Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Memot villagers petition PM

Memot villagers petition PM

Villagers from Kratie province's Memot Rubber Plantation hold pictures of Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh on Monday, as they submit a petition asking for his intervention in their land dispute. Licadho
Villagers from Kratie province's Memot Rubber Plantation hold pictures of Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh on Monday, as they submit a petition asking for his intervention in their land dispute. Licadho

Memot villagers petition PM

Around 150 villagers from Kratie’s Memot Rubber Plantation petitioned the prime minister on Monday, asking that the company include them in a land compensation plan that currently only includes some of the concession’s residents.

The plantation was the site of a shooting by security forces earlier this month, injuring three. Initial reports suggested protesters were killed, though no evidence has surfaced to support the claim.

Villagers travelled to Phnom Penh on Sunday and submitted the petition to the Council of Ministers, asking that they be included in any resolution involving the plantation.

Read more: Authorities deny six killed in Kratie clash between protesters, soldiers

Memot Rubber released a statement after the protest saying that around 3,000 hectares would be set aside for villagers but did not provide additional details.

Kong Chamroeun, an official who accepted the petition, said the document will be reviewed but that most of them had occupied the land following the granting of the company’s land concession in 2008.

“I think they are people who migrated there to clear it since 2014. They should consider themselves lucky we did not press charges against them,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Purging Sihanoukville’s past with a new masterplan

    Amid illicit activities, haphazard development and abandoned projects, the coastal city of Sihanouk province needs a reset to move forward. A new masterplan might be the answer to shake off its seemingly mucky image to become the Shenzhen of the south Gun toting, shootouts, police

  • Chinese may be first in tourism revival: PM

    Cambodia's tourism industry is gearing up to roll out the red carpet for Chinese travellers after Prime Minister Hun Sen on September 17 indicated that the Kingdom could soon throw open its doors to international holidaymakers vaccinated against Covid-19 – starting with guests from China. Cambodia Chinese

  • Four-pillar approach in reopening of tourism: PM

    Cambodia is drawing up a four-strategy approach to promptly restore domestic and international tourism activity and put the industry on a transition pathway to a sustainable and inclusive model that is resistant to future crises, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen. The prime minister made

  • Airline says ready for green light to reopen international tourism

    Sky Angkor Airline Co Ltd on September 21 said it is ready to transport South Korean and Chinese tourists to the Kingdom once the Cambodian government makes good on plans to reopen its borders to vaccinated travellers. The Siem Reap-based airline made the remark during a

  • Tourism concerns laid bare

    To ensure the success of plans to reopen the tourism market for international visitors, Cambodia must pay utmost attention to two primary determinants – the ongoing paradigm shift in domestic tourism services towards the ‘new normal’, and the factors influencing choices of destinations among foreign holidaymakers.

  • Cambodian bride ‘badly treated, held captive’ by Chinese man seeks help

    A Cambodian woman who travelled to China to marry a Chinese man there was “badly treated” by her husband’s family and then had to be rescued and will be returned to Cambodia to ensure her safety. The rescue operation came about after the 25-year-old