Hun Sen’s Dignity Is Strongly Disgraced Due to Bad Governance, as Evaluated by the European Union – Thursday, 6.11.2008

Posted on 8 November 2008. Filed under: Week 585 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 585

“While the problem, that really poor people who did not receive rice and rallied at some communes in the northwest of Cambodia spreads further, the European Community straightforwardly expressed an opinion, saying that ‘the scandal that rice distributed does not reach the really poor people results from bad governance.’
“The Chargé d’Affaires of the European Commission in Cambodia, Mr. Rafael Dochao Moreno, said, ‘The European Union provides US$200 million to Cambodia each year to build up infrastructure in the field of education and in other fields relating to good governance. Therefore, according to the legal policy, funds have to be distributed equally and justly.’
“However, the representative of the European Union in Cambodia commented on the food aid of the Asian Development Bank – ADB – regarding food safety, saying ‘that ‘he ADB food aid does not reach the really poor people, is an example of bad governance.’
“Regarding this evaluation, observers said that because of bad governance, resulting that starving people do not get food aid, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s good standing will be strongly discredited.
“On the contrary, most food aid of the ADB distributed in the northwest of Cambodia is offered to the rich, to the powerful, and to those who are supporters of the Cambodian People’s Party.
“Even Mr. Long Vou Piseth, the ADB officer in charge of food project implementations in Cambodia, criticized this, emphasizing that in some cases it is said that ‘the quantity of rice is small while the number of poor citizens is large, so village chiefs show bias depending on their partisans and on political tendencies.’ That is why problems occur.
“It should be noted that bias, injustice, as well as partisanship, come from different reasons, including from the fact that food aid and different other distributions are done by the Cambodian Red Cross, by the National Committee for Disaster Management etc. But this time, the rice aid distribution for the poor reflects clearer irregularities committed by the agencies involved, and by village and commune officials, a situation which needs to be fixed immediately.
“Recently, there was a report that the ADB has distributed food to poor citizens in three provinces next to the Siamese [Thai] border. The distribution brought accusations that non-government organizations are partisan as they offered food only to those who are supporters of the ruling party, while poor people received nothing.
“The report added that the ADB provided food to people from hundreds of families in Pech Chenda, Phnom Proek, Battambang, Poipet, Ou Chrov, Banteay Meanchey, and in Pursat. The distribution of food to poor citizens is made based on a registration conducted by village and commune chiefs from the Cambodian People’s Party.
“Civil society organization officials in Battambang, in Banteay Meanchey, and in Pursat, who observed the distribution of aid from this international financial institution, said that local authorities select only the names of citizen who are members of the Cambodian People’s Party to get food aid, among whom some are rich. However, citizens suspected to not supporting the Cambodian Peoples’ Party are not registered to receive aid.
“Civil society officials added that citizens in some communes, such as Pech Chenda and Poipet, complaint that the ADB is corrupt, partisan, and discriminates politically which contradicts what the head of the government had said. However, officials of non-government organization explained to the villagers that the ADB is not corrupt, but they distribute aid according the names listed up by village chiefs and by commune authorities.
“Villagers said that if the aid belonged to the Cambodian People’s Party, they would not protest, but the aid distributed in two communes next to the Siamese [Thai] border is donated by the ADB, so it should reach the poor citizens and there should be no partisan and political tendencies involved.
“It should be noted that during previous distributions of aid to poor citizens, local authorities from the Cambodian People’s Party always used political bias and partisanship, although high ranking leaders of this party had ordered local authorities not to act according to political tendencies.
“Observers said that although some aid is donated by oknhas, by millionaires, and by leaders of the Cambodian People’s Party, such aid originates from corruption by exploiting the citizens and the nation. Therefore, they should distribute their aid with transparency, particularly the aid from international financial institutions, like from the ADB.
“Most Khmer citizens living next to the Siamese [Thai] border go to Siam to work as illegal workers. But after the armed confrontation during these months, some citizens are sent back by the Siamese authorities to their home country. Because of resulting shortages, some non-government organizations, especially the ADB, bring food to be distributed to poor citizens. But the distributions are politically discriminating, because some village authorities, who are in charge of registering the recipients of aid, are members of the Cambodian People’s Party. That is why citizens, who do not receive aid, are disappointed and complain to these organizations.
“We think that if Prime Minister Hun Sen still lets officials, under his ruling, do everything with discrimination, his good standing will be discredited by reactions from donor countries.” Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #278, 6.11.2008

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Thursday, 6 November 2008

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #93, 5-11.11.2008

  • Samdech Krom Preah [Norodom Ranariddh] Rebuffs Request by [Funcinpec Secretary-General] Nhek Bun Chhay and by [Funcinpec President] Keo Puth Rasmey to Return Back as President of Funcinpec [saying he respects his decision to leave politics]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1787, 6.11.2008

  • Obama Gains Landslide Victory and Becomes the First Black US President
  • [32-year-old] Mother and [3-year-old] Son Were Robbed and Killed in a House [and her 49-year-old cousin suffers serious injuries, perpetrators not yet identified – Kakab, Dangkao, Phnom Penh]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #278, 6.11.2008

  • Hun Sen’s Dignity Is Strongly Disgraced Due to Bad Governance, as Evaluated by the European Union

Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #134, 6.11.2008

  • The Asian Development Bank Has Received Thirty Four Calls [by phone] from Poor Citizens [reporting about irregularities during food distribution]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6492, 6.11.2008

  • Chinese Naval Training Ship Moors at Port [in Sihanoukville for five days, 5 November 2008, to strengthen ties, relationships, and cooperation between Cambodia and China]
  • Khmer Stage Opera, ‘Ty Damrei Yum – Where the elephant cries,’ Will Be Performed on 28 November 2008 [at the Chenla Theater by Khmer and foreign performers]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3607, 6.11.2008

  • Economic Growth in Cambodian in 2009 Will Drop to 6.5% [because of the economic crisis in Europe and in the United States, resulting in a dramatic decline of buying orders for garments – [according to Mr Hang Chuonnarong, secretary-general of the Ministry of Economy and Finance]
  • The Hearing of the Former Head of State of the Khmer Rouge Regime [Khiev Samphan] Is Set for 8 December 2008
  • Most Constructors of City Flats Are Mortgaging Their Land at Banks [to get money to construct flats] but Do Not Reduce their Plans [making some house purchasers face difficulties to claim house ownership]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4735, 6.11.2008

  • Distributing Emergency Food in Kompong Chhnang Was Stalled because of Strong Protests [by some citizens who did not receive any food, because of unfair distribution by village and commune chiefs, providing food only to their relatives and partisans]

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