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Dr. Sar Sokha Directs Provincial Administrations to Review Alcohol Distribution and Warns Against Natural Resource Crimes

Phnom Penh, July 9, 2024 – During the inauguration ceremony for Nuon Pharath, the newly appointed Governor of Kampong Thom Province, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Dr. Sar Sokha, provided critical directives aimed at curbing alcohol promotion and protecting natural resources.

Addressing provincial administrations, Dr. Sokha emphasized the need to review and finalize agreements with manufacturers, distributors, and advertisers of alcohol. He highlighted the importance of ending alcohol promotions in public spaces to reduce alcohol abuse and its associated health and social issues, particularly traffic accidents.

Dr. Sokha made it clear that while private venues such as restaurants and cafes are not targeted for advertising bans, the government seeks to limit alcohol advertisements in public places to mitigate negative impacts on children and the community. He acknowledged that although advertising generates revenue, it cannot compensate for the adverse effects of excessive alcohol promotion.

In addition to addressing alcohol promotion, Dr. Sokha reiterated Prime Minister Hun Manet's directives on natural resource protection. He issued a stern warning to officials and traders involved in deforestation, land encroachment, and other environmental crimes, urging them to cease such activities to preserve their future and honor.

Dr. Sokha also expressed his appreciation for the efforts of Nguon Rattanak, the outgoing Governor of Kampong Thom, in coordinating with the Provincial Council, civil servants, and law enforcement to provide public services and prevent crimes. He expressed confidence that the new administration under Nuon Pharath would continue to uphold these standards and maintain public trust.



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