Cambodian PM orders to close underground gambling dens

Phnom Penh (Xinhua) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen here on Wednesday instructed governmental officials to close all underground gambling dens across the country.

„You have to close all the gambling places that are still hidden in your zones, especially near the Central Market in downtown Phnom Penh, and if not so, I will fire you,“ he said at a graduation ceremony of the Royal University of Phnom Penh.

„I know there are still betting points hidden in your zones. Close them immediately,“ he added.

In accordance with the premier’s order, the biggest football-gambling agency Cambosix and some slut machine operators that had violated the rule of licensing were shut down nationwide in the past weeks.

Hun Sen alleged that such businesses had turned in poor tax incomes, but instead caused divorces, social instability, robberies and thefts.