Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ‘Hostages’ swapped with Thailand

‘Hostages’ swapped with Thailand

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Thirteen Cambodian workers pose for a photograph after they were arrested by Thai officials last week. ANN

‘Hostages’ swapped with Thailand

Incensed by Thai authorities’ arrest of their family members, residents of Banteay Meanchey’s Thma Puok district took conflict resolution into their own hands on Saturday by holding Thai trucks hostage on their side of the border for days until Thai and Cambodian officials agreed to pay their relatives’ bail.

Plek Ravy, the governor of Thma Puok district in Banteay Meanchey province, said the 13 Cambodians worked in an electronic parts factory in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province. When inspectors from Thailand’s Ministry of Labour visited the factory on June 3, said Ravy, they discovered it had no licence to operate and arrested the 13 for working in Thailand illegally.

According to Ravy, the workers live along the Thai-Cambodian border in Banteay Meanchey’s Kork Romiet commune. On the same day as their arrest by Thai authorities, their families halted 26 trucks belonging to Thai vendors buying agricultural products in Kork Romiet, holding the trucks hostage until Wednesday.

Fortunately, according to Ravy, Thai and Cambodian authorities managed to find a solution agreeable to all.

“The meeting on Wednesday with Ta Phraya District Governor Arayan Thayai, led to the permission to bail [the Cambodian workers] out” by paying a sum amounting to 3,000 baht per worker to the Sa Kaeo Provincial Court, Ravy said. “However, the money was paid by the Sa Kaeo and Banteay Meanchey provincial governors.”

Banteay Meanchey Provincial Governor Soun Bovor confirmed this account, saying he “paid half, and the other half was paid by the provincial governor of Sa Kaeo and the governor of Ta Phraya district”.

Ravy added that the 13 Cambodian workers and the Thai trucks were returned to their respective countries on Wednesday night.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Life goes on’ if Cambodia loses Everything But Arms

    Cambodia's business sector is exploring ways to mitigate any fallout from a possible loss of access to the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement as talks continue before the 28-member bloc makes a final decision. The EU monitoring process is set to conclude in

  • PM: Workers must train for Industry 4.0

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged the Kingdom’s workforce to seek more technical training and strengthen their skills if they are to avoid job losses resulting from the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Hun Sen said the fourth industrial revolution is like a double-edged sword that

  • Huawei applies for OS trademark in Cambodia

    China's Huawei Technologies Co has applied to trademark the “Hongmeng” operating system (OS) in a number of countries including Cambodia in a bid to launch its homegrown operating system as a replacement for the Android OS, Reuters has reported. Huawei has applied to trademark the “

  • Kingdom’s dengue cases triple this year

    Within a span of 20 weeks this year, the death toll from dengue fever has risen to 21, while the number of those who have fallen ill due to the disease has reached over 12,000. A specialised official said the figure has risen about three times as much