Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Mondulkiri environment official accused of hiding timber

Mondulkiri environment official accused of hiding timber

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
An environmental official is accused of hoarding timber. Facebook

Mondulkiri environment official accused of hiding timber

Residents of a forest community in Mondulkiri province have accused an environmental official of hiding timber in the forest after he stopped them from retaining the wood in their community until they can identify the owner.

Sokha Thon, a member of the forest community in Andoung Kraloeng village, in O’Raing district’s Sen Monorom commune, told The Post on Wednesday that three residents visited a waterfall the previous day and found planks of timber hidden in the forest around 100m from villagers’ houses.

He reported it to environmental official Chab Kosal who said the timbers did not belong to the environmental office.

Thon then reported it to the village chief and a deputy district chief, who advised the residents to collect the timber to keep at the community, but Kosal disagreed.

“When we were about to take the timber, he stopped us because he said he was the owner. He took the timbers to his office,” Thon said.

He said there were about 10 planks, measuring 2m in length. Some were 10cm thick and some others 30cm to 60cm thick.

The Post could not contact Kosal for comment on Wednesday.

Provincial Department of Environment director Keo Sopheak said residents do not have the right to keep the timber and only environmental officials have this privilege.

The timbers were kept at the environment office, he added.

“According to the law, residents cannot keep the timber. Environmental officials do not let citizens take timber as it is illegal. They are not expert officials. We decided to keep the timber at our office to find out whether it belongs to Kosal or someone else,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Companies listed on CSX receive 50% deduction on income tax

    Tax incentives are granted to companies that have listed their shares or issued debt securities on the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX), whether they are small to medium-sized enterprises or large companies. The nine stock listed companies on the CSX – with seven listed on the Main

  • Siem Reap drain canal now ‘mangrove’ promenade

    A more than half a kilometre long stretch of canal in Siem Reap has been covered and turned into a promenade to attract visitors, said Ly Rasmey, secretary of state at the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, on September 16. The new pedestrianised

  • Cambodia mourns over UK’s Queen Elizabeth II

    Cambodia has joined other nations around the world to mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, with King Norodom Sihanomi, Prime Minister Hun Sen and National Assembly president Heng Samrin extending their condolences in separate letters. In his letter to the late Queen’s son –

  • Final verdicts for Khmer Rouge leaders ‘vital’ for next generation

    Nearly a decade after the commencement of Case 002/02 against Khieu Samphan back in 2014, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) is now set to deliver its final verdict for the former Khmer Rouge head of state. The Supreme Court Chamber of the ECCC,

  • Angkor wildlife, aquarium park still to open October

    The Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium complex about 30km southeast of Siem Reap town with initial total investment of more than $70 million is reportedly still on track for an end-October opening. The park is located on a 100ha plot along National Road 6 in Kbon village, Khchas

  • Railway project studies proceed

    The transport ministry is exploring options to expedite preliminary studies on key public railway infrastructure projects, especially the conversion of the Northern Railway Line that links to Thailand into high-speed rail. Railway freight and passenger transportation has been pinpointed as a major potential engine of