Prime Minister Hun Sen has expressed willingness to support the amendment of existing laws – or support new ones – in order to prevent unauthorised reclamation projects to be conducted in the Kingdom’s sanctioned coastal areas.
Mr Hun Sen on Saturday during the Sea Festival in Koh Kong province said some land reclamation is allowed in some development sites such as at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port in order to serve as a buffer zone for incoming waves and bring in tourists.
He also said that Land Management Minister Chea Sophara and Tourism Minister Thong Khon must prevent unauthorised land reclamation projects and hold perpetrators accountable.
“Measures will be taken against any unauthorised persons who reclaim land without permission,” Mr Hun Sen said. “If we need to amend laws or add new ones, I will support a punishment clause for those who reclaim land without permission.”
Additionally, he said Mr Sophara and Mr Khon must work with other officials to accelerate the construction of waste water treatment facilities in Preah Sihanouk province to prevent rubbish from flowing into the ocean.
In September and October, Cambodians on social media criticised investment companies for making Preah Sihanouk’s ocean water dirty.
NCMD and provincial officials inspected the alleged companies and took action against the owners.
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