Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Part of tycoon’s ELC to be granted to villagers

Part of tycoon’s ELC to be granted to villagers

Traffic passes in front of the Mong Reththy Group offices yesterday in Phnom Penh. Some of the company’s land in Preah Sihanouk province will be converted into social land concessions.
Traffic passes in front of the Mong Reththy Group offices yesterday in Phnom Penh. Some of the company’s land in Preah Sihanouk province will be converted into social land concessions. Pha Lina

Part of tycoon’s ELC to be granted to villagers

The Preah Sihanouk province land management committee is in the process of issuing land titles for 82 families in a recently converted forest area, as well as from an economic land concession (ELC) belonging to the Mong Reththy Group.

The Cambodian government issued a sub-decree in February to grant villagers land in more than 1,300 hectares of a forested area near Prey Nop district’s Kea village, as well as 56.2 hectares from tycoon Mong Reththy’s ELC.

Tith Vuthy, the district governor, said the sub-decree is in accordance with a ministerial proclamation on ELCs that stipulates that people living on and cultivating land before May 7, 2012, should be granted ownership.

“But those who have been living or clearing land after . . . are considered illegal owners,” he said.

Bou Narith, Licadho’s Preah Sihanouk provincial coordinator, welcomed the sub-decree, which he said adhered to the so-called “tiger skin principle”, which aims to reduce the impact of ELCs on villagers’ farming land and on forests.

“If they want to stay [on the land], an ELC owner has to exclude them from their project by following the tiger skin formula,” meaning that land inhabited by farmers must be cut out of the concession area.

Monivann Tan, vice president of the Mong Reththy Group, which maintains a palm oil plantation in Prey Nop district, said he did not oppose the sub-decree. “We agree [that some villagers] were occupying the land already,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • PP massage parlours raided, 29 suspects held for prostitution

    The Phnom Penh municipal Military Police on Sunday raided four massage parlours in Por Sen Chey district and detained 29 suspects for questioning over their alleged involvement in prostitution. Deputy municipal Military Police commander Pu Davy on Monday said the four massage parlours were located near

  • PM: All 10 Asean countries to receive Rainsy arrest warrants

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday that all 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member states will receive warrants for the arrest of Sam Rainsy. The warrants have already been sent to Laos and Thailand. He was speaking at a joint press conference at

  • Human rights report biased, says Cambodia

    Cambodia has accused the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday of having “undermined the principle of objectivity”. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the UN said the Office of the

  • Overtourism still threatens Angkor Wat

    Ticket sales to the Angkor temples are down. An Angkor Enterprise report has revealed that ticket sales to the Angkor Archaeological Park dropped by more than 11 per cent from the same period last year. Prime Minister Hun Sen isn’t concerned. He told journalists that