Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Police’s criticism of Ratanakkiri garbage removed from Facebook

Police’s criticism of Ratanakkiri garbage removed from Facebook

A screenshot of the National Police’s Facebook post slamming Ratanakkiri authorities for not clearing the garbage at Banlung market. The post was deleted from the page later yesterday. Photo supplied
A screenshot of the National Police’s Facebook post slamming Ratanakkiri authorities for not clearing the garbage at Banlung market. The post was deleted from the page later yesterday. Photo supplied

Police’s criticism of Ratanakkiri garbage removed from Facebook

A Sunday post on the National Police Facebook page that was removed yesterday uncharacteristically criticised Ratanakkiri officials for allegedly allowing “mountains” of trash to build up at a Banlung market, and even accused the market owner of taking vendor fees that were banned.

The post, written like a news article, showed three photos of large piles of garbage outside a market in the provincial capital of Banlung, and questioned the province’s commitment to the government’s tourism campaign called “Clean City, Good Service”.

“The word ‘Clean City, Good Service’ is just a slogan to the Ratanakkiri provincial authority, because a mound of smelly garbage in front of the market continues to [grow] like a mountain,” the post reads.

It went on to say that the garbage had been accumulating in a public park since March, and accused provincial authorities of failing to follow through on promises to clean it up.

In the article, Banlung town Governor Ngin Nel said the city was attempting to resolve the trash situation. When reached yesterday, he said he was too busy to comment on the National Police post.

The article also took aim at local businessman Sa Leang, who runs the market, alleging that he was collecting fees from small vendors outside, a practice outlawed by Prime Minister Hun Sen last year.

While Leang could not be reached yesterday, he is quoted in the police article refuting the allegations, claiming he had stopped taking such fees even before the premier’s directive.

Ath Buny, director of the National Police website, claimed he was unaware of the post and refused to comment on the story. Minutes later it had been deleted from the page.

He could not be reached after the removal of the post.

The National Police have in the past published, and then removed, similarly critical posts, mostly on illegal logging. A May 2017 report alleging that tycoon Kith Meng’s Royal Group was colluding with loggers to launder timber from the Lower Sesan II dam site was abruptly removed.

Ratanakkiri Deputy Governor Nhem Sam Oeun yesterday admitted that the city was having a “headache” with the trash collection firm Khem Chhror, which had been contracted by market owner Leang’s Heng Dara Company.
“They are accusing one another. We already questioned many times [on this issue]. It is really difficult,” he said.

He added that the local government was investigating claims about vendor fees, but that Heng Dara Company had denied the accusations.

“If they take it, they will get in trouble,” Sam Oeun said, adding that vendors should file an official complaint.

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh