Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Vendors seek sacking of official

Vendors seek sacking of official

Vendors seek sacking of official

FORMER vendors at Siem Reap’s Phsar Leu market are calling on provincial authorities to sack the market’s director, accusing him of mismanagement.

Eang Saruon, a representative of the vendors, said they have sent a written complaint to provincial officials urging them to remove Sang Naren from his position.

The vendors say they do not trust the director after he decided in February to remove stalls stationed outside the market in order to construct new ones.

“The market director took over the street vendors around the market to sell their spaces to other vendors,” Eang Saruon said. “But this affected the vendors, who lost their [spaces].”

Sang Naren could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

Roughly 100 vendors who had been stationed around the market ended up being evicted, with authorities saying they needed room to make way for parking.

“This site should be used for parking cars, motorbikes and bicycles,” Oeun Pov, deputy governor of Siem Reap town, said at the time.

Eang Saruon said he was not optimistic that the new complaint would be addressed, because authorities did not heed an earlier request to halt the eviction.

“The provincial governor promised to resolve our problem, but I do not believe they can do this because those street vendors have already been kicked out,” he said.

Mao Vuthy, the deputy governor of Siem Reap province, said officials planned to address the issue, but would not do so until May.

“We will resolve this problem after the end of the Royal Ploughing ceremony,” he said, referring to the May 2 holiday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia-Thailand rail reconnected after 45 years

    A railway reconnecting Cambodia and Thailand was officially inaugurated on Monday following a 45-year hiatus, with the two kingdoms’ prime ministers in attendance at the ceremony. On the occasion, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha travelled together from Thailand’s

  • Thousands attend CNRP-organised pro-democracy vigil in South Korea

    Thousands of supporters of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Saturday gathered in the South Korean city of Gwangju to hold a candlelight demonstration calling for the “liberation” of democracy in Cambodia. Yim Sinorn, a CNRP member in South Korea, said on

  • US Embassy: Chinese trade does not help like the West’s

    The US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Friday said relations between China and Cambodia did not create jobs or help industry when compared to the trade between the Kingdom and the US. “About 87 per cent of trade [with China] are Chinese imports, which do not

  • New airport study set for 2019

    A feasibility study on the construction of a new airport in the Kingdom will be launched later this year, according to a Ministry of Tourism spokesman on Monday. The plan was approved last week in a meeting held by the Ministry of Economy and Finance