Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Minister called over SR statues

Minister called over SR statues

The National Assembly’s Seventh Commission is to summon the minister of cult and religion for questioning regarding “illegal” religious statues erected last week and subsequently destroyed by authorities in Siem Reap’s Svay Leu district.

According to Tuon Yokda, a member of the commission on religious affairs, the area contained several objects often used in the rituals of Vietnam’s Tuek Khmao community, including several smaller statues, hundreds of wooden stumps traditionally used for martial arts and unworn monks’ robes.

“I do not know which group this is, but their activity is like the religious violations on Bokor Mountain and Kape Island,” Yokda said.

There has been a Vietnamese religious presence in Svay Leu district since 2012, he added.

However, Seng Somony, spokesman for the Ministry of Cult and Religion, said the site had not been approved for religious use.

He said the ministry welcomed the investigation as an opportunity to clarify the situation.

“We do not want to see religious statues being knocked down like this, it affects emotions,” he said. “The government should prevent it.”

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Turkish Embassy calls for closure of Zaman schools

With an attempted coup against the government of President Recep Erdogan quashed only days ago and more than 7,000 alleged conspirators now under arrest, the Turkish ambassador to Cambodia yesterday pressed the govern

CNRP lawmakers beaten

Two opposition lawmakers, Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Sakphea were beaten unconscious during protests in Phnom Penh, as over a thousand protesters descended upon the National Assembly.

Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

Students at Phnom Penh's Liger Learning Center have written and published a new book, "The Cambodian Economy".