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The NagaWorld casino in Phnom Penh. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

NagaCorp CEO Gains Cambodian Citizenship

The Malaysian billionaire owner of the NagaWorld casinos received Cambodian citizenship in October, according to official documents, opening an opportunity for the tycoon to become a sole owner of land in the country.

Victims of an alleged Korean language school scam and family members stand outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court after a hearing on January 12, 2021. (Va Sopheanut/VOD)

Training Center Directors on Trial After Falsely Promising Jobs in Korea

Two Korean language training school directors stood trial on Tuesday over charges of fraud — involving dozens of workers who each lost thousands of dollars — by falsely promising to send them to work in South Korea. Some were never sent, while others were sent to Dubai instead, the court heard.

A fence being built near plots granted to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s daughters Hun Mana and Hun Maly across the hilly terrain of Prey Nob district's Ream commune in Preah Sihanouk province, on December 1, 2020. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Villages Emptied Amid an Extensive Web of Elites’ Landholdings

In the past several months, some of the most powerful people in Cambodia have been granted Preah Sihanouk land that boasts stunning ocean views and proximity to key tourist developments. Much of the area sits empty, and interviews with hired guards and local officials suggest there is a web of elite landholdings as many hold onto the plots while their value steadily climbs.

Fisherman Ngoy Kim, 46, gathers his nets in a wetland near the new airport development in Kandal province's Kandal Stung district on January 8, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

2,600 Hectares Made Private Land for Airport Company’s Development

The new Phnom Penh airport’s developers have received nearly 2,600 hectares of state land to develop an airport city around the proposed travel hub, while fishers and farmers currently using the land hold onto their increasingly-challenging livelihoods for as long as they can.