Cambodian Youth Party president Pich Sros yesterday warned he would quit his job on the Supreme Consultative Council if the government failed to work out a case of land reclamation allegedly implicating an army officer in Koh Kong province.
“It is unjust and I will raise this case with [Prime Minister Hun Sen] in the meeting face-to-face with him on December 27. If he cannot settle it, I will quit,” Mr Sros said during Khmer Times’ Cross-Talk yesterday.
The council is currently looking into Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ Major General Tun Deat who is suspected of filling land onto a stretch of sea in Khemarak Phourmint city.
“Now, we have all the evidence and I went there. We witnessed it and it is wrong to do so. That major general has filled land onto the sea,” he said, adding he began investigating the case on December 15.
According to Mr Sros, Maj Gen Deat had planted wooden poles surrounding about two hectares of the sea.
Mr Hun Sen is slated to hold a meeting with the SCC on December 27 to discuss the council’s sixteen months of work.
Koh Kong authority also filed a complaint against Maj Gen Deat to the provincial court early this month, according to Kheang Sovanda, Khemarak Phoumint city governor.
“We already sent the case to the court,” Mr Sovanda said.
Koh Kong court spokesman Un Sovantheany said that officials are investigating the case.
“For this case, the court is investigating it according to the criminal code,” he said
Reached by phone yesterday, Maj Gen Deat said that he never violated the law, noting that he was undaunted by the court case.
“It is Pich Sros’ rights. I do not worry about this case at all. I respect the law 100 percent,” he said. “I love my reputation. I will not ruin it by doing wrong.”
SCC secretary Chhim Phalvorun said that it is Mr Sros’ right to issue a warning.
“It is his right. Any decision he makes is independent because we could not restrict his right. Working here is voluntary. No one forces him,” Mr Phalvorun said.