Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Chinese top foreign criminals



Chinese top foreign criminals

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Three Chinese men were arrested last week over an attack on a gold dealer in an attempt to rob her in Siem Reap province’s Puok district.

Chinese top foreign criminals

The Chinese rank top among 25 foreign nationals who committed the most crimes in the Kingdom, said a National Police report released over the weekend.

During the first six months of this year, there were a total of 88 criminal cases, 17 of which were drug-related.

Police arrested 378 people from 25 nationalities, with the Chinese outnumbering others at 257. This was followed by Nigerians at 37, Vietnamese (14), Thais (12) and South Koreans, eight. Most of the crimes were committed in the capital.

On Monday, the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court put eight Chinese men in pre-trial detention after military police arrested them and 13 others on “prostitution” charges, said court spokesperson Lim Bun Heng.

The eight were identified as Jung Ming Chin, 33, the owner of the massage parlour in question; Yang Chekhov, 23; Shi Sin, 20; Yuli Qing, 46; Wang Weihoo, 15; Yin Song Ping, 32; Zhou Dong Yong, 28; and Wang Tao, 23. All of them resided in province’s Commune IV, Village III.

“They are being detained at the provincial prison after the investigating judge charged them with prostitution,” Bun Heng said, adding that the eight face at least two years in prison if found guilty.

The other 13, which included five Cambodians, were released after the court found that they were just victims.

National Police spokesman Kirt Chanthearith said on Monday that the figures were collected from the Kingdom’s 25 provinces and the capital.

‘Weak enforcement’

Social analysts said the increasing Chinese presence in the country is not a concern if the authorities strictly enforce the laws and assume greater responsibilities.

Affiliated Network for Social Accountability executive director San Chey said: “Law enforcement by the relevant authorities seems to be weak.

“Foreigners, especially Chinese nationals, have been seen violating laws like driving cars bearing the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ (RCAF) and police licence plates. They also tend to disregard traffic regulations,” he said.

Chey urged the authorities to act strictly against foreigners who commit crimes, including drug trafficking, prostitution, kidnapping and robberies.

Social analyst Hang Vitou expressed greater concern. He claimed that the presence of Chinese nationals, some of whom have been caught causing public disorder including brawling and traffic accidents, has pushed the country into a lawless-like state.

He said the authorities must leave no room for impunity regardless of the impact the punishment of a foreign national may cause to bilateral relations between countries.

“If the relevant institutions strictly enforce the laws and clearly distinguish between mutual relations and crimes, the Chinese would not commit offences in Cambodia with impunity,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh placed in two-week lockdown

    The government has decided to place Phnom Penh in lockdown for two weeks, effective April 14 midnight through April 28, as Cambodia continues to grapple with the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has seen no sign of subsiding. According to a directive signed by Prime Minister

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Hun Sen: Stay where you are, or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that the two-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal provincial town Takmao could be extended if people are not cooperative by staying home. “Now let me make this clear: stay in your home, village, and district and remain where

  • Businesses in capital told to get travel permit amid lockdown through One Window Service

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration has issued guidelines on how to get travel permission for priority groups during the lockdown of Phnom Penh, directing private institutions to apply through the municipality's One Window Service and limit their staff to a mere two per cent. In

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Ministry names types of business permitted amid lockdown

    The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training singled out 11 types of business that are permitted to operate during the lockdown of Phnom Penh and Takmao town, which run through April 28. Those include (1) food-processing enterprises and slaughterhouses; (2) providers of public services such as firefighting, utility and