A Cambodian anti-corruption group has been forced to suspend operations because of
The Khmer Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Organization (KHRACO) sacked its executive
president in March 2003 for stealing money; now it has found his replacement and
an associate doing the same thing.
Yesterday the KHRACO treasurer general Lim Ky Eng, a Phnom Penh accountant, announced
at a media conference that in order to protect the group's reputation, he has appealed
to all donor organizations to suspend financial aid until it restructures and takes
action to prevent the problem occurring again. Theft of about $3,000 was involved.
"We make the public declaration that irregular and non-transparent activities
have been taking place in KHRACO that are disappointing and embarrassing and we cannot
accept," said Mr Lim. He said he founded the NGO in 1999 with a personal donation.
He asked the six media present not to name him. However, he issued a public press
release with his name and signature on it.