During a monthly meet with the National Council for Anti-Corruption, ACU president Om Yentieng said his unit has received 35 complaints in September, 14 of which will be dismissed.
Mr Yentieng said his unit will move forward with the other 21 corruption complaints filed.
“The ACU has replied to 14 people who filed complaints and after some consideration, we have decided that these complaints are not of our competence,” Mr Yentieng said.
When asked to detail the cases, Mr Yentieng declined to comment.
The National Council for Anti-Corruption after the meet praised the ACU for their work and their increased effort in combatting corruption.
However, Preap Kol, Transparency International Cambodia executive director, yesterday said corruption in the country continues to be an imperative issue, especially during election seasons.
“Generally, I have not seen any changes related to combatting corruption,” Mr Kol said. “Especially during a time when we are busy with the election and other political issues.”
IT’s Corruption Perception Index 2017 ranked Cambodia 161 among 180 countries, while in 2016, Cambodia was ranked 156 out of 170 countries. The CPI ranks countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption.
Pahy Siphan, a government spokesman, yesterday dismissed the CPI ranking and said the government has been actively combatting corruption through the implementation of transparency and accountability.
“Corruption is a secret activity between persons and corruption involves money,” Mr Siphan said. “This is the interesting thing that I noticed, I don’t know how [Transparency International] can determine this. We don’t understand the formula it uses to determine Cambodia’s score.”