Information Minister threatens to shame absent civil servants

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Information Minister Khieu Kanharith speaks to reporters. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith yesterday announced that he will take action against ministry officials who do not show up for work by shaming them on social media.

Mr Kanharith made the statement on Facebook after receiving complaints from ministry officials saying that some civil servants did not perform their duties.

“Send me the names and pictures of those who only collect their salary from the state,” he said. “I will post their names and pictures.”

Recently, Prime Minister Hun Sen told civil servants to improve their work ethics and contribute to good governance.

A civil servant with the Information Ministry who declined to be named said yesterday that civil servants who do not show up to work affect productivity.

“Some civil servants do not come to work, but they still get a salary from the state every month,” the civil servant said. “It affects those who work hard for the ministry.”

“Some civil servants get blamed for doing something wrong, while others that do not show up to work do not get blamed,” the civil servant added, noting that the Information Minister should encourage others to work hard.

San Chey, executive director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability, said some civil servants tend to find something to complain about and not show up for work.

“Too many holidays, power shortages, not enough assignments,” Mr Chey said. “Those are some of the reasons why some officials do not show up to work.”

He noted that this trend could also be happening in other ministries and state institutions.

“I think that being absent from work is a kind of administrative problem,” Mr Chey said. “They should get administrative punishment, not have their names and photos posted on Facebook.”

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