Disputed land in Kampot province’s Touk Chhou district. (Supplied)

Gov’t Clears Kandal Residents’ Land for Canal, Road

Around 40 families in Kandal province said the government had cleared their farmland without any notice or compensation, with a local official saying the land will be used to construct a canal and dirt road.

Boeng Trea lake in Kandal has been drained and earth is being extracted on Jun 29, 2022.

Drained for Development: Kandal Lake Becomes Dirt Quarry

Boeng Trea lake, which is just north of Tonle Bati, has been drained, excavated and privatized in recent years. But Kandal officials this week gave conflicting accounts of what will happen to the drained lake.

A traffic police officer in Phnom Penh on September 15, 2020. (VOD)

Three Thais Escaping Forced Labor Arrested for Stealing Car: Police

Three Thai workers being transported from Kandal to Preah Sihanouk stole the car as their driver was outside urinating and tried to drive home to Thailand in order to escape from casino work where they were allegedly detained and unpaid, police said.

Tourist-Friendly Tonle Bati Next in Line as Lake Losses Ramp Up

Two-thirds of Tonle Bati lake — a popular weekend getaway — will be filled in by a developer, official documents show, as three other lakes in Kandal and a further area on Phnom Penh’s Boeng Tamok have been privatized by Hun Sen’s decree.

Hun Sen in a photographed posted on Tuesday to his official Facebook page.

Kandal Commune Chief Outraged by Privatization of Lake

A slew of new government decrees has privatized seven public lakes and waterways in Kandal and further carved up Phnom Penh’s Boeng Tamok. One local commune chief is threatening to resign over the sudden handover of a lake his residents rely on.

Hul Sokhim, center, speaking to colleagues from the SYHJ Garment factory in Kandal’s Ang Snoul district in April, 2022. (Photo supplied)

Updated: SYHJ Factory Fires 10 More Members of New Union

SYHJ Garment, a Chinese-owned factory in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district, fired three leaders of a newly emerging union in April, leading to a Labor Ministry directive that the terminations violated Trade Union Law protections for shop steward and union leaders. But the factory has remained defiant.

Ros Savoeun, Candlelight candidate in Kandal’s Doeum Reus commune, on May 28, 2022. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

Fear, Surveillance Leave Candidate, 73, on a One-Man Mission

In a ruling-party stronghold, where the Prime Minister’s Bodyguard Unit has a base and its presence is heavily felt, few are willing to stick out their necks — except for a 73-year-old opposition commune-chief candidate.