The governor of Preah Sihanouk pledged to restore the “province’s reputation and social order” on Monday, following orders by Prime Minister Hun Sen to curb criminal activity and disorder in the area.
Yun Min was responding to the prime minister’s comments on Saturday at the Sea Festival in Koh Kong province, in which he urged the province’s leadership to “restore its reputation and prevent all crimes”, as well as ensure environmental protection.
The Governor responded by saying he was determined to follow the prime minister’s orders and was sending a message to lawbreakers to stop their illegal activities in the province.
“The provincial authority will no longer be forgiving. The provincial authority must try to follow the prime minister’s order which means restoring the province’s reputation and social order."
“I hope people who carry out ill-intended activities in the province will stop. Don’t cause trouble for the province, stop illegal activities because this is a joint measure between the government and provincial authority,” he said.
Preah Sihanouk provincial hall spokesperson Or Saroeun told The Post on Monday that it has been working hard on its responsibilities.
“We have been working a lot. The province has many teams that focus on water treatment, water storage and water resources. As for public works and transportation, we have teams to measure land boundaries and stream boundaries to prevent illegal land grabbing,” he said.
He said the provincial authority has been working with relevant institutions to solve issues that arise, especially in the province’s problem beach areas.
“We have focused on illegal construction of piers and dumping land into the sea, which the authority has prohibited. We request construction owners to fill out the proper paperwork and obey the laws before building anything,” Saroeun said.
Cambodian National Research Organisation director Sok Sokhom emphasised that the provincial authority must prevent further violations in the beach area.
“Places such as Poy Kam Penh beach, Prek Treng beach, Tomnup Roloak in Stung Hav district, have all suffered from the illegal construction of buildings. The provincial authority must take action,” he said.