IN an expected move, opposition MP Son Chhay was sacked from his job as
president of the Commission on Public Works, Transport, Industry and
The SRP, whose three commission members were
forbidden from attending the vote, said Chhay had been sacked because he spoke
up about corruption.
"I expect to lose my position on the standing
committee," Chhay told the Post before the vote. "I am not happy or sad. [For
me] what is most important is the abuse of the agreement, principle of law and
democracy," he said after the vote.
Chhay confirmed that under Cambodia's
constitution there is no law, procedure or rule concerning the removal of a
"There is no procedure on how to fire a chairman of
a committee," said Chhay.
The three parties- CPP, Funcinpec and the SRP -
each hold three positions on the commission. In a six-zero vote, Chhay was
removed from his position. The CPP-Funcinpec members said that he was removed
because the commission had not functioned effectively under his
Chhay was replaced by Kim San, a Funcinpec party member who
was deputy president. CPP commission member Ho Non became deputy of the
Chhay was the only SRP MP who held the presidency of any of
the NA's nine commissions.