A policeman-turned-electricity robber is being blamed for knocking out scores of
telephone lines in central Phnom Penh.
About $15,000 worth of damage was
caused when the man tried to use a metal cable supporting a telephone trunk line
to transfer electricity stolen from the Malaysian Embassy on Dec 31.
420 telephone lines - including those at the Malaysian, Australian and United
States embassies and businesses and hotels - were put out of an action for up to
Noun Som Iy, a police guard at Chamkamorn House, King Norodom
Sohanouk's former residence now used for state functions, was allegedly behind
the failed electricity theft.
Long Vanhourn, the Phnom Penh Telephone
Operation Department's chief, complained it was not the first time Som Iy had
attached illegal lines to buildings' electricity supplies.
written many letters to the Phnom Penh police and the mayors to charge for
illegally-used electricity, but they did nothing."
The direct approach to
Som Iy had not worked either.
"It is difficult to talk to him because he
uses his gun to threaten our staff if we disconnect his lines."