Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Raids a wet blanket for gamblers

Raids a wet blanket for gamblers

Raids a wet blanket for gamblers

With the wet season fast approaching, the annual revi-val of rain betting – forbidden wagers on when relief will arrive – landed 11 villagers in the Battambang provincial court yesterday. 

The alleged gamblers had been unearthed by an investigation that led to raids on gambling dens on Sunday, provincial deputy police chief Chet Vanny said yesterday.

“We sent them and the evidence to the court to fine them according to legal procedures, make them promise [to stop], give advice and education,” he said, adding that police had also seized 19 motorbikes.

Chet Vanny acknowledged that betting on rain was endemic in Battambang province, but said authorities were tackling the problem.

Sun Toek, Battambang co-ordinator for the rights group Licadho, said people in almost every corner of the province illegally bet on just about anything, including rain, cock fighting and the Cambodian game known as A’paong, which is similar to dice.

MOST VIEWED

  • Breaking: US House passes 'Cambodia Democracy Act'

    The US House of Representatives in Washington, DC, on Monday, passed the “HR 526 Cambodia Democracy Act”, also known as the Cambodia Democracy Act of 2019. If signed off by the president, the bill will allow two major sets of action to be taken against high-ranking Cambodian

  • ‘Zero-dollar’ tours under fire

    Minister of Tourism Thong Khon has blamed “zero-dollar” tour operators for the decrease in foreign tourists to Angkor Archaeological Park in the first half of this year and has called for action against them. Angkor Archaeological Park received 1.24 million foreign visitors in the first half

  • Some jobs off limits to foreigners from August

    Beginning from the second week of August, foreigners will be banned from driving taxis and tuk-tuks, as well as being motorcycle delivery drivers, street food vendors, hairdressers and product distributors among other lower-income jobs. Some white-collar jobs such as the head of human resources will

  • Chinese-owned shops are on the rise in central Phnom Penh

    Informal businesses owned by Chinese nationals are on the rise in central Phnom Penh, especially in Tonle Bassac commune, surrounding Koh Pich. Such businesses have sprung up notably in Central Market, Orussey Market, Sovanna Shopping Mall, Rattana Plaza, as well as Kakab commune across from