Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Kratie district FA official transferred to new post




Kratie district FA official transferred to new post

Kratie district FA official transferred to new post

A Kratie district Forestry Administration official was transferred to another district in the province amid rumours, reported in local media, of his involvement in illegal logging.

Buy Ratana, chief of the Forestry Administration in Kratie district, in Kratie province, will transfer to the same position in Prek Prasap district next week. Local media yesterday reported allegations that Ratana was helping transport illegal timber to Vietnam.

Ratana couldn’t be reached for comment, but Sor Chamrong, provincial governor, said Ratana had been transferred because he had completed his three-year mandate in Kratie district, and denied the allegations.

“There is nothing related to him engaging in illegal transportation [of timber],” he said. “It’s useless to keep digging . . . Writing about this is not beneficial – it could affect the official’s reputation.”

However, Cheak Mengheang, deputy provincial governor, said provincial authorities have the right to transfer staff if they have done something inappropriate, declining to say what Ratana had done that was inappropriate or if the transfer was related to the allegations.

He also said the provincial Agriculture Department had requested the transfer, though the department’s director denied this.

MOST VIEWED

  • Body of woman killed in Bangkok returns

    The Cambodian embassy in Thailand is working to repatriate the body of a casino dealer who was shot dead in Bangkok on Monday night. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation spokesman Kuy Kuong told The Post on Wednesday that officials are preparing paperwork to

  • Chikungunya hits 15 provinces, says gov’t

    Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said on Thursday that the chikungunya outbreak in the Kingdom has spread to 15 provinces. Some 1,700 people are now suspected to have the disease. Vandine urged people to prevent its further spread by eliminating shelters for the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes

  • Gov’t exempts visa A and B holders from Covid fees

    Airline passengers who are diplomats and officials of international organisations holding Type A and B visas for travel to Cambodia are exempted from paying Covid-19 testing fees, said the Ministry of Health in its latest adjustment of rules on Wednesday. Health Minister Mam Bun Heng

  • Bill covering dress code draws ire

    Ministry of Interior secretary of state Ouk Kim Lek responded on Tuesday to criticism concerning a draft law that would ban women from wearing overly revealing clothing, saying that input from all parties will be considered as the law moves through the promulgation process. Several

  • What’s the deal with Cambodia and China’s FTA?

    Cambodia’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China kicks off a series of FTAs in future but for now, critics wonder what else the parties could bring to the table apart from what it already has to date By the end of this year, Cambodia

  • Cambodia, Vietnam exchange border maps amid criticism

    Cambodia and Vietnam formally exchanged border maps on Monday despite criticism from former members of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) that the Kingdom is losing land in the deal. The two countries said agreement on the border is 84 per cent complete, leaving