National Assembly still faces internal problems

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The secretary-general of the National Assembly yesterday outlined the achievements and challenges of the legislative body during a press conference in Phnom Penh.

Leng Peng Long said between 2013 and 2017, the legislative body discussed and passed more than 100 pieces of legislation including draft laws and internal rules.

Mr Peng Long added that among the achievements, at least 1,300 inactive civil servants have been officially removed from the government database, though he could not recall exactly how many inactive civil servants were terminated.

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“Before we decided to dismiss them from their posts, we considered it thoroughly because they’re civil servants and their work brings food to the table,” he said. “I am still ordering all units of the National Assembly’s general secretariat to control the system and make sure inactive civil servants are dismissed.”

However, Mr Peng Long added that the National Assembly suffered from multiple problems due to internal politics, infrastructure and capacity building.

“The most important challenge is human resources because since the National Assembly became active, only 20 officials passed the exam and selection depended heavily on political factors,” he said. “Even today, as government workers are becoming experts through their experience in providing civil services, academic research and foreign affairs, capacity is still limited.”

He added that the National Assembly continues to lack administrative buildings and offices in different cities and provinces.

Nguon Nhel, the second vice president of the National Assembly, said that the National Assembly’s general secretariat provided a good example by following procedures.

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Mr Nhel also agreed with Mr Peng Long regarding the National Assembly having operational problems, including human resources, technical expertise, and infrastructure and information technology.

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