Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Rainsy faces pay freeze over campaign remarks

Rainsy faces pay freeze over campaign remarks

Rainsy faces pay freeze over campaign remarks

The National Assembly is to consider a request from the NEC that it cut off the political opposition leader’s salary for his 'insulting' election comments

THE National Election Committee has requested that Cambodia's parliament cut off lawmaker Sam Rainsy's salary after the opposition leader failed to pay a US$2,500 fine for insulting leaders of the ruling Cambodian People's Party during this year's national election campaign.

In a letter to Assembly President Heng Samrin, the NEC said Sam Rainsy had yet to be punished for violating electoral law during campaigning.

The fine resulted from speeches given by Sam Rainsy referring to a report by the environmental watchdog Global Witness on illegal logging, which implicated a number of high-ranking officials and relatives of Prime Minister Hun Sen in corrupt activities.

The report, titled Cambodia's Family Trees, was banned in Cambodia following its publication in January 2007.

"In order to guarantee electoral legitimacy, the NEC would like to request that the president of the National Assembly cut off the salary of Sam Rainsy and transfer the money into the national budget," the NEC said in the letter.

CPP lawmaker Cheam Yeap said Tuesday that any request to cut a parliamentarian's pay would be considered by the Assembly's standing committee.

"If there is an official request to the Assembly, the standing committee will consider ... whether Rainsy's salary should be cut," he said.

Parliamentarians make an average of US$2,000 a month.

SRP lawmaker Yim Sovann said that the NEC must guarantee its independence rather than target opposition lawmakers. "The NEC has no right to request the Assembly to cut off individual parliamentarians' salaries," he said.

Related Story

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