Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Abbot nixes plan for Ley ceremony

Abbot nixes plan for Ley ceremony

People gather in front of a portrait of slain political analyst Kem Ley in July at Chroy Changvar’s Wat Chas pagoda.
People gather in front of a portrait of slain political analyst Kem Ley in July at Chroy Changvar’s Wat Chas pagoda. Heng Chivoan

Abbot nixes plan for Ley ceremony

The abbot of Chroy Changvar district’s Wat Chas said yesterday he would not allow his pagoda to be used for the ceremony marking 100 days since the murder of outspoken political analyst Kem Ley.

“I, the abbot of Wat Por Yaram [Wat Chas] committee, have agreed with Phnom Penh administration’s notification to not allow the pagoda to be used to organise such an event,” abbot Meas Sakorn said in a letter to the committee organising the ceremony.

“So if the organising committee for the 100-day anniversary for Kem Ley, or any individuals or any group still organises the above ceremony, I, the abbot of the pagoda’s committee, am not responsible, and I ask the authorities to take administrative measures.”

Pa Nguon Teang, head of the ceremony organising committee, said the plans for the ceremony on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, would still go ahead, despite opposition from authorities and the abbot.

“He is probably under pressure from the authorities,” he said. “We are still finding a way to negotiate and discuss with the abbot to ensure we can organise the ceremony at the pagoda.”

MOST VIEWED

  • WHO: Covid in Cambodia goes into new phase

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia said that Cambodia has reached a new phase of the pandemic with “decreasing case numbers, high vaccination coverage and a more transmissible circulating variant threatening a hidden surge”. In a press release on September 6, the WHO said that

  • SOPs steer ‘new normal’ tourism

    The Ministry of Tourism has introduced a set of minimum standard operating procedures (SOP) for four major classes of tourism businesses, which is geared towards the “new normal” of the industry. These SOPs are tailored to support businesses in their daily activities and enable them

  • Sleepless in sin city – Will half-sized, outlawed online gambling sector persist below the surface in Cambodia?

    Chinese authorities are coming down hard on online gambling. Similar events are starting to happen in Cambodia, raising questions as to how all of this will end It is 1:30pm, Sotheary (not her real name) is sitting on the wooden floor of her house, facing

  • 'Pursue your goals, reach out to me': Young diplomat tapped as envoy to South Korea

    Chring Botum Rangsay was a secretary of state at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation before being designated as the new Cambodian ambassador to South Korea. According to her official CV published on the foreign ministry’s website, she started her first government

  • International air visitor arrivals dip 93%

    The number of foreign tourists entering Cambodia through the Kingdom’s three international airports witnessed a sharp 92.5 per cent year-on-year decline in the first seven months of this year, according to the Ministry of Tourism. The airports handled 51,729 international tourists in the January-July period versus

  • School reopening ‘offers model for other sectors’

    World Health Organisation (WHO) representative to Cambodia Li Ailan said school reopening process should be used as a role model for reopening other sectors currently mothballed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Li strongly supports the government’s decision to reopen schools, saying it is a decision