Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Vendors press complaint at premier’s home

Vendors press complaint at premier’s home

Vendors press complaint at premier’s home

VENDORS from Banlung Market in Ratanakkiri province demonstrated outside Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Phnom Penh villa this week, protesting what they say are exorbitant and illegal fees charged by the market’s owner.

A complaint from the vendors, which was eventually given to a representative of Hun Sun on Wednesday, says that Sa Leang, the market owner, has violated Ministry of Economy and Finance guidelines which state that US$90 is the maximum fee market owners can charge vendors each year.

The complaint asserts that the market owner, Sa Leang, charged vendors initial payments ranging from $5,000 to $40,000 in addition to subsequent payments of $90 per year for up to 35 years.

Khen Bunchhorn, a vendor who sells dresses, said that he has been asked to pay a total of US$5,000 in installments on top of a yearly fee of $90.

“I just paid $1,000 for the first year’s installment. Now they are forcing me to pay for the second year, but I do not have the money to pay,” he said.

Representative Teng Sophal said vendors would place their trust in the judgment of the prime minister, who earlier this month lashed out at market owners for imposing unnecessary upgrades to markets around the country.

Sa Leang said Tuesday that he has operated the market legally.

“I told vendors already that after the [initial] payments are made, I will not take” any more, he said.

“I have already told the Ministry of Economy and Finance there will be no more additional payments.”

Ton Sotharoth, the director of the provincial Department of Economy and Finance, said on Wednesday that he planned to look into the ongoing dispute.


  • Kak Channthy, Cambodian Space Project frontwoman, killed in crash at 38 [Updated]

    Updated 5:05pm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Kak Channthy, frontwoman of popular The Cambodian Space Project, was killed Tuesday morning in a traffic accident in Phnom Penh. She was 38. Channthy, the internationally recognised singer-songwriter also known as “Srey Thy”, was reportedly travelling in a tuk-tuk on the city's

  • Australians protest Asean summit visit by PM Hun Sen

    Hundreds of protesters gathered in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Friday to protest against Cambodian strongman Hun Sen, who claimed to have been gifted millions of dollars by the Australian government ahead of a special Asean summit this weekend. An estimated 300 protesters, the majority of

  • One Australian, one Cambodian killed in explosion at military base

    Updated: 5:20pm, Friday 16 March 2018 An Australian tourist and a Cambodian soldier were killed in an explosion on Thursday afternoon at an army base in Cambodia’s Kampong Speu province. The Australian, whom the government initially identified as a technical demining expert in his 40s, and

  • Peeling back layers of prehistory in Battambang

    When the man passed away, he had not yet reached 50. He belonged to a tribe that had settled near the Sangker River in Battambang province, likely cultivating the fields and raising animals. On the side, they hunted for boars, and even turtles, one of which