Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Saturday urged people, especially those living in remote areas, to report cases of drug trafficking if they come across them.
Speaking at a religious ceremony at Oudom Preksa pagoda in Prey Veng province, he said that drug traffickers who used to operate in the capital and urban areas have spread their activities to some rural areas.
“We have to crack down and prevent the drug problem from spreading in our country, so we ask people to help prevent drug trafficking in their areas,” Mr Kheng said. “If you see people using or distributing drugs, please provide information to the police.”
He encouraged people to report drug cases and security issues to the local authorities via phone calls or through social networks such as Facebook.
“You can use the mobile phone or provide information through Facebook to the authorities, including me on my Facebook page, and we will act immediately,” Mr Kheng said.
He also reminded local authorities to boost efforts to provide quality public services to the people and act quickly to resolve problems.
Yong Kim Eng, People Centre for Development and Peace president, yesterday lauded Mr Kheng’s appeal for people to report cases of drug trafficking and abuse in their areas because this can stop the spread of drug use and distribution in the Kingdom.
“But the important thing is that the Interior Minister and relevant authorities at all levels provide their phone numbers so that people can report crimes anonymously,” he said. “The important thing is people must be confident that they can report crimes without facing repercussions from criminals.”
Mr Kim Eng also urged the ministry and relevant authorities to do more to prevent drug crimes and educate the public, especially youth, about the dangers of drug use.
He noted that people should be made aware of the different types of illegal drugs so that they can report any case of abuse that they come across.
In January, the National Authority for Combating Drugs reported that authorities cracked down on 8,018 drug cases and arrested 16,232 people, including 310 foreigners, last year.
The report noted that police confiscated 533 kilograms of drugs last year, up from 296 kilograms in 2017.