The Ministry of Labour has asked the Ministry of Information and Ministry of Culture to ban a Khmer song that addresses poor working conditions for domestic workers in the Kingdom.
According to a statement from the Labour Ministry on Monday, the two ministries are to ban the song “Only True Love Remained”, which is a song produced by Khmer Amatak productions.
“The meaning of the song may have reflected reality years ago, but presently, the life of domestic workers has improved because the government has been giving them protection and full rights,” the ministry said. “The song affects the dignity of domestic workers.”
A statement from the Ministry of Information on Monday ordered all media to stop broadcasting the song.
“To prevent negative effects on the feelings and dignity of domestic workers while the government has been focusing on them to give them full rights, this song must be banned,” the ministry said. “The Ministry of Information asks all media to please stop playing and broadcasting the song.”
The Cambodian Domestic Workers Network also released a statement to support the action taken by the ministries.
“On behalf of domestic workers in the country, we thank the government for taking care of domestic workers by banning the song which affects them,” it said.
“We strongly hope that the Ministry of Labour will provide more protection to domestic workers,” it added.
In May, the Labour Ministry issued a directive laying out expected working conditions for domestic workers to ensure safety and prevent abuse from homeowners in the wake of a woman being arrested for torturing her maid.
According to the five-page directive signed by Labour Minister Ith Samheng, domestic workers must be over the age of 18, and if they are younger, can only be assigned light work.
Domestic workers must also be given national holidays off in accordance with the Labour Law, and if they work those days, they must be paid 200 percent of their normal wage.