Boeung Kak’s Villagers Curse Grabbing Company

Sun Narin

September 19, 2010

MORE than 200 residents from 7 villages in city’s Boeung Kak lakeside, whose houses are being inundated of sand pumping operation, celebrated a 2-hour praying yesterday morning cursing the grabbing development company called Shukaku Inc.

Ly Mom, a representative for the lakeside community and praying celebration organizer, said that people were showing their anger and suffering before the god, praying for god to help them curse the company to be vanished.

“Only god as a witness can help us. All the authorities are afraid of the company, so they do not dare to solve the problem for people,” adding that only premier Hun Sen could help them.

She said that it was like “cold war” since did not use force to evict people, but they flooded people’s house.

“We would rather die in the house than leaving. We will not go anywhere because we live there legally,” she said.

Khun Sary, who house is being flooded, said that she could no longer live in the house since water was being increasing.

“The company is threatening and intimidating people to get only 1000 dollars and leave the house. If not, people will get nothing,” she said.

Shukaku Inc, which is headed by Cambodian People’s Party Senator Lao Meng Khin, acquired rights to develop the lakeside in 2007. Housing rights groups estimate that more than 4,000 families will be displaced by the company’s proposed 133-hectare development project.

Chhay Thirith, Srah Chak commune chief and Nuon Sameth, Phnom Penh deputy governor, could not be reached for comment.