The Takeo provincial governor has warned he would remove the police chief and governor of Angkor Borey district should they let gambling go unpunished in their jurisdiction, local media reported.
Provincial governor Lay Vannak said he received a complaint from a woman, who said her husband sold their cows to finance his gambling on cockfighting, poker and dice at a location behind Angkor Borey district hospital.
He said that should the police chief and district governor fail to take action against this location, they would be removed from office.
Mr Vannak’s comments came as he himself led a crackdown on an unlicensed cockfighting ring in Batay district yesterday. Contacted by phone, he declined to comment further.
District police chief Phy Chhon denied the accusations and said no illegal gambling took place in his locality.
“That woman called the governor because her husband and son are gamblers, but they do not gamble in my district, they just travel around gambling,” he said.
Mr Chhon said the woman who complained to the governor visited his office many times to seek a settlement for her cows. However, Mr Chhon denied the family had any cows in the first place.
He said she just kept calling different people telling her story, and reached the provincial governor.
“If you come to my district, you will see there are absolutely no gambling locations,” he said.
District governor Dim Kimsean declined to comment yesterday.