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Corruption fight on the cards

Corruption fight on the cards

To coincide with International Youth Day, Transparency International Cambodia announced yesterday that it has distributed more than 5,000 cards over the past six months listing hotline numbers in a bid to combat corruption in the Kingdom.

The translucent, blue plastic cards, which display the message “We can fight corruption together!” contain phone numbers for the Anti-Corruption Unit and free legal advice, as well as the promise of anonymity for those who offer sensitive information.

Even so, those interested in receiving a card have to fill out a sheet with their name, email and phone number, making them honorary anti-corruption members.

“So far, no one rejects the cards when we offer them,” said Van Mayan, 19, a volunteer for TI who helped youths register for the cards.

Executive director of TI, Preap Kol, said another 10,000 cards are to be distributed.

“If we can get people who encounter acts of corruption to report it, we can reduce the amount of corruption,” Kol said.

Distribution had been delayed for a short period due to faulty phone lines, but an attorney and team are now available to answer phone calls, make reports and prepare lawsuits, Kol added.

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