More than 100 vendors from Chhouk Meas market in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district yesterday collected thumbprints for a petition to district authorities to seek help after the market owner ended their contracts.
Hor Sokhan, a vendor, said the market owner informed 147 vendors they would not be allowed to continue operating their fruit and vegetable stalls in 2018.
“The owner of the market stopped our contract without reason,” he said. “We have no other place to sell our produce, so we are appealing for help.”
Keo Sokhum, another vendor, said some sellers have been at the market for more than five years.
“We want to know why they stopped the contract for meat and vegetable selling. How about other vendors who sell clothes? We really need our place for selling as usual,” he said.
Mr Sokhum added that the vendors only have a couple weeks to move out and find a new place to sell their products.
“It is a very short time for us to find another place to sell our produce,” he said.
Sen Sok district governor Mov Manit said district officials received the petition and will speak with the owner of the market.