Interior Minister Sar Kheng has ordered all officials across the Kingdom to monitor former CNRP activists and members in a move to thwart any illegal activities during Pchum Ben festival.
According to an audio obtained on Saturday, Mr Kheng has instructed Phnom Penh and provincial governors to keep an eye on activities committed by former CNRP supporters at the pagodas.
“I would like to inform all governors of Phnom Penh and provinces that rebel group has asked their people to visit many pagodas during Pchum Ben days and it is a chance for them to meet up to discuss and lay out their dark plan,” he said.
“So I order all officers to go to the pagodas to make merits during Pchum Ben and also monitor the situation,” Mr Kheng said.
The court-dissolved CNRP has announced that former opposition leader Sam Rainsy will return to the Kingdom on November 9. He has been vowing to return in what he claims is a bid to restore democracy and human rights in the country.
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday said the government will request all Asean member countries to arrest and extradite Mr Rainsy and his supporters if they enter their territories.
In March, Phnom Penh Municipal Court issued multiple arrest warrants against Mr Rainsy and seven other people charged with conspiracy to treason and incitement.