Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Fight gets venomous

Fight gets venomous

Mak Seav Hour, 51, a resident of Tuol Kork district’s Boeung Kak I commune, claims that thugs working for Khun Sea Development threw three snakes into his home in Phnom Penh.
Mak Seav Hour, 51, a resident of Tuol Kork district’s Boeung Kak I commune, claims that thugs working for Khun Sea Development threw three snakes into his home in Phnom Penh. PHA LINA

Fight gets venomous

They've had thugs and flaming metal drums before, but residents in a land dispute with Khun Sea Import Export claim intimidation was ramped up when venomous snakes were lobbed into a house.

Early on Wednesday morning, Boeung Kak 1 commune resident Mak Seav Hour, 51, awoke to something falling.

She saw a man running from her house and then a bag containing a cobra and two vipers.

“They wanted the snakes to bite us to death,” she said.

Her neighbour, 57-year-old Sok Heng, who helped Hour’s husband chase the snakes out of the house, said one of them spat venom in his eye. “Soon after the snake spewed its poison, my eye was dim,” he said.

The Boeung Kak 1 families say even though it was dark, they know who perpetrated the snake attack, pointing to the Khun Sea Import Export Group, run by Lieutenant General Yim Leang – the son of Deputy Prime Minister Yim Chhay Ly.

The Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee and the Housing Rights Task Force back up the claim and add the company has harassed the families for days. Customers were chased from the business of one resident on Monday.

The same day, men associated with the export company allegedly threatened the families’ pets; later that night, two dogs and one cat were left dead on the families’ doorsteps.

Lieutenant General Yim Leang confirmed yesterday that he owned the land, but said he did not know of any issues with the residents.

The families’ says their troubles began last year, when the import export group claimed to own the land, according to Housing Rights Task Force legal officer Nan Ony.

“According to a [2010] document from the Council of Ministers, Prime Minister Hun Sen endorsed the land exchange at Boeung Kak 1 commune giving it to the Khun Sea company,” he said.

Four of the seven families who lived on the property refused the $15,000 compensation offered to vacate the area.

“I can’t use the money to buy another piece of land as big as this one,” Hour said. “Here, I run a rice business. I can feed my family with this.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Oil producers see oversupply

    Major oil producers said on Sunday that crude supply next year would outstrip demand, calling for new strategies based on production adjustments. Khalid al-Falih, Energy Minister of the world’s top supplier Saudi Arabia, said the kingdom would cut its production by 500,000 barrels per day (

  • ‘Historic’ Khmer Rouge tribunal Case 002/2 verdict to be delivered

    The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) are to deliver the verdict on Friday, in the trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, in a pronouncement hailed as a “historic event for Cambodia and the world”. The verdict from

  • Record set for world’s longest dragon boat

    Cambodia broke the world record for the longest dragon boat – a title previously held by China, Guinness World Records adjudicator Pravin Patel said on Monday. He verified the record on the east bank of the Mekong river, in Prey Veng province’s Peamro district. “With

  • Analyst: Government appointments ‘a waste of national budget’

    The government has appointed over 200 officials as undersecretaries of state, secretaries of state, assistants and advisers at various institutions since October 1. While senior officials said the appointments were aimed at ensuring higher efficiency at the national level, social analysts said the practice is merely power-sharing