Chinese Casino in Cambodia Ignores Shutdown Orders from Local Government

A Chinese-backed casino in Cambodia’s southwestern city of Sihanoukville is still in business despite calls from the city to cease operations.

The Jin Ding Hotel and Casino was ordered to close down in March because it was operating without a license and polluting an adjacent beach. The casino reportedly released untreated sewage water directly into the sea and there was one incident in which a casino guard fired shots in the air.

Kheang Phyrum, a spokesman for Sihanoukville city hall, said in an interview with RFA’s Khmer Service that the city has already informed the owner of the shutdown through official notices, but the owner has refused to act.

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