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Hun Sen warns freight firm

A truck
enters a So Nguon Group facility in Phnom Penh last year.Prime Minister
Hun Sen warned freight transportation firm So Nguon Group that it could
be shut down, claiming its lorries often caused collisions on
Cambodia’s roads and bridges. (Photo by: Pha Lina)
A recent So Nguon truck breakdown on
Phnom Penh’s Monivong Bridge had precipitated the warning, he said
today during a ceremony inaugurating the Cambodia and China Friendship
Prek Tamak Bridge in Kandal province.
 
“There will be only one reason
to shut the company down, if they do not straighten out the
transportation situation,” said the premier.
 
The Prime Minister said the
firm often used old vehicles for transportation and added he wanted to
“wake up the company” to change its ways.
 
“Everything [they use] is old, such as tyres, and bad drivers,” he said.


“I said this because I want to wake up the company … as I have woken them up two times already.”
 
So Nguon Group chairman So Nguon said today that the company had been upgrading its vehicles in recent months, adding: “I don’t know who instigated Samdech [Hun Sen] to be angry with us like this.”
 
The trucking firm, thought to
be the biggest in the Kingdom, had bought 60 new lorries to be used for
freight transportation in recent months, he claimed, and said it had
sold most of its old vehicles.
 
Now it uses about 200 vehicles
for goods transportation, which are mainly employed for transporting
goods between Phnom Penh and destinations in Preah Sihanouk province
and Vietnam.
 
“The trucking business is very difficult,” he explained.
 
“We don’t know when we will have accidents happening – we cannot see them before they happen.”
 
The company aims to decrease the number of vehicles it has on the road to between 100 and 150 vehicles, So Nguon said.
 
“It’s difficult to control [so many lorries]. I must sell more,” he said.
 
The group has stated that
business was stronger during last year, with revenues over its first
eight months surpassing total revenues for all of 2009 on the back of
increased deliveries of garments.
 
“Our revenue soared because of an increase in transportation of textile products,” So Nguon has told The Post previously.
 
The Garment Manufacturers
Association of Cambodia claimed garment exports increased 26 percent in
2010 compared with the year previous.
 
Exports hit a total worth of
$2.99 billion in 2010, compared with $2.38 billion in 2009, figures
obtained earlier this month showed.
 
In 2009, So Nguon Group’s trucking business generated $7.56 million.
 
The president had said he anticipated that figure hitting $11 million in 2010.
 
Phnom Penh Post
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