Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Minister to chair White Building committee

Minister to chair White Building committee

A young boy walks past power meters at the White Building in Phnom Penh earlier this year.
A young boy walks past power meters at the White Building in Phnom Penh earlier this year. Hong Menea

Minister to chair White Building committee

A committee with Land Management Minister Chea Sophara at its helm was established on Tuesday to oversee preparations for the demolition and redevelopment of the land currently occupied by Phnom Penh’s White Building.

A letter issued by Sophara’s ministry announcing the committee’s creation also named Phnom Penh City Governor Pa Socheatvong as a member. Sophara said on Tuesday that he had appointed himself chairman to ensure no aspect of the redevelopment project was beyond his vision or control.

He also sought to reassure residents that they would be re-housed in the new building. Many have previously expressed fears that the project would either never reach completion or that they would not be allowed to return when it was finished.

Resident representative Dy Sophanarmany said many families will be spending the upcoming Water Festival in discussions on whether to accept the proposed development.

“Now we are clear that our building will be developed if the residents agree,” Sophanarmany said. “It’s not just rumours anymore.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Research key to Kanitha’s rep for expertise

    Sok Kanitha is used to weighing in on controversial issues using a confident approach that signals expertise and authority, and a recent video she made was no exception. Her “Episode 342: The History of NATO” video went live on January 16, 2023 and immediately shot to 30,000 likes and 3,500

  • Cambodia maintains 'Kun Khmer' stance despite Thailand’s boycott threat

    Cambodia has taken the position that it will use the term "Kun Khmer" to refer to the sport of kickboxing at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, and has removed the term Muay from all references to the sport. Despite strong reactions from the Thai

  • Artificial insemination takes herd from 7 to 700

    Some farms breed local cows or even import bulls from a broad for the purpose of breeding heavier livestock for meat production. One Tbong Khnum farmer has found a more efficient way. Hout Leang employs artificial insemination to fertilise local cows. Thanks to imported “straws”

  • Chinese group tours return to Cambodia starting Feb 6

    Cambodia is among 20 countries selected by Beijing for a pilot programme allowing travel agencies to provide international group tours as well as flight and hotel packages to Chinese citizens, following a three-year ban. As the days tick down until the programme kicks off on February 6,

  • Capital-Poipet express rail project making headway

    The preliminary results of a feasibility study to upgrade the Phnom Penh-Poipet railway into Cambodia’s first express railway indicate that the project would cost more than $4 billion and would take around four years to complete. The study was carried out by China Road and

  • Thai boxers to join SEA Games’ Kun Khmer event

    The Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) – together with the Kun Khmer International Federation (KKIF) and Khmer Boxing Federation – have achieved a “great success” by including Kun Khmer in the upcoming biennial multi-sports event on its home soil for the first time, said a senior