Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - B Keila holdouts given month to mull payouts

B Keila holdouts given month to mull payouts

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Borei Keila community members protest over a new compensation offer by the government in Phnom Penh yesterday. Hong Menea

B Keila holdouts given month to mull payouts

Holdouts from Phnom Penh’s Borei Keila community yesterday rejected compensation offers from City Hall to leave, with authorities saying they would give the residents a month to reconsider the offer.

Around 15 families still living on the site who are yet to receive compensation or relocation packages said the offers were unacceptable because they did not include enough financial compensation.

City Hall said some of the families are eligible to choose between a flat payout of $5,000, or a $2,000 payout and a one-room house in the city’s Prek Pnov district. Those who have little of the documentation necessary to prove their claims could get $3,000.

Sar Sorn, one of the holdouts, said the offers were inadequate and asked why the families could not receive flats in the development that led to their evictions. “If they don’t give us a house in Borei Keila, they have to give us acceptable compensation.”

Project developer Phanimex promised to build 10 buildings to house the people displaced by its project but has built only eight so far. City Hall spokesman Mean Chanyada said none of the remaining holdouts had enough documents to claim a house on-site, and that the compensation they could get was based on a fair assessment by officials.

He did not clarify how many families would be eligible for each of the options, and would not say what would happen once the deadline passes.

MOST VIEWED

  • Stock photo agencies cash in on Khmer Rouge tragedy
    Stock-photo companies selling images from S-21 raises ethics concerns

    A woman with short-cropped hair stares directly into the camera, her head cocked slightly to the side. On her lap is a sleeping infant just barely in the frame. The woman was the wife of a Khmer Rouge officer who fell out of favour, and

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • Prime Minister: Take back islands from inactive developers

    The government will “take back” land on roughly 30 islands from private companies that have not made progress on planned developments, Prime Minister Hun Sen said in a speech on Monday that also targeted land-grabbing villagers and idle provincial governors. Speaking at the inauguration of the

  • Land on capital’s riverfront is opened up for investment

    The government has signed off on a proposal to designate more than 9 hectares of land along Phnom Penh’s riverfront as state-private land, opening it up for private investment or long-term leasing. The 9.25-hectare stretch of riverfront from the capital’s Night Market to the