Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Chhay presses graft case

Chhay presses graft case

Chhay presses graft case

Opposition lawmaker Son Chhay will send letters to National Assembly President Heng Samrin and First Deputy President Kem Sokha this week urging the leaders to take legal action against the parliament’s secretary-general, Leng Peng Long.

Chhay yesterday accused Peng Long of withholding records of the number of civil servants involved in corruption since he requested the files be released last week in a bid to clean up parliament.

“This is a legal issue as we wrote to Leng Peng Long, secretary-general of the parliament, and he has yet to reply,” he said.

The longtime anti-corruption campaigner and opposition member said his efforts to combat corruption in parliament weren’t an attack on the ruling Cambodian People’s Party.

“For this issue, the permanent committee of parliament must take measures,” he said. “That is why I have asked for the lists [of civil servants], so why have they not given me the lists?”

In a letter to Peng Long on October 21, Chhay claimed that the deputy secretary-general of the National Assembly, Mith Karen, used his position to appoint seven of his relatives to jobs in parliament.

“Excellency [Samrin] should consider suspending Mith Karen’s family urgently until an investigation can be carried out and the truth uncovered,” he wrote in the letter.

Karen could not be reached, and Peng Long declined to comment yesterday, saying only that he did “administrative work” in accordance with the wishes of his superiors.

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman