Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Officials examine timber company for irregularities

Officials examine timber company for irregularities

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
National Military Police commander Sao Sokha (centre) after a crackdown on illegal timber in Mondulkiri province. GRK

Officials examine timber company for irregularities

After winning the rights to transfer large shipments of timber from Mondulkiri province to the rest of Cambodia, Try Pheap Import Export Co Ltd is being examined by 10 officials to ensure there are no irregularities in its operation, Mondulkiri provincial forestry administration director Um Van Sopheak said.

The company had won timber auctions from the ministries of Environment, and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in September last year.

He said the company sent seven trucks from Mondulkiri province to depots in Phnom Penh, Kampot, Prey Veng, Preah Vihear and Tbong Khmum last week, and only three or four more trucks remained.

“We have examined the actual activities of transportation, but there have not been any irregularities or overloaded timber. They respect the law, so we give them permission letters to transport it.

“We act on our duty and advice from upper-level authorities. We don’t do anything arbitrarily because someone accused us of not working well and committing irregularities, so I want to make it clear,” he said.

On Sunday, Song Kheang, the provincial director of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, said they began the examination on March 17. He said he was unaware of the details of the matter.

Try Pheap representative Pol Pisal could not be reached for comment.

At least seven separate permission letters – all dated March 18 and issued by the Sen Monorom forestry administration – were seen by The Post on Sunday. The letters stated it permitted Try Pheap representative Pol Pisal to transport over 122 cubic meters of first-grade timber.

Adhoc senior land and natural resources officer Pen Bunna said the timber auction should have been held more widely with an independent team as arbitrator and monitor.

He said the examination of timber transportation should be more diligently carried out because the company may take this opportunity to transport timber not procured from the auction.

“We want to have an independent monitor from an NGO for this process to ensure transparency and justice,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • NY sisters inspired by Khmer heritage

    Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Cambodian-American sisters Edo and Eyen Chorm have always felt a deep affinity for their Cambodian heritage and roots. When the pair launched their own EdoEyen namesake jewellery brand in June, 2020, they leaned heavily into designs inspired by ancient Khmer

  • Omicron patients can stay home: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has given the green light for anyone who contracts the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron mutation or any other variant to convalesce or receive treatment at home or in any other reasonable non-healthcare setting. The new decision supersedes a restriction on home care for

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • Cambodia’s first ever anime festival kicks off Jan 22 at capital’s F3 centre

    Phnom Penh's first ever Anime Festival will bring together fans, artists, shops and other local businesses with ties to the Japanese animation style for cosplay competitions, online games, pop-up shops and more on January 22, with Friends Futures Factory (F3) hosting. F3 is a project that

  • PM eyes Myanmar peace troika

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has suggested that ASEAN member states establish a tripartite committee or diplomatic troika consisting of representatives from Cambodia, Brunei and Indonesia that would be tasked with mediating a ceasefire in Myanmar. The premier also requested that Nippon Foundation chairman Yohei Sasakawa

  • Demining rat ‘hero’ Magawa dead at 8

    A landmine-hunting rat that was awarded a gold medal for heroism for clearing ordnance from the Cambodian countryside has died, his charity said on January 11. Magawa, a giant African pouched rat originally from Tanzania, helped clear mines from about 225,000sqm of land – the equivalent of 42