Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Samrin funds Tbong Khmum border village




Samrin funds Tbong Khmum border village

A bulldozer levels land in front of newly built houses earlier this month in Tbong Khmum province as part of a development project by Heng Samrin.
A bulldozer levels land in front of newly built houses earlier this month in Tbong Khmum province as part of a development project by Heng Samrin. Facebook

Samrin funds Tbong Khmum border village

National Assembly President Heng Samrin has helped fund a second round of homes for villagers near his hometown on the eastern border in Tbong Khmum, which has previously been the source of controversy surrounding land swaps with Vietnam.

Samrin has backed the construction of 77 houses, and accompanying infrastructure, in Ponhea Krek district’s Thlok Trach village, photos of which were uploaded on the Cambodian People’s Party stalwart’s Facebook page yesterday.

In a message posted with the pictures, Samrin, who has previously erected houses in nearby Anlung Chrey, his native village, between 2011 and 2013, described his vision for the remote border settlement.

“This is a section of construction near the little-known borderline, which is to become a public gathering place where there are people, an irrigation system, a hospital, a school and an infrastructure system,” Samrin posted, adding he hoped development would see the Kingdom’s northeast draw tourists.

Tbong Khmum Provincial Governor Ly Leng yesterday said Samrin had built almost 200 houses for residents in the area in total, saying their Khmer style showcased the country’s national identity.

“This construction is to help farmers living along the border,” Leng said, adding that recipients felt “encouraged” by the support.

Leng said the latest batch would be handed over to residents in February while a new gravel road near the border would soon be sealed.

In 2012, the villages of Anlung Chrey and Thlok Trach were thrust to the centre of the long-running controversy over the integrity of the Kingdom’s eastern boundary, after an official announced that in order to keep them within Cambodia as part of the ongoing demarcation process, authorities would have to swap two still-unnamed villages with Vietnam.

Critical of that move, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party was yesterday more supportive of Samrin’s efforts to develop the region.

“Any activity to help citizens, we support,” CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann said, adding the party would join efforts to “defend territory” and stop foreign countries from “invading”.

Meanwhile, Sous Yara, spokesman and lawmaker for Preah Vihear, said that such building projects by party members in no way blurred the line between government services and private partisan initiatives.

“In Prey Vihear, if I like some village, I just contribute to some village and I . . . raise funds and public donations; it’s normal,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hungarian exposes 90 to Covid in Siem Reap

    The Ministry of Health has discovered 90 people who have been exposed directly or indirectly to a Hungarian man infected with Covid-19. They all are required to quarantine at home and the hospital. The ministry is searching for other affected people. Among the 90, one is the

  • PM warns of ‘new Cold War’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the possibility of a so-called new Cold War has become a significant concern and that all countries have to reject outright, any attempt to allow history to tragically repeat itself. He made the remarks in a speech during 75th Session

  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring

  • ‘Bad news is an investor’s best friend’ – unlocking investment potential in Cambodia

    It is time to shop. Economic woes provide good pickings for investors if they know where to look The poem If, written by English Nobel laureate poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling for his son circa 1895, is widely perceived as fatherly advice for John who would

  • PM requests Russia’s Covid vaccine

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that Russia provide Cambodia with its Covid-19 vaccine after the former announced it planned on mass vaccinating its population next month. The request came on Thursday through the prime minister’s Facebook page as he met with Anatoly Borovik,

  • Cambodia, CRF win rice battle in EU Court

    The European General Court has rejected the European Commission’s (EC) request to reject a complaint submitted by Cambodia and the Cambodian Rice Federation (CRF) regarding the EU’s reintroduction of tariffs on Indica rice exports from Cambodia. A court order uploaded to the European