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Boeung Kak lake: A widow threatens to take her own life

Written By vibykhmer on Friday, March 20, 2009 | 3:08 AM


Boeung Kak Lake: A house fell into the lake from the pumping operation performed by the Shukaku Inc. company owned by CPP tycoon-senator-cum-land-grabber Lao Meng Khin (Photo: ALG, Cambodge Soir Hebdo)

19 March 2009
By Nhim Sophal
Cambodge Soir Hebdo
Translated from French by Luc Sâr
Click here to read the article in French

Kao Malai indicated that the Shukaku Inc. company only paid her $200 in compensation for her house which fell into the lake, and the company did not offer any relocation at all.Kao Malai, a widow and mother of two children, indicated that she would like to end her life because of the Boeung Kak lake land dispute.

Addressing a meeting of villagers involved in land disputes on Thursday 19 March in Phnom Penh, she indicated that the Shukaku company only paid her $200 when her house fell into the water (from the filling of the lake by the Shukaku company).

“My house fell down because of the pumping operation in the lake!” she said angrily. “They did not allow me to repair it, they just gave me $200 as compensation to get rid of me.”

Furthermore, several residents were angry at the pro-CPP TV station Bayon (owned by Hun Mana, Hun Sen’s daughter) which claimed on 24-25 February that “more than 70%” of the residents accepted the offer made by the Shukaku company, however, in reality, only 820 families out of a total of 4,250 families accepted to leave their homes based on the conditions imposed by the Shukaku company.

According to the residents, the “70%” claim was attributed to Lav Van, the brother of the CPP tycoon-senator Lao Meng Khin, the owner of the Shukaku company.

In fact, the compensation amount is not very clear: even though $8,500 was promised to residents with small homes on the lake, for the other residents, they claim that they do not know what if the exact term of the compensation to be provided by Lao Meng Khin’s Shukaku.

The residents announced that they will gather on 25 or 26 March at a “public forum.”

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