In a move to crack down on crime in Sihanoukville, Provincial governor Kuoch Chamroeun announced that in the event of shootings, abductions, drug use and other crimes at casinos and other businesses, strict measures will be enforced including shutting down the establishment.
He warned that provincial authorities would not only shut down the business but also ask the government to revoke the business licence in Sihanoukville, with the perpetrators punished according to the law.
The launch of the Sihanoukville Provincial Administration Command’s tough action was announced at a meeting on Tuesday, which stemmed from the shooting death of two Chinese nationals and the wounding of another in a Chinese casino in Sihanoukville on July 30.
According to the police report, immediately after the incident, police intervened at the scene and searched for the perpetrators resulting in the arrest of suspects for questioning while the search continues for other perpetrators.
According to police, the initial investigation revealed that the shooting was related to a debt dispute.
Kheang Phearum, spokesman for Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall, said yesterday that the provincial administration’s crack down on casino and business owners would start immediately after the meeting, yet he did not specify what the operating procedure was.
Moeun Tola, the Executive Director of the Centre for Alliance of Labour and Human Rights (CENTRAL) said this case concerns the labour law, and asked authorities to focus on checking licences and to inspect all casinos and business locations in accordance with the labour law.
He added that the authorities should also check the documents of foreign employees working in Cambodia and make sure employees comply with the labor law or are being detained or forced to work.
“Testing for drugs is necessary to determine whether employees use drugs themsleves or are forced by others.”
“If people are forced to use drugs to work, those who forced them to use drugs must be punished, however, if employees use drugs by choice in the workplace, it is their fault,” he said.