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Phnom Penh Governor Orders Continued Crackdown on Gangs and Illegal Activities

Phnom Penh, July 2, 2024 – Governor of Phnom Penh, Khuong Sreng, has directed the 14 Khan Unity Commands to intensify efforts to prevent and suppress gang activities, ensuring safety and security in the city's villages and sangkats. This directive was given during a meeting of the Phnom Penh Municipal Unity Command held on the afternoon of July 1, 2024, at Phnom Penh Capital Hall.

Governor Khuong Sreng emphasized the importance of maintaining order not only on land but also in waterways. He highlighted the need for authorities to prevent the dumping of rubbish and the destruction of buildings into rivers.

"For gangsters, the 14 Khan Unity Commands must continue to crack down hard to make the villages and sangkats safe and warm for the people, in accordance with the high recommendation of Hun Manet, Prime Minister of Cambodia," he stated. He further added that if the districts lack the necessary resources, they should request support from Phnom Penh to ensure the success of this initiative.

Governor Khuong Sreng stressed the need to eliminate all forms of gambling within the localities and to intensify efforts to prevent tax collectors from targeting street vendors and mobile sellers. He also urged relevant departments to perform their duties diligently, including inspecting infrastructure, roads, sewers, canals, sanitation, environment, and the planting and maintenance of green cover trees in Phnom Penh.

He highlighted the importance of adding more bus lines to increase passenger traffic and enhance public services through the One Window Service Office (OWSO), which has been well-received by the public. He emphasized the need for timely and transparent service delivery under the guidance of the government.

Deputy General Commissioner of the National Police and Phnom Penh Municipal Police Commissioner, General Chuon Narin, reported significant progress in the crackdown on gangs. He confirmed that 12 gangs were controlled last month, and this month, the number increased to 17, indicating a substantial reduction in gang activities.

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