Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - VN official visits Kampong Chhnang floating village

VN official visits Kampong Chhnang floating village

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Vietnamese secretary of Can Tho Municipal Party Committee Tran Quoc Trung (left) meets with Ministry of Interior secretary of state Sok Phal on Tuesday. Photo supplied

VN official visits Kampong Chhnang floating village

Vietnamese secretary of Can Tho Municipal Party Committee Tran Quoc Trung visited Kampong Chhnang province to meet the Vietnamese residents of floating villages on the Tonle Sap river, Ministry of Interior secretary of state Sok Phal told The Post on Wednesday.

Trung paid the visit as provincial authorities assist some 4,563 families in relocating to higher ground, saying they’ve been asked to move to preserve the river’s water quality, natural resources and biodiversity.

“[Trung] visited because he wanted to witness the relocation of residents who live in the floating villages to higher ground in Kampong Chhnang province. There are people from his province and he wants to help because all of them are still [Vietnamese] immigrants.

“He came to help them move to higher ground . . . the main thing is that he asked for permission before assisting them. He agrees with the relocation plan, and it is normal for him to ask us before coming to pay attention to his community’s concerns,” Phal said.

Phal said he met with Trung on Tuesday afternoon at the ministry to discuss security, immigration and university scholarships.

Kampong Chhnang deputy provincial governor Sun Sovannarith confirmed to The Post that Trung had visited the province and met with provincial officials before visiting residents of the floating villages.

“He came to have a friendly discussion with us and then he met the [Vietnamese immigrants],” he said.

Sovannarith said provincial authorities had been gradually moving the residents to the property of a private citizen, where they may rent land to live on but have “no right to occupy it as their own”.

The provincial administration announced last week that Cambodian and Muslim residents would be granted a 5m by 20m plot if they willingly agreed to relocate. However, Vietnamese nationals are not entitled to property as they are not Cambodian citizens, according to the announcement.

According to official data from the provincial administration, there are a total of 4,563 families to be relocated from the river. Of those families, 2,480, or some 10,311 people, are of Vietnamese origin.

A total of 2,010 Cambodian families, amounting to 9,168 people, and 73 Muslim families, 243 people, are also to be moved.

Adhoc provincial coordinator Som Chankea could not be reached for comment.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Education’ a priority traffic-law penalty

    A top National Police official on June 21 neither rejected nor confirmed the authenticity of a leaked audio message, which has gone viral on social media, on a waiver of fines for a number of road traffic-related offences. General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief in

  • Pursat Ford assembly plant opens

    The Kingdom’s first Ford assembly plant was inaugurated on June 16 in Pursat province amid rising demand for brand-new vehicles among Cambodians. The facility is seen as a game changer for the domestic automobile industry, which could bring a wave of investors seeking to cash

  • Siem Reap’s $18M zoo said to educate public, help wildlife

    Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium Co Ltd has invested $18 million in a zoo in Siem Reap province, which will be opened in October to educate and promote animal conservation as well as attract national and international tourists. Currently, the Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium is building the

  • Angkor photo rules clarified

    The Apsara National Authority (ANA) denied that it had banned the use of camera tripods in the Angkor Archaeological Park, explaining that the confusion stemmed from a long-standing rule which required commercial photographers and videographers to apply for permission to film. The explanation followed a

  • $50B infrastructure plan en route

    The government’s upcoming $50 billion,10-year infrastructure master plan will provide tremendous investment opportunities for domestic and foreign entities, transport experts and economists say. Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol revealed the plan to Japanese ambassador to Cambodia Masahiro Mikami on June 15. At

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “