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

  • 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