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Land allotted for Kampong Chhnang boat people must be rented

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There are a total of 4,563 families living in floating houses on the Tonle Sap River in Kampong Chhnang province, a provincial administration report said. Heng Chivoan

Land allotted for Kampong Chhnang boat people must be rented

Kampong Chhnang deputy provincial governor Sun Sovannarith reaffirmed that the 40ha the provincial authorities allocated to Vietnamese boat people is Cambodian national Ros Chamroeun’s private land.

He said there was no cutting of land for them, but the Vietnamese immigrants will have to pay rent to live in the location with no right to own it.

Sovannarith on Thursday spoke at a press conference at the Office of the Council of Ministers about the relocation plan for Vietnamese, Cambodian and Cambodian-Muslim boat people to relocate to the 40ha.

The press conference was called to explain that the relocation of boat people in nine communes who live on the water of the Tonle Sap River was so that they could live on land as per the preparation by local authorities in Kampong Chhnang province.

Sovannarith said Cambodian and Cambodian-Muslim nationals who volunteer to relocate from their floating houses can receive a plot of land measuring 5m by 20m per family.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese nationals have no right to receive the land but can choose to rent it from owner Chamroeun and live on it.

Sovannarith said: “It [will be] an agreement between the landowner and tenants and the rental [fee] depends on how big or small the house is.”

After relocating the boat people, the Kampong Chhnang provincial authorities will transform the location into a tourist area and set up fish- and lobster-raising cages as per European technical standards, he said.

A provincial administration report released at the press conference said the land was owned by villagers and they had sold it to private companies.

The report said the provincial administration received public roads, land for building schools and health centres, among others.

The private companies make a profit legally, while people who relocate to the land can choose to buy or rent a place at a reasonable price.

“For Cambodian and Cambodian-Muslim nationals, the provincial authorities had arranged for all of them to live on land in their respective villages and communes by just moving from water to land.

“The authorities will prepare roads, electricity and clean water, schools, and health centres for them as per the requirements,” said the report.

The report said that as long as the Vietnamese boat people are legal immigrants, they can live in the Kingdom.

And, the government, relevant ministries, institutions and provincial authorities have to care for their living in accordance with Cambodia’s law on immigration and international laws.

The report noted that there are a total of 4,563 families living in floating houses on the Tonle Sap River in Kampong Chhnang province.

Among them, there are 2,010 Cambodian families (9,168 people), 73 Cambodian-Muslim families (242 people) and up to 2,480 Vietnamese families (10,311 people).

The Kampong Chhang provincial administration’s report cited the reason for this relocation is to make the living of people sustainable and be in line with land law to sustain Tonle Sap River’s environment, natural resources and biodiversity.

This is in hopes of strengthening the security and public safety and to participate in preventing crimes that destroy natural resources, especially fisheries.

Rights group Adhoc coordinator in Kampong Chhnang Sam Chankea said that he welcomed the relocation of the residents.

However, he has not received information on whether the 40ha belonged to Ros Chamroeun.

“We are unsure whether the land belongs to anyone, and have not followed up in regard to it. We also don’t know how they would rent the land,” he said.

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