Garuda Indonesia and all Indonesian citizens not to fly over the Ukraine-Russia border or the Gaza Strip.
The president instructed Garuda Indonesia not to fly over military conflict areas following the loss of all 298 lives onboard Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 that was allegedly shot down over Eastern Ukrain enroute from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.
Garuda Indonesia vice president of communications Pujobroto said that Garuda's Amsterdam-Jakarta route would not fly over Ukrainian
airspace.
"Our flight path over Europe for the Amsterdam-Jakarta route is Amsterdam-Budapest-Istanbul", he said.
Indonesia Transportation Ministry spokesman J.A Barata has confirmed that 12 Indonesians, including one infant, were on the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
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Passengers on ill-fated flight heading for AIDS conference
Authorities recover passports at wreckage of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 that was shot down over Eastern Ukrain on Thursday killing all onboard
From News Reports:
Sydney, July 19: More than a 100 of the 298 passengers onboard Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne that was shot down over Eastern Ukrain on Thursday were to attend an International AIDS Conference in Melbourne tomorrow.
The International AIDS Society (IAS) confirmed in a statement yesterday that a number of passengers onboard the ill-fated flight were to attend the the 20th Annual AIDS Conference.
“The International AIDS Society (IAS) today expresses its sincere sadness at receiving news that a number of colleagues and friends en route to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference taking place in Melbourne, Australia, were on board the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight that has crashed over Ukraine earlier today,’’ the statement said.
Joep Lange, a clinical researcher specialising in HIV therapy who served as the International AIDS Society president from 2002 to 2004 was believed to have been a passenger on the ill-fated flight and was to attend the AIDS conference in Melbourne.
Jonathan Quick, head of a not-for–profit medicine supply company working with the Global Fund and the US government in Africa and Latin America, described Joep Lange as "a force for change in HIV/AIDS treatment".
“I remember meeting him back in the late 1990s. He was really driven at a time when there was not much going on in the way of treatment,” he said.
Jennifer Watt, who works for a pharmaceutical company in San Francisco said she worked with Joep Lange in Africa on a number of clinical research projects.
"He’s very well known and a very passionate person. He’s the father of AIDS research in the developing world,’’ she said.
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Voting irregularities found in 11 Indonesian regions
The Kediri General Elections Commission (KPUD) at the Pandantoyo village, Ngancar subdistrict, Kediri regency, East Java, polling station held a revote on Tuesday after finding electoral fraud during the July 9 presidential election
From News Reports:
Jakarta, July 18: The Indonesian General Elections Commission (KPU) reports that 11 regions have conducted revotes of the July 9 presidential elections, reports the Jakarta post.
General Elections Commissioner, Hadar Nafis Gumay said that revotes were conducted after election field supervisors (PPL) found evidence of
irregularities at polling stations.
"Revotes were necessay because votes were caste by unregistered voters, voters caste more than one vote and errors made votes invalid", he said.
Kulon Progo in Yogyakarta, Bukittinggi in West Sumatra, Padang in West Sumatra, Indramayu in West Java, Cianjur in West Java, Majalengka in West Java, Buton in Southeast Sulawesi, Ambon in Maluku, Halmahera Tengah in North Maluku, Lampung and North Jakarta have held revotes.
Revoting was also conducted in Tangerang and South Tangerang, Banten where 91 voters addresses as shown on identification cards did not match the address registered at the polling station.
National Commission on Human rights (Komnas HAM) dispatched observers to monitor voting in 13 provinces including Aceh, North Sumatra, Lampung, Jakarta and its surrounding areas, East Java, Central Java, West Kalimantan, Papua, West Papua, South Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, East Nusa Tenggara and Maluku, reports the Jakarta Post.
Tampering of votes allegedly occurred in Sampang and Bangkalan on Madura Island, East Java where votes were reportedly counted in favor of Prabowo Subianto of the Gerindra Party, reports the Jakarta Post.
The Joko “Jokowi” Widodo-Jusuf Kalla of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) reported that they had received 'zero votes' in a number of a areas.
Komnas HAM chairman Hafid Abbas said there was a small number of votes between the presidential candidates, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Prabowo Subianto based on the "quick count" election results, reports the Jakarta Post.
"The potential for vote rigging has never been higher' he said.
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China tows oil rig from Vietnam waters
The Vietnam coast guard will remain off the Danang coast to protect local fishermen and sovereignty
From News Reports:
Hanoi, July 17: The Chinese owned oil rig, Haiyang Shiyou 98 was towed from Vietnam's exclusive economic zone off Danang on tuesday night, reports the Vietnam news Service.
