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Koh Kong: Tourist boat operators up in arms

Koh Kong Island
Koh Kong
BOATMEN
in Koh Kong province’s Thma Bang district have expressed concerns about
a new tourist ferry service run by local officials, which they fear
will destroy their own livelihoods in the growing eco-tourism
destination.

Men Sopheap, 39, a representative of 18 boat owners
in Chiphat commune, said Moeng Sophea, a commune official, was set to
introduce a tourist ferry service and that boatmen were informed that
they would have to wind up their business this week, since their boats
were “unsafe”.

“We will die if the authorities close our boat
businesses,” she said, promising to protest the decision. Moeng Sophea
said that he had permission from the authorities to start a ferry
service, and that he would coordinate with the villagers. He said his
ferry could safely hold 4-6 small cars and more than 100 passengers.

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