Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Opposition decries Prey Lang logging

Opposition decries Prey Lang logging

Opposition decries Prey Lang logging

Locals in Kampong Thom province’s Sandan district told visiting opposition leaders yesterday that their lands had been deforested and occupied by Vietnamese companies.

The opposition party lawmakers-elect, led by Cambodia National Rescue Party president Sam Rainsy and deputy president Kem Sokha, were on a tour of parts of Prey Lang forest, where there has been logging by companies granted economic land concessions.

In a video clip posted on Sokha’s Facebook page yesterday, a crowd of villagers gather around him. “Before it was [Khmer] people’s land, but the Yuon took it,” one local said, using a slang term for Vietnamese generally viewed as disparaging.

Sokha and Rainsy then addressed the crowd, calling for a change in government.

“Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge led the country from 1975 to 1979 and killed Khmer people. Now a former Khmer Rouge group in the government of the Cambodian People’s Party is killing the natural resources,” Sokha said.

Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan said the remarks were meant to score cheap political points and that development had helped the poor.

MOST VIEWED

  • Breaking: US House passes 'Cambodia Democracy Act'

    The US House of Representatives in Washington, DC, on Monday, passed the “HR 526 Cambodia Democracy Act”, also known as the Cambodia Democracy Act of 2019. If signed off by the president, the bill will allow two major sets of action to be taken against high-ranking Cambodian

  • ‘Zero-dollar’ tours under fire

    Minister of Tourism Thong Khon has blamed “zero-dollar” tour operators for the decrease in foreign tourists to Angkor Archaeological Park in the first half of this year and has called for action against them. Angkor Archaeological Park received 1.24 million foreign visitors in the first half

  • Some jobs off limits to foreigners from August

    Beginning from the second week of August, foreigners will be banned from driving taxis and tuk-tuks, as well as being motorcycle delivery drivers, street food vendors, hairdressers and product distributors among other lower-income jobs. Some white-collar jobs such as the head of human resources will

  • Chinese-owned shops are on the rise in central Phnom Penh

    Informal businesses owned by Chinese nationals are on the rise in central Phnom Penh, especially in Tonle Bassac commune, surrounding Koh Pich. Such businesses have sprung up notably in Central Market, Orussey Market, Sovanna Shopping Mall, Rattana Plaza, as well as Kakab commune across from