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Mapping Mishap: PM calls out minister for ‘Route 66’

Mapping Mishap: PM calls out minister for ‘Route 66’

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday called Minister of Public Works and Transport Tram Iv Tek a “gang minister” after the senior official changed the number of National Road 67 to 66, creating cartographic confusion. Speaking at the opening of construction on National Road 62, which runs from Kampong Thom to Preah Vihear, the premier said Tram Iv Tek had acted recklessly in renaming National Road 67, which links Siem Reap to the border with Thailand in Oddar Meanchey. “The international border gate … calls it number 67, so there is no need to change it,” Hun Sen said. “Why do you need to change so much? I lost the number, and now even the prime minister is confused. I beg you, stop changing the road numbers,” Hun Sen said, adding that the minister was behaving like a gangster by changing numbers without consulting the proper authorities. “I announce today to cancel this and keep 67 as its number,” Hun Sen said.

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