Prime Minister Hun Sen announced this evening that he has scrapped ticket sales for SEA Game 2023, thus making the entrance free for all Cambodians.
The Premier made this remark in a voice message to the public after the announcement of the sale of the tickets for the opening and closing of the SEA Games event has drawn the ire from a number of netizens.
According to the advertisement, the price of the ticket ranges from $25 to $50. Many described the prices as too high while most of them said they will not buy them.
“We have spent hundreds of millions of dollars, including grants from our Chinese friend, and many years to organise this event, therefore I will definitely not allow any ticket sales for the opening and closing ceremonies as well as during the competitions,” Prime Minister Hun Sen said in his message.
“We spend millions of U.S. dollars; therefore, how can we sell tickets to our own people? How much can we get (from selling those tickets)?” he asked.
Cambodia is going to host the 32nd SEA Games from May 5 to 17, 2023 and the 12th ASEAN Para Games from June 3 to 9, 2023.