Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Free spenders told to tighten belts

Free spenders told to tighten belts

Free spenders told to tighten belts

G OVERNMENT Ministers have been instructed to rein in their mobile telephone bills because some were spending thousands of dollars of public money on them each month.

An order by Minister of Finance Kiet Chhon (right) has put limits on how much senior government officials can use their mobile phones.

The Co-Prime Ministers are the only ones who can make unlimited calls.

Vice-ministers are allowed to spend no more than $150 a month on them; Senior Ministers, $125; Secretaries and Undersecretaries of State, and provincial and city governors, $100; other lesser government and provincial officials, $75.

Kiet Chhon's edict said officials needing to make international calls should use facsimiles or IDD telephones after getting approval from their ministry of department heads.

The Minister described the government's spending on officials' telephone bills since September 1993 as a "squandering" of state money.

One Minister is reported to have racked up more than $10,000 of calls, many of them international, on his mobile telephone in one month alone.

Kiet Chhon has also ordered government staff to stop buying more cars and other luxuries.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • 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