Cambodia to Make Sure that All State Institutions are Free from Illegal Drugs

Prime Minister Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet this afternoon said Cambodia will take strict measures to combat the illegal drugs at the ministries and institutions and sub-national administrations. Addressing the closing ceremony of 2023 Annual Meeting of the National Authority for Combating Drugs and the Dissemination of Plan for the 9th Campaign Against Illicit Drugs held at Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet instructed the ministries and institutions and sub-national administrations to conduct regular control on their staff to make sure that they neither use nor involve in illicit drug cases. 'I have ordered the Ministry of National Defence and the Ministry of Interior to take action on this issue and any official in those ministries who involve in any drug case must be ousted from their jobs and duties. But now, I decide to apply this measure to all state institutions,' he underlined. At the same time, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet gave green light for the establishment of a natio nal database to share information on drug addicts who were removed from their posts to avoid being recruited by another institution. 'We cannot allow Cambodia to become a country full of drugs addicts in 15 to 20 years. We have to do it now, no matter what,' the Premier said. Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet said drug problem is not a separate issue of Cambodia, it is the global issue, but Cambodia will try its best to combat the illegal drugs in the country. The Prime Minister also confirmed that Cambodia will not welcome or allow cannabis growing in Kingdom, even it is just for medical purposes. Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse