As more and more young Cambodians log on and use social media, technology is becoming an important source of change in the country, experts say. Cambodia has seen an explosion in the use of online and mobile technology, particularly social media platforms like Facebook. Participants of a recent technology workshop in Phnom Penh say this has made them more informed than ever. Tin Savetey, a university student, says she has become better informed online. “I can know information from around the world and learn about what is happening and in which country, via social media,” she said. Technology experts say social media is helping a lot of Cambodians like Tin Savetey share information with the public. Especially young people. (Kun Chenda, Phnom Penh)
A small kitchen of a Chinese-owned Top World factory collapsed, wounded 24 workers on Monday May 20 in Phnom Penh. The injured workers were transported by ambulance to two hospitals in the city. Garment workers at the factory said they were taken aback by the collapse. (Reuters, Phnom Penh)
The Cambodia National Rescue Party on Monday said it would not recognize the results of the general elections in July if the National Election Committee is not reformed. About 2,000 supporters of the party gathered in a demonstration on Monday calling for reforms recommended by the UN, international NGOs and others. (Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh)
Nine survivors of a shoe factory collapse in Kampong Speu province remained hospitalized Friday. In interviews with VOA Khmer, several of them recounted the event, when a storage mezzanine loaded with manufacturing equipment fell. Survivors considered themselves lucky to be alive, after they were nearly crushed by chunks of concrete and equipment at the Wing Stars factory. The victims rushed to Calmette Thursday were the lucky ones, they said. Rim Saroeun was not among them. He perished in the collapse. At his home in Bati district, Takeo province, family members mourned on Friday, weeping over his coffin, where his photograph hung, as they prepared for his funeral. He was married, with a one-month-old son. VOA Khmer's Say Mony reports from Takeo province.