Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - PM: Restore Sihanouk province’s reputation

PM: Restore Sihanouk province’s reputation

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Tourists visited Prek Treng beach in Sihanouk province in 2016. Pha Lina

PM: Restore Sihanouk province’s reputation

Speaking at the 7th Sea Festival in Koh Kong province on Saturday, Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered Preah Sihanouk governor Yun Min to restore the province’s reputation and prevent all crimes, following recent criticism of the region.

“Preah Sihanouk has to make more effort than other provinces to restore its reputation and prevent all crimes, no matter where the crime comes from or how many luminaries [they have] … I do not care. To make it easy, just punish the one who makes a mistake,” he said.

Hun Sen reminded officials of the Russian criminal who fled his country to invest in the province. The prime minister ordered the man’s arrest after the Russian government asked him to extradite the criminal back to Russia.

“You have to be careful and do not let our coastal area become a safe haven for drug gangs or criminals and, more importantly, ensure that no terrorists escape their home countries and come and stay in our waters,” Hun Sen said.

Hun Sen also appealed on his Facebook page on Sunday for the protection of the environment for future generations in order to attract tourists.

“I would like to appeal to the people to preserve natural resources and the environment for future generations and to attract tourists to Cambodia, so that our people will get more jobs and the country will develop,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, Hun Sen ordered Deputy Prime Minister Chea Sophara, Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, Tourism Minister Thong Khon and Environment Minister Say Samal to prevent contaminated water from flowing into the sea.

He told them to put more effort into protecting the beach, forests and the natural environment, as well as accelerate the construction of water filtration facilities, starting with Preah Sihanouk province.

He said he received a report from Chea Sophara about the construction of a drainage system in Preah Sihanouk province and he pushed them to implement the project.

The prime minister said: “However, I think such a project is a temporary one. We need to think about bigger projects in order to ensure that no dirty water flows into the sea in the future. If we develop land and [that process] destroys the sea, what is the point? Land filling without permission is banned. On this issue, all of you have to regularly work on it without carelessness. We want development but unmanageable development cannot be ignored.”


  • Body of woman killed in Bangkok returns

    The Cambodian embassy in Thailand is working to repatriate the body of a casino dealer who was shot dead in Bangkok on Monday night. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation spokesman Kuy Kuong told The Post on Wednesday that officials are preparing paperwork to

  • Chikungunya hits 15 provinces, says gov’t

    Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said on Thursday that the chikungunya outbreak in the Kingdom has spread to 15 provinces. Some 1,700 people are now suspected to have the disease. Vandine urged people to prevent its further spread by eliminating shelters for the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes

  • Gov’t exempts visa A and B holders from Covid fees

    Airline passengers who are diplomats and officials of international organisations holding Type A and B visas for travel to Cambodia are exempted from paying Covid-19 testing fees, said the Ministry of Health in its latest adjustment of rules on Wednesday. Health Minister Mam Bun Heng

  • Bill covering dress code draws ire

    Ministry of Interior secretary of state Ouk Kim Lek responded on Tuesday to criticism concerning a draft law that would ban women from wearing overly revealing clothing, saying that input from all parties will be considered as the law moves through the promulgation process. Several

  • Police arrest 29 Chinese for PP kidnapping

    Phnom Penh Military Police arrested 29 Chinese nationals on kidnapping charges on Wednesday. The suspects are said to have abducted three other Chinese nationals from a hotel in Chaktomuk commune, Daun Penh district. The operation took place on Wednesday and was led by two deputy commanders –

  • What’s the deal with Cambodia and China’s FTA?

    Cambodia’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China kicks off a series of FTAs in future but for now, critics wonder what else the parties could bring to the table apart from what it already has to date By the end of this year, Cambodia