Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng has asked Interior Minister Sar Kheng to decide whether Major General Pech Yon, director of PJ prison, should be transferred to the ministry’s General Prison Department.
Mr Sreng said yesterday that Maj Gen Yon has not met the expectations of the municipal administration.
He said that a prison official needs to take care of prisoners and noted that this is an internal issue.
“It is a useless problem and it is my officer’s problem, there’s no need for a journalist to be interested in it,” he said. “I just filed a request to exchange a prison official who did not do a good job.”
Local media reported that Mr Sreng had asked Mr Kheng for the transfer to happen by October 31. However, as of today, Maj Gen Yon is still the director of PJ prison.
The local media report said Maj Gen Yon failed to fulfil his role and that he neglected his duties as the manager of the prison. It said that he also failed to attend meetings with Mr Sreng.
General Chan Kimseng, director-general of the GPD, yesterday said it is normal for government officials to be rotated.
“I think that it comes as no surprise because officials change places all the time – this is normal,” Gen Kimseng said. “It is an internal issue, I cannot speak further.”
Major General Sorn Keo, spokesman for the GPD, said he has yet to receive information regarding the transfer.
“I just heard a rumour a month ago, but I have not received any official information,” Maj Gen Keo said.
Met Measpheakdey, spokesman for City Hall, also said he has not received any information about the transfer.
Colonel Yoeun Thanrath, chief of PJ prison administration office, said he has not yet received any instructions to conduct a transfer.
“I have not received any official information yet, and I just heard about this last week,” Col Thanrath said.
Maj Gen Yon could not be reached for comment yesterday.