Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Gold-diggers: Monks block Pailin hunt for treasure

Gold-diggers: Monks block Pailin hunt for treasure

Gold-diggers: Monks block Pailin hunt for treasure

Gold-diggers
A GROUP of monks has accused the governor of Pailin province of ordering local security forces to attempt to dig for buried treasure over the weekend at a pagoda in Pailin town.

With the support of about 2,000 local residents, the monks were able to stop 100 police, military police and members of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces from carrying out digs on Saturday and Sunday, despite threats of arrest if they resisted, monks said. Noan Sophen, deputy chief of Ratanak Sophoan pagoda, said yesterday that the treasure hunt had been ordered by Pailin provincial governor Y Chhien.

Y Chhien could not be reached yesterday. Van Nalong, Pailin provincial military police chief, denied allegations that threats of arrest had been issued.

MOST VIEWED

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman

  • China-Cambodia tourism forum held

    The Cambodian tourism sector must be prepared to welcome a growing number of Chinese tourists, as they lead the globe in the number of outbound travellers and were responsible for the most visitors to the Kingdom last year, the country’s tourism minister said on