Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Capital gov floats idea of flats at Trapaing Chhouk

Capital gov floats idea of flats at Trapaing Chhouk

Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong speaks to the press on Monday about plans for Phnom Penh’s Trapaing Chhouk neighbourhood. Photo supplied
Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong speaks to the press on Monday about plans for Phnom Penh’s Trapaing Chhouk neighbourhood. Photo supplied

Capital gov floats idea of flats at Trapaing Chhouk

Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong on Monday announced plans to develop the drug-riddled Trapaing Chhouk slum into a new housing compound in the near future, though a city spokesman yesterday cautioned that the plans were far from final.

Socheavtong first announced the plans on Monday afternoon while touring the notorious community, which officials claim has almost been completely cleared of drugs under the ongoing nationwide drug crackdown.

Socheatvong yesterday said that over the years, the area had became a disorganised warren, with drug users and distributors using the slum’s narrow alleys as a hideout.

“We want to turn the Trapaing Chhouk area into a new housing compound with order, security and comfort for the people, including a good environment and hygiene,” he said.

Officials will hold public forums and will launch a survey to receive feedback. Families would be given a land certificate to secure them a space in the new community, he added.

However, City Hall spokesman Met Measpheakdey said the project was just an idea at this point, and hasn’t been seriously studied yet. A committee to examine the development will be formed, he said, but it’s not known when.

“We cannot leave this area to be in chaos and be unorganised like this anymore,” he said.

There are 660 families living in the community, totalling about 3,000 residents.

Measpheakdey said that during the month of February, authorities had cracked down heavily on the drug-infested community, and that the area is now almost “100 percent” free of drugs. A total of 231 perpetrators were arrested, he said. Some 94 rental rooms, where drug users and distributors would gather, were dismantled. Six others will be torn down by the owners.

Meas Vyrith, secretary-general of the National Authority for Combating Drugs, confirmed the slum was almost free of drugs but said it would continue to be patrolled in order to continue “to fight drug users”.

Soeung Saran, acting executive director at urban housing rights NGO Sahmakum Teang Tnaut, said the proposed housing development was risky for the families. “We have seen examples from other developments,” he said, citing the long-running disputes that grew out of the development of Boeung Kak as an example.

“To avoid this from happening again, Phnom Penh authorities should have a clear consultation and compensation,” he said.

Additional reporting by Yesenia Amaro


  • Seven positive for Covid-19, Hun Sen confirms local transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that there has been local community transmission of Covid-19. However, he urged the people not to panic even though the Ministry of Health announced the discovery of seven new cases on Sunday. Among the victims are Chhem Savuth, the director-general

  • PM confirms community transmission, calls for unity

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the public to stay calm, unite and follow the Ministry of Health guidelines after the wife of a senior official tested positive for Covid-19 in the Kingdom’s first case of community transmission. The case has drawn criticism

  • Over 110 garment factories close

    A government official said on November 22 that at least 110 garment factories had closed in the first nine months of the year and left more than 55,000 workers without jobs – but union leaders worry those numbers could be much higher. Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training undersecretary

  • Singapore group seeks $14M in damages from PPSP over ‘breach of contract’

    Singapore-based Asiatic Group (Holdings) Ltd is seeking a minimum of $14.4 million relief from Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX)-listed Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone Plc (PPSP) for allegedly breaching a power plant joint venture (JV) agreement. Asiatic Group’s wholly-owned Colben System Pte Ltd and 95 per

  • PM vows to protect Hun family

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has vowed to continue his fight against opposition politicians who he said intend to smash the Hun family. Without naming the politicians but apparently referring to former leaders of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Hun Sen said there

  • Cambodia lauded for fight against Covid-19

    Cambodia has drawn global accolades for its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, with a new report finding that the Kingdom has controlled the pandemic better than any other country in Asia. Dr Takeshi Kasai, director of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Western Pacific region,