Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Free spenders told to tighten belts

Free spenders told to tighten belts

Free spenders told to tighten belts

G OVERNMENT Ministers have been instructed to rein in their mobile telephone bills because some were spending thousands of dollars of public money on them each month.

An order by Minister of Finance Kiet Chhon (right) has put limits on how much senior government officials can use their mobile phones.

The Co-Prime Ministers are the only ones who can make unlimited calls.

Vice-ministers are allowed to spend no more than $150 a month on them; Senior Ministers, $125; Secretaries and Undersecretaries of State, and provincial and city governors, $100; other lesser government and provincial officials, $75.

Kiet Chhon's edict said officials needing to make international calls should use facsimiles or IDD telephones after getting approval from their ministry of department heads.

The Minister described the government's spending on officials' telephone bills since September 1993 as a "squandering" of state money.

One Minister is reported to have racked up more than $10,000 of calls, many of them international, on his mobile telephone in one month alone.

Kiet Chhon has also ordered government staff to stop buying more cars and other luxuries.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Education’ a priority traffic-law penalty

    A top National Police official on June 21 neither rejected nor confirmed the authenticity of a leaked audio message, which has gone viral on social media, on a waiver of fines for a number of road traffic-related offences. General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief in

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • Chinese firms unveil preliminary results on metro, monorail for capital

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC) and its parent company, the state-owned China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC), met on June 24 for talks on results of the firms’ preliminary study on a potential metro

  • ACLEDA, WU to enable global money transfers

    Cambodia's largest commercial bank by total assets ACLEDA Bank Plc and global money transfer firm Western Union (WU) have partnered to offer customers cross-border money transfers to 200 countries via “ACLEDA mobile” app. In Channy, president and group managing director of ACLEDA, said the June 22 agreement

  • Aeon, Micromax partner again for third mall

    AEON Mall (Cambodia) Co Ltd and a locally-owned Micromax Co Ltd have entered into a partnership agreement to develop fibre optic infrastructure for $200 million Aeon Mall 3, which is expected to be opened in 2023. The agreement was signed on June 20 between Masayuki Tsuboya, managing director of

  • Walmart plans to diversify stock of Cambodia goods

    Walmart Inc, the world’s biggest retailer, on June 22 reiterated recent plans to scale up and greatly diversify its purchases of Cambodian products, according to the labour ministry. This came during a virtual working meeting between Minister of Labour and Vocational Training Ith Samheng and