The National Assembly has produced its first code of ethics to ensure that all lawmakers work independently and humbly and uphold the country’s interest.
Leng Peng Long, spokesman for the National Assembly, said yesterday said that the code of ethics approved earlier this month requires all lawmakers to respect all laws in the Kingdom on behalf of all the people and to keep their reputation and honour untarnished.
“All lawmakers are not under someone’s influence,” Mr Peng Long said, noting that the code was produced in line with codes of other countries.
“This ethics code does not mean that any lawmaker will be fined or punished. We created it to remind all lawmakers to respect all laws,” Mr Peng Long said, adding that if any lawmaker did something wrong, they would be prosecuted.
According to the nine-article ethics code issued on May 22, all lawmakers must respect the constitution, law on lawmakers, and law on political parties.
One of the articles says that all legislators had to be willing, committed and work together to strengthen the rule of law, multiparty democracy and respect of human rights.
Another article says: “Lawmakers have the duty to attend sessions, keep a culture of debating, and express opinions responsibly. Lawmakers must not be arrogant; be humble and gentle.”
“Lawmakers must uphold the interests of the people and the country,” it continues. “In all circumstances, they have to regard general interests higher than that of the individual.”
Mr Peng Long said that previously some lawmakers insulted the National Assembly president and others defamed government officials during sessions.
Seng Sokheng, a lawmaker from the Cambodian Nationality Party, said that ethics was very important for all institutions.
“I support this ethics code because all lawmakers are examples and representatives of all the people, so our institution has to have ethics,” Mr Sokheng said.