Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Unregulataed drones a risk to national security

Unregulataed drones a risk to national security

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Certain areas in Phnom Penh have been designated as no-drone zones. Hong Menea

Unregulataed drones a risk to national security

The Ministry of Interior secretary of state Bun Hun led a consultative meeting on Tuesday concerning the draft of a sub-decree which will regulate the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.

Officials are concerned that without regulation, drone usage could be harmful to national security.

The deputy head of the ministry’s Legislation Council Pang Rasy told The Post on Wednesday that there was no clear legal document governing the operation of drones.

“This is just only the beginning of the preparation, it is not completely done yet,” he said.

He said when the sub-decree is drafted, it will simplify guidelines for drone users.

“Once we have the sub-decree, the user won’t have to worry about the rules. We will make it easy for them. Now, they do not know where to ask for a licence and there are no laws. When we do not have laws, it makes it difficult for the user,” he said.

Hun said at the meeting that the draft sub-decree has been in discussion since July last year.

“The draft of this sub-decree is really important, as there is no clear regulation nowadays. If unmanned aerial vehicles are used in the agricultural or commercial sectors, they are not a concern, but if they are used to affect national security, that is a serious concern,” Hun said.

He said the ministry will now meet with other relevant ministries and organisations such as the Ministry of National Defence and the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, to discuss how to improve the sub-decree.

The Ministry of Interior quoted Rasy as saying that the sub-decree is aimed at regulating all kinds of drones to ensure safety, security and public order in Cambodia.

It also aims to regulate the registration, production, authorisation, processing, and usage of drones.

In February 2015, the Phnom Penh Municipal Hall issued a letter banning the use of camera-equipped drones in Phnom Penh’s geographical area, because unauthorised captured footage could affect national security.

Two Chinese tourists were arrested in January this year for using a camera-equipped drone to capture scenes at the Royal Palace’s forbidden area.

They were released after the police reprimanded them and made them cease their activities.

Likewise, in April 2019, the capital’s Chey Chumneah commune police arrested a suspect for allegedly flying a camera-equipped drone in the Royal Palace garden.


  • With herd immunity likely in 2022, is Cambodia ready to reopen for tourism?

    The government aims to inoculate 80 per cent of the target population by June next year, giving it a head start among regional peers to reboot the sector but first, it has to do a few things to up its game A sign on a glass

  • Quarantine still a must for all arrivals, in next Covid chapter

    Since early May, an average of five to 10 Cambodian people have died from Covid-19 a day with many others testing positive amid the ongoing community outbreak. At the same time, however, hundreds of patients also recovered a day. The first Covid-19 case in Cambodia was

  • US wants 'full access' to Ream Naval Base

    On June 11, the US embassy's Defense Attaché Colonel Marcus M Ferrara visited Ream Nava Base in coordination with Cambodian officials following the recent approval of Prime minister Hun Sen to allay the concerns on Chinese military presence at the base as raised by US Deputy

  • Jab drive heading to 5 provinces

    The government is set to vaccinate more than 1.2 million people in five provinces after finishing with Phnom Penh and neighbouring Kandal in an ongoing campaign administered by the ministries of Health and National Defence. The five provinces are Preah Sihanouk, Kampong Speu, Takeo, Kampong Cham

  • New immigration bill targets illegal foreigners in Kingdom

    General Department of Immigration (GDI) officials are discussing revisions to the new draft law on immigration to prevent foreigners from entering Cambodia illegally and to supervise those living in the Kingdom more effectively. The revisions draw wide support among civil society organisations. GDI director-general Kirth

  • Kingdom set to be a gold producer

    Cambodia will soon join the roster of gold producing countries after the government announced the commencement of commercial gold mining operations in the Okvau area in southwestern Mondulkiri province's Keo Seima district from June 21. Prime Minister Hun Sen on June 10 announced that after 14 years of