Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Areng calls on governor to halt community centre’s removal

Areng calls on governor to halt community centre’s removal

A still from a Mother Nature video in which Areng community members express their disagreement with orders for a community centre to be dismantled by April 25. Mother Nature
A still from a Mother Nature video in which Areng community members express their disagreement with orders for a community centre to be dismantled by April 25. Mother Nature

Areng calls on governor to halt community centre’s removal

Members of the Areng community in Koh Kong are calling for the provincial governor’s intervention to halt an order from commune authorities to dismantle a community centre later this month.

In a video posted on the group Mother Nature’s Facebook page, activist Lim Kimsor and other villagers discuss the value of the centre, which was built in 2015, to the local community.

The video urges Governor Mithona Phouthorng to intervene to prevent commune authorities from forcing them to dismantle it by April 25 to make way for a new commune hall. The community centre is used for advocacy work, tourism and other purposes.

In the video, Kimsor asks the governor if she and other provincial officials are aware of the disagreement.

“Or perhaps you already know and are ignoring it on purpose in order to hinder the ability of the local communities to engage in advocacy, by scaring them and cutting off one of their sources of income?”

Phouthorng did not respond to requests for comment.

The centre has sparked controversy from the start, with commune councillor Ven Vorn convicted in 2016 of allegedly harvesting forest products illegally to build the structure, and with tampering with evidence that he had done so.

He was given a one-year sentence, with seven months suspended, with villagers alleging that he was targeted for having opposed a hydropower dam in the area.


  • Cambodia armed with money laundering laws

    Money laundering will now carry a penalty of up to five years in prison while those convicted of financing terrorists will be jailed for up to 20 years, according to new laws promulgated by King Norodom Sihamoni and seen by The Post on Thursday. Comprising nine

  • Schools to be reopened in ‘three stages’

    With guidance from Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, is in the process of reopening schools in three stages. But no timeline has been set, ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha said on Thursday. Soveacha said the first stage will be to

  • Thai border crossings eased

    The Cambodian Embassy in Thailand said in an announcement on Wednesday that Thailand’s government has allowed certain passengers from several countries to enter its borders. The visitors must go back to their country immediately after their duties in Thailand are fulfilled, the embassy said.

  • Gov’t says tourism recovers slightly despite pandemic

    The Ministry of Tourism and the Phnom Penh municipal administration have recognised 33 tourism businesses in the capital which have consistently implemented safety measures for tourists and adhered to the code of conduct issued by the ministry. Recently, the ministry announced that tourism businesses had to

  • Mull ASEAN border opening, PM urges

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that ASEAN launch a scenario for gradually reopening cross-border travel and trade between countries in the region. He said ASEAN has had more success combating Covid-19 compared to other regions. The prime minister’s request was made at the

  • Ministry reports 11 new Covid-19 cases, reiterates vigilance

    Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng has urged people to continue practising virus prevention techniques after 11 people tested positive for Covid-19 within two days after arriving in the Kingdom. Speaking on Sunday, Bun Heng stressed the importance of washing hands, wearing masks or scarves when

  • Koh Rong land ‘belongs to firm’

    Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration spokesperson Kheang Phearum told The Post on Sunday that the 35ha being bulldozed by Royal Group Co Ltd in Koh Rong belongs to it after it was leased to it for 99 years by the government in 2008. Phearum said the land does

  • Nine on Indonesia flight Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health on Saturday confirmed nine more imported cases of Covid-19. The nine ‒ eight Cambodians and one Indonesian, aged 22 to 26 ‒ arrived in Cambodia on Thursday via a direct flight from Indonesia and are receiving treatment at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hostipal in Phnom Penh.

  • Kingdom’s financial sector healthy

    Cambodia's financial sector remains on a sustainable growth path despite the Covid-19 pandemic squeezing crucial industries, National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) governor Chea Chanto said. Tourism, garments and footwear have borne the brunt of the Covid-19 impact, he said, whereas the financial and agriculture sectors

  • Vietnam told to remove border tents

    Kandal provincial governor Kong Sophoan has ordered local authorities to prohibit the construction of buildings in areas bordering Cambodia and to report any irregularities immediately. Recently, Vietnamese officials removed another seven tents from the border area with Cambodia. His remarks were made on Wednesday afternoon