Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Hun Sen: no raises for state servants

Hun Sen: no raises for state servants

Hun Sen: no raises for state servants

Hun.jpg
Hun.jpg

When will the new government be formed? The debating panel, above, answered this question at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Phnom Penh on April 1 - from left to right: Michael Hayes, publisher of the Phnom Penh Post: 2004; Mike Bird, country manager Oxfam: May Day (May 1); Dr Lao Mong Hay, political analyst: When the king returns; Nisha Agrawal, country manager World Bank: 2004; Bretton Sciaroni, legal partner: No prediction, I've been wrong too often.

P

rime Minister Hun Sen says the government cannot afford to increase salaries for

its employees.

He was responding in a televised address to a Funcinpec Party demand as part of the

coalition talks that public servants be paid a minimum of $100 a month [currently

a soldier is paid $15 and a schoolteacher $30 a month, compared to garment factory

workers on $45].

Replying to repeated criticism of his government's failure to combat poverty and

corruption, Hun Sen said he accepted that his government is full of bureaucracy and

corruption that must be dealt with.

"There could be a revolution by the people if there is no social justice, if

poverty increases, and we do not build schools, roads, bridges, irrigation and hospitals."

Cambodia remains one of the world's poorest countries, with virtually no progress

achieved in poverty reduction over the last ten years.

Talks on forming a coalition government between Funcinpec and the Cambodian People's

Party resumed yesterday after apparently making no real progress in the last meeting

on April 1. The elections were nine months ago and Funcinpec spokesman Kassie Neou

said: "I think we are setting a world record."

The parties are discussing a draft of 73 points including an independent national

commission of human rights; public forums held every three months; the prime minister

to answer to the National Assembly every month; and commitment to an annual public

national congress as required by the constitution.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Cambodia's Bokator now officially in World Heritage List

    UNESCO has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of November 29. Her report, which was

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Angkor Beer, 30 Years of Prestige and Still Counting

    Let’s celebrate 30 years of prestige with Angkor Beer. In this 2022, Angkor Beer is 30 years old and has been staying with Cambodian hearts in all circumstances. Head of core beer portfolio, EmYuthousaid, “We have been with Cambodians for three decades now. We, ANGKOR Beer, pride

  • Sub-Decree approves $30M for mine clearance

    The Cambodian government established the ‘Mine-Free Cambodia 2025 Foundation’, and released an initial budget of $30 million. Based on the progress of the foundation in 2023, 2024 and 2025, more funds will be added from the national budget and other sources. In a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen

  • Two senior GDP officials defect to CPP

    Two senior officials of the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) have asked to join the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), after apparently failing to forge a political alliance in the run-up to the 2023 general election. Yang Saing Koma, chairman of the GDP board, and Lek Sothear,