Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - New monk quarters irk Chroy Changvar community

New monk quarters irk Chroy Changvar community

New monk quarters irk Chroy Changvar community

An abbot is due before Phnom Penh Municipal Court this morning to face questions over accusations that renovations to his Chroy Changvar pagoda are illegal.

Tin Sarom said yesterday that he would comply with the summons but that he was bemused as to why it had been issued, saying he was given permission for the alterations to Prek Liep commune’s Wat Khtor last year.

He furnished an authorisation letter signed and stamped by commune chief Preap Mony, chief layman of the pagoda committee Kim Vanthorn and director of the Municipal Department of Religion Phaon Davy dated September 9, 2015.

However, a complaint by local residents has been taken up by deputy prosecutor Keo Socheat, who on August 4 issued the summons calling Sarom for questioning after “destroying” the pagoda’s living quarters.

Prek Liep resident So Sarath, 45, said yesterday that she was in favour of the pagoda’s refurbishment but was displeased that it was not in keeping with the previous building’s style.

“We support the construction of a huge monastery for monks and poor people pursuing their studies in Phnom Penh,” she said. “But we should renovate it in the old style”.

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • 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

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman