Beijing (FN), Nov. 3 – Puy Kea, Cambodian veteran journalist and the president of Club of Cambodian Journalist (CCJ), made a suggestion to produce part two of "No More Bets" film to restore Cambodia’s tourism industry, especially the reputation of the kingdom’s coastal Preah Sihanouk province.
The suggestion was made at the China-Cambodia Think Tank High-level Forum, held on Wednesday (Nov. 1) in Beijing, China.
No More Bets is a cybercrime film that chronicles a story about person being trafficked to overseas and forced to defraud online. In the film, Cambodia was indirectly portrayed as a dangerous country. In late September, Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Arts sent a letter to the Chinese relevant authorities to take the film off screen as it seriously damages Cambodia’s reputation.
“The film, No More Bets, has raised concerns among the people of both countries. Cambodia is viewed as a victim of this film. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to make a suggestion regarding how we [Cambodia-China] can help restore this trust,” said Puy Kea.
He added that, “As the president of the CCJ, I may act as a bridge connecting Cambodia to the film producer of the No More Bets. We can work together to make another episode of the film, No More Bets Part 2 that will shoot in Preah Sihanouk in order to witness the real situation of the province.”
“The shooting, however, will not take place tomorrow or the next day, but in three or six months,” he added.
Preah Sihanouk province is the rising star of the Southwest of Cambodia. The Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone has been the major achievements of both countries. Over the past decade, the economic zone has seized the opportunities presented by the BRI and the Rectangular Strategy of Cambodia to achieve remarkable development and become a landmark project of cooperation with Cambodia and China.
Since its inception in 2008, the economic zone has grown steadily into a popular destination for international investors. With 175 enterprises from various countries, including China, Europe, the United States, and Southeast Asia, the economic zone has generated nearly 30,000 employment opportunities for local communities and helped fuel the region's progress.
Also, at the forum, Puy Kea highly commended the assistance and the support of China for Cambodia's development. He highlighted major Chinese assistances, such as the remarkable development of Sihanoukville, the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway, and the recent Siem Reap Angkor International Airport.
“Cambodia and China’s traditional friendship has lasted for three generations, from Cambodian late king father Norodom Sihanouk, to Samdech Techo Hun Sen, and now to Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet,” Puy Kea underlined.
To promote the Hexagonal Diamond Cooperation Framework, the veteran journalist also encouraged the Chinese counterpart to allow widely dissemination of news about Cambodia to the Chinese population, in particular through social media platforms. He also urged the expansion of Chinese markets for the import of the kingdom’s agricultural products.