Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Claims of graft in Kampot

Claims of graft in Kampot

Claims of graft in Kampot

Kampot's provincial police chief is under fire for allegations of corruption and nepotism made by his staff after he allegedly appointed family members to high-ranking positions in the local police force.

According to a Kampot police official, who refused to be named, police chief Thlang Phirin handpicked his brother Buth Mony and his daughter Rin Kanha to become Kampong Trach district’s police chief and Kampot provincial police’s deputy chief of the finance office, respectively.

Several Kampot province police officers have filed complaints, the official said.

“Some officers joined the police force a long time ago and they have never been promoted. I joined in 1992 and hold a bachelor’s degree yet I’m still a normal cop.”

Phirin confirmed yesterday that he appointed his brother and daughter to the positions.

However, he said the nepotistic allegations are baseless.

The appointments, he said, were based on the individuals’ capacity to perform the job.

“How is this nepotism? How is this corruption?” Phirin said. “These accusations are just from a partisan group in the provincial police.”

According to Phirin, he is not afraid of facing the law if found guilty of nepotism or corruption.

“I am chief but I cannot decide everything as I wish,” Phirin said. “We should let the investigators decide whether this is a [real] accusation or not.”


  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all