Prime Minister Hun Sen applauded Cambodia for manifesting its own destiny. He rejected recommendations from international organizations to reform public administration. Council of Ministers’ spokesman Phay Siphan stated that these words were spoken by the Prime Minister at the cabinet meeting on Friday.
Mr. Siphan furthermore said the United Nations and other international organizations have recommended that Mr. Hun Sen raise the petroleum tax; he should also reduce the number of public servants by 2000 to 6000 as a measure to reform Cambodia’s public administration. The Prime Minister rejected both propositions.
He said: “Samdech Hun Sen decided to do what the government is capable of doing, in accordance with realpolitik and the country’s actual needs.”
The Prime Minister pointed out that reducing the number of officials would undermine the solidarity of those who have built and protected the country and would depreciate their efforts. He also said that increasing petroleum tax would harm the people by making products more expensive – wreaking chaos on the economic.