Koh Kong lady fights Chinese $4Billion tourist resort

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Koh Kong lady fights Chinese $4Billion tourist resort

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:29 pm

Koh Kong villagers file petition against Chinese development company
06 April 2018
About 30 villagers embroiled in a land dispute with Union Development Group (UDG) in Koh Kong are filing a petition asking the provincial governor to intervene after the Chinese company bulldozed crops last week.

Villager Peurng Loun, 45, said two UDG excavators destroyed hundreds of coconuts, mangoes and cashews on her 2.5 hectares of land in Koh Sdach commune in Kiri Sakor district on April 3. Villagers in neighbouring Prek Khsach commune have joined the petition, fearing similar losses.

The company is building a massive $3.8 billion tourism complex along the coast, sparking a series of land disputes.
Loun said the company tried to offer her $30,000 and two hectares of other land in November, but she did not accept the deal.

According to provincial officials with rights groups Adhoc and Licadho, the UDG representative Chieng Lan, also known as Vireak, on April 3, led 20 security and armed forces with batons and guns and two excavators in order to destroy crops on the land Loun claims to own, although she has no land title.
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Re: Koh Kong lady fights Chinese $4Billion tourist resort

Post by ExPenhMan » Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:59 pm

First, the Chinese scorch Sihanoukville, now Koh Kong. When will Cambodia become an SEZ of China?
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Post by that genius » Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:06 pm

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Post by Barang chgout » Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:16 pm

Bring it on.
The outlaws, in Sinville, have just rented their shopfront house for $1800/ month. Of course they are now faced with paying rent but having secured a nice little $120 place....they're pretty happy.
If you own land here, perhaps it's time to make a dollar.

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Post by Duncan » Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:26 pm

Barang chgout wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:16 pm
Bring it on.
The outlaws, in Sinville, have just rented their shopfront house for $1800/ month. Of course they are now faced with paying rent but having secured a nice little $120 place....they're pretty happy.
If you own land here, perhaps it's time to make a dollar.

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Pray tell us what business will be going into that shopfront house . Now we are heading towards the rainy season it will be interesting to see how some of these business survive.
Cambodia,,,, Don't fall in love with her.
Like the spoilt child she is, she will not be happy till she destroys herself from within and breaks your heart.
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Post by paparazzi » Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:47 pm

Yes. I know the Chinese make an offer on a place double the present rent. We are talking $3500 to $7000 a month.
Also pay staff 30 % more.

When l went to business school we were told control costs!!

What school of thought these Chinese coming from???,,

Dont they understand 75cent beers not going to generate a fortune.!!!
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Post by Barang chgout » Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:22 pm

Duncan wrote:
Barang chgout wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:16 pm
Bring it on.
The outlaws, in Sinville, have just rented their shopfront house for $1800/ month. Of course they are now faced with paying rent but having secured a nice little $120 place....they're pretty happy.
If you own land here, perhaps it's time to make a dollar.

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Pray tell us what business will be going into that shopfront house . Now we are heading towards the rainy season it will be interesting to see how some of these business survive.
Casino middle management, "Private home ", apparently. Wait and see.

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Post by Anchor Moy » Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:00 pm

Reuters have published a journalistic investigation into what is going on with the Chinese development in Koh Kong. This is the first part of the article, but there are more details on the link. An interesting read.

World News
June 6, 2018 / 8:07 AM / Updated 3 hours ago
In Cambodia, stalled Chinese casino resort embodies Silk Road secrecy, risks
Brenda Goh, Prak Chan Thul

BOTUM SAKOR, Cambodia (Reuters) - The Dara Sakor Seashore Resort seems a long way off the new Silk Road that China is building to connect Asia with Europe.
An old casino is seen near Dara Sakor Hotel at Botum Sakor in Koh Kong province, Cambodia, September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

A five-hour drive from Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, Dara Sakor was once touted by the Chinese company building it as a city-sized casino resort for “extravagant feasting and revelry”.

Today, it is a sprawl of mostly empty hotel buildings, deserted beach bars and the unfinished shell of a casino on a remote part of the Cambodian coast. Beyond the resort, the dusty foundations of a planned investment zone stretch down to a container port - both unfinished and idle.

Despite its troubles, the resort and surrounding development has been lauded as a champion of China’s Belt and Road initiative, as the new Silk Road is officially known.

But the embrace of developments like Dara Sakor, whose operations are opaque and economically unclear, seems to run counter to Chinese pledges that Belt and Road projects will be open, transparent and environmentally friendly.

Work began on the project in 2008 after Cambodia leased 45,000 hectares in a national park to China’s Tianjin Union Development Group (UDG) for 99 years. That was long before the Belt and Road initiative was launched in 2013 by China’s President Xi Jinping and gained steam with a summit he hosted in Beijing in 2017.

Little information about the project and its progress is available, and it is unclear how much money has been spent on it, and which parties have benefited.

The project has also resulted in extensive environmental damage as forest was cleared for construction sites, and the displacement of thousands of people, according to villagers and non-governmental groups. They say they have seen little work on the project over the past three years.

UDG didn’t respond to requests for comment, nor did Cambodia’s environment ministry, which oversees the project for the central government.
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Re: Koh Kong lady fights Chinese $4Billion tourist resort

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:20 pm

This latest land dispute is connected to the secretive Dara Sakor Resort development in Koh Kong province by the Chinese company Tianjin UDG ( Union Development Group). post253228.html?hilit=Dara%20Sakor#p253228

Unlike the protests by Koh Kong villagers against Cambodian/Thai owned sugar plantation land grabs, which have resulted in promises of compensation, there has been no reply to the protests against UDG land grabs so far.

Koh Kong villagers protest alleged land grab by Chinese company
22 June 2018
Villagers from Koh Kong province’s Kiri Sakor district have been protesting in the capital this week after their petition over a land dispute with the Chinese Union Development Group (UDG), delivered to the Environment Ministry on May 25, went unanswered.

The villagers returned to the capital on Monday, leaving on Thursday, and were protesting outside the ministry, demanding a solution.

Chay Kimhuoch, 39, from Kiri Sakor’s Phney Meas commune, claimed she bought 26 hectares of land from villagers in 2007, and that the UDG illegally grabbed it the following year.

“I have my documents from the commune authorities to prove it. I have my coconut, cashew and mango trees, which I have not harvested yet,” she said.

“This is the fourth time [we have come to Phnom Penh]. We have met the minister, and he told us to give him time. So we agreed to leave the ministry."

“We will wait to see what he will do in the next 10 days or so. As it is close to the election, we are worried we might be accused of being rebels,” she said.

Another protester, Leav Tam, who claimed to have owned his land in Koh Kong since the fall of the Khmer Rouge, said he first came to the ministry in 2008, but the dispute has still not been settled.

“I was born there [on his land in Koh Kong], now 7.5 hectares of our land have been taken by the UDG. We have had a dispute with the company since 2008. My parents have lived on the land since 1979."
“It is our legitimate land and the authorities have recognised this. They [UDG] have not developed our land yet, and have left it untouched. But we are unable to get access to it,” he said.
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