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Stop stadium plans, CNRP lawmakers ask

Three CNRP lawmakers have issued a letter urging the government to decline a request by tycoon Kith Meng’s Royal Group company to claim rights over a former sports stadium in Battambang province.

During a May 27 provincial council meeting, opposition members found that Interior Minister Sar Kheng, a CPP lawmaker from Battambang, allegedly endorsed Royal Group’s 2007 request to build an “international luxury hotel” on the now-abandoned land in Svay Por commune, said CNRP provincial councillor Chea Chiv.

In response, opposition members Mu Sochua, Pin Ratana and Long Botta sent a letter to the National Assembly dated Friday asking Kheng to withdraw his support.

“The government should renovate this location for the youth and people in Battambang so they can benefit and use it as a national heritage area,” the letter read.

The 4,675-square-metre stadium was previously a popular site for sports like boxing, basketball, football and volleyball.

According to a report delivered by Battambang Provincial Governor Chan Sophal during the May 27 meeting, Royal Group had previously tried to build a steel structure on the land until the authorities prevented them from doing so.

“City Hall stopped the construction . . . because we do not support this project,” Sophal said.

“We have urged [the company] to re-apply for a new investment somewhere else.”



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