Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Interior Ministry Rejects Khmer Machas Srok story

Tuesday, 05 January 2010 02:52 DAP-NEWS

(CAAI News Media)

The Cambodian Interior Ministry on Monday rejected a story published by the Khmer Machas Srok newspaper. The paper reported lawmakers plan to submit a letter asking Hun Sen to clarify the government’s recent decision to suspend all bonuses to civil servants, according a Monday press release from the Ministry.

“The Ministry rejected all remarks which the newspaper quoted Cambodia Opposition Party Leader’s saying,” the press release stated, referring to opposition leader Sam Rainsy.

Sam Rainsy could not be reached for comment on Monday.

Chum Sophal, Khmer Machas Srok’s editor, on Monday told DAP News Cam bodia that “I do not have any more comment on this topic as I only quoted Sam Rainsy.”

The ministry press release clarified that, “Firstly, to commit decentralize and centralize reform of the government limited bonus to capital, province, district and commune council members, motivating them to serve the people demands.”

“Secondly, the bonus to those officials which said in the sub-decree issued on December 14, 2009 do not include abuse on election law and not discriminate in political issue as the newspaper said. The sub-decree is to ensue and protect the citizens’ interests, especially to full demands and help the retired officials as they are not Cambodia People’s Party’s Supporters.”

Thirdly, the release said, “what Sam Rainsy told the newspaper does not depend on clear and legal grounds which are being implemented in the government’s three power institutions.”

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