Thursday, December 05, 2013

Officials Deny Ranking on Perceived Corruption Index

By Khoun Theara, VOA Khmer 05.12.2013

PHNOM PENH - Government officials have dismissed a corruption report by Transparency International, which found that Cambodia is perceived as the most corrupt country in Southeast Asia.

Cambodia ranked 160th of 175 countries on the index, an annual measurement of perceived corruption of countries worldwide that is supported by major international agencies.

Government spokesman Phay Siphan said the report did not reflect “reality” in Cambodia.

“This report is not a scientific study, but is based only on the tendencies of this organization,” he said. “I do not mean that Cambodia is corruption free, but we are ready to fight it. If we look at income per capita, economic stability and infrastructure, we see how progressive we are.”

Cambodia has long been viewed as a country with endemic corruption, from the lowest levels of local governance to the highest officials in power.

Allegations of corruption plague the courts, have hampered the efforts of the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal, and can make simple acts like getting a birth or wedding certificate an expensive affair. USAID estimates the government itself loses half a billion dollars per year to the practice.

Om Yentieng, head of the government’s Anti-Corruption Unit, declined to comment on the report. The unit recently filed complaints against three low-ranking officials in two separate cases of bribery and fraudulence.

Phay Siphan said the government has “legal mechanisms to address corruption.”

“And we have punished those who commit corruption,” he said. “We also have increased transparency in public services and raised people’s awareness for active participation in anti-corruption.”

However, critics of the government’s anti-corruption efforts say they have only targeted certain individuals, and have not been broad reaching or uniform.

“Corruption is becoming worse, and it is a major reason behind the poverty of millions of the population,” said Yim Sovann, a spokesman for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party. “A large part of the state’s income flows into the pockets of corrupt officials through non-transparent financial management and inequitable distribution of resources.”


Anonymous said...

Well, Well...I didn't see UN on the most corrupt nation chart. Did they exempt themselves? Wow, it would be hard to accept the UN is flawless. Let alone the Banking Cartel themselves.

See No Evil

Anonymous said...

please be fair to my country cambodia! if you compare cambodia to say 10 years ago, we are much better than that! of course, there are still a lot of works to be done, and cambodia never stops working at that! don't be biased with cambodia! people can see that even if you guys don't say it directly! no taking sides is allowed!

Anonymous said...

cambodia and its people deserve better! together, we all can lessen all forms of corruptions!

and talk about corruption in cambodia, i wonder why outsiders are mostly the enablers! penalized the enablers, there will be less corruption in my country cambodia!

Anonymous said...

If Hun Sen still stay in power, I don't believe that you can clean out corruption from khmer country. Because corruption in Khmer country,it's the plan of Hanoi use to swallow Khmer country. Because corruption illegal vietnameses in Khmer country can buy every thing and can become owner every thing in Khmer country. One day Hanoi can swallow Khmer country completed. It has only one way to save Khmer country. Stand up together and change before die.

Anonymous said...

Hahahaha Siphan
Even your boss don't want you to say anything about this .
I think you better shut up!!!
you use to live in western country too my man .
You think all these report is a fake. All these people get benefit from whatever they say?
why they spend time and money to do all these research.
All they want to see your government to improve their act for the future of the country
before they give more free money to them.
Remember Cambodian can not live without these people and their money .
Did you ever study about Cambodian government now the head bigger than body now.
without free money you think your boss can survive .
Take them to Cambodian court for defamation .

Anonymous said...

Corruption in Cambodian can not be erased unless HUN SEN will be sent to the Jail or Hang him,,,,

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