Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Tycoon Pheap gives officials trucks



Tycoon Pheap gives officials trucks

(Left to right) Ly Touch, Try Pheap, Moug Pouy and Soeuy Keo pose for a photo on Tuesday after receiving new vehicles from the logging tycoon. Facebook
(Left to right) Ly Touch, Try Pheap, Moug Pouy and Soeuy Keo pose for a photo on Tuesday after receiving new vehicles from the logging tycoon. Facebook

Tycoon Pheap gives officials trucks

Timber tycoon Try Pheap, who has been repeatedly accused of running large-scale illegal logging operations around the country, has donated three pick-up trucks to high-ranking government officials, allegedly in accordance with a request from Prime Minister Hun Sen, his company announced yesterday.

“Complying with Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, the prime minister’s, remarks, tycoon and Dr Try Pheap has brought three 2016 [Toyota] Hilux Revo cars to hand over to His Excellency Soeuy Keo, [a former general and] senator, one car; Ly Thouch, senior minister, one car; and Moung Pouy, head Ratanakkiri provincial councillor, one car; for working for the Cambodia government,” the post on the Try Pheap Group’s Facebook page reads.

It was unclear which “remarks” the post was referring to, and Eang Sophalleth, an official who often acts as a spokesperson to the premier, said he was unaware of any such request.

Despite the questionable appearance of a wealthy and controversial businessman donating a vehicle to a senator, Senate spokesman Mam Bun Neang yesterday insisted the gift had “no impact” as the donation was a personal matter, and that Keo “does not have the ability to be bribed, because he is just a member of the Senate”.

“He lives in Ratanakkiri and travels to Phnom Penh for the meetings – it is very difficult,” he added. “We congratulate this.”

Contact information for the other two recipients could not be obtained yesterday.

However, San Chey, a fellow with the good governance NGO ANSA-EAP, said that given the government was meant to be regulating the businesses of tycoons like Pheap, the government had an obligation to clarify the nature of the donation.

“When the conflict of interest gets bigger and bigger . . . it can become indirect bribery.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Tourists urged not to skip trip

    The Ministry of Tourism has called on international tourists not to cancel trips to Cambodia, but urged them to adhere to several dos and don’ts when arriving in the Kingdom during the Covid-19 pandemic. The ministry released an eight-point instruction manual on Wednesday published

  • The taxman cometh – Cambodia’s capital gains tax casts the net on individual taxpayers

    In a country where only limited personal income tax existed, the new taxation law beginning January 1, 2021, will make taxpayers out of Cambodians, whether they are ready for it or not About two years ago, a little known amendment was made to Article 7 of the Law

  • Cambodian-American gets Star Trek treatment

    Kevin Ung, a Cambodian-American whose family escaped genocide during the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror, was recently selected from thousands of applicants to participate in the Television Academy Foundation’s inaugural 2020 Star Trek Command Training Programme, a course intended to give hands-on filmmaking experience

  • Cambodia seeks to be transport hub

    Cambodia is working on several fronts to modernise its transport infrastructure and services, concentrating on opening new international gates to relieve and balance traffic congestion at its borders, Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol said on Thursday. This is part of the Kingdom’

  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring

  • Singapore Fintech start-up enters Sihanoukville

    Singapore-based fintech start-up Fincy on Wednesday announced the expansion of its cashless payment system to Sihanoukville to tap into the southwestern coastal city’s ever-widening business and investment landscape. The move is in line with the National Bank of Cambodia’s (NBC’s) recommendations to