Opposition parties support anti-corruption petition
Wednesday, 07 July 2004 , Written by « Ly Menghour »   

Opposition parties have given their support to the Clean Palm Charter (CPC), an anti-corruption petition being gathered by the NGO Khmer Institute for National Development (KIND), while the government and its coalition partner have yet to indicate whether or not they will sign.


The leaders of the Sam Rainsy Party, Norodom Ranariddh Party and the Human Rights Party have all signed the petition, which was sent to them, the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), and co-ruling Funcinpec on Mar 11.


The battle against corruption is thought be a key component of many of the opposition party’s platforms ahead of this year’s national election, scheduled for July 27, with observers believing that the sensitive topic will regularly be used to attack the government.


According to an announcement by KIND yesterday, while the three opposition leaders supported the CPC, Prime Minister Hun Sen, Chea Sim, president of the CPP, and Keo Puth Rasmey, president of Funcinpec, have yet to respond officially to the petition.


KIND Director Sorn Chey has appealed to the government’s administration officials to ensure the charter makes its way into the hands of the leaders so that they can consider signing it.


“It’s not difficult to sign the CPC, which is the first step in the struggle against corruption. We need support from citizens and political party leaders to show that anti-corruption is really important, ” said Sorn Chey.


Government spokesman Khieu Kanharith said the government’s ‘rectangular strategy’ already contains specific guidelines to fight against corruption, including reforms in public administration, adding that the government regards corruption as a priority issue.

KIND emphasized that, to prevent corruption effectively, Cambodia needs a strategy which is clear and strict, without political bias and which have clear definitions and punishments. To date, more than one million people from across the nation have either thumb-printed or signed the CPC. 

Extracted from:

- The Mekong Times Issue No32

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