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Wednesday, 14.3.2007: High-Level Officials Of The CPP Are Trying To Widely Distribute Presents

Posted on 15 March 2007. Filed under: Week 499 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 499

“During the period of nearly one month, whenever officials of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party [CPP] were seen on television, the activities of almost all of them were related to hastily and widely distributing presents to the people, regardless whether they live in urban or in rural areas. Therefore many people gather now together to receive presents from corrupt officials of Hun Sen’s CPP. It is understood that Cambodia has another season for the distribution of presents.

“High-level CPP officials who take presents to distribute them to the people are deeply corrupt, stealing the state’s money in order to be rich billionaires; for example, directors of the port, directors of the customs department, presidents of the forest or fishery administration, presidents of Camcontrol, governors of cities and provinces. A number of those who go to distribute presents and support the CPP are merchants who collude with bad government officials to sell and buy the state’s public properties, and they got millions of dollars in profit. Some of them have received the title of Oknha, among them are for example Yeay Phu, Yeay Phan, Mong Riththy, Ly Yong Phat, Eng Bunhov, Kok An, Kong Try, Sok Kong, and so on. By distributing presents to the people, those who are corrupt try to persuade and attract the poor people to ‘buy their hearts’ in advance to vote for the CPP. After that, before they finish their speeches, they take the opportunity to tell another lie: ‘After we win in the elections, you will get more presents than this during the next distribution.’

“Every time when distributing presents, they never tell their compatriots, the people, where the distributed money is coming from. In fact, the money which is distributed to the people is the state’s or the people’s money, which somebody misappropriated to make it ‘their money,’ and then a small number of presents is distributed to the people to coax them to vote for the ruling CPP, so that they can continue to commit corruption until their next generations succeeds them.

“According to a report of the Cambodia Development Resource Institute, Cambodia loses more than $500 million revenue per year, because of corruption by officials who wield power. As for the city of Phnom Penh, CPP officials sold many plots of land which were state properties, for millions of dollars, such as Koh Pich island, the land on the riverside in the Sambok Chab area, the Borei Keila area, the Preah Monivong Hospital, the Municipal Police Station, the Military Academy near the Royal Academy of Cambodia, the Olympic Stadium, the land of the National Radio Station, and recently the Boeng Kak area. In fact, the money from selling the state properties brought millions of dollars, but they took a small portion of that money to distribute presents to the people, to cover up their dishonesty and corruption.

“Because CPP officials commit corrupt practices across the country and sold many state properties for their own pockets, they and the CPP made it possible that Hun Sen could say: the money of the CPP’ can be spent during the next 200 years. Many people are getting poorer and poorer from one day to another. Having found such weak points, Hun Sen ordered CPP officials to distribute such small numbers of presents to the people, and he shamelessly boasted, ‘This is the Cambodian art of sharing.’

“Speaking of his politics, Mr. Hun Sen likes playing games which cheat poor people, but nobody should forget that the Khmer people at this time are not as ignorant as one might have guessed.. Now, the Khmer people have two choices. The first choice is to get a present of one sarong plus Riel 5,000 [approx. US$1.30] for the coming five-years of poverty and misery, whereas the second choice is to vote, in order to replace those who are corrupt, who steal from the nation, who sell state properties, to contribute to restoring the country to help the Khmer next generation to get rid of poverty.

“The first choice is the one which led the society to have a continuity of endless poverty, and the Khmer people recognize the results of this choice for two or three mandates. Moreover, the bad choice is just a game of demagogic politics of the persons who hold power, propelling the Khmer society to plunge into a poverty cycle and not to have an opportunity to create something new .The second choice is a wise one that can salvage the nation to make it equally developed as its neighboring countries, and it is also the only way to eliminate the poverty of today. It is hoped that the Khmer people who love the nation, who love justice, and who hate corruption, will have the strong wills to be united in building the country, to be prosperous and progressive in the future; therefore they have to be sure to take the second choice.

