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Borei Keila protesters turned away


The Ministry of Interior refused to accept a letter of complaint yesterday from Borei Keila villagers, who are again seeking government intervention after the company Phan Imex failed to come through on their promise to provide them housing, a village representative said.


“We have tried to seek help from everywhere the past four months, but there is no proper solution. Besides, they want us to leave to Tuol Sambo and Phnom Bat, the land given by the company,” village representative Chum Ngan said yesterday.

Phan Imex agreed in 2004 to construct 10 buildings on two hectares of land at Borei Keila to house 1,776 families, in exchange for development rights to the remaining 2.6 hectares, but the company has built only eight buildings.

Chum Ngan said they attempted to deliver their letter to Interior Minister Sar Kheng, urging him to push the company to construct the remaining two buildings that were promised.

However, she said they were turned away by a police officer at the ministry, who refused to accept the letter.

On Friday, Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chuktema urged Phan Imex to speed up the construction of homes for Borei Keila villagers who agreed to leave to move to Tuol Sambo village in Dangkor district.

To contact the reporter on this story: Khouth Sophak Chakrya at



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