Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Hard-working officials to get raise

Hard-working officials to get raise

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Ministry of Civil Service spokesman Youk Bunna said officials should be punctual to ensure the people are served effectively. Hean Rangsey

Hard-working officials to get raise

The Ministry of Civil Service spokesman Youk Bunna said civil servants across the country who carry out their duties properly and loyally will be rewarded with salary increases, but those found to be doing otherwise would be punished.

Speaking on Monday at the Council of Ministers meeting on its achievements for last year and plans for this year, he said the ministry strives to enforce civil service principles and policies, and is responsible for monitoring and examining the progress of improving public service quality at national and sub-national levels.

Therefore, he said if a ministry pushes for salary increases for its civil servants, the Ministry of Civil Service believes the officials at that ministry should work harder as well.

“Please try to work harder when your salary increases, if not, it is unacceptable. We must consider that we work in public services, and we must provide public service. That is the job of all officials,” he said.

He said he wanted all levels of civil servants to change their behaviour and become positive role models. As public service providers, officials, he said, should be punctual to ensure the people are served effectively.

Bunna also said some officials faced legal actions and were fired for misbehaviour. He said more people will be fired if they continue to not fulfil their roles.

The Ministry of Civil Service 2019 annual report said Cambodia has a total of 218,482 civil servants, including 45,599 at the national level.

Affiliated Network for Social Accountability executive director San Chey said when Cambodia is experiencing economic development, the provision of public services should not be confined to preparing birth and marriage certificates but extend to land and health services.

He suggested that to improve services, the government should simplify its processes. “If the system of providing a service is complicated, the people are forced to pay unofficially to get them.

“We have learnt that it is difficult to ask for construction permission for instance. That creates an issue because the procedure is so complicated, people look at ways to bypass it and this promotes corruption,” he said.


  • Hun Sen: Full country reopening to be decided in two weeks

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced that if the Covid-19 situation remains stable for 15 consecutive days from the end of the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, Cambodia will reopen fully, albeit in the context of Covid-19 whereby people have to adjust their lives to

  • Phnom Penh governor: Show Covid-19 vaccination cards, or else

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng late on October 5 issued a directive requiring all people aged 18 and over and the parents of children aged 6-17 to produce Covid-19 vaccination cards when entering schools, markets, malls, marts, eateries and other business establishments that have been permitted

  • Cambodia seeks probe into 'false reports' on Hun Sen's alleged Cypriot passport

    Minister of Justice Koeut Rith on September 6 wrote a letter to his Cypriot counterpart Stephie Dracos requesting cooperation in investigating and providing the truth in relation to the "exaggerative and false allegations" that Prime Minister Hun Sen holds a Cypriot passport. In his letter, the

  • Will Evergrande change the way Chinese developers do business in Cambodia?

    China’s property sector policy has exposed the grim financial condition of real estate developers including those operating in Cambodia, which raises questions over the viability of their projects and business going forward The dark blue netting draping over one of Yuetai Group Co Ltd’

  • 'Pandora Papers' expose leaders' offshore millions

    More than a dozen heads of state and government, from Jordan to Azerbaijan, Kenya and the Czech Republic, have used offshore tax havens to hide assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a far-reaching new investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (

  • Cambodia voted ‘world’s friendliest country’ in Rough Guides reader poll

    Cambodia ranked number one among the “World’s Friendliest Countries”, according to a reader poll conducted by London-based international website “Rough Guides”. Taking submissions through Twitter and Facebook, “Rough Guides”, a well-known travel agency and publisher of guidebooks, said the Kingdom “was by far the