Cambodian Youth Party president Pich Sros wants the Commerce and Information Ministries to appear before the Supreme Consultative Council to be questioned over alcohol advertisements and their effects on young people.
Mr Sros, a member of the SCC, sent a request letter to question Commerce Minister Pan Sorasak and Information Minister Khieu Kanharith to Prime Minister Hun Sen.
“The CYP has taken notice of alcoholic beverages being advertised freely on television,” he said in the letter. “These ads encourage more people to drink. Drinking alcohol could result in traffic accidents, sexual assault and social insecurity.”
Contacted by phone yesterday, Mr Sros said he wants to curb exposure of alcoholic products to young people.
“These ads are freely displayed on billboards, television and other public places,” he said. “In order to reduce traffic accidents and prevent criminal offences, we have called on the government to put restrictions on alcoholic advertisements, especially those ads that encourage purchase.”
“Our stance is that we want the government to ban the advertisement of alcohol on billboards and public banners,” Mr Sros added. “We don’t want uncontrolled advertising, these ads should be limited to stores that comply with the consumption age limit.”
Information Ministry spokesman Ouk Kimseng yesterday said the ministry is aware that young people are targetted to become consumers of alcoholic beverages.
“The ministry has always regulated the advertisement of alcohol,” Mr Kimseng said. “We do not allow messages that urge people to drink alcohol.”
“We do everything by the laws and the ministry will always instruct media outlets to be careful when disseminating advertisements,” he added.
Ou Tephallin, president of the Cambodian Food Service Workers’ Federation, yesterday said the government needs to have regulations that prevent alcohol from being advertised in public.
“It’s because I saw advertisements on TV urging people to buy more alcoholic drinks,” Ms Tephallin said, noting that neighbouring Thailand has laws limiting the purchase of alcoholic beverages.