Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday told district governors to cut down on their socialisation efforts with him and focus on daily tasks instead in order to address public problems.
Mr Hun Sen made the statement during a graduation ceremony in Phnom Penh and singled out district governors who were in attendance.
“Why do I see so many district governors here? From now on, you don’t need to come,” he said. “How can you all solve issues if you are sitting here? There is a lot of work to do in each district, so please go and solve problems for people in your district.”
Mr Hun Sen told City Hall officials, who were also in attendance, that they should have instead attended their annual congress, which was scheduled for yesterday.
He also told the organisers of the graduation ceremony to not invite too many government officials next time.
“I do not need so many high-ranking officials to accompany me,” Mr Hun Sen said. “Let them have time to work.”
City Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey yesterday said district governors will comply with Mr Hun Sen’s order.
“This is a new decision and the authorities will follow it,” Mr Meas Pheakdey said. “It’s not a surprise. District governors did not do anything wrong, they will just obey the order and act accordingly.”
Soeung Saroeun, executive director of the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia, said district governors and councillors must serve the interest of the people who voted for them.
“There are a lot of pressing issues that officials should address, including health, employment, climate change and human and political rights,” Mr Saroeun said.
Five district governors declined to comment yesterday.