Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Opposition reps share views

Opposition reps share views

Non-government organisations hosted a freewheeling forum yesterday in which opposition political parties held forth on a handful of topics critical to voters ahead of the June 3 commune elections.

The CPP did not deign to take part, but a member of one of the monitoring groups said this was fairly common.

Nevertheless, about 200 political activists, representatives of evictees and community leaders flocked to the event, at Phnom Penh’s Imperial Garden Village and Hotel.

Each party representative, none of whom are running for office, laid out positions on themes like land rights and natural resources management.

Koul Panha, of election monitor Comfrel, an NGO that took part, said the question-and-answer period was spirited.

“People feel a little bit frustrated,” he said.

While parties differed here and there, all of them criticised the CPP for provoking recent violent land evictions.

“Land belongs to the villagers, and villagers have been imprisoned for protesting against the government to protect their land,” Thach Sitha, a Sam Rainsy Party representative, said.

Human Rights Party representative Ou Chanrith explained that the HRP wanted to cancel all the 99-year contracts for economic land concessions that affect residents and the environment, and issue land certificates to residents to protect the safety of villagers’ property.

Som Mony, 60, from Siem Reap province, said he would vote for any party that was against evictions.

Senior CPP legislator Cheam Yeap said such critiques were normal during campaigns, and “the voters will decide which political party is on the right track.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Vong Sokheng at sokheng.vong@phnompenhpost.com

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.