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Fringe party raising funds for Kem Ley stupa

Late political analyst Kem Ley's stupa under construction in Takeo province.
Late political analyst Kem Ley's stupa under construction in Takeo province. Pha Lina

Fringe party raising funds for Kem Ley stupa

Cambodia Youth Party leader Pich Sros said yesterday he has started a 30-day campaign to raise more money for a memorial stupa to be built in Takeo province honouring slain political commentator Kem Ley, a move that comes after Prime Minister Hun Sen handed over $50,000 for the same cause.

The head of the fringe party said that his supporters were raising money in Tbong Khmum, Kampong Cham, Kandal and Phnom Penh for a stupa to be built at Ley’s family home in Takeo’s Tram Kak district.

The stupa will be 5.2 by 9.5 metres at the base and 16 metres tall, and is expected to cost $170,000.

“I have seen that the [funeral] committee for Dr Kem Ley has worked for a year but it has not raised the $170,000 needed and this is failure of the previous committee,” Sros said.

He said he was inspired to raise money after Ley’s brother, Kem Rithisith, made a public call for donations and Hun Sen offered $50,000 for the stupa and gave an additional $10,000 for the commentator’s one-year funeral service on July 10.

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