The Cambodia Youth Party will today launch a 30-day campaign to raise funds for the construction of political analyst Kem Ley’s stupa after an appeal from his family for donations.
CYP president Pich Sros said the fundraising campaign will start in Tboung Khmum province on National Road 6A to Phnom Penh.
“I do not know yet how much we’ll be able to raise, but I can promise that not even 100 riel will go missing,” he said. “All the donations will reach the mother of Dr Kem Ley.”
Mr Pich Sros said the fundraising campaign was created after Mr Ley’s brother Kem Rithysith called for more funds from donors to continue the construction of a $170,000 stupa.
On July 22, Prime Minister Hun Sen also provided $50,000 for the construction. Mr Rithysith lauded the upcoming campaign, noting that $114,000 was still needed to complete construction.
“There is still a big amount of money lacking for this stupa construction, so we are happy that the president of the Cambodia Youth Party has launched this fundraising campaign,” he said.
Mr Rithysith said the foundation has already been laid for the stupa, along with some of its framework, costing about $44,000 so far.
The independent political analyst was assassinated by a gunman in July 2016 at a Caltex gas station in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district.