China's National Offshore Oil Corporation's oil rig was escorted by about 60 ships from Vietnam's mid coast where it had been conducting alleged illegal oil exploration since May 1.
Vietnam coastguard, Lieutenant-Colonel Ngo Minh Tung, told reporters yeserday that China's oil rig had left Vietnamese waters and was making way north-northwest towards China's Hainan island.
"The coastguard would stay in the area to protect Vietnamese fishing boats and the country's sovereignty", he said.
A second China National Petroleum Corporations (CNPC) oil rig, the Nanhai 9 was reportedly deployed to waters outside Vietnam's exclusive economic zone off Danang on Vietnam's mid coast late last month despite protests against the deployment.
Wang Zhen, deputy director of the China National Petroleum Corporations (CNPC) Policy Research Office said that the oil rig, Haiyang Shiyou 98, had completed oil exploration on tuesday, reports Xinhua.
"The next step is to analyse the geological data and evaluate the layers of oil and gas", he said.
Vietnam Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh asked China State Councilor Yang Jiechi at the annual Vietnam China Steering Committee for Bilateral Co-operation meeting held in Hanoi last month to remove China's oil rig, Haiyang Shiyou 98.
China State Councilor Yang Jiechi said in response to one of many requests made by Vietnam to China to remove the oil rig from alleged Vietnamese waters that oil exploration in waters of the 'Xisha Islands' in China's South China Sea were 'completely legal'.
Vietnam Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said that China's exploratory drilling in Vietnam's East Sea was in violation of international law.
The oil rig, Haiyang Shiyou 98. was reportedly scheduled to conduct oil exploration in the disputed waters until mid August.
Xinhua reports that the oil rig was towed away from the Vietnam coast ahead of the typhoon season.
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Singapore PM wants court to rule on blogger defamation
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong seeks judgement to rule in his favour in defamation suit against Singapore blogger Roy Ngerng
From News Reports:
Singapore, July 16: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has applied for a summary judgement to the High Court to rule in his favour in the defamation suit against Singapore blogger Roy Ngerng, reports Straits Times.
Davinder Singh, lawyer for the Prime Minister says that the plaintiff, Singapore Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong claims that the defendant, Singapore blogger, Roy Ngerng has no defence and that the Singapore Prime Minister seeks judgement in his favour without trial.
Blogger, Roy Ngerng, 33 said in his defence last month that he never intended to accuse Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of misappropriating Central Provident Fund (CPF) funds.
The lawyer asked the court to ban the continued offending blog containing the allegaton that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had misapproprated monies paid by Singaporeans to the Central Provident Fund (CPF).
The lawyer also asked the court to issue a provisional decision on how much damages Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong should receive.
Blogger, Roy Ngerng, 33, who regularly posts commentaries critical of Singapore's ruling Peoples's Action Party (PAP) on his blog, The Heart Truths was sent a letter of demand calling for the allegedly defamatory blog post to be removed from his website and facebook pages in early June.
Lawyer, Davinder Singh said that Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong had demanded an apology from the blogger for the posting on May 15 that was seen as accusing the PM of corruption.
The lawyer said that he understood the article posted by Roy Ngerng to mean that Lee Hsien Loong the Prime Minister of Singapore and chairman of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Pte Ltd, (GIC) is guilty of criminal misappropriation of the monies paid by Singaporeans to the Central Provident Fund (CPF).
The Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Pte Ltd, (GIC) is a sovereign wealth fund that manages more than $100 billion of the city-state's foreign reserves.
sS The Central Provident Fund (CPF) is the state pension fund.
He said that the blog posting constituted a serious libel against Singapore prime minister Lee.
"The blog post disparages the singapore Prime Minister and impugns his character, credit and integrity", he said
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Court for construction
Industry
established
in Malaysia
From News Reports:
Kuala Lumpur, May 3: The first two Construction Courts for Malaysia were opened by Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria in Kuala Lumpur and Shah Alam last week, reports the Star.
The courts will deal with disputes in the construction industry.
Works Minister Datuk Haji Fadillah bin Haji Yusof said that the establishment of the courts will transform the way the construction business in the country operates.
"The construction industry stakerholders can now have their disputes resolved by judges with expert knowledge and experience in construction industry disputes', he said.
The proposal by the Construction Industry Board (CIDB) for the establishment of the construction courts was first put to the Judiciary in January 2013.
Britain is the only other country that has a specially designated court that deals with construction industry disputes.

