Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - No protest after Thai border policy changed

No protest after Thai border policy changed

Porters pull a cart loaded with goods across the Thai-Cambodia border as others wait for jobs in Poipet in 2015.
Porters pull a cart loaded with goods across the Thai-Cambodia border as others wait for jobs in Poipet in 2015. Khouth Sophak Chakrya

No protest after Thai border policy changed

A local Poipet union has called off a protest against what they characterised as overly expensive border passes used by day labourers entering Thailand after provincial officials introduced a new, cheaper permit.

The Cambodia Informal Economy Reinforced Association (CIERA) had planned demonstrations at the Poipet border checkpoint saying the 6,000 riel (about $1.50) vendors and transporters had to pay to cross into Thailand, in addition to informal payments made to border officials, was too much.

However, Poipet town Governor San Seang Hour said officials had made changes to their policy and would issue a two-year pass to vendors and labourers, allowing them to stay up to seven days at a time.

“The new border pass will require people to make it at the provincial office,​​ not the international border checkpoints, and pay 20,000 riels, or $5, and it will take five days in order to get the new one,” Seang Hour said.

Din Puthy, president of CIERA, said he welcomed the new permit but still found it inconvenient that applicants had to apply at the provincial capital.

But Adhoc Provincial Coordinator Sam Chankea said he supported the issuance of the pass at the provincial offices to prevent informal payments that had been prevalent at the border checkpoint.

“It is better to do it at the provincial office,” Chankea said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Archaeologists find ancient remnant

    A team from the Apsara National Authority (ANA) has discovered a gatekeeper statue’s foot fragment at the Tonle Snguot Temple, within a metre of the toe of a statue found in 2017. ANA spokesman Long Kosal told The Post on Wednesday that the fragment was

  • Hun Sen to the rescue

    Cambodia has won praise for allowing passengers of the MS Westerdam cruise ship to dock at Preah Sihanouk port, thanks to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s humanitarian act. In a message via Twitter on Wednesday, the director-general of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu

  • EU partially withdraws EBA

    The EU Commission on Wednesday announced the partial withdrawal of the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme, citing a serious and systematic violation by Cambodia of principles in the four core human and labour rights. The suspension affects one-fifth or €1 billion ($1.08 billion) of Cambodia’s annual

  • PM orders immediate action against ‘sexy’ live streamers

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday ordered immediate action against women who live stream their sales pitches on Facebook wearing revealing clothing. The prime minister said the practice erodes traditional Cambodian values and disgraces women. Hun Sen gave the order to officials attending the Cambodian

  • Trump tweets praise for Kingdom docking ship

    Cambodia continues to earn praise for its humanitarian act of allowing the MS Westerdam cruise ship with more than 2,200 passengers and crew on board to dock at the Preah Sihanouk port. The praise this time comes from none other than US President Donald Trump. “Thank

  • Japan calls for policy changes

    Representatives of Japanese companies and investors on Wednesday submitted a list of policy recommendations to the government concerning 21 challenges to the Kingdom’s business climate. Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia Masahiro Mikami and leaders of the Japanese Business Association in Cambodia (JBAC), Japan International Cooperation Agency