Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ministry locations in Phnom Penh reclassified private land

Ministry locations in Phnom Penh reclassified private land

Ministry locations in Phnom Penh reclassified private land

Four former Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology department locations in Phnom Penh have been reclassified from state public to state private property, according to the latest Royal Book of November 12.

The reclassification sub-decree of the locations, in Teuk Thal and Sen Sok districts, covers a total of 44,456 square metres and paves the way for the property to be leased to private developers.

Mao Buntheoun, a department director at the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, declined to respond in detail to questions yesterday, only commenting that he was in the dark about the reclassification.

“I know nothing. I don’t know what the purpose of taking this location is for,” he said.

Water Resources Minister Lim Keanhour could not be reached yesterday.

The sub-decree, signed by Prime Minster Hun Sen on October 30, overrides any existing land arrangements on the subject properties.

Six families of former ministry officials who have been living at the locations of the disused departments confirmed they had already been told to dismantle their houses as the plot of land had been sold to a private company.

“I am unaware of the company’s name and the purpose of taking this land because they just told us to move,” said a resident who declined to be named.

In February, Hun Sen threatened to withdraw the position of two ministers who wanted to relocate their ministerial building to the outskirts of the city and lease the more attractive inner-city sites for a profit.

To contact the reporter on this story: May Titthara at [email protected]

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Dire consequences’ from sanctions, warns AmCham

    American businesspeople in Cambodia have warned that any sanction against the Kingdom would have “dire consequences” that could push Cambodia even further into the arms of China. In a letter to US senators and representatives dated Monday, the American Chamber of Commerce Cambodia (AmCham) said

  • Protests planned in New York as Hun Sen to attend the UN

    Prime Minister Hun Sen will speak at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week. But US-based supporters of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) plan to throw eggs at his car as part of a series of protests to coincide

  • CPP: ‘Behave or Sokha suffers’

    The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) spokesman warned Kem Monovithya on Thursday that her attempt to damage “national reputation and prestige” would lead to her father, Kem Sokha, receiving even harsher punishment. Sok Eysan issued the warning as Monovithya, who is the court dissolved

  • Preah Sihanouk beach developments halted

    After receiving an order from Hun Sen, Minister of Land Management Chea Sophara led a team of experts and relevant officials to Sihanoukville to call a halt to the illegal development of a beach. The prime minister ordered the Prek Treng beach in Otres commune