Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Officials: Assistance for poor households in lockdown area coming gradually

Officials: Assistance for poor households in lockdown area coming gradually

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Each family will also receive one-off food aid consisting of 25kg rice, a case of instance noodle, six bottles of fish souse and six bottles of soy souse. Photo supplied

Officials: Assistance for poor households in lockdown area coming gradually

Prime Minister Hun Sen said recently that the government did not impose lockdown to starve people but to break the chain of covid-19 transmission, and the poor will receive government support. But since then, some have complained that they are suffering now.

A construction worker in Sen Sok district's Trung Morn village, which has been in lockdown since April 9, said on condition of anonymity that he and other impoverished villagers were happy to hear that the prime minister would provide them with food and financial assistance to sustain their livelihoods. But he claimed that until now he had received nothing.

“We are facing shortages because most of the residents here are garment and construction workers staying in rented rooms and cannot go anywhere.

“When Samdech [Hun Sen] announced that there are donations, we were very happy. But we haven't seen them. We are looking forward to receiving the donations,” he said.

Another resident said some impoverished families in his village had received donations from the prime minister, but some had not. He is looking forward to receiving the donation, worried that his family will face more difficulties if the lockdown prolongs.

“During this lockdown, I have little food. If the lockdown is extended, I will be starved. Bills of water, electricity and bank loans are also due to settle,” he said.

During a recent address, Hun Sen urged better-off citizen to decline government support. The call came after a photo was shared on social media showing a woman receiving milled rice, sauce fish and money from the local authorities in front of her villa. The photo drew public criticism.

Meanchey district deputy governor Dy Roth Khemrun told The Post on April 18 that the donations from Hun Sen for the poor had reached residents in his district gradually.

He urged people in the lockdown area to be tolerant as the authorities provide the donation to those in need first. He called on rich families to transfer donations to the poor instead.

“It does not mean that the authorities had turned a blind eye to them. Please kindly understand. We are providing impoverished families with the donations. But we are also aware that some brothers and sisters have not yet received them – we are taking their names,” he said.

Roth Khemrun said Meanchey district consisted of seven communes with more than 5,000 poor families. They all will receive food and 300,000 riel ($70) donated by the prime minister.

Affiliated Network for Social Accountability executive director San Chey said the donations should be provided for real poor people. But obviously, the local authorities had a loophole in the application of the principle.


  • Municipal hall releases map detailing colour coded Covid risks by commune

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng released an official map detailing the red, yellow and dark yellow zones within the city under the new lockdown orders for Phnom Penh announced on April 26. The designation of red, dark yellow and yellow corresponds to areas with high,

  • Phnom Penh unveils rules for post-lockdown transition

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration issued a set of detailed guidelines for the seven days to May 12 after the capital emerges from lockdown at the onset of May 6. In the 14-page document signed by municipal governor Khuong Sreng released on the evening of May 5, the

  • SBI LY HOUR Bank Launches Cross Border Money Transfer Service between Cambodia and Vietnam on RippleNet, utilizing DLT

    SBI LY HOUR Bank Plc and Hanoi-based Tien Phong Commercial Joint Stock Bank (TPBank) on Friday launched the first Cambodia-Vietnam money transfer service in real currency via RippleNet, provided by SBI Ripple Asia Co Ltd to provide safe, fast and convenient services. SBI LY HOUR

  • Gov’t issues guidelines as lockdown nears end

    The government has issued a five-page set of instructions to be enforced when the three-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province ends on May 6. According to an announcement signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 4, the instructions cover a

  • Cambodia ready to exit LDC status

    Cambodia is well-prepared to minimise economic risks when it graduates from its Least Developed Countries status, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Commerce on May 7. Four LDCs – Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh and Nepal – met at a virtual workshop last week to explore potential

  • Tottenham Hotspur to wear ISF Cambodia logo on jerseys in match against Sheffield United

    Last year, the Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF) – an NGO providing education to underprivileged children in Cambodia – made global headlines with its “socially distanced” football initiative. This year, a world-class football club – Tottenham Hotspur FC – will wear special edition jerseys to show their support for ISF