Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Phnong villagers halt Mondulkiri resin loggers

Phnong villagers halt Mondulkiri resin loggers

A tractor loaded with posts made from allegedly illegally felled resin trees was halted in Mondulkiri over the weekend. Photo Supplied
A tractor loaded with posts made from allegedly illegally felled resin trees was halted in Mondulkiri over the weekend. Photo Supplied

Phnong villagers halt Mondulkiri resin loggers

An ethnic Phnong community in Mondulkiri’s O’Raing district yesterday filed a complaint with the Forestry Administration against two alleged resin tree loggers after performing a citizen’s arrest.

The duo, a man named Ouch and a woman named Navy, were allegedly running an illegal logging operation using a homemade tractor, cutting down resin trees to make posts used for growing pepper.

The villagers claimed that they found the tractor loaded with 120 of the posts during a routine patrol of their 2,000-hectare community forest in Dak Dam commune.

“[The pair] were arrested [by the community] and reported to the authority and [rights group] Adhoc for intervention,” said Pjan Tren, a community member. “The suspects wanted to negotiate but we did not agree.”

The community members eventually let them go but held onto the evidence, which they sent to the authorities.

“Forestry crime in Mondulkiri continues happening because of the lack of experts and the authorities’ neglect,” said Sok Rotha, an Adhoc coordinator. Adhoc has received four forestry crime complaints from this community in 2016, he said.


  • Hun Sen: Full country reopening to be decided in two weeks

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced that if the Covid-19 situation remains stable for 15 consecutive days from the end of the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, Cambodia will reopen fully, albeit in the context of Covid-19 whereby people have to adjust their lives to

  • Phnom Penh governor: Show Covid-19 vaccination cards, or else

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng late on October 5 issued a directive requiring all people aged 18 and over and the parents of children aged 6-17 to produce Covid-19 vaccination cards when entering schools, markets, malls, marts, eateries and other business establishments that have been permitted

  • Cambodia seeks probe into 'false reports' on Hun Sen's alleged Cypriot passport

    Minister of Justice Koeut Rith on September 6 wrote a letter to his Cypriot counterpart Stephie Dracos requesting cooperation in investigating and providing the truth in relation to the "exaggerative and false allegations" that Prime Minister Hun Sen holds a Cypriot passport. In his letter, the

  • Will Evergrande change the way Chinese developers do business in Cambodia?

    China’s property sector policy has exposed the grim financial condition of real estate developers including those operating in Cambodia, which raises questions over the viability of their projects and business going forward The dark blue netting draping over one of Yuetai Group Co Ltd’

  • 'Pandora Papers' expose leaders' offshore millions

    More than a dozen heads of state and government, from Jordan to Azerbaijan, Kenya and the Czech Republic, have used offshore tax havens to hide assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a far-reaching new investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (

  • Cambodia voted ‘world’s friendliest country’ in Rough Guides reader poll

    Cambodia ranked number one among the “World’s Friendliest Countries”, according to a reader poll conducted by London-based international website “Rough Guides”. Taking submissions through Twitter and Facebook, “Rough Guides”, a well-known travel agency and publisher of guidebooks, said the Kingdom “was by far the