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Government Plans Housing Project for the Disabled

The government has set aside $1.4 million for the construction of housing for the disabled, in a move that critics say is a ploy to garner votes in upcoming national elections.

The project aims to help 240 families in Kien Svay district, Kandal province, just outside Phnom Penh.

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced the plans at a tree-planting ceremony Monday.

Hun Sen, who himself has a glass eye, said the houses would be constructed of iron and cement, at a cost of $1,738 each.

The project would serve as a model for other projects across the country, to be developed through contributions from Cambodia's wealthy, he said.

Former Minister of Women's Affairs and Sam Rainsy Party deputy secretary-general Mu Sochua said the government's the project was a rouse ahead of elections.

"We appeal to the people to think about the government's work for 15 years," she said. "Please think about each project."

People in a similar housing project in 2004 "were evicted after the election," she said.