Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Anti-graft legislation in sight: govt

Anti-graft legislation in sight: govt

Anti-graft legislation in sight: govt

Passage of penal code hoped to lead to anti-corruption law

THE Council of Ministers is in the process of reviewing a new draft penal code, the passage of which will pave the way for the Kingdom's long-delayed anti-corruption legislation.

But with only 40 of some 700 articles examined so far, critics say this is just another ploy to avoid passing the graft-busting decree, which has been a key demand of foreign donors.

"The Council of Minister currently has reviewed more than 40 articles of the 700 articles of the draft penal code," Deputy Prime Minister Sok An told a conference Monday.

"After reviewing the draft [penal code] the government will continue to inspect the anti-corruption law," he added, without specifying a date that the review would be completed.

Sam Rainsy Party lawmaker and spokesman Son Chhay said that while the opposition welcomed the review of the draft penal code, they urged the government to finish the job "sooner rather than later".

"We are very worried as this fourth-term government has more than 500 members," Son Chhay said. "If we have don't have an anti-corruption law and penal code, we will have difficulty punishing corrupt officials," he added.

Ny Chakrya, head of the monitoring section for the rights group Adhoc, said, "[Reviewing the penal code first] is the CPP's pretext to avoid making the anti-corruption law. They have a real purpose to delay [this] debate."

According to Ny Chakrya, the government's lacklustre commitment to passing anti-corruption legislation is shown in the fact less essential laws - such as one banning adultery - were passed first. 

Bun Uy, secretary of state for the Council of Ministers, told Post by phone Tuesday that government has no reason to delay the passage of the anti-corruption law. "We need to pass the new penal code first because punishing crime is related both to the penal code and the anti-corruption law," he said.

Unless the penal code was passed first, the anti-corruption law could end up conflicting with it, he said. "The relevant ministries are working very hard and had discussed this week [how to expedite the passage of] the penal code."


  • Would you like fries with that? US burger chain makes Phnom Penh debut

    California-based The Habit Burger Grill restaurant chain is all set to serve up a delicious array of charbroiled burgers and sides at its newest international location in the centre of Phnom Penh. The Habit is “renowned for its award-winning Charburgers grilled over an open flame,

  • Angkor provides ‘valuable’ water storage

    The Apsara National Authority (ANA) has stored millions of cubic metres of water at reservoirs in the Angkor area after Cambodia experienced a series of rainstorms over the last few days. The storing of the water, besides serving temple conservation, will also be used to

  • Banteay Meanchey flood victims receive aid

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday provided aid to more than 10,000 families affected by flooding in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district and offered his condolences to the 18 victims who drowned in the province over the past week. He said flooding had occured in

  • Banteay Meanchey floods kill one more as death toll reaches 15

    As floodwaters start to recede in Pursat, Battambang and Pailin provinces and Phnom Penh, Banteay Meanchey continues to bear the brunt as one more person was killed on Monday, bringing the total number of flood-related deaths to 15 in the province this month. Banteay Meanchey provincial

  • PM urges caution as Polish man tests positive for Covid

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday reported that a 47-year-old Polish man tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Cambodia on Monday. There are a total of six Covid-19 patients currently in the country, all of whom are being treated at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital

  • Serving coffee with a side of robots

    The eye-catching glass building surrounded by greenery at the intersection of Streets 371 and 2002 in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district is more than just another coffee shop where you can while away a few hours. UrHobby House cafe is filled with robots and characters from