Scammers pretend to be senior officials, threaten governors

The Ministry of Interior has ordered National Police to investigate a scam in which unidentified callers claimed to be senior officials at the ministry and the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) in an attempt to extort money from district governors, according to a letter issued on April ...

Chhorn Chansy

After attempted scam, ministry seeks secretary’s imposter

Police have started a countrywide manhunt after an anonymous caller attempted to extort money from district governors in Kampong Chhnang and Battambang while posing as Interior Ministry secretary of state Sak Sehta last month. On March 4 and then again on March 12, an anonymous caller ...

May Titthara

Six provincial governors selected for retirement

Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng has announced that six new provincial governors have been selected to replace those who have reached retirement age, denying the move has anything to do with the old governors’ performances. ...

Taing Vida

Interior ministry threatens to fire “ghost employees” who haunt gov’t offices

The Interior Ministry has warned 140 of its employees to stop skipping work or risk being fired. It is one of the first government ministries to penalize “ghost workers” – the thousands of bureaucrats, police officers, and other civil servants who are on the government ...

May Titthara / Jonathan Cox

Group to help NGOs navigate new legislation

An NGO umbrella group will start holding workshops around the country next month to help independent organizations prepare for the implementation of the new NGO law, which has been viewed as an attempt by the government to clamp down on dissent. ...

Zsombor Peter

Parties meet over commune election law

Officials from the CPP and CNRP met Tuesday at the National Assembly to discuss making changes to the Law on Commune Council Elections before the next poll in February 2017. ...

Alex Willemyns and Kuch Naren

CNRP councillors call for ex-governor probe

Two Pailin provincial councillors are calling for a corruption probe of former governor and current council president Y Chhien, accusing him of using $400,000 “not transparently”, and possibly pocketing revenue from sales of natural resources. Cambodia National Rescue Party council members Ven Ra and Sou Dina ...

Meas Sokchea

Y Chhien quits Pailin council despite show of support

Y Chhien, the three-star military general and former bodyguard of Pol Pot, has resigned from his position as chief of the Pailin Provincial Council, an Interior Ministry official confirmed on Thursday. Rumors had circulated for days that Lieutenant General Chhien, the first governor of Pailin, would ...

Matt Blomberg and Saing Soenthrith

Guards move batons aside in rare show of benevolence

Over the past year, Phnom Penh officials have proven themselves to be an unyielding group in the face of dissent, and the helmeted, baton-wielding security guards who answer to them the scourge of protesters. On Wednesday, however, Daun Penh district officials took a softer approach when ...

Mech Dara

Governors of Preah Sihanouk, Ratanakkiri and Pursat replaced

The governors of Preah Sihanouk, Ratanakkiri and Pursat provinces have been replaced by Royal Decree, according to officials, with the first of the transfer ceremonies being carried out Thursday morning. Sborng Sarath, the governor of Preah Sihanouk province, was replaced Thursday by Chhit Sokhom, the former ...

Saing Soenthrith

Officials to rotate after eight years

The Ministry of Interior on Friday announced that provincial and municipal governors and deputy governors will now be reshuffled between provinces every eight years in a move that the ministry maintained would help “improve services”. ...

Vong Sokheng

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