Government: “it’s normal that development affects people..'”

The Phnom Penh Post wrote on 8th November 2010 that local residents feared a developer was set to resume sand pumping on at the Boeung Kak lakeside that has submerged dozens of homes since last week, with homeowners held off at gunpoint. Ty Pisey, a resident of the lakeside’s Village 1 in Daun Penh district, said company representatives had halted pumping and told villagers they had three days to collect their belongings. Last week, according to local rights group Adhoc, roughly 40 homes were submerged over three days of pumping by Shukaku Inc, a firm developing the lakeside that is owned by Cambodian People’s Party Senator Lao Meng Khin. “I am not sure when they will start pumping again,” Ty Pisey said. “The deputy district governor asked us to meet with the company and the municipality, but they always turn us away and tell us to talk to other people.” Daun Penh district deputy governor Sok Penh Vuth said he had no authority to intervene in the matter.
“The company has the right to invest,” he said. “It is normal that development affects people, so they should take the compensation.” http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2010110844555/National-news/boeung-kak-homes-lost-under-sand.html

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