Beach sellers must make room for Chinese investors

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The vendors want more compensation to relocate. Supplied

Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities will ask the government to deal with 10 sellers who refuse to relocate from Koh Puos – or Hawaii beach – and Lomher Kay beach.

Vendors’ representatives have asked for compensation from provincial authorities to relocate to a new area.

In December 2016, more than 20 representatives of 13 stores along Koh Puos and Lomher Kay beaches in Preah Sihanoul’s Lek Bey commune protested in front of the Council of Ministers to ask for Prime Minister Hun Sen’s intervention in their favour.

Yun Min, Preah Sihanouk governor, said yesterday that the sellers have been warned of recent developments for the region and still refuse to move. Consequently, he said, the government will need to take legal action.

However, after the announcement came last Saturday, Oum Davy, a representative in the area, agreed to move to a new location in Kbal Chhay.

“For the remaining ten families, provincial authorities will have to go to the national level of government, because vendors have filed a formal complaint,” he said.

A seller who worked at Hawaii beach and declined to give her name, said she agreed to leave because the land she worked on was state land, and she got decent compensation for herself and her family.

“At first I did not want to leave because I used to earn my daily wages from Hawaii beach. But now I got some land and an allowance, so my family can relocate,” she said.

Sellers say they have been living and selling goods on Hawaii and Lomher Kay beach since 1992 without any interference, but were asked to vacate the premises to make room for an unknown Chinese company aiming to develop the land for tourism.​

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