Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Chroy Changvar land disputants issue ultimatum to OCIC

Chroy Changvar land disputants issue ultimatum to OCIC

Villagers protest against OCIC yesterday in Chroy Changvar district, calling for the government to intervene in an ongoing land dispute.
Villagers protest against OCIC yesterday in Chroy Changvar district, calling for the government to intervene in an ongoing land dispute. Pha Lina

Chroy Changvar land disputants issue ultimatum to OCIC

Protesters from communities on Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar peninsula embroiled in a land dispute with tycoon Pung Khieu Se’s Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation appealed to the government yesterday to provide affected families with compensation for their lost land.

In a press conference discussing the impacts of OCIC’s land concessions, Chea Sophat, the representative of the six disputant communities, said that a total of 244 families had lived on the 140 hectares of disputed land since 1979.

The compensation plan provided by OCIC was unsatisfactory, and would see villagers retain only 10 per cent of their land, said Sophat, who appealed to Prime Minister Hun Sen to intervene.

“We would agree to sell the land for $400 per square metre, and as a concession, we would agree to give the state 50 per cent of our land and the company and municipal hall could do whatever they wanted with it,” he said, adding that residents wanted land titles that “include the exact location” of the land.

If demands are not met by Khmer New Year, he added, protesters would raise their asking price and reduce the amount of land they would concede.

Phnom Penh Municipal Deputy Governor Khuong Sreng urged protesters to file a letter to City Hall stating “where they want us to cut the land off”.

“If they want a solution, they have to make the document, not [just] a press conference like this.”

A representative of OCIC, Sok Sil Phanha, said that he could not respond to the demands.

MOST VIEWED

  • First Cambodian woman graduates from Japan’s NDA military academy

    A few years ago, Meach Sithyka Jessica became the first-ever Cambodian woman to graduate from the US Military Academy at West Point, and since then her courage and determination has served as an inspiration for other Cambodian women. Similarly, Ly Chansocheata became the first Cambodian

  • Construction begins on $1.5B Kampot seaport

    The International Multi-Purpose Logistics and Port Centre, principally invested by Kampot Logistics and Port Co Ltd and projected to cost $1.5 billion, has officially broken ground in Bokor town, Kampot province. The multi-purpose logistics and port centre, located in Prek Tnaot commune, will be built on

  • Cambodia eyes key role in electronics, auto hubs in SEA

    Two roadmaps, part of the LDC’s economic diversification plan, were designed to see it through its migration process, but experts say the journey might be arduous, particularly in the presence of two established hubs in the region By 2028, Cambodia hopes to have exited the

  • Hun Neng, lawmaker and PM’s brother, passes away aged 72

    Hun Neng, chairman of the 4th Commission of the National Assembly, has passed away from heart disease at the age of 72 on the afternoon of May 5, according to the Ministry of Information. Hun Neng is the older brother of Prime Minister Hun Sen, and was

  • CCC team off on US business trip

    The Kingdom’s leading economists and private sector representatives have called on the US to renew its tax preferential status for Cambodian exports, as a Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) delegation departed for a weeklong business visit to the US, where they will meet with

  • PM meets with US business giants

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has met with a number of major US companies who have expressed interest in investing in Cambodia, in a meeting convened by the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC). A delegation of companies – including Amazon, Meta, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Ford, Visa and Pernod