Prime Minister Hun Sen today said that he will not remove Kep provincial governor Ken Sitha from his position due to the collapse of the building under construction.
In a press conference today after an end to the rescue operations at the site, Mr Hun Sen said some critics, politicians and government officials have urged him to sack Mr Sitha due to the building collapse but he refused to do so.
“They said when the building collapsed in Sihanoukville, provincial governor [Yun Min] decided to resign from his position. They asked me if Kep provincial governor is going to resign,” he said.
“The deadly building collapse did not only occurr in the Kingdom…but it also occurred in the US,” Mr Hun Sen said. “I wish to say that I will not remove him from his position.”
Kun Kim, first vice president of the National Committee for Disaster Management, said that rescue workers retrieved 36 bodies from the debris since Friday afternoon till today while 23 injured workers were rescued.
Mr Hun Sen expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased and injured workers.
He said that each family of the deceased will receive $50,000 and each injured worker will receive $10,000.
However, he said that seven injured workers being trapped many hours under the rubble will be given $20,000 each.
Mr Hun Sen said the draft law on construction, which aims to further regulate the Kingdom’s booming construction sector, was approved by the National Assembly in October and will become law in the near future.
“I believe that after the law takes effect, such incidents will be reduced or eliminated,” he said.