Monday, 01 September 2014

Cambodia

Corruption Continues To Stymie Development, Transparency Advocate Says

Corruption remains a major impediment to Cambodia’s development, but the systemic practices associated with it can be curbed if the government takes serious action.

Social activists carry an anti-corruption banner during a rally in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.Social activists carry an anti-corruption banner during a rally in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
x
Social activists carry an anti-corruption banner during a rally in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Social activists carry an anti-corruption banner during a rally in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Sok KhemaraVOA Khmer
WASHINGTON - Corruption remains a major impediment to Cambodia’s development, but the systemic practices associated with it can be curbed if the government takes serious action, a transparency advocate says.

Preap Kol, executive director of Transparency International Cambodia, told VOA Khmer in a studio interview recently that Cambodia has an anti-corruption law that combined with political will has the power to scare some officials away from corrupt practices.

Preap Kol was in Washington for a three-day trip earlier this month, meeting with US State Department officials and civic groups.

If no action is taken, corruption will continue to harm the country’s development, he said. However, he added, simply arresting those at fault will not work, due to the widespread nature of the practices.

“Cambodia doesn’t have enough prisons to detain all the corrupt officials if enforcement of the law required all the arrests,” he said.

Instead, he suggested better education and leadership of the country to curb the practice where it starts. He also appealed to individuals to stay their own practices of corruption.

Cambodia has made some progress in the prosecution of corrupt state officials, including the arrests of judges, prosecutors and others charged with malfeasance. But systemic corruption continues, from the lowest levels of government and business, to the top levels of public office.

“If the government and the institutions involved don’t pay attention, and take effective action, corruption will be an impediment for the development of Cambodia,” Preap Kol said. “So the strategy is to look into these key issues.”
Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Will Continue Supporting Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Diplomat Saysi
X
28 August 2014
The US will continue its support for the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal, a senior US diplomat says. In an interview with VOA Khmer in Phnom Penh, Scot Marciel, the top diplomat for Asia and Pacific at the US State Department, said the tribunal can serve as an example to Cambodians and the world. “We are very pleased to be abel to contribute to this tribunal, and we certainly welcome the results of the recent case,” Marciel said, referring to recent life sentences for aging leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan. (Sok Khemara, Phnom Penh)

English with Mani & Mori

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Doze Off (Movie: Hairspray)i
X
25 August 2014
You can say, "I don't know why, but every time I eat 'prahok' (Cambodian anchovy) I find myself 'dozing off' all the time." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to facebook.com/voakhmer or www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Doze Off (Movie: Hairspray)

You can say, "I don't know why, but every time I eat 'prahok' (Cambodian anchovy) I find myself 'dozing off' all the time." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to facebook.com/voakhmer or youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.
Video

Video Scratch Someone's Back (Movie: Batman Begins)

You can say, "Yeah sure, I can get you a job at CNN easily. Now, if 'YOU SCRATCH MY BACK, I'LL SCRATCH YOURS'." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Wild Goose Chase (Movie: Inside Man)

You can say, "The policeman was sent on a 'wild goose chase' to find the killer. All the clues that were given to him turned out to be false." What does it mean? Watch here.
Video

Video Let Bygones Be Bygones (Movie: The Social Network)

You can say, "I know he hurt you, he gave up on you, and that broke your heart. But that's the past, you have to 'let bygones be bygones." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
See more >>>