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Activists call for transparency at Buddhist Institute

The activist Independent Monk Network has called on the Ministry of Cult and Religion to release paperwork proving that an agreement it struck with NagaCorp to help construct an electricity substation at Phnom Penh’s Buddhist Institute does not involve the selling of any of the centre’s land to the casino operator.

The ministry has repeatedly stated that it has not sold the premises to NagaCorp and that the company is only helping the government construct a substation that will be used to power the new Naga2 casino across the street.

But network leader But Buntenh yesterday called on the ministry to release full documentation of the agreement and said he would collect petitions asking King Norodom Sihamoni to intervene.

“After we bring it to the King, we will bring the petition to the Anti-Corruption Unit to take action or investigate the Ministry of Cult and Religion.”

Ministry spokesman Seng Somony could not be reached yesterday.

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