Tuesday, 17.6.2008: Minister Ith Sam Heng and the Head of a Department of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, Mr. Chea Son, Are Criticized to Be Partisan Officials

Posted on 17 June 2008. Filed under: Week 565 | Tags: , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 565

“Some civil service officials who are suffering and asked not to be mentioned by name reported that the head of a Department of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, Mr. Chea Son, is a partisan official who appointed his partisans, children, and relatives to hold important positions, so that it is easy for them to commit corruption.

“They said that Mr. Chea Son had appointed his children to work in the Department of Social Affairs, who now use Chea Son’s influence to look down on others and to oppress staff, so that they can commit corruption, for example cutting salaries of officials marked to retire soon and of former veterans, and they are late to provide salaries, and they take other designated moneys.

“They added that the Minister of Social Affairs and Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation Mr. Ith Sam Heng can not take any action towards Mr. Chea Son, because Mr. Chea Son follows the model of other officials appointed by Royal Decree and officials appointed by Sub-Decree by the Royal Government.

“They went on to say that Mr. Khuon Ranin, who is a nephew of Her Excellency Nhep Rany Ith Sam Heng [Minister Ith Sam Heng’s wife], was appointed director-general of the Department of Administration and Finance by Royal Decree # NS/RKT/0205/106, dated on 26 February 2005. Mr. Bun Chandarvuth, H.E. Nhep Rany Ith Sam Heng’s nephew, had been appointed to be advisor to the Ministry of Social Affairs. Mr. Samheng Boros, Minister Ith Sam Heng’s nephew, had been appointed head of the Internal Audit Department of the Ministry of Social Affairs, and he was also appointed to be chief of cabinet. Mr. Sieng Sok Khundy, who is a nephew of H.E. Nhep Rany, and who is an older brother of Mr. Khuon Ranin, was appointed head of the Finance and Supply Section. Mr. Nhep Chana, a nephew of H.E. Nhep Rany and Khuon Ranin’s younger bother, was appointed head of the Department of International Relations of the Ministry of Social Affairs by Sub-Decree # 358 ANKr.TT, dated 6 April 2005. Ms. Nhep Sopheap, Her Excellency’s niece, had been appointed deputy-director of the Department of Finance and Supply. Mr. Hem Bora, Her Excellency’s nephew, had been appointed deputy-director of the Department of Finance and Supplies. Mr. Khun Ranich, Her Excellency’s nephew and Mr. Hem Bora’s younger brother, had been appointed head of the Staff of Administration Department [who is the holder of the seal of the Ministry of Social Affairs].

“Those officials said that if Mr. Ith Sam Heng would hold his position one more term, his relatives and partisans will be appointed to work all over in the Ministry of Social Affairs and will spread to other Social Affairs Departments in other cities and provinces.

Chakraval phoned Mr. Chea Son on 13 June 2008, but he answered that he was in a meeting; as for the Minister Ith Sam Heng, his phone could be reached and was ringing, but he did not pick it up.” Chakraval, Vol.16, #2786, 17.6.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Chakraval, Vol.16, #2786, 17.6.2008

  • Minister Ith Sam Heng and the Head of a Department of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, Mr. Chea Son, Are Criticized to Be Partisan Officials
  • Again Diggings Up of Valuable Things from Ancient Graves [Banteay Meanchey]

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #121, 17.6.2008

  • Chief of Mondolkiri Prison Ngin Nael Runs Wood Processing Shop in the Prison [and prisoners work as laborers, while the money goes into his pockets]
  • [Three] Trucks Donated by the United States Were Used by Military Officials to Load High Quality Wood to Yuon [Vietnam – but an official who asked not to be named said that the trucks were used to load car spare parts from Vietnam]
  • [Battambang governor] Prach Chan, Kang Sakhan [Battambang police chief], and Poa Vannak [Battambang military police commander] Are Incompetent and Do Not Dare to Curb Down on Rain Bettings at Yu Chanty Guesthouse

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1669, 17.6.2008

  • Kompong Thom Police Chief [Chea San] Is Accused of Benefiting from His Low Level Officials’ Salaries and of Extorting Money from Applicants Who Take Tests to Join the Police
  • Goods from Thailand Are Rushed Entering through Cham Sragam Border Crossing [Oddar Meanchey]
  • Step-Father Raped Two Step-Daughters in Just One Night [Kompong Speu]
  • Saudi Arabia Agreed to Step Up Oil Production by 200,000 Barrels of Oil per Day

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6373, 17.6.2008

  • According to the Civil Code, Lawyers without Borders from France Prepare to Help at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, without Getting Money
  • The Cambodian People’s Party Gets 20% of TV Time of the Equity Publication Program [created by the National Election Committee], and Other Competitive Parties Get from 3% to 13% [according to a joint announcement of the Ministry of Information and UNDP on 16 June 2008]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3488, 17.6.2008

  • Trees in the Phnom Kuleaen National Park Continue to Be Severely Destroyed

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4617, 17.6.2008

  • [Opposition party president] Mr. Sam Rainsy Might Face Accusation of Threatening National Security and of Terrorism [after Mr. Hun Sen ordered an inquiry about relations of the opposition party to an assassination attempt against him in Siem Reap in 1998, relating to the Cambodian Freedom Fighters [CFF] case – after a member of the Sam Rainsy Party, who left to join the Cambodian People’s Party, showed a picture of Sam Rainsy Party Secretary-General Eng Chhay Eang with members of the CFF]
  • [More than 100] Professors and Teachers from Four High Schools Approached the [Banteay Meanchey] Provincial Governor to Arrest an Unruly Student [who had injured a teacher seriously]
  • Two Bombs Exploded near the Office of Anti-Government Groups [16 June 2008 – Manager Newspaper of Mr. Sondhi Limthongkul]; Opposition Group [Thailand’s People’s Alliance for Democracy] Announced to Hold Demonstrations until the Numbers of Demonstrators Reach One Million

Have a look at the last editorial – press freedom was strongly under threat

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