Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ministry mum on CNM ‘graft’

Ministry mum on CNM ‘graft’

A motorist travels past the National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control on Wednesday afternoon in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district.
A motorist travels past the National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control on Wednesday afternoon in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district. Pha Lina

Ministry mum on CNM ‘graft’

Health Ministry officials remained tight-lipped yesterday as to whether they would pursue an investigation into allegations of widespread nepotism and corruption at the National Malaria Centre, as anti-corruption group Transparency International Cambodia yesterday called for urgent “concrete reform” at the centre.

The irregularities, revealed in an investigation by the Post, involve senior officials at the centre securing contractor jobs for family and friends, who in turn systematically pilfer money from donor grants’ substantial travel budgets, documents and insider interviews show.

TI in a statement yesterday called for an investigation and reforms at the centre. Referring to a 2013 scandal at the centre in which its director and another official were found to have taken more than $400,000 in bribes, TI said that “this issue has been brought up again and again, yet it seems to remain unsettled”.

Health Ministry spokesman Ly Sovann, however, declined to comment yesterday on the possibility of an investigation, as did Health Minister Mam Bunheng, who directed questions to another spokesperson, Or Vandin, who could not be reached.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia unveils new quarantine regulations

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Cambodia sets new Covid-19 quarantine rules

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Hun Sen: Cambodia set to fully reopen

    Prime Minister Hun Sen concludes that the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, during which many people either flocked to their hometowns for family reunion or gathered at tourist attractions across the country, has not caused an outbreak of Covid-19. In a special address to

  • 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’

  • Cambodia resumes issuance of tourist visas

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has announced the resumption of its tourist visa and visa exemption programme after a long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In a letter dated October 20 and addressed to foreign embassies and consulates, foreign minister Prak Sokhonn

  • S’ville set to turn into ‘second Shenzhen’

    The Ministry of Economy and Finance has awarded a master plan consultancy contract to top Chinese institute for the development and transformation of Preah Sihanouk province into a “Model Multi-Purpose Special Economic Zone”, Southeast Asia’s next logistics and resort hub and innovation centre. The