Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Donation scam ‘harms religion’: official

Donation scam ‘harms religion’: official

Four people, including a 13-year-old boy, were arrested yesterday in Kampong Chhnang’s Boribor district for raising money for a pagoda’s annual ceremony but pocketing the cash for themselves.

Two women, 54-year-old Choub Sim and Mol Ang, 57, along with the boy and 54-year-old man Teb Heng, were walking around the district towing a cart filled with pictures of the Buddha and topped by an elaborate Buddhist parasol.

The group appealed for money and goods from villagers for a religious ceremony supposedly happening at the nearby Samaki Rainsy pagoda.

But commune chief Ben Sophan became suspicious, and promptly filed a complaint to police asking for the Ministry of Cult and Religion to intervene.

“When a [Ministry] official called the director of the pagoda and said there was no ceremony [at the pagoda] that day, they admitted to cheating the villagers and keeping the money for themselves,” he said.

Thoung Meak, head of the ministry’s department in Boribor district, said the villagers damaged religious values for money.

“They profited from cheating villagers and making them believe there was a Buddhist ceremony,” he said. “It really harms our religion.”

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

ACLEDA’s boss on how tech is changing financial services

In today’s world of fast-changing technology, Cambodia is seeing increasing innovation in financial services.

ACLEDA President In Channy on the key to the bank’s success

Post Khmer Editor-in-Chief Kay Kimsong sat down with Dr In Channy, President and Group Managing Director of ACLEDA Bank Plc, to explore the main principle guiding Cambodia’s biggest bank.

A taste of Phnom Penh's first container night market

At the launch of Phnom Penh's newest market, The Post spoke to customers and stallholders about what the hub of bars, food stalls, shops and live music will add to the city's nightlife.