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Bali communities want larger share of tourism revenue

From News Reports:
Denpasar, April 14: Bali community-based tourism operators have called for amendments to regulations that stipulate that the local community pay the Bali regency administration 60 percent of their total tourism revenue.
Penglipuran tourist village in Bangli, community-based tourism manager, Nengah Moneng, said that he objected to the fact that his community received only 40 percent of the total revenue.
"We want to have 60 percent share of the tourist revenue to pay for operating costs", he said.
The Penglipuran tourism manager said that operating costs for trekking, traditional dance, cultural shows including religious rituals had increased.
The cost of operating lodges and community halls for tourism had also increased.
"An increase in revenue for not only the Bangli community but for tourism based communities across Bali would benefit tourism island-wide" said the tourism manager.
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Riau forest fires force Chevron to shut down oil wells
From News Reports:
Jakarta, March 21: PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia (CPI), the Indonesian subsidiary of US-based oil company Chevron has shut down 573 oil wells in the Riau province of Sumatra.
The deteriorating quality of air due to forest fires that have been raging for the last month has forced PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia (CPI) to shut down its oil wells and evacuate workers and there families.
Indonesia's upstream oil and gas regulator, SKK Migas, public relations officer, Handoyo Budi Santoso, said that oil assets in Riau province are important to national crude oil production.
"The biggest production loss came from the shutdown of Rokan block, operated by Chevron Pacific Indonesia, the country's biggest producer of crude oil production", he said
The Jakarta Posts reports that potential losses are estimated at about 12,000 barrels of oil a day.
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Sabah caters to influx of tourists from China

From News Reports:
Kuala Lumpur, March 5:
The New Straits Times reports that there was an 86 percent increase in tourist arrivals from China
to Sabah in the last two years.
Data from the Sabah Tourism Board reportedly shows that 193,010 tourist tourists arrived in Sabah from China in 2011 increasing to 360,361 in 2013
Sabah West Coast Coffeeshop Association chairman, Yong Chee Yun, said coffee shop operators were catering to the influx of tourists from China.
"Coffee shops displayed tourist friendly signs in Chinese saying 'how are you?' and menues included China's favourite foods", he said.
Sabah and Labuan Chapter chairman of the Malaysian Association of Hotels and general manager of the At Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort,
said that staff members are encouraged to learn Mandarin.
"So that they can converse better with guests" he said.
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Pilots strike forces Merpati to cancel
flights

From News Reports:
Jakarta,January 29: A pilots strike forced State-owned PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines to cancelled all scheduled flights to Surabaya, Merauke and Timika on Saturday, reports The Jakarta Post.
Merpati corporate secretary Riswanto Chendra Putra said that the airline had not paid salaries to pilots and cabin crew for two months.
The Jakarta Post reports that PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines was required to restructure its operations.
Merpati corporate secretary Riswanto Chendra Putra says that Merpati has signed a memorndum of understanding (MoU) with PT Armagedon Indonesia and PT Bentang Persada Gemilang to restructure the company.
The airline has debts of Rp 6.5 trillion (US$533 million) reports the Jakarta Post.
"The management would pay the salaries around March or early April, said the Merpati corporate secretary.
Merpati’s workers union advisory board official, Erry Wardhana, said about 200 Merpati pilots planned to strike again next Saturday for an indefinite period.
"The pilots would strike until 1,600 Merpati employees were paid", he said.
The union advisory board official says that this is the first time that Merpati workers have gone on strike over unpaid wages.
The pilots are owed wages for December and January reports the Jakarta Post.
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Cambodian public servants to be paid electronically
From News Reports:
Phnom Penh, December 17:
Public servants from 39 Cambodian government ministries are to be paid via a newly established electronic banking system instead of by cash from next year.
The Phnom Penh Post reports that Secretary of State for the Ministry of Economy and Finance Chu Kim Leng
announced the new payroll system earlier this month.
"This is beginning of the end for cash payments in the government sector", said the secretary.
The Ministry of Economy and Finance signed an agreement with the ACLEDA Bank and The Canada Bank.
The Ministry also signed an agreement with WING, a company that allows clients to make and receive payments using a mobile phone.
The Phnom Penh Post reports that the government will deposit wages into the accounts of the participating banks or with WING from January .
Cambodia opposition National Rescue Party chief whip Son Chhay said that the government should make sure that those who receive wage payments are all legitimate government employees.
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Foreign donations barred from indonesian elections

From News Reports:
Jakarta, December 3: Indonesia's general election supervisory agency (Bawaslu) says that political parties in next years general election are barred from accepting donations from foreign countries, reports the Antara News Agency.
West Sulawesi chapter of Bawaslu chairman, Busaran Riandy said that foreign funds are often used by political parties during campaigning.
"Foreign funds are funds given by foreign citizens, countries, governments and
companies. They also include funds from Indonesian companies in which a majority
of shares are held by foreign parties, foreign non-governmental organizations
and foreign mass organizations," he said.
Campaign funds received must be reported and submitted for an audit by public accountants in next years elections, reports the Antara News Agency.
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