The Ministry of Education has fired four officials from its Siem Reap provincial department for alleged absenteeism.
According to a statement issued by Education Minister Hang Choun Naron last month but obtained yesterday, the four officials were fired from the department on January 1 because they were absent from work without permission.
The four were identified as Mut Phalla, Peat Mab, Chan Sophea, and Hang Sochea.
Mr Phalla said he believed the true reason he and the others were fired was because they were former opposition CNRP supporters.
The opposition CNRP was dissolved by the Supreme Court in November following the arrest and jailing of its leader Kem Sokha on treason charges.
“It is a kind of political discrimination because we are former CNRP supporters,” Mr Phalla said.
Mr Mab said he has appealed for his job back since his dismissal.
“We need our jobs and the reason for dismissal was not acceptable,” he said.
Soy Ketya Vong, the department director, said the men fired were not coming to work regularly in November or December.
“The ministry has the right to fire them because they did not appear for work from November to December,” he said. “This was not any political discrimination.”
Absenteeism was also cited recently as the reason for the firing of Rong Chhun, a former union leader and National Election Committee member, from the Education Ministry. Mr Chhun earlier resigned from the NEC in the wake of the CNRP’s dissolution.