Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Illegal land sales denied in Kandal



Illegal land sales denied in Kandal

Machines operate on a plot of land in Khsach Kandal district on Saturday that villagers claim was illegally purchased. Photo supplied
Machines operate on a plot of land in Khsach Kandal district on Saturday that villagers claim was illegally purchased. Photo supplied.

Illegal land sales denied in Kandal

A Kandal province businessman yesterday denied involvement in illegal land transactions after villagers in Khsach Kandal district last week alleged he illegally bought and filled parts of a seasonal lake used for communal fishing and farming.

Ly Sengkheang, director of BS Land and Home, acknowledged yesterday that his company holds nearly 100 hectares of seasonally flooded land in Svay Chrum and Prek Takov communes, but maintained it was not part of the lake – which is technically state land and ineligible for sale by individuals.

“The location of our company’s land is not in Boeung Kach lake. The company bought the land from the villagers legally, and the buying . . . included legal land titles as well,” he said yesterday.

Residents had accused Sengkheang of buying sections of the lake from locals with no right to sell, then filling them with sand. However, Sengkheang said that the accusations were “untrue”.

District Governor Kong Sorphoan said land “grabbing in Boeung Kach lake does not exist; however, I will send officials to inspect the case again.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Ministry mulls ASEAN+3 travel bubble

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to launch a travel bubble allowing transit between Cambodia and 12 other regional countries in a bid to resuscitate the tourism sector amid crushing impact of the ongoing spread of Covid-19, Ministry of Tourism spokesman Top Sopheak told The Post on

  • Courts’ decisions now published as reference source

    The Ministry of Justice has published 44 verdicts from civil litigation cases which can be used as models for court precedents and for study by the public and those who work in pertinent fields. Publication of the verdicts on December 31 came as the result of joint

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Quarantine site in north Phnom Penh inaugurated

    A four-building quarantine centre in Phnom Penh’s Prek Pnov district was formally inaugurated on January 6. The centre can house up to 500 people, according to Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng. At the inauguration ceremony, Sreng said the municipal hall had cooperated with the Ministry

  • China firm to develop Mondulkiri airport

    Tourism to the Kingdom’s northeast corridor could experience a remarkable metamorphosis after the government decided in principle of a Chinese company to study and develop a proposal to build a regional-level airport in Mondulkiri province, according to industry insiders. The Council of Ministers said

  • More than 5K workers rush from Thailand amid outbreak

    Following the recent outbreak of Covid-19 in Thailand’s Samut Sakhon province, Cambodian migrants working in Thailand were gripped by worry over the situation and many rushed to return to their homeland. Over the past 10 days, more than 5,000 migrant workers have returned from Thailand through