More than 200 slaughterhouse operators in Kampong Chhnang province have accused a government official of extorting 450,000 riel (US $110) from each of them under the pretense it would be used for a Liberation Day ceremony this Saturday.
Pork seller Im Lyseng, 50, said Moeung Sarath, director of the veterinary department in Rolea Ba’ier district, had forced all 208 slaughterhouse operators in the province to pay up.
“He threatened that he would not give us our new business licence if we did not agree to give the money,” Im Lyseng said.
However, Moeung Sarath said he had just been following orders from the director of the agriculture department, Ngan Nany.
Ngan Nany could not be contacted yesterday.
A provincial agriculture department officer, who did not want to be named, said the department had filed a corruption complaint against Ngan Nany to the Anti-Corruption Unit in March.