Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - GDP asks for work status change to bring pensions to police rates

GDP asks for work status change to bring pensions to police rates

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Interior minister Sar Kheng. SAR KHENG VIA FACEBOOK PAGE

GDP asks for work status change to bring pensions to police rates

The General Department of Prisons (GDP) has made a request to the Ministry of Interior seeking to officially redesignate more than 3,000 prison officials from civil servants to that of the National Police in order to raise their pension to the higher rate received by the latter.

GDP spokesman Nuth Savana told The Post that the prison officials had asked for a “transfer of framework” from the civilian office to the police force to more properly reflect their job responsibilities.

“Even though we are officials of the armed forces, until now, the ranks or organisation of the framework have been in accordance with the civil service framework and, in fact, we have been [classified] under the National Police,” he said.

The “transfer of framework” proposal was made by the GDP to protect the interests of prison officials when they retire, Savana said, acknowledging that it was a “big request” that “needs to be addressed to protect the interests of officials because the pension of civil servants is lower than that of police officials.”

The spokesman added that prison officials “work hard” and often clocked in overtime whilst facing “many problems” in their working life, and that if and when they retire, the pension would be less than the police, “so it is unfair for them to [have to make that] sacrifice.”

He said the department had additionally made a request for additional officials due to a number of retired staff passing away or losing their ability to work, leading to a lack of reserve staff that could be called upon. Savana said that the number of prison officials had become disproportionate to that of detainees in recent years.

He said that in the past, interior minister Sar Kheng had also supported the transfer of framework. More than 3,000 prison officials across the country have requested the reclassification.

Kheng held a meeting on April 20 with the GDP to discuss ways in which the request could be facilitated.

Am Sam Ath, deputy director of rights group LICADHO, said the request from prison officials on the framework transfer was an “internal matter” and a decision that lay with the management. But he said it was a positive sign that prison officials have not yet voiced an inability to cope with the increase in the number of inmates.

“Currently, prison officials are disproportionate to the number of detainees due to the increasing number of the latter. Thus, officials have a lot of work, which affects the detainees due to the lack of response and attention [from officials]. In addition, some officials have reached retirement age, leading to a lack of prison guards, which is a concern for security in prisons,” he said.

Sam Ath suggested that the government should have a mechanism to reduce prison overcrowding, such as out-of-court sentences including release on parole, which he said may reduce the burden on prison officials.


  • Ministry orders all schools, public and private, to close for SEA Games

    From April 20 to May 18, all public and private educational institutions will be closed to maintain order and support Cambodia's hosting of the 32nd SEA Games and 12th ASEAN Para Games, said a directive from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport. Cambodia will host the

  • Newest horror film showcases unique Khmer culture, identity

    At first glance, the trailer to new horror sensation The Ritual: Black Nun looks like a western-produced feature film. As the story reveals itself to the viewers, it becomes clearer that this is a Khmer film, with a strong Cambodian identity and close links to

  • Almost 9K tourists see equinox sunrise at Angkor Wat

    Nearly 9,000 visitors – including 2,226 international tourists – gathered at Angkor Wat on March 21 to view the spring equinox sunrise, according to a senior official of the Siem Reap provinical tourism department. Ngov Seng Kak, director of the department, said a total of 8,726 people visited Angkor Wat to

  • Angkor Beer strengthens national pride with golden new look and fresher taste

    Angkor Beer – the "Gold of Angkor" – has a new look, one that is more stylish and carries a premium appeal, as well as a fresher taste and smoother flavour, making it the perfect choice for any gathering. Angkor Beer recently launched its new design, one

  • Water supply authority assures public shortages over early ‘24

    The Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA) asked for understanding from Phnom Penh residents in some communes where water pressure is weak. They assured residents that all supply issues will be resolved by early 2024, but have suggested that residents use water sparingly in the meantime.

  • Khmer ballet documentary debuts April 1

    A new documentary, The Perfect Motion, or Tep Hattha in Khmer, will premiere to the public on April 1. The documentary film follows two intertwined storylines: the creation of a show called Metamorphosis by the late Princess Norodom Buppha Devi (her very last production) and the