Stealing Cambodia piece by piece
Abusing another country’s resources is not new; stealing the actual ground from under their feet might be taking liberties too far!
Where once there was seabed, hotels, a casino and airport rise off Singapore’s coast.
But as the tiny island city-state dumps sand on its shores, expanding its territory already by one-fifth, there are increasing claims that Singapore is illegally buying up soil through corrupt channels in Cambodia.
The latest to push these claims is the Associated Press, which reports that foreign vessels were spotted dredging up Cambodian sand for apparent export. The dredging, largely banned in 2009 for eating up Cambodian territory, appears to persist.
An AP reporter tracked or spotted vessels registered in Hong Kong, Vietnam and China dredging in Cambodia. Locals in one coastal province “joked about going to Singapore and planting a Cambodian flag there,” according to the report.