The National Assembly’s Permanent Committee yesterday held a meeting related to the draft law on nationality and decided to hand it over to two specialised commissions for further debate.
Leng Peng Long, National Assembly spokesman, said after the meeting that all 13 members of the Permanent Committee attended the meeting on five agendas, including discussing the draft law on nationality and the draft decision on ethics of lawmakers.
“The Permanent Committee decided to send it to the Commission on Interior, National Defence and Civil Service to cooperate with the Commission on Legislation and Justice to debate it further and then they can make a report and send it back to the Permanent Committee,” he said.
Mr Peng Long said the Permanent Committee will then set an agenda for debate during a plenary session.
Mr Peng Long declined to give details and referred further questions to the Commission on Legislation and Justice, but Chairman Pen Panha could not be reached for comment.
Hun Neng, chairman of the Commission on Interior, National Defence and Civil Service, also could not be reached for comment.
The Council of Ministers on May 11 approved an amendment of the Law on Nationality as the present law was no longer fit to Cambodia’s social and economic development.
An official who attended the cabinet meeting said that some changes in the current law were needed because some parts of the law were no longer suited to current trends in terms of Cambodia’s social and economic development.
One amendment also states that any foreigner who holds and uses an improperly issued Cambodian ID card or passport shall be punished with imprisonment from five to ten years.
The same article also states that any official or government agent, or any person who conspires and helps provide Khmer nationality or passports to any person who is not a citizen will face the same punishment.
Prok May Oudom, spokesman for the General Department of Identification, also said at the time that some of the amendments touched upon the cost of applying for citizenship.