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Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng unable to stop illegal import of ice from Vietnam

Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng (pictured) seem
powerless after local authority had ignored his letter of order for
them to stop Hoy Heang Import-Export Co., from importing ice from
Vietnam after Cambodian ice-makers from six districts in Takeo province
had sought his intervention.

Mr. Sar Kheng’s letter dated 22nd
October had instructed provincial and district officials to stop Hoy
Heang Import-Export Co., from importing ice from Vietnam, but as of
today the company still continue its importation.

The 18
ice-makers from the six districts said Takeo provincial governor had
looked down on Mr. Sar Kheng’s letter by allowing the company to
continue importing ice from Vietnam. However, Takeo’s governor, Mr.
Srey Ben, who had issued a permit for Hoy Heang Import-Export Co,. to
import ice from Vietnam, told Kampuchea Thmey that he did not look down
on the Deputy Prime Minister’s letter, but he was powerless to stop the
company because it had an official licence to trade from the Ministry
of Commerce. “My letter of permit
was just an agreement in principle, but if the Ministry of Interior had
issued a letter of annulment, my letter will be worthless because my
letter has no validity to permit import or export”,
he said.

The
18 ice-makers from the six districts had called on the governor to stop
the illegal importation of ice from Vietnam. Otherwise, local
ice-makers will go bankrupt.

Minister of Industry Suy Sem had
also issued a letter on 8th November instructing local officials to
stop the illegal importation of ice from neighbouring countries because
they had low quality. Furthermore, the ban of ice importation is also
aimed at protecting local ice industry.

By Khmerization
Source: Kampuchea Thmey
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