Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Sao Sokha: Kingdom’s social order improved last year

Sao Sokha: Kingdom’s social order improved last year

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Sao Sokha (Blue Uniform), Royal Cambodian Armed Forces Deputy Commander-in-chief. Heng Chivoan

Sao Sokha: Kingdom’s social order improved last year

Royal Cambodian Armed Forces Deputy Commander-in-chief Sao Sokha said on Monday that security and social order last year was calm and that felony and misdemeanour crimes were down on 2017. However, strikes and protests increased.

At the 2018 annual review and dissemination of action plans for 2019, Sokha – who is also National Military Police Commander – said that although the global situation was complex due to terrorism, armed conflicts, trade conflicts and cross-border crime, domestically Cambodia was still able to maintain security and social order.

He said felony and misdemeanours had decreased in the Kingdom compared to 2017, but protests – especially strikes and workers’ rallies – and traffic accidents were up. For instance, 11 soldiers and Military Police officers were killed on the roads last year.

“Also last year, 3,771 crimes were reported compared to 2017’s 4,617. He said of the 3,771 crimes, the authorities solved 2,549 cases, while 2,727 were solved in 2017,” Sokha said.

He said that 3,785 people were sent to court in 2018 when there were 1,686 felonies, 283 cases of aggravated stealing, murder (248), rape (188), human trafficking (12), blackmail (16), drug trafficking (934), as well as five cases of people being detained illegally.

Sokha said the National Military Police had prepared forces in four locations around Phnom Penh to prevent and intervene in a timely manner in any rally, protest, strike, demonstration or violent gathering that could affect national security.

He said the National Military Police had cooperated with all other authorities to carry out its duties as assigned by the government to protect peace and political stability.

Meanwhile, Minister of National Defence Tea Banh said at the 2018 annual review and dissemination of action plans for 2019 on Monday that the Military Police is a core force in protecting security and public order throughout the Kingdom.

“Our core duties are to maintain public order as well as to strengthen our peace,” he said.

Soeung Sen Karuna, a spokesman for human rights organisation Adhoc, claimed security and social order had not improved as crime continued to increase, while the freedom to gather was still limited.

“Security was not better because people continue to worry as robberies while travelling [are still rife]. We don’t know how they measured that crimes have decreased. We cannot accept it when these issues [crimes] are still common,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Tragedy as four lions devour teenager in Pakistan safari park

    In a horrifying incident at an animal park in the Pakistani city of Lahore, four lions killed a 17-year-old grass reaper. However, how Muhammad Bilal Hussain managed to get near the lions was yet to be ascertained. Safari officials said Hussain climbed a 3.7m high

  • Hun Sen asks Cambodians to believe in government

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday asked citizens and investors to trust that the government will overcome the challenges brought about by Covid-19 and the loss of the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme. Speaking to reporters at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh,

  • Gloom hits Siem Reap tourism

    As the Kingdom’s overall tourism sector continued to grow last year, industry insiders in Siem Reap have expressed their deep concerns, citing a sharp drop in Chinese arrivals to the province beginning late last month. Cambodia earned $4.91 billion in international tourism revenue last year,

  • Westerdam passenger ‘never had’ Covid-19

    The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the US citizen that allegedly tested positive in Malaysia after travelling on the Westerdam was never infected with Covid-19 in the first place. In an article published in the newspaper USA Today on Friday, CDC

  • ‘Ghost staff’ found, $1.7M returned to state coffers

    The Ministry of Civil Service said more than seven billion riel ($1.7 million) in salaries for civil servants was returned to the state last year after it discovered that the books had been cooked to pay ‘ghost officials’. This is despite claims by the Ministry of

  • Woman wanted for killing own son

    Police in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district are on the lookout for a woman who allegedly hacked her son to death on Sunday in Stung Meanchey III commune. District police chief Meng Vimeandara identified the son as Chan Sokhom, 32. “The offender can’t escape forever.