Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Monday instructed all provincial authorities to closely collaborate with the Supreme Consultative Council’s members and tackle local problems together.
In a letter addressed to all provincial governors, Mr Kheng said the SCC members are tasked by a Royal Decree to follow up on the practice and implementation of government policies in order to ensure smooth social development.
“I wish to request all of you to offer close support and assistance to the SCC’s members during their missions in the capital and provinces across the country, so that they can manage to accomplish their work successfully as planned,” he said.
The SCC is composed of representatives of 16 political parties that contested the national election last year, in which each party has two representatives. The council is tasked with giving ideas and feedback to draft laws before the Council of Ministers approve them.
Mr Kheng noted that the SCC members are also entitled to offer comments to the Prime Minister over any injustice or abuses by officials.
Kandal provincial Governor Mao Phirun yesterday said he clearly acknowledges the core work of SCC members and is pleased to offer any required assistance in accordance with the law.
“I highly value the responsibilities of the SCC members and wish to work closely with them in order to ensure that their operations flourish,” he said. “However, I hope they can understand our work and notify the authorities in advance so that we can pave a smooth way for them to work.”
Mr Phirun requested SCC members to be patient and clam when reaching out for assistance from provincial authorities as they have to go through government administrative processes.
“It would be so much easier if the SCC members could tell us beforehand about what they need from us and how we can support them, so that we understand each other,” he said.
Kong Monika, Khmer Will Party president and a council member, yesterday said it is inconvenient to report to the provincial authorities about the SCC’s mission in advance as it is supposed to investigate problems without the authorities being alerted.
“I think if we inform them in advance, the clues we are seeking would be destroyed and we won’t be able to discover the problems,” he said. “We are hoping that the provincial authorities respect our work and respond directly to the problems we uncover.”
Last week, Prime Minister Hun Sen presided over a meeting to review the SCC’s work over the last six months.
He suggested that future meetings should be done via video conferencing with participation by provincial governors.
He said that by doing so, provincial authorities can respond directly to the concerns and problems that the council raises.