Officials in Cambodia’s Sihanoukville province have ordered a Chinese casino and hotel accused of ruining the beauty of a local beach by pouring raw sewage into the sea to close following complaints by area residents and inspections by authorities.
The Jin Ding Hotel and Casino, which registered to do business on Koh Rong Samloem Island in April 2018 and opened only recently, had become a major cause of concern for island residents, who feared damage to the environment and a drop in tourist business.
In a letter seen on Wednesday by RFA’s Khmer Service, provincial authorities said Jin Ding must now shut down, citing multiple violations by the casino of the law, the playing of loud music on the beach, and the promotion of illegal online betting games.
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