Mondulkiri Provincial Labour Department deputy director Noy Chandara yesterday said he was not avoiding responsibility for delays in processing work permits after a Chinese company said it paid him nearly $10,000 without getting any results.
“The delay in providing work permits to that company’s staff was because the procedures require detailed information,” Mr Chandara said. “Work in the system needs to meet all the terms and conditions, including documents and health checks. Moreover, the company also provided documents late.”
The response came after a representative of the UBE Development investment company said Mr Chandara avoided his responsibility after taking $9,110 in return for work permits for 37 Chinese nationals.
According to Swift News, Chinese company representative Leang Lida said: “Nearly a year after receiving the money, Mr Noy Chandara has not yet given the documents or work permits to the company.”
Mr Leang said the company had invested in the country and wanted its employees to have the right to work legally.
The company spent the money on Mr Chandara to help its 37 Chinese employees, but they had yet to receive the work permits, and immigration officials had threatened to arrest them for lack of documents.
He added that immigration police had fined the 37 Chinese many times for not having documents.
Mr Chandara said that he did not do all the documents himself. Other officials were involved because some company workers were in Preah Sihanouk province and others in Kratie province.
He also denied charging the sum of nearly $10,000. He prepared work permits for $180 for each foreigner and provided appropriate receipts.
“We have to check their employment contract legally, because we afraid that their working contract violates Cambodian labour law, which would make us more difficult to deal with them again.”
Adhoc provincial coordinator in Mondulkiri province Sok Ratha said anyone who took money secretly from foreigners to getting any certificate or letter illegally was against the law and instructions of relevant ministries.
“If this case is investigated by police, a person who take money from foreigners secretly has to be responsible under the law,” he said. “If they find that he has received money that is not set by the state and is under-the-table money, the Anti-Corruption Unit should investigate.”