O n this auspicious occasion of the International Women's Day, I
would like to also take this opportunity in order to talk to you about the
"Sensitive Problem in Khmer Society."
I always think corruption in the
society is a part of the debauchery which leads to the destruction of the nation
and the Cambodian people as a whole.
Corruption is the death of
everything that is good and fair and equitable and freely
Corruption leads to heavy losses in terms of free democracy
and fundamental human rights.
Corruption is a social illness which is
endless and that overruns the human society rapidly, and with cruel actions in
everywhere throughout the country and the world.
Cambodia today is short
of almost everything. Therefore, we necessitate to restore and reconstruct our
war torn country.
At the same time, we have to take stronger measures to
stem both the speed of the political instability and economic imbalance so as to
ensure the social security and the people's living condition.
present, Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world but, however, it
is a beautiful county, which has been rich in natural and cultural properties.
It has also been known as a high-civilized nation, with the prestige of the
In fact, I understand that the Royal Government of Cambodia
should establish a special commission which is in charge of controlling and
eradicating social evils such as corruption, bribery, gambling, drugs smuggling,
and sex trade which has taken root in Khmer society for so many
However, the government is now failing to crack down on corruption
that is growing rapidly in various institutions of state.
some of the medical workers of the ministry of health in the "Monk's Hospital"
in Phnom Penh who are involved in corruption and dishonesty have not yet been
dealt with properly.
The case of the corruption is that the doctors
examined a fifty-year-old farmer after he complained of a stomach ache - and
found liver infection.
After operating the doctors gave him the medicines
and serum and went back their office and then the medical workers came here
again in order to take money from the patient. The patient did not say anything
else, because he was afraid of them.
At the end, the medical workers
ordered him to buy the medicines and the serum at the private pharmacy in front
of the hospital.
Unfortunately when he came back. He brought the medical
workers these medicines and after that the medical workers stole his medicines
and gave him only half for his personal use.
Moreover, if the patient
needed one of the staff to inject medicine or to operate, the patient had to
give him or her money.
So it is time for some of the medical workers who
are involved in corruption and dishonesty to give up such a bad
And please pay attention to giving medical care to the unsupported
people, and especially the needy families in rural areas.
I am firmly
convinced that if you have studied the constitution of the Royal Kingdom of
Cambodia in chapter VI on Education, Culture and Social Affairs in Article 72
you will know clearly about your personal duty and the right of Khmer
- Ros Rasmey, Phnom Penh