Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Minister tells CRC to be more ‘transparent’

Minister tells CRC to be more ‘transparent’

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s wife and Cambodia Red Cross president Bun Rany delivers aid packages to flood victims in Pailin province in 2013. Photo supplied
Prime Minister Hun Sen’s wife and Cambodia Red Cross president Bun Rany delivers aid packages to flood victims in Pailin province in 2013. Photo supplied

Minister tells CRC to be more ‘transparent’

Interior Minister Sar Kheng has urged the Cambodian Red Cross, headed by first lady Bun Rany, to be more “transparent” and “accountable” to combat long-standing criticisms that the organisation distributes aid for the political benefit of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party.

While acknowledging the criticism of the organisation, Kheng told attendees at a Red Cross event in Prey Veng province on Tuesday that “in some places [this] was not true”.

He then warned attendees that the organisation had to be “careful” to avoid such perceptions by adhering to the principles of neutrality upon which the international Red Cross movement was founded.

“We need to work with transparency and accountability and this is very important, because we have to work hard to collect resources, sweat and blood from donors, and if we use it with no responsibility and transparency, it means that we reduce our resources for the future,” Kheng said.

“This will mean they don’t trust us and they won’t have the heart to help anymore because their help cannot reach people, or the project is supposed to cost $1 million and we report it cost $5 million.

“This shows a lack of responsibility, accountability and transparency and we need to be careful about these issues.”

In recent weeks, the CRC has joined efforts to distribute water to drought-stricken provinces, with Prime Minister Hun Sen pointedly noting the opposition party’s lack of resources to help those in need.

MOST VIEWED

  • Two luxury hotels latest quarantine options for inbound travellers

    The Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat Covid-19 has designated two luxury hotels as alternative quarantine options for travellers who wish to enter Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport – Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence and the Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh. In a notice detailing guidelines issued

  • Visa A holders get to quarantine at Himawari Hotel

    The Ministry of Health has permitted foreign diplomats, UN and International NGO officials to undergo quarantine at Himawari Hotel in the capital in case they do not have a separate place suitable for this purpose, but the government would not be responsible for the expenses.

  • Baby saved as mother is lost to Covid

    Newborn baby Neth David has had a rough start in the world. His mother, Vong Daneth, was seven months pregnant when she contracted a severe case of Covid-19. When it became clear to her doctors that she would not survive, they performed a cesarean section

  • Jabs for kids bring hope for school reopenings

    Cambodia is tentatively planning to reopen schools – at least at the secondary level – when the vaccination of children aged 12-17 is completed, even though daily transmissions and deaths in other age groups remain high. Schools across the country have been suspended since March 20, one month

  • Hun Sen: Get 12-17 age group ready for Covid jabs

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has told parents of children aged 12-17 in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Kandal and Preah Sihanouk to get them ready for vaccinations soon. “There is a need to vaccinate children and youths aged 12 to 17. According to the statistics provided

  • Covid rattles Phnom Penh’s retail landscape through H1

    The Covid-19 pandemic has rocked the retail landscape in Phnom Penh, with anxiety around infection risk keeping the masses away from shopping malls and driving retail consumption down by nearly five per cent in the first half of this year, compared to July-December 2020, according to