Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Definition of a gift




Definition of a gift

Definition of a gift

The Editor,

Freedom of the press is one of the most important rights in a democratic society

such as Cambodia. However, the victims of newspapers also need corrections to any

mistakes made in the publication of articles.

Based on that, I would like you to correct some untrue parts your article [CPP diversifying

into unions, Mar 21-April 3] which damaged the reputation of the high-ranking official

of the government [because] you improperly quoted me. His Excellency Sar Kheng will

be disappointed with me when he learns of this problem. Moreover, it can be a bad

credit to your newspaper. The following are the corrections to the misinformation:

1) On page 1, column 2, you said: "Thol said Sar Kheng had given gifts

to CUF members, and was the main supporter of the union".

I already told you on March 17, 1997 that a gift which is given without consideration

(a term of the Contract Law) is a gift. But a gift given with consideration is not

a gift: it is a contract of exchange for something. When he handed the gifts to CUF

members, he did not say you must do this or that for him at all. So you cannot claim

that the gifts are for an exchange of something else.

In addition to that, I reject your quotation of my speech. I did not say H.E Sar

Kheng was a main supporter [of CUF]. What I did say was: "After I sent out my

appeals for a donation to different places inside and outside Cambodia, I received

positive answers from my friends, my aunt in the US, CUF founding members and H.E

Sar Kheng." I also told you that they donated to CUF $40 or $50, just for the

transitional period to start the union to serve the interest of the workers. The

money is from his own personal pocket, not from CPP's or government's pocket. I also

expressed to you that if Sam Rainsy wanted to donate to CUF without a consideration,

he would be welcomed.

2) In addition in page 2, column 1, you incorrectly quoted: "He said

that he was happy that because of outside help - which he said came from only Sar

Kheng - he did not need to charge his members unions dues." This paragraph was

also not correct. The union dues will be the role of the congress of the CUF in April

1997, which will say how much the members should pay to CUF. A union without union

dues will fail.

- Chuon Mom Thol, President, Cambodian Union Federation.

MOST VIEWED

  • Body of woman killed in Bangkok returns

    The Cambodian embassy in Thailand is working to repatriate the body of a casino dealer who was shot dead in Bangkok on Monday night. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation spokesman Kuy Kuong told The Post on Wednesday that officials are preparing paperwork to

  • Chikungunya hits 15 provinces, says gov’t

    Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said on Thursday that the chikungunya outbreak in the Kingdom has spread to 15 provinces. Some 1,700 people are now suspected to have the disease. Vandine urged people to prevent its further spread by eliminating shelters for the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes

  • Gov’t exempts visa A and B holders from Covid fees

    Airline passengers who are diplomats and officials of international organisations holding Type A and B visas for travel to Cambodia are exempted from paying Covid-19 testing fees, said the Ministry of Health in its latest adjustment of rules on Wednesday. Health Minister Mam Bun Heng

  • Bill covering dress code draws ire

    Ministry of Interior secretary of state Ouk Kim Lek responded on Tuesday to criticism concerning a draft law that would ban women from wearing overly revealing clothing, saying that input from all parties will be considered as the law moves through the promulgation process. Several

  • Passing the test: Is Cambodia’s education system failing its people?

    The Kingdom’s education system needs to grow its people but some flaws might stifle​ this growth Coming from the Khmer Rouge occupation, with the loss of many scholars and academicians and a collapsed government, the education system had to be reconstructed from scratch – one

  • What’s the deal with Cambodia and China’s FTA?

    Cambodia’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China kicks off a series of FTAs in future but for now, critics wonder what else the parties could bring to the table apart from what it already has to date By the end of this year, Cambodia