In reference to the published article in Phnom Penh Post (Dec 14-27, 2007), entitled
"World Bank launches accountability program," Mr. Brendan Brady wrongly
quoted what I addressed at the Opening Remarks (National Event at Chatomuk
Conference Hall on Dec , 2007) .
What I said was: "Good Governance is not a new concept and is not an imported
concept from elsewhere either. It was part of the human culture and it had been practiced
by leaders in the past."
I related the example of Lord Buddha on His Enlightenment of his Four Noble
Truths and His Guilding Principles such as 5, 8 and 10, principles for guiding human
beings to find peace of mind and ways to alleviate suffering, if not to end
suffering as in Nirvana.
Also, the glorious period of the Khmer Empire was not possible either without practicing good
governance at that time.
And now, the RGC headed by Samdech MohaAkka Sena Techo Hun Sen, as Prime Minister,
also put Good Governance at the core of the Rectangular Strategy and committed to
major reforms as to insure sustainable socio-economic development with equality
and social justice.
My intention then was to re-emphasize to the audience the importance of good governance
in the country's development and we are all part of the whole process:
the government and civil societies are parties in good governance. We must build
a constructive network so that we can work together to implement the RGC's reforms
agenda and both are working toward social accountability for Cambodia and the Cambodian
people. I also said: "Good Governance can reduce corruption."
I hope you would correct the statement and not mislead your good readers.
Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Interior
Project Coordinator of the "Demand For Good Governance Project"
funded by IDA/World Bank