Minister of Interior Sar Kheng has urged Ratanakkiri provincial authorities to do more to eliminate crimes in the province.
Speaking during the appointment ceremony of the chair of the Cambodian People’s Party’s working group for Ratanakkiri on Friday, Sar Kheng, who is also deputy prime minister, stressed that problems must be tackled at the onset before they reach a critical point.
Sar Kheng urged Ratanakkiri officials at all levels to continue working to strengthen peace and public order.
“Improve peace, security and public order by strengthening the technical capacity of officials when it comes to cracking down and preventing crimes, especially drug-related ones, traffic accidents, robbery, and theft,” Sar Kheng said.
He told the officials to mobilise citizens to implement the policies.
Sar Kheng said enhancing peace and security in the province will aid its development, attracting investment in agriculture and infrastructure that will ultimately improve living standards.
“Issues raised by citizens must be resolved swiftly. If we do not take action to solve these issues, one day it could lead to great trouble,” he warned.
He said the working group for Ratanakkiri must “update the list of issues and challenges in the province, as well as in districts and communities, to find which problems have been resolved and which have not.”
Sar Kheng also urged the working group and provincial officials to solve land issues through proper land management, natural resource protection, and identification of areas that can be developed.
Neang Sam Ath, Ratanakkiri administrative director, said the crime rate in the province experienced a remarkable decline last year, noting that the number of forest crimes decreased significantly.
He said the governor has introduced an action plan to prevent and crack down on crimes and address citizens’ concerns.
At Friday’s ceremony, Senior Minister Ly Thuch, the former chair of the working group for Ratanakkiri, was appointed vice-chair of the working group for Svay Rieng province.
Meanwhile, Chieng Um, undersecretary of state of the Ministry of National Defence and the former chair of the working group for Svay Rieng province, replaced Thuch as chair of the working group for Ratanakkiri.