PHNOM PENH, September 4, (Khmer Times) – Suos Yara, CPP National Assembly member, and provincial governor of Preah Vihear, was chased out of a Phnom Penh pagoda on September 3.
He disrupted a gathering at the Wat Samakki Rangsey pagoda, was disrespectful to the monks,and denied Khmer Krom history, said the monks who drove him out of the temple.
Nearly 100 people at the Samakki Rangsey pagoda were aggravated by Preah Vihear’s provincial governor, Mr. Suos Yara, who interrupted the monk Thach Sam Ath. The monk had just suggested that the provincial governor was partially responsible for the unresolved land issues.
In a Facebook video posted on September 3 the monk said, “Please fulfill you obligations. Excellency did not bring the solution for them [the people with land disputes] yet. If so, I don’t think these people would come to sleep in my pagoda instead of at home.”
Besides the land dispute, the monk Thach Sam Ath had brought up the Kampuchea Krom issues with Mr. Suos Yara, but he rejected to listen and tried to interrupt the monk’s speech.
“Hey, let me talk once, I am here only for land dispute [issues], not for Khmer Krom,” Mr. Suos Yara said in the video.
The audience got angry with him and chased him out of the pagoda, shouting after him that he was not doing his job as a lawmaker
The monk Thach Sam Ath said that his pagoda offered shelters and food for the 50 residents who represent 156 families from Preah Vihear province, and are in Phnom Penh to finally get their problems solved.