Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - KRP investigates land grab and abuse of power cases

KRP investigates land grab and abuse of power cases

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Khmer Rise Party (KRP) president Sok Sovann Vathana Sabung and a working group on Sunday began investigating 17 cases of conspiracy to grab land and abuses of power committed by government officials. FACEBOOK

KRP investigates land grab and abuse of power cases

Khmer Rise Party (KRP) president Sok Sovann Vathana Sabung and a working group on Sunday began investigating 17 cases of conspiracy to grab land and abuses of power committed by government officials.

“It is not easy because each case involves going down to the remote areas, but we were given a proper mission from the government.

“I think if we are afraid of being killed, there is no need for us to get rid of corrupt officials in Cambodia to serve citizens.

“After conducting a study for nine days in 10 provinces, the KRP will analyse facts and merits to verify them with the laws. Then, we will prepare a report to be submitted to the prime minister for his review and decision,” said Vathana Sabung, who is also a member of the Supreme Consultation Forum.

He said: “If we find any misconduct and abuse of power, we will show the proof. We will only make an allegation in reference to an existing case after cross-checking the claims with facts.

“This is because each report must first be submitted to the secretariat of the Supreme Consultation Council before being handed to the prime minister.”

He pointed out that all findings in the report will be studied further [by the secretariat] and then sent to the Council of Ministers for another review. So it means that each report is based on the principle of accuracy without any bias. The report will be reviewed by up to three institutions, he said.

Tbong Khmum provincial administration director Mao Dung said that the provincial administration welcomed any mission visit by members of the Supreme Consultation Forum, as long as it is carried out under the law. However, he urged people to seek mechanisms within the various authorities to resolve issues.

He said: “Some disputes exist, so the [local] authorities have to depend on authorities at the national level because they have the authority. Some cases cannot be resolved by the sub-national authorities, so there is a dependency on the national level comprising of various institutions and the national supreme council.”

Rights group Adhoc coordinator in Tbong Khmum and Kampong Cham provinces Thim Narin said if KRP is willing to help seek justice for citizens, then it is good for society. She said she observed that in cases where citizens filed a complaint to the authorities, none could be resolved to get them justice.

“But if KRP’s visit is just to collect data or to gain popularity for its party, I think there will still be no justice for citizens,” she said.

Also, Narin urged all political parties to have a real will to help the government, especially concerning the issues faced by citizens to seek justice and make this country better.

MOST VIEWED

  • PM to vet NY holiday dates

    The Ministry of Economy and Finance submitted a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen asking him to formally set a five-day national holiday from August 17-21 to make up for the Khmer New Year holiday in April that was postponed. Finance minister Aun Pornmoniroth sent

  • Cambodia rejects UN rights claim

    Cambodia's Permanent Mission to the UN Office in Geneva on Friday hit back at David Kaye, the UN special rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression after he raised concerns over the repression of free speech and

  • Snaring may spawn diseases

    The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has warned that snaring of animals has become a crisis that poses a serious risk to wildlife in Southeast Asia and could spawn the transmission of zoonotic diseases to humans. Its July 9 report entitled Silence of the Snares: Southeast Asia’

  • Ex-party leader, gov’t critic named as secretary of state

    A former political party leader known for being critical of the government has been appointed secretary of state at the Ministry of Rural Development, a royal decree dated July 9 said. Sourn Serey Ratha, the former president of the Khmer Power Party (KPP), told The Post

  • Residence cards set for over 80,000 immigrants

    The Ministry of Interior plans to grant residence cards to more than 80,000 immigrants to better keep track of them. The ministry announced the plan on July 10, following the results of an immigration census. “An inter-ministerial committee and many operational working groups have been set up

  • Kingdom produces PPE gear

    Medical supplies from Cambodia have been donated to member countries of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to assist in the fight against Covid-19, said an ADB report published on July 9. The report stated that the supplies were donated as a response to global efforts to

  • Kingdom, US vow stronger ties

    At an academic forum on Saturday to celebrate 70 years of Cambodia-US diplomatic ties, Cambodian researchers and officials expressed hope of encouraging US investments and for that country to deepen and improve its bilateral relations. Held at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, it reviewed the past 70

  • Fifteen Cambodians from Saudi get Covid-19

    The Ministry of Health on Sunday confirmed 15 more imported cases of Covid. The 15 men ‒ all Cambodian aged 21 to 33 ‒ arrived from Saudi Arabia on Friday via a connecting flight in Malaysia. They were travelling with 79 other passengers, three of them women. The ministry said 80 of the

  • Ministry requests school opening

    The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport on Thursday said it would request a decision from Prime Minister Hun Sen to allow a small number of schools to reopen next month. Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha said if the request is granted, higher-standard schools will reopen

  • Kingdom eyes India FTA, China deal set for August

    Cambodia is studying the possibility of establishing a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with India to open a new market with the second-largest regional economy. This comes as an FTA with China is scheduled to be signed next month while similar negotiations with South Korea