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Perth Cambodian Explains Change in City as Malaysian Flight Search Continues


Much Chanthoeun, a Cambodian-Australian living in Perth, Australia, where Cambodians are estimated to number 1,000 families.

Much Chanthoeun, a Cambodian-Australian living in Perth, Australia, where Cambodians are estimated to number 1,000 families.

The shift of the search for missing Malaysia airliner Flight 370 from the Gulf of Thailand to the southern Indian Ocean has brought world attention to the distant western Australian city of Perth, home to about 1,000 Cambodian families.

Much Chanthoeun, a city resident, told VOA Khmer via phone that the accident has also galvanized local media and many Australians; six of their compatriots were on the missing flight.

Much Chantheoun, who immigrated to Australia on a Boeing 777—the same type of plane as the missing Malaysian flight—said the accident will not deter him from future travels.

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