Khmer Times/Pech Sotheary Thursday, 05 January 2017 1563 views

Anonymous letter alleges nepotism

The Social Affairs Ministry yesterday denied allegations from an anonymous letter claiming that nepotism and injustice existed in its ministry.
 

The letter, which was sent to the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), alleged that Long Chhun, the son of the ministry’s general director of administration and finance, was just one example of nepotism as he was hired for a special position at the ministry’s National Institute
of Social Affairs (NISA) while studying abroad.

 

The letter, seen by Khmer Times yesterday, cited a proposal by the Social Affairs Ministry to the Council of Ministers to allocate 19 new positions for civil servants at the ministry’s NISA starting on January 1.
 

However, spokesperson Em Chan Makara said that Mr. Chhun, who was the son of Suong Menglong, was selected to work at NISA because he studied abroad and had the skills for the position.
 

“This letter is a totally false depiction of reality. We don’t know what kind of corruption they are talking about,” Mr. Chan Makara said.
 

“They should explain their reasoning clearly. Sometimes they have a grudge with someone. Maybe they were unhappy and wrote an unclear letter that caused a loss of value for public servants.”
 

The letter asked the ACU to investigate the case as the appointment of Mr. Menglong’s son was contrary to the oath of public servants on recruitment.
 

The letter added that injustice and nepotism happened frequently at the ministry, with officials placing their children and relatives into positions.
 

ACU president Om Yentieng could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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