Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Khmer Rise Party: Preah Sihanouk governor grabbing land

Khmer Rise Party: Preah Sihanouk governor grabbing land

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Sok Sovann Vathana Sabung is the president of the Khmer Rise Party (KRP). Facebook

Khmer Rise Party: Preah Sihanouk governor grabbing land

The leader of the Khmer Rise Party (KRP) on Friday submitted a report to Prime Minister Hun Sen accusing the Preah Sihanouk provincial governor of colluding with two prominent tycoons to grab land for personal gain in the province.

KRP president Sok Sovann Vathana Sabung is among 16 leaders of political parties that have joined the Consultation Forum, a committee formed by the prime minister to give feedback to the government on social issues and as a step towards a "culture of dialogue".

In his report, Sovann Vathana Sabung alleges that provincial governor Yun Min had conspired with tycoons Siv Kongtriv and Ly Yong Phat to grab 4ha of state land within the Ream National Park in Prey Nop district's Bit Traing commune.

The trio denies any wrongdoing.

Sovann Vathana Sabung said on Sunday that he had gathered "reliable evidence" to back up his claims.

He said he had raised the issue at the Consultation Forum and reported it to Prime Minister Hun Sen for further action.

“The land titles that Okhna Siv Kongtriv claims to have held are no longer valid,” he said.

The government designated the area as a forest cover in an announcement on April 7, 2006. Former Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Say Hak also issued an announcement on May 26, 2006, revoking all land titles and land reclamation in the area as state property.

The KRP alleged in its report that the governor had created a provincial committee to transfer the ownership of the state-owned land to the tycoons. However, the transfer has been rejected by the provincial environment department.

Yun Min dismissed the KRP report as groundless.

“It is not true. I comply with the laws. The Ministry of Interior has also come to examine it and hasn't found any irregularities,” Min said.

The Ream National Park spans 21,000ha.

MOST VIEWED

  • Omicron patients can stay home: PM

    The Ministry of Health has issued a directive on the treatment of people who have tested positive for the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, following a suggestion from Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of January 21. The directive permits home quarantine for those who

  • Cambodia’s first ever anime festival kicks off Jan 22 at capital’s F3 centre

    Phnom Penh's first ever Anime Festival will bring together fans, artists, shops and other local businesses with ties to the Japanese animation style for cosplay competitions, online games, pop-up shops and more on January 22, with Friends Futures Factory (F3) hosting. F3 is a project that

  • Mr Pancake or M Crepe? Tasty by any title

    Crowds of people gather around a lone man with a mobile food cart every day at around 2pm in front of the Institut Francais du Cambodge to order what many say are the best crepes in Phnom Penh. To some – even to the man making

  • Phnom Penh condo market loses steam

    Just four new condominiums were launched for sale last year in the capital, down from 17 in 2020, according to research by CBRE Cambodia. The four developments comprised “more than 1,000” units, while the 17 in 2020 consisted of 10,866, the real estate firm reported. CBRE Cambodia categorises condos as “high-range”, “

  • Fourth dose Covid booster drive jabs 43K in two days

    In the first two days of the fourth-dose Covid-19 vaccination campaign, more than 43,000 people volunteered to get the jabs, while over 4.6 million people have received a third shot. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said that fourth-dose vaccinations, which began on January 14 exclusively with the Pfizer

  • Molnupiravir treatments available at Cambodia Post

    The working group overseeing the management, distribution and supply of strategic drugs in the fight against Covid-19 at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications has begun distributing 200mg molnupiravir capsules with the brand name Molnatris at all branches of its Cambodia Post from January 19 in