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

  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Cambodia's Bokator now officially in World Heritage List

    UNESCO has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of November 29. Her report, which was

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Angkor Beer, 30 Years of Prestige and Still Counting

    Let’s celebrate 30 years of prestige with Angkor Beer. In this 2022, Angkor Beer is 30 years old and has been staying with Cambodian hearts in all circumstances. Head of core beer portfolio, EmYuthousaid, “We have been with Cambodians for three decades now. We, ANGKOR Beer, pride

  • Sub-Decree approves $30M for mine clearance

    The Cambodian government established the ‘Mine-Free Cambodia 2025 Foundation’, and released an initial budget of $30 million. Based on the progress of the foundation in 2023, 2024 and 2025, more funds will be added from the national budget and other sources. In a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen

  • Two senior GDP officials defect to CPP

    Two senior officials of the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) have asked to join the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), after apparently failing to forge a political alliance in the run-up to the 2023 general election. Yang Saing Koma, chairman of the GDP board, and Lek Sothear,