Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Poipet homes under threat from redevelopment



Poipet homes under threat from redevelopment

Poipet commune resident Chhang Heng worries that he may be forced off his land to make room for a road renovation. Licadho
Poipet commune resident Chhang Heng worries that he may be forced off his land to make room for a road renovation. Licadho

Poipet homes under threat from redevelopment

Dozens of families are in danger of losing their homes after authorities informed them that the land along a disused former road that they have inhabited for over 20 years is slated for redevelopment.

Resident Chhang Heng said he has been living in Poipet’s Kbal Spean I village for over 10 years, but some villagers claim to have lived there since the 1990s and earlier.

“I bought the land from another villager, and most of them don’t have a receipt [as proof of sale]. The government measured the land systematically, but they did not measure for me; they said the land is reserved for the road,” Heng said.

Authorities claim the land was a road many years ago. When it fell into disrepair, villagers moved in. While Heng and the others haven’t been ordered to leave yet, the government may do so whenever it decides to rebuild the road.

Some 30 families have since filed a letter to the Poipet town administration to intervene and grant them land titles.

However, no such deal will be extended to the villagers, according to Prak Poly, head of the provincial land management committee.

“If it is the land for the road and we issue them a legal land title, it would be illegal,” he said.

Both the Poipet commune chief and town governor, meanwhile, said that they have no power over land management authorities.

“If the experts say that is the road, it is the road. Though you lived there since 1979, it is still the road, because it is part of the master plan,” said Commune Chief Phork Lorn.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh placed in two-week lockdown

    The government has decided to place Phnom Penh in lockdown for two weeks, effective April 14 midnight through April 28, as Cambodia continues to grapple with the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has seen no sign of subsiding. According to a directive signed by Prime Minister

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Hun Sen: Stay where you are, or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that the two-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal provincial town Takmao could be extended if people are not cooperative by staying home. “Now let me make this clear: stay in your home, village, and district and remain where

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Ministry names types of business permitted amid lockdown

    The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training singled out 11 types of business that are permitted to operate during the lockdown of Phnom Penh and Takmao town, which run through April 28. Those include (1) food-processing enterprises and slaughterhouses; (2) providers of public services such as firefighting, utility and

  • Culture ministry: Take Tuol Sleng photos down, or else

    The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has told Irish photographer Matt Loughrey to take down the photos of Khmer Rouge victims at Tuol Sleng Genocidal Museum which he allegedly colourised and altered to show them smiling. The ministry said Loughrey's work is unacceptable, affecting