Cambodia must step up its security game to minimise risks to the many national and international leaders and sports delegates slated to attend the 32nd Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and 12th ASEAN Para Games, which are to be hosted by the Kingdom later this year, according to Minister of Interior Sar Kheng.

Sar Kheng made the remark while chairing a February 10 meeting at the interior ministry on security and public order at the two major sporting events.

The meeting was attended by senior ministry officials including permanent secretary of state Sak Setha, along with National Police chief Neth Savoeun, National Military Police commander General Sao Sokha and his deputy Lieutenant General Rath Sreang, Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng, and other relevant authorities.

Security must be beefed up to make the events a success, Sar Kheng told the meeting, adding: “The commitment of leaders and relevant officials to security and public order is especially important to ensure safety at the Games.”

The 32nd SEA Games and the 12th ASEAN Para Games are scheduled to take place on May 5-17 and June 3-9, respectively.