In a bid to rid the country of corruption, Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday urged CPP officials to eliminate the practice of paying bribes for promotions.
At a CPP meeting in Prey Veng province yesterday, Mr Kheng said that the practice of paying for promotions should cease immediately.
“Some of our officials bribed their way into being promoted,” he said. “I am saying this now, please eliminate this culture.”
“Some tycoons have also asked officials for favours,” Mr Kheng added.
Mr Kheng said that he has noticed tycoons playing golf with officials in order to negotiate favours.
“There are some tycoons who played golf with me and they thought that they could say whatever they wanted,” he said. “Please do not see from playing golf that I am doing business with them. It is clear to me what is legal and what is not.”
San Chey, executive director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability, said that he would support a mechanism to eliminate corruption.
“To resolve the issue of corruption, we have to reject requests made by those who want to be promoted,” Mr Chey said. “However, it’s not enough to just remind party members not to exchange favours.”
He added that high-ranking officials would only need to sign a piece of paper in order to request a promotion.
“Officials who do not qualify should be ashamed of themselves by bribing their way to the top,” Mr Chey said.
Mr Kheng said that he recently promoted three officials from the General Department of Immigration, the General Department of Identification and the General Department of Logistics and Finances without any bribes being paid.
He noted that the officials did not know they were being promoted.
“They did not know that they were to be promoted,” Mr Kheng said. “They were surprised when they were told.”
Preap Kol, executive director of Transparency International Cambodia, could not be reached for comment yesterday.