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Public bus drivers rally

Around 40 drivers of the city’s new public buses protested on Saturday in front of the night market in Phnom Penh to demand a higher wage, but an official said they were “confused” about the salary agreement.

Chork Moun, one of the drivers for the city, said he was paid $180 for September, but was promised $300.

“We got only $180 for September, and we heard that the authority will pay us $300 per month,” he said, adding that the amount wasn’t enough to cover rising costs of living.

The city launched its first public bus line in February, following up with two extra routes last month.

Chreang Sophan, Phnom Penh’s deputy governor, went to the scene and said it was all a misunderstanding, but that more talks would occur today at the public transportation department.

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