Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Collusion Governor denies land grab claims

Collusion Governor denies land grab claims

Collusion Governor denies land grab claims

The governor of Preah Sihanouk province on Monday refuted claims by Khmer Rise Party (KRP) president Sok Sovann Vathana Sabung that he had colluded with two prominent tycoons in grabbing land for personal gain in Prey Nop district.

The denial came after Sovann Vathana Sabung raised the issue during a meeting with the Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, Chea Sophara, on Friday.

Sovann Vathana Sabung is currently rotating president of the Consultation Forum, a committee formed by Prime Minister Hun Sen to provide feedback to the government on social issues and be a step towards a “culture of dialogue”.

During the meeting, he had asked Sophara not to issue land titles to, among others, tycoons Sy Kong Triv and Ly Yong Phat, whom he alleged had conspired with provincial governor Yun Min to grab state land. The request was accepted by Sophara.

Attempts to reach the tycoons on Monday failed, while Min denied any wrongdoing.

“It is not true. The Ministry of Interior has investigated and found nothing wrong,” Min said.


  • Cambodia-Thailand rail reconnected after 45 years

    A railway reconnecting Cambodia and Thailand was officially inaugurated on Monday following a 45-year hiatus, with the two kingdoms’ prime ministers in attendance at the ceremony. On the occasion, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha travelled together from Thailand’s

  • Thousands attend CNRP-organised pro-democracy vigil in South Korea

    Thousands of supporters of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Saturday gathered in the South Korean city of Gwangju to hold a candlelight demonstration calling for the “liberation” of democracy in Cambodia. Yim Sinorn, a CNRP member in South Korea, said on

  • US Embassy: Chinese trade does not help like the West’s

    The US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Friday said relations between China and Cambodia did not create jobs or help industry when compared to the trade between the Kingdom and the US. “About 87 per cent of trade [with China] are Chinese imports, which do not

  • The Christian NGO empowering Cambodian families in Siem Reap

    With its basketball court, football pitch, tennis court and ninja warrior water sports area, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Siem Reap campus of International Christian Fellowship (ICF) Cambodia is a sports centre. But while these free, family-friendly activities are one of the