Sambok Chab villagers not Allowed to Build Houses

Sun Narin

September 7, 2010

More than 100 former Sambok Chab’s villagers in  Dongkor district’s  Kouk Roka commune’s Andoung village were standing against and arguing on Monday with the authority who did not allow them to construct the house, village chief said.

Heng Deu, Andoung 3 community chief, said that people did not listen to the Phnom Penh municipality who wanted to construct the stone house for them.

“They are living in anarchy,” and they did not want the stone house from the authority.

Villagers are living on the area of 3,2 hectare land concession from the Phnom Penh municipality and the authority plans to build 4 by 5 meter stone house for them and let them pay 1000 dollars in the 5 years’time.

He said that people were still building the house ,adding that, “They do not listen to the authority,”

Tan Sophal, 51, Andoung’s villager told Post yesterday that the villager’s houses were dilapidated and leaked with water and they asked for some wood and zinc from the humanitarian organization.

“ We cannot afford to pay for the stone house to the authority if [authority] build for us,” he said.

He said that the district people insulted and threatened the humanitarian sponsors to put in jail.

“We live in difficulties, why they still want to make problem with us,” he said.

Sok Soeun, 61, said that he and the villagers asked for some material such as zinc and wood from the humanitarian organization his house was damage and leaked with water.

He said that he and the other villagers would protest against the authority and continued constructing and repairing the house.

“We do not want the stone house. We need only wooden house that we can live,” he said.

“They may take the house if they build stone house for us,” he said.

Abraham, the director of Development Population for Country (DPC) said that he agreed to provide the villagers with the material for constructing and repairing the houses but the authorities did not allow them to do it.

“They are living in difficulties, so we want to help them,” he said.