Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Fishermen take row over resort to PM’s house

Fishermen take row over resort to PM’s house

Fishermen take row over resort to PM’s house

FISHERMEN from Kampot province travelled to Takhmao on Thursday to submit a petition urging Prime Minister Hun Sen’s intervention in a dispute involving a proposed coastal resort development they say threatens their community fishing zone.

The fishermen, from Kep Thmey village in Kampot’s Chhouk district, arrived at Hun Sen’s residence just a day after they held protests against the Keo Chea Development Company, which is reclaiming coastal land for the construction of the resort.

They said the 200-hectare reclamation effort will affect the residents of Kep Thmey and Torteng Thngai villages, most of whom rely on local fisheries, putting up to 1,000 livelihoods at risk.

WE WILL DIE OF STARVATION IF THERE IS NO PLACE FOR US TO FISH.

The company began reclaiming coastal land on October 8 in preparation for the project.
Villager Chan Dara, 47, said that the prime minister’s advisor accepted the petition and asked them to return home to wait until after the Water
Festival for a resolution.

“We have been fishing for several generations, and we will die of starvation if there is no place for us to fish,” she said.

“We need Prime Minister Hun Sen to intervene and maintain a fishing zone for us because it is our daily life.”

Since October 8, villagers have held demonstrations on three occasions, attempting to block trucks carrying landfill to the project site near their village.

A rally Wednesday resulted in scuffles between the villagers and police.

Chan Dara said the villagers would continue to demonstrate until the government agrees to preserve a community fishing zone for the villagers.

Villagers say that at least 80 percent of the area’s residents depend on the community fishing zone for their survival.

Nov Nara, a secretary to the prime minister, said he had accepted the petition from the villagers and would soon submit it to Hun Sen for review.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • 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