Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - For love or money?: Discord in pagoda over new guests

For love or money?: Discord in pagoda over new guests

For love or money?: Discord in pagoda over new guests

Three monks from Phnom Penh’s Stung Meanchey pagoda have been told to stop accepting displaced families into the pagoda and curb their criticism of the government.

Yen Ratanak Sotheavy said yesterday that chief abbot Tha Bunthoeun and others from the pagoda’s administration warned him he would be expelled if he kept letting the families who are involved in a land dispute in Banteay Meanchey province in and out of the pagoda.

“They said we use the villagers to make money, but I told them the pagoda belongs to Buddhists and is not controlled exclusively by the chief abbot,” he said.

Nonetheless, Ratanak Sotheavy said he earned $300 to $400 per day for hosting the displaced families, which had made the pagoda management “jealous”.

Yim Ek Vutha, deputy chief abbot, said Sotheavy had exaggerated the plan to expel the monks.

He said the problem was that the monks had not informed him about the guests.

“The monks used the pagoda for politics, insulting the government and using people to make money,” he said.


  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • 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

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group