I'm writing to you concerning income tax payment in
Cambodia. I'm a Cambodian citizen, aged 30, and have been working for a private
company for five years in the country. I strongly believe you will help us
improve things. Without you to help us voice in public, things wouldn't be
improved and life would become worse.
I have paid $9,000 during these
five years. I have been so happy to do that. The purpose of paying that amount
to the Government is to help improve things in my country. I'm not a politician,
but a business man. I only imagined that the money I paid would go to the right
projects such as building schools, constructing or renovating road sytems for
better living, etc.
Actually, I really have no idea where all this money
has gone. I'm talking through your paper, which will help spread this news to
the knowledge of the Prime Minister or Minister of Finance. I've been working so
hard and facing so many issues at work. And what I earn I have to pay 15% to the
Government and I don't really know if all my payments have gone to the right
In addition, I'd like to say that the company set us a certain
target for sales. I'm working without thinking about time in order to achieve
the target sales. When I achieve it, the company offers me some incentive. When
the Government hears that I have been asked to pay tax for my incentives. I
wonder if this is fair for Cambodian workers. I'm not a special case. All my
colleagues are in the same situation, but they don't have a gut to talk to the
Government. They have been frustrated and emotionally suffering.
really want is that the Government will explain to us more about this one. I am
afraid that all the money collected from income tax payment would be used for
political purpose, because the national election is upcoming.
question I would ask is that will the Government help me when I am terminated
from the job by the company. What if the company violates workers' rights in the
workplace. Would the Government honestly help us?
- Ou Narata