Friday, 11 July 2014

Ghostlike Reform

“ដាក់ចេញសារាចរមួយហ្នឹងត្រូវធានