An opposition parliamentarian has asked the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) to publicly
release the findings of a 9-month-old investigation into illegal checkpoints at tourist
Son Chhay, a member of the Sam Rainsy Party, wrote a letter to Minister of Tourism
Lay Prohas saying that the authorities had been given ample time to report on phony
admission charges to sites across the country.
"Pocketing money from tourists will not only make the tourists angry but goes
against Prime Minister Hun Sen's advice to combat illegal checkpoints," said
Chhay's May 31 letter.
The MoT investigation began in September last year after complaints from foreign
The investigation was expected to tackle issues such as Takeo police charging 4,000
riel admission at the Tonle Bati temple ruins and the purpose of the $5 fee that
motorcyclists must pay to ride up Bokor Mountain in Kampot.
Three secretaries of state at the MoT were assigned to investigate: Nuth Nin Doeun
was to report on Battambang and Siem Reap provinces; Ruos Ren was to handle Kandal,
Takeo, Kampot, Kep and Kampong Speu; and Sam Promonea was to check the Phnom Penh
Nuth Nin Doeun said he completed his investigation within a week and the results
had already been sent to the minister of tourism.
Prohas said he was preparing a report on the investigation and would send it to the
Council of Ministers "very soon".
"We are in the process and will send it to the government for approval before
sending it to the National Assembly," said Prohas, who confirmed that he had
received Chhay's letter.
He said the ministry's inspection groups had visited many tourist sites and solved
"There are no more illegal checkpoints at these pleasant places," Prohas