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The Civil Service Ministry in Phnom Penh on February 3, 2021 (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

Civil Service Ministry Getting Bigger, Eyes Boeng Tamok Lake Plot

The ministry overseeing salaries and promotions for the country’s more than 200,000 public servants is growing and needs more space, its spokesperson said, as the government granted 40,000 square meters of Boeng Tamok lake to build a new headquarters.

Orm Nhhorm and Chhun Sothea rally at Phnom Penh’s Boeng Tamok lake for land titles, on January 24, 2021. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

Boeng Tamok Residents Appeal to Hun Sen for Land Titles

About 40 Boeng Tamok residents on Sunday staged an appeal to be granted land titles for their houses on the edge of the Phnom Penh lake, saying they are nervous following evictions nearby and are only asking for 5 hectares for 300 families.

A fisherman casts his net on Phnom Penh’s Boeng Tamok, on October 28, 2020. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

Government Allocates Another 22 Hectares of Tamok Lake

The government is siphoning another 22 hectares of reclaimed land from Boeng Tamok lake, this time for military police families and a new branch of a public hospital, raising the known total area allocated from the natural lake to over 900 hectares.

Land-filling at Phnom Penh’s Boeng Tamok lake in Prek Pnov district on November 24, 2020 (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Questions Raised Over Boeng Tamok Plot Handed to ‘Families’

Twenty-three families have ostensibly received a vacant plot on the edge of Phnom Penh’s Boeng Tamok lake — but some locals, including the village chief, suggest people have been paid to thumb-print applications to obtain lake land for unknown outsiders.

Land disputant Phorn Sokhum speaks to a reporter near Prime Minister Hun Sen’s residence in Phnom Penh on October 8, 2020. (Mech Dara/VOD)

As Boeng Tamok Is Carved Up, Lake Residents Ask for Land Titles

About 30 people gathered in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Phnom Penh residence on Thursday seeking his help to secure titles for land on Boeng Tamok, one of Phnom Penh’s “last lakes,” which in recent years has been divvied up for development on reclaimed land.

Lake-filling activity seen across the water at Tamok Lake on June 26, 2020. (Seav Meng/VOD)

More of Boeng Tamok to Be Filled In for Justice Ministry Storeroom

Justice Ministry officials need more room, so “empty public land” will be used to store court documents by filling in another part of Boeng Tamok, one of Phnom Penh’s “last lakes” that feeds hundreds of families and protects the capital from flooding.