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GDT now allows you to pay the tax man online

Traffic passes in front of the General Department of Taxation office in Phnom Penh.

The General Department of Taxation (GDT) announced yesterday that it has officially launched an e-payment platform that allows individual and corporate taxpayers to pay their obligations online and directly through bank accounts, a move that businesses in the Kingdom hope will trim waiting periods. Speaking at a tax seminar yesterday, Kong Vibol, director general of the GDT, told more than 1,000 participants that the e-payment platform was up and running and would help taxpayers fulfil their obligations with less procedural steps. “For taxpayers, you now have more options to pay your taxes, whether that is by going directly to a bank or to the local tax department branch or by making payments online,” he said. “This platform is part of our tax collection reforms that aim to create an easier system to pay tax.” He added that the GDT’s e-payment platform is currently only available for taxpayers that hold accounts ...

Defectors to CPP trickling in

Pedestrians pass the headquarters of the now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party as a supporter paints over the party’s logo last week in Phnom Penh.

More Cambodia National Rescue Party elected officials are heeding Prime Minister Hun Sen’s calls to defect to the ruling party following the dissolution of the opposition last week, but the defections still represent less than 10 percent of all CNRP officials. Last Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled to dissolve the CNRP – the Kingdom’s largest opposition party – and banned 118 senior party officials from politics for five years, rendering more than 5,500 elected officials jobless with immediate effect. Within hours of the verdict, Hun Sen gave CNRP officials an extra two weeks to jump ship to his ruling Cambodian People’s Party. Prior to that, less than 200 opposition members had taken him up since he first offered to let defectors keep their jobs on October 22. He yesterday rolled back the two week extension to just one week. “The voluntary defection to the CPP is only until November 24, because the list preparation ...

New rules for traditional healers

A Kru Khmer healer looks through a medicine shelf at a pagoda last year in Phnom Penh. The Health Ministry is considering a sub-decree to regulate traditional medicine practice within the Kingdom.

The Ministry of Health is in the process of passing a sub-decree to regulate traditional medicine practitioners, with a six-page draft aiming to increase the quality, safety and effectiveness of the services. The draft sub-decree, discussed by a committee last week and obtained by The Post yesterday, set out criteria and procedures to control traditional health practitioners. Traditional practitioners will need, when the sub-decree is passed, to register with the Committee on Traditional Healers to obtain a licence. For this, they need either a bachelor’s degree in the subject or to have received training certified by the Ministry of Health. Some universities in Cambodia offer bachelor’s degrees in the subject, though modern medicine is more popular. Patients have the right to ask for the ingredients of medicine, and packaging listing ingredients must be accurate. Notably, the traditional healers will be required to tell ...

Local journalism organisations silent on ex-RFA pair’s case

Former RFA reporters Yeang Sothearin (left in blue shirt) and Oun Chhin (centre, back) are escorted by officials after being detained for questioning in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district last week.

Even after a group of 60 Cambodian journalists thumbprinted an open letter calling for the release of two former Radio Free Asia reporters accused of “espionage”, some very high-profile voices remain conspicuously silent on the matter: those of the Club of Cambodian Journalists (CCJ) and the Union of Journalist Federations of Cambodia (UJFC). Despite being the two main local bodies representing journalists, the organisations had no official response when Oun Chhin and Yeang Sothearin were detained last Tuesday, nor when they were provisionally charged over the weekend with providing “a foreign state with information which undermines national defence” – which carries a seven- to 15-year sentence. Police initially said the two were detained for allegedly running an unlicensed karaoke production studio, but authorities later confirmed they were being investigated for allegedly setting up a studio for RFA, ...

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