Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Sihanoukville ferry perators upset at new gov’t charge

Sihanoukville ferry perators upset at new gov’t charge

Sihanoukville ferry perators upset at new gov’t charge

A directive ordering Sihanoukville ferry operators to pay $3 per ticket to the provincial government has been met with widespread displeasure, with ferry operators defaulting on payment and demanding that the policy be scrapped.

In a letter dated September 2, provincial authorities had said the money collected would be used for conserving and developing the coastline to “attract more tourists”.

“But until now, no one has agreed to pay,” said Cheab Sotheary, a provincial coordinator for rights group Adhoc. “[The ferry operators] asked the authorities to abolish the policy because most tourists will probably complain that the tickets are expensive.”

Chem Samnang, who owns a boat in Sihanoukville, said businesses could not hike prices. “We spend so much [money] on petrol and servicing our boats, and the tourists [who bear the cost] are already complaining the ticket is expensive,” he said.

Provincial Governor Yun Min said the decision was an outcome of inter-ministerial discussions.

“We will hold more meetings to decide what to do with recalcitrant operators,” he added.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Education’ a priority traffic-law penalty

    A top National Police official on June 21 neither rejected nor confirmed the authenticity of a leaked audio message, which has gone viral on social media, on a waiver of fines for a number of road traffic-related offences. General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief in

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • Chinese firms unveil preliminary results on metro, monorail for capital

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC) and its parent company, the state-owned China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC), met on June 24 for talks on results of the firms’ preliminary study on a potential metro

  • ACLEDA, WU to enable global money transfers

    Cambodia's largest commercial bank by total assets ACLEDA Bank Plc and global money transfer firm Western Union (WU) have partnered to offer customers cross-border money transfers to 200 countries via “ACLEDA mobile” app. In Channy, president and group managing director of ACLEDA, said the June 22 agreement

  • Aeon, Micromax partner again for third mall

    AEON Mall (Cambodia) Co Ltd and a locally-owned Micromax Co Ltd have entered into a partnership agreement to develop fibre optic infrastructure for $200 million Aeon Mall 3, which is expected to be opened in 2023. The agreement was signed on June 20 between Masayuki Tsuboya, managing director of

  • Walmart plans to diversify stock of Cambodia goods

    Walmart Inc, the world’s biggest retailer, on June 22 reiterated recent plans to scale up and greatly diversify its purchases of Cambodian products, according to the labour ministry. This came during a virtual working meeting between Minister of Labour and Vocational Training Ith Samheng and