The Cambodian Youth Party’s president, Pich Sros, spoke to Khmer Times and criticized the way the debate in the Supreme Consultative Council, which handled the proposed National Budget for 2019, was conducted. The Supreme Consultative Council is the forum for 15 political parties to express their opinions on draft laws, etc.
The budget was approved by the cabinet in October and must be ratified by the National Assembly.
He said that the Finance Ministry spent two hours presenting the draft, thus leaving very little time for the participants to debate the issue.
Furthermore, the ministry handed out the draft to the council members only three days before the meeting, which allowed them little time to prepare for the debate.
“The draft is a technical document, so I could not analyse or conclude anything in three days,” he said. “As a priority, the government should allow the council enough time to review the drafts before it approves them.”
Mr Sros would like the government to distribute drafts to council members one week or, better yet, one month before the debate so that all members have enough time to study them.
He had planned to have ministers clarify the proposed expenditures for 2019 and answer questions as to the expected achievements thereof.
Another council participant Kong Monika, the Khmer Will Party’s president, said that he wanted the National Assembly to scrutinize the budget 2019, and compose an analysis report for the draft budget law and unveil it to the public.