Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Businesswoman calls on government to get land back

Businesswoman calls on government to get land back

Businesswoman calls on government to get land back

High-profile Phnom Penh businesswoman Chhin Sokountheary has called on Prime Minister Hun Sen to return 33 hectares of prime land in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district to her company, which lost the rights to it when the government claimed the land in July.

Sokountheary said she purchased the 34 hectares from villagers in the north of Pong Peay lake – in Phnom Penh Thmey commune – in 1979, and for the past 13 years, her company Layimex Holding Group has had control of the property.

The group was still awaiting a complete land licence – so-called hard plans – that would allow it to build schools, markets, hospitals and health clubs, developments in keeping with the government’s own poverty reduction goals, Sokountheary claims, when a governent sub-decree claimed all but one of the 34 hectares as state property.

The July 10 order, signed by Hun Sen, claimed land around the Pong Peay lake area, covering three communes in Sen Sok and Russey Keo districts, as a part of the Ministry of Water Resources’ flood protection policy.

Sokountheary said measurement experts from the Ministry of Land Management and Construction came to measure the area on August 29 and the next day Layimex excavators and workers were blocked by Phnom Penh Municipal Authority, while clearing land. Sokountheary was accused of deliberately obstructing the land measurers.

According to Sokountheary, a Ministry of Water Resources survey of land was incorrect.

Long Dimanche, spokesman for Phnom Penh Municipal Hall, said that he was unaware Sokountheary’s lands were affected, because the sub-decree was based on a request to limit Pong Peay Lake prepared by Ministry of Water Resources on July 2.

Minister of Water Resources Lim Kean Hor, and Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chuktema could not be reached for comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Buth Reaksmey Kongkea at [email protected]


  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all