Transparency Cambodia rates Cambodia as one of the twenty-most corrupt countries in the world.
PHNOM PENH - The head of Transparency Cambodia, an anti-corruption NGO, says he is planning to start helping people file complaints to the government’s Anti-Corruption Unit.
Preap Kol’s plan is to help people file online or by telephone, anonymously, in an effort to attack corrupt public officials. “Or come see our mobile team,” he said.
The ACU received some 800 complaints for the first three quarters of this year, but Preap Kol says more needs to be done. “Corruption in Cambodia is systemic, so what is needed is a system to fight it,” he said.
Transparency Cambodia is part of the US-based Transparency International organization, which rates Cambodia as one of the twenty-most corrupt countries in the world. Only 17 other countries are more corrupt, and they include Chad, Haiti and North Korea.
The project will launch later this year, Preap Kol said.
Om Yentieng, head of the ACU, told reporters Thursday that public participation is lacking in the fight against corruption. “The Anti-Corruption Unit is still weak in attracting their participation,” he said. The assistance of the media would be helpful, he added.