“To take this opportunity, we would like to appeal to CPP officials who are in command of distributing presents from 2007 onwards, that this shallow trick of distributing presents is out of date and should no longer be used. These presents make the people get poorer and poorer from one day to another; therefore we hope the people will no longer fall into these traps. Nobody should hope for this any more.” Khmer Amatak, Vol.8, #462, 14.3.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 14 March 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1290, 14.3.2007

  • The Ministry Of Health Will Add 170 Centers To Provide Blood Testing Services For HIV/AIDS In 2007 [in 2006 more than 200,000 people had their blood tested; now there are only 150 centers]

Khmer Amatak, Vol.8, #462, 14.3.2007

  • High-Level Officials Of The CPP Are Trying To Widely Distribute Presents

Meatophum, Vol.51, #634, 14.3.2007

  • The Khmer King Asks A Judge [Nong Sok, 58, the Ratanakiri Deputy President of the Ratanakiri Provincial Court] To Retire Before His Retiring Age [no reasons given]
  • International Lawyers Can Participate In the Khmer Rouge Tribunal But They Must Apply For Membership In The Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia [$500 for application, and in addition $2,000 if they are accepted]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3109, 14.3.2007

  • The Phnom Penh Municipal Court Sentenced Norodom Ranariddh [in absentia] To 18 Months In Prison And Ordered Him To Pay $150,000 In Compensation, And To Return The Building Of The New Party To Funcinpec [accused over a case of breach of trust for selling the party headquarters and pocketing the money – written evidence in court that his action was different, based on party committee decisions, were disregarded by the court]
  • [President of the National Assembly and Honorary Chairperson of the Cambodian People’s Party] Heng Samrin Told Khieu Thavika, Future Ambassador To Russia, To Help To Cancel Cambodia’s Debts Of $1.5 Billion
  • Sweden Gave Documents On The Relationship Between Khmer Rouge And Foreign Institutions To The Documentation Center of Cambodia
  • Keat Chhon Looks For Money To Buy Votes [the Minister or Economy and Finance, allowed officials under him to look for money from businesspeople]

Rasmei Angkor, Vol.14, #1157, 14.3.2007

  • Does Sam Rainsy Go To The Markets To Buy Fish Or To Propagandize For Support? [when the opposition leader led a group of his party members to enter some markets in Phnom Penh under the pretext of buying vegetables, they used loudspeakers in order to seek support from vendors]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4235, 14.3.2007

  • The Phnom Penh Municipality Prepares A Piece Of Land Of 31 Hectares For A New Garbage Dump At the City Outskirts [workshop on solid waste control held by Governor Kep Chutema and representatives of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, construction to be finished by 2015]
  • A Women Hired A Killer for $2,000 To Kill Her Husband [because her husband accused her of having extramarital relations]
  • Cambodia and Japan Are About To Decide On Investment Agreement [after a second time discussing a bilateral investment agreement]
  • German Experts Reflect Important Roles Of Media And Local Administration In Cambodia [round table discussion in Siem Reap, organized by the League of Cambodian Journalists and supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation]

Reach Seima, Vol.2, #160, 13-14.3.2007

  • Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen Requests Other ASEAN Members To Join The Ottawa Convention [Convention On The Prohibition Of The Use, Stockpiling, Production And Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines And On Their Destruction]
  • [President of Cambodian Art Association] Mr. Ieng Sithul Received Only A Small Amount of Money From Generous People To Help Singer Pov Panhapich [about $200 and Riel 1,000,000 [approx. US$260] for medical treatment in a Vietnamese hospital after she was shot last month]
  • Poor People Live On Piles of Garbage [the 1965 established dump in Stung Meanchey covers 7 hectares A person has to spend at least 12 to 14 hours per day scavenging to earn Riel 7,000 to Riel 10,000 – approx. US$ 2.60]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #1352, 14.3.2007

  • The Japanese Ambassador Takahashi Fumiaki Will Finish His Mission Soon, Taking Leave From Opposition Party Leaders

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