National Police chief General Neth Savoeun on Tuesday praised his officers for their sacrifices in maintaining security and public order in the Kingdom last year, especially by preventing a coup allegedly planned by Sam Rainsy.
“Over the past year, the national police forces have been actively working to protect security, public order and social safety, especially by preventing and cracking down on a coup plot through colour revolution by a small rebel group [Rainsy’s] attempting to provoke instability in Cambodia.” Gen Savoeun said in a New Year message.
He noted that the national police together with relevant armed forces and authorities at all levels managed to maintain peace and stability.
Gen Savoeun also thanked all police officers who sacrificed time and effort to preserve the Kingdom’s sovereignty.
Lieutenant General Chhay Kim Khoeun, National Police spokesman, yesterday said the national security and public order situation in the Kingdom was better than previous years because of the hard work by police to protect the country’s security and serve the public.
“We can say that for 2019 the situation was better regarding national security and public order because we thwarted an attempted plot to overthrow the government,” he noted. “We also prevented a small group who attempted to cross the border and cause turmoil in the Kingdom.”
Lt Gen Kim Khoeun added that police officers also paid strict attention to preventing and cracking down on crimes to ensure safety for the public.
In his New Year message, Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Tuesday also lauded national police officers and civil servants who made sacrifices to further the nation’s growth throughout last year.
“I value the commitment by national police forces towards maintaining security, especially by preventing a dark plan by a rebel group which intended to destroy the country’s peace,” Mr Kheng said.
He urged police officers to work harder and continue to fulfil their duty to the nation and people this year.
Ou Chanrath, a former opposition party member, yesterday said he supported the measures taken by the national police to prevent an extremist group which wanted to destroy peace, security and public order in the Kingdom.
“I do not support any group which intends to destroy peace or provoke instability in the Kingdom,” he noted. “I also welcome the recent measures taken by the government to shut down online gambling which can provoke insecurity in society.”
Political analyst Hang Vitou yesterday said that he understands that the government, especially through the national police, has a duty to ensure peace and security in the country.
“Yes, we congratulate the government for taking strict measures to maintain security and public order and we do not see any big threats to national security,” he said.
However, he said the government has no basis for accusing Rainsy’s supporters of being rebels attempting to overthrow it.
“I have not seen any signs of any group trying to overthrow the government and take over the country,” Mr Vitou noted.