Monday, August 22, 2011
Sacravatoons no 2084 : " Ms Sukumol "
Mrs Sukumol made a good start when she dealt with the issue of Cambodia's listing of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia and the Sbek Thom Khmer shadow theatre on Unesco's list of intangible cultural heritage. She did not blindly switch into nationalistic mode when a forwarded email accusing Phnom Penh of "stealing the Thai heritage" was circulated. The minister explained that the listing had nothing to do with intellectual property or copyright issues and vowed to consult all relevant agencies about the matter before making any move. She also commented that "it is normal for countries in the same region to share similar cultural traits".