Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Anti-corruption bonus yet to be seen

Anti-corruption bonus yet to be seen

Anti-corruption bonus yet to be seen

Customs and Excise Department officials are complaining that a promised salary bonus meant to serve as an incentive to avoid corruption has yet to be doled out, even though  the program began last June.

The initiative, managed by the Ministry of Economics and Finance, was supposed to collect one per cent of Customs revenue from all the country’s branches, then re-distribute    it as a kind of award to mid-level department employees on up to branch chiefs.

Customs is one of the largest sources of revenue for the state, and the idea received a warm welcome.

“When we heard about the plan, we were all happy, but when will the leaders arrange to give the award? I don’t know,” a Customs official from the Banteay Meanchey branch told the Post yesterday.

He declined to give his name for fear it would jeopardise   his employment.

According to a memo signed by Pen Siman, the head of the Customs and Excise Department, the Ministry of Economics and Finance was supposed to set up a special fund in a National Bank of Cam-bodia account, where the government would manage the bonus cash.

“Please all of you arrange to withdraw and transfer award money for June, 2012 into the above account,” the memo, which was sent to all bran-ches, read.

MOST VIEWED

  • EU officials: Ending EBA an 18-month procedure

    EU officials have confirmed that it will take a total of 18 months to complete the procedure if Cambodia’s preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) trade agreement is to be withdrawn. According to EU Agriculture and Rural Development spokesman Daniel Rosario, the formal process has not

  • IPU slams government claim

    The president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Gabriela Cuevas Barron, has refuted a claim by the National Assembly that she “highly appreciated the achievements of Cambodia” in its July national elections with a tweet saying “Of course not!” before adding “No congratulations”. A delegation from

  • Conflict lingers on Paris Accords

    As the Kingdom prepares to commemorate on October 23 the 27th anniversary of the signing of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords, which ushered in an end to nearly two decades of civil war, there is political conflict on whether the tenets of the agreement are still being

  • EU agrees VN trade deal despite rights concerns

    The EU on Wednesday agreed to a free-trade agreement (FTA) with Vietnam, a country described as having a “major rights-abusing government”. This comes amid the 28-nation bloc preparing the procedure for a possible withdrawal of Cambodia’s Everything But Arms (EBA) preferential trade agreement on