A former deputy governor in Takeo’s Borei Choslar district lost his long-standing political affiliation and, in turn, his house earlier this month when he jumped ship from Funcinpec and joined the Human Rights Party.
Soy Son, who served as deputy governor from 1996 until he retired last year, said he had lived on the 25 by 30 metres plot of land since 1999.
“My house was completely demolished, without [anyone] talking to me. It is politically motivated,” the former deputy governor said yesterday.
He said he had spoken of defecting from Funcinpec and joining the HRP, but had not officially done so when his home was destroyed.
He has since defected to the HRP, due to his belief that the destruction of his home was politically motivated, he said.
Current Borei Choslar district governor Suth Khon said the house and the land are state property that was lent to Soy Son while he was fulfilling his duties in the local government.
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