Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - PM reiterates stance on Areng Valley dam

PM reiterates stance on Areng Valley dam

PM reiterates stance on Areng Valley dam

In response to a request made by opposition lawmakers in early May to turn the Areng Valley in Koh Kong province into an eco-tourism reserve, Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said that the government has twice stated that it would preserve the valley and hold off for now on the Stung Cheay Areng hydropower dam.

The letter came in response to a proposal sent by six Cambodian National Rescue Party leaders on May 19, which asked to approve the protected status of the valley, whose abundant biodiversity would face threats from possible dam construction.

“Two times, the government’s response had ample clarification,” Hun Sen said in a letter dated June 2, adding that the government had assured the National Assembly of its intentions.

The letter added that the government is committed to conserving the area.

“With or without the hydro project, turning the Areng valley into an eco-tourism [site] is the agenda of the government,” the letter reads.

However, Um San An, one of the CNRP lawmakers who signed onto the newest letter to the government, said that the ruling party did not make it clear whether or not the dam would be constructed down the line.

“His response was that he was studying the Areng Valley for development, so the word ‘studying’ was [unclear],” he said. “If he [does] develop it for eco-tourism, all he has to do is issue a sub-decree.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Ministry issues warning over coronavirus outbreak

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday asked the public to be on “high alert” as a new virus wreaks havoc across Asia. However, no cases have been reported in the Kingdom thus far. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has raised the alarm for its similarity to

  • First case of coronavirus reported in the Kingdom

    Cambodia reported its first case of the deadly 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on Monday, Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng announced. He said medical specialists detected the virus in a Chinese tourist in Sihanoukville. The minister said Jia Jianhua, 60, travelled from Wuhan city, where the outbreak

  • PM urges precaution amid virus outbreak

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday called on all Cambodians to bump up precautions to avoid contracting the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that has already killed more than 50 people in China. The prime minister told the public to remain calm but alert about the possibility of

  • Gov’t slams NGO over 2019 corruption report

    The government on Thursday slammed a report that described the Kingdom as highly corrupt. Government spokesperson Phay Siphan dismissed the latest Transparency International (TI) report as “just an advertisement of NGOs to promote their own interests”. Released on Thursday, the report puts Cambodia near the

  • NBC’s digital payments to go live in next few months

    The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) will launch a Blockchain-based, peer-to-peer payment and money transfer platform in the next few months, its director-general Chea Serey told The Post on Monday. Dubbed ‘Project Bakong’, the scheme already has the support of 11 banks, with many more expected

  • Gov’t answers garment buyers’ complaint

    Some of the biggest buyers in the Kingdom’s garment sector have urged Prime Minister Hun Sen to address issues faced by unions and workers – a request a senior official said was out of touch with the situation on the ground. The letter addressed to