A short fuse at City Hall, activists say

By:Khouth Sophak Chakrya, The Phnom Penh Post  January 29, 2015

Boeung Kak community activists yesterday accused Phnom Penh Municipal Hall administrative director Mean Chanyada of rudely cutting short a meeting with their group, a charge the official denied.

Boeung Kak representative Chan Puthisak characterised Chanyada’s allegedly storming out of the meeting as evidence of the city’s lack of will to put an end to their years-long dispute.

“He used furious behaviour and language, telling me, ‘If you have no trust, you should go back immediately.’ He declared the close of the meeting by stopping one of his officials who was trying to explain [something] to us, and he just walked out of the meeting,” he said.

In an interview yesterday, however, Chanyada denied acting inappropriately, saying that after reaching an understanding with the Boeung Kak representatives, he ended the meeting in order to speak with Borei Keila activists, who had also submitted a petition yesterday.

Chhay Kemhorn, a Borei Keila representative, said yesterday’s meeting had been constructive and City Hall had accepted some documents to review before further upcoming meetings.