Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Gov’t not using EU aid for poor

Gov’t not using EU aid for poor

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Prime Minister Hun Sen is speaking during a visit to a fish-breeding centre in Prey Veng province’s Peam Ro district on Tuesday. AKP

Gov’t not using EU aid for poor

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday refuted as “baseless”, claims that the government had used financial aid from the EU to implement the programme to identify and support poor and vulnerable people during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The prime minister was responding to Roth Sothy, a Banteay Meanchey provincial resident and former opposition activist.

Speaking during a visit to a fish-breeding centre in Prey Veng province’s Peam Ro district, Hun Sen said the government had not used even a single cent of the EU fund to implement the cash handouts.

“You said [the government] had handed money to the people using assistance from the EU. I tell you what Roth Sothy, Hun Sen’s government is not falling,” he said, adding that Sothy could have been in jail for his comments.

“Count yourself lucky that I did not order your arrest,” he said.

Hun Sen pointed out that Sothy had previously committed many mistakes and often fled to Thailand. He warned Sothy against repeating the offences, saying he could no longer escape now that Thai authorities have laid barbed wire along the borders to prevent illegal crossings.

The prime minister reiterated that the government had enough forces and resources to deal with the Covid-19 situation.

“Not even a single cent of foreign aid has been used to control Covid-19. Civil servants have not faced salary cuts. As a matter of fact, they receive their salaries regularly.

“Cambodia is not lacking cash. Also, the salary is not taken from the reserved $3 billion State budget. Our incomes have dropped, but we still have more than $400 million per month [to spend]. [But] we spend only a little more than $200 million per month,” he said.

Sothy was previously on the Banteay Meanchey provincial police’s wanted list for his involvement in a plan to bring Sam Rainsy, the self-proclaimed acting leader of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party, back to Cambodia on November 9 last year.

The government called the plan that of a treasonous rebel group.

National Police spokesman Chhay Kim Khoeun told The Post on Tuesday that Sothy committed similar offences in the past, but police are not looking to arrest him for now.

“He used to spread anti-government information and fake news, like what Samdech [Hun Sen] mentioned,” Kim Khoeun said.

Ministry of Justice spokesman Chin Malin said local authorities would decide whether to take legal action against Sothy for his remarks.

Spreading false, exaggerated information and fake news with ill intention or the intention to disrupt society is a punishable offence, he said.

Watch video:


  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring

  • ‘Bad news is an investor’s best friend’ – unlocking investment potential in Cambodia

    It is time to shop. Economic woes provide good pickings for investors if they know where to look The poem If, written by English Nobel laureate poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling for his son circa 1895, is widely perceived as fatherly advice for John who would

  • PM requests Russia’s Covid vaccine

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that Russia provide Cambodia with its Covid-19 vaccine after the former announced it planned on mass vaccinating its population next month. The request came on Thursday through the prime minister’s Facebook page as he met with Anatoly Borovik,

  • First ‘mobile kitchen’ in Cambodia enters service

    A catering company recently rolled out Cambodia’s first “mobile kitchen” – a $50,000 container capable of serving up to 200 people at a time. The kitchen is the brainchild of Seng Hok Heng Catering Services. At 4.4m-high, 6.8m-long and 2.4m-wide (expandable to 6.8m), the kitchen is equipped

  • Kingdom, China rebut basis for US sanctions

    The Council for the Development of Cambodia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Tianjin Union Investment Development Group Co Ltd (Tianjin) have responded to US sanctions on Union Development Group Co Ltd (UDG), a Chinese-owned company currently developing the sprawling $3.8 billion Dara

  • Influenza breaks out in eight provinces

    Nearly 600 people have been infected with influenza in eight provinces in the past month, Ministry of Health spokesperson Or Vandine said. The ministry is advising extreme caution. A report released by Vandine on Saturday said the Ministry of Health observed transmissions of influenza between August 15