Wednesday, 20.6.2007: Samdech Hun Sen: ‘Royal Government Has Firmly Vowed to Fight Corruption without Reluctance’

Posted on 21 June 2007. Filed under: Week 513 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 513

“Samdech Hun Sen, the head of the Royal Government of Cambodia, stated again, ‘The Royal Government of Cambodia has firmly vowed to fight corruption without reluctance.’

“In a statement to the first Cambodia Development Cooperation Forum on the morning of 19 June 2007 at the Council for the Development of Cambodia, with participants from about 28 donor countries and development partners, Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen affirmed again, in front of many development partners who still doubt and are concerned about some uncertainty in the process of preparing the draft for an anti-corruption law, that ‘the Royal Government of Cambodia has firmly vowed to fight corruption without reluctance, because we have already many real achievements that can be counted towards this goal, including preparing a draft of an anti-corruption law.’

“Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen said, ‘Though it is urgent, we should put this work into the context of other needs, and of the real situation of Cambodia. After overcoming the destruction caused by war and by outside influence, after having been through the cruel genocidal regime, after having had to suffer from imposed political and economic embargoes, and then recent internal disputes, Cambodia really faces many needs and priorities at the same time.’

“Samdech Prime Minister added, ‘In the effort of constructing its legal system and its judicial institutions, the Royal Government of Cambodia wants a judicial framework, which is really compatible in its context and effective, so that it corresponds to the needs of the nation and the people, in a process of sustainable development – at the present time and for a long future.’

“Samdech Hun Sen said, ‘In preparing the draft anti-corruption law, we also use the same policy as a basis. It is very important that we guarantee the compatibility between the anti-corruption law and relevant other laws, such as the criminal procedural code and the criminal code. While preparing the draft anti-corruption law, we found that it is an appropriate opportunity for us to use some time to prepare all draft laws orderly and correctly, so that they will guarantee to work smoothly, compatible with the context, and they must be effective in their implementation.’

“Samdech Hun Sen said, ‘Saying so does not mean that the Royal Government intends to withdraw itself from the responsibility for the work against corruption or to avoid it. But we find that the anti-corruption law alone is not a magic medicine to combat all diseases of corruption in the society immediately, especially if it would be adopted without the necessary compatibility with other important laws in the country; this condition has to be observed, otherwise the implementation of the laws would be inadequate and lead to controversy all the time.

“Samdech Hun Sen continued, ‘However, the Royal Government knows clearly that corruption is a serious cancer that we must always try to struggle to fight it all the time and in all circumstances without exception. Considering this, although the anti-corruption law does not yet exist, we have given priority to actions against corruption by setting up special measures, and we carried out some forceful actions in the framework of existing regulations, and we have achieved many real results, including the arrangement of new structures, the strengthening of anti-corruption systems, and administrative punishments by sending to court a number of officials. For instance, recently seven officials, who conducted illegal logging, were administratively punished, two officials were sentenced to jail on accusation of abuse of private unmovable property, one official was charged with receiving bribes and colluding in grabbing state land and forestry, and forgery, one official was accused by court of destroying natural resources and violating the environment, and other eleven officials were sentenced by court on the accusation of illegal logging at the Kantuy Neak area in Ratanakiri.’

“Prime Minister Samdech went on to say, ‘Nevertheless, we still agree with our development partners that the anti-corruption law is a key element for fighting against corruption effectively. On this basis, considering the important necessity to guarantee the compatibility among different laws in the making, which are relevant to each other as stated above, the Royal Government still stands to having firmly vowed to push the preparation of the draft anti-corruption law as soon as possible without hesitation. With this idea, the Royal Government will continue cooperation and consult closely with all relevant partners, in order to seek effective ways, committed to our position, and to push this work ahead, so that it progresses soon in response to the needs of Cambodia.’ Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4315, 20.6.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Angkor Cambodia, Vol.1, #1, 18.6.2007

  • Anti-Corruption Law Can Be Adopted if All Powerful People in Cambodia Become Millionaires [mocking]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1320, 20.6.2007

  • USAID and DFID [UK’s Department For International Development] Provide US$27 Million to Support Health and AIDS Sectors in Cambodia
  • National Police Trained to Protect Witnesses for Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6070, 20.6.2007

  • Government to Be Created with 50+1 Formula; There Won’t Be Bargains over Election Results Next Year [says Prime Minister Hun Sen]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3189, 20.6.2007

  • Mr. Yim Sovann [Sam Rainsy Party Parliamentarian from Phnom Penh]: Donors to Cambodia Must Guarantee Real Effectiveness to the Poor
  • Foreigners Drop Leaflets Arguing Innocence of Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun [accused of murder of Chea Vichea, former leader of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia] to Welcome the Start of the Cambodia Development Cooperation Forum Meeting [they were arrested]
  • Tep Sophorn, Chief of Forest Administration in Cheung Prey, Is Notorious for Receiving Bribes from Trucks Illegally Transporting Wood [Kompong Cham]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4315, 20.6.2007

  • Samdech Hun Sen: ‘Samdech Hun Sen: ‘Royal Government Has Firmly Vowed to Fight Corruption without Reluctance’
  • Seeking Aid Money Forum: Government Announces Actions against Corruption and Poverty
  • Repeated Blames about the Delay in the Adoption of an Anti-Corruption Law Irritates Government’s Ears
  • Concerning Oil Issue: Samdech Hun Sen Says It Is Still a Fish in the Water
  • Number of Khmer Beggars Increases in Thailand

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3066, 20.6.2007

  • Listening to Prime Minister, There Is No Hope that Anti-Corruption Law Can Be Adopted Soon
  • Radio Free Asia Reporter [Lem Piseth who received a death threat] Hides Himself and Calls for Donors to Pressure Head of Khmer Government

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #431, 20.6.2007

  • Prince Ranariddh Asks Hun Sen to Change President and Secretary-General of Funcinpec [so he can enter Funcinpec again – according to a reliable source]
  • Hun Sen’s Obligation Is to Beg, Beg, and Beg [for foreign aid]

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