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Land swap in Kampot scrutinised

A group of opposition lawmakers on Wednesday began an investigation into a proposed government land swap in Kampot they fear may have questionable motivations.

According to CNRP Kampot lawmaker Chea Poch, Yem Ponharith, chairman of the National Assembly’s Commission on Culture and Tourism, travelled to Kampot on Wednesday for a meeting with Provincial Governor Khoy Khuonhour to seek more information on the swap before summoning related parties for questioning.

Poch said that Khuonhour maintained the swap of a state-owned theatre and stadium in Kampot town for a plot in a more rural area was legal, but would not elaborate, saying it was the purview of the Ministries of Education and Culture.

“We don’t want the government . . . swapping state property to individual oknhas or private companies, because there’s a lack of transparency,” Poch said, adding that the state-owned plots were much more valuable.

Khuonhour could not be reached yesterday.

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