Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Banteay Meanchey town bans mountain burials

Banteay Meanchey town bans mountain burials

Banteay Meanchey town bans mountain burials

People living in Banteay Meanchey’s provincial capital of Sisophon are now banned from burying their relatives in the five mountains surrounding the town due to a plan to develop the area as an eco-tourist attraction, authorities said.

The ban, announced yesterday, is aimed at helping make the impoverished province more attractive to tourists, said Om Reatrey, Banteay Meanchey Provincial Hall spokesman.

“To improve the beauty of the environment and surrounding mountains, provincial authorities are cooperating with the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the Ministry of Environment, and the Ministry of Tourism to ban all digging in the mountains near Sisophon town, which will prohibit people from burying their dead and building stupas for their relatives, because the town needs to conserve and develop those mountains into an eco-tourism spot,” he said.

Reatrey added that companies developing the mountains for other purposes had also been banned from the area about a month before.

However, some Sisophon residents are unhappy about the move, saying it left them nowhere to bury their relatives during the rainy season when the fields are flooded with water.

“We want the authorities to find us a high place that won’t flood in the rainy season, or else people will not be able to bury the bodies traditionally anymore,” said Yort Sarom, 56.

In response, provincial spokesman Reatrey said that authorities are studying a location north of the town to create a new cemetery, although it has not yet been approved.

MOST VIEWED

  • Serious flooding across country

    The Kampong Speu provincial Committee for Disaster Management on Wednesday issued an alert after non-stop heavy rain caused widespread flooding. In Koh Kong province, authorities are working with the disaster committee and the Cambodian Red Cross to assist those affected after more than 350 homes were

  • CNRP points to King in call for vote boycott

    Leaders of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have taken a new tack in their call for a boycott of the national elections later this month. They are now claiming that the people should follow the King, who is expected to abide by tradition

  • Actress’s NGO takes heat for promoting the ruling party

    An actress’s NGO which participated in an election campaign event contrary to the Law on Association and Non-Governmental Organisations (Lango) has been slammed. Chorn Chanleakena, a celebrity and the president of the Association of Artists Volunteering to Help Society, allegedly led its members in

  • Troop moves ‘won’t worry people’

    Senior officials at the Ministry of Defence and National Police said on Tuesday that riot training provided to the country’s police forces were aimed at preventing unexpected demonstrations and strikes before and after the July 29 national elections. The troop mobilisation, they said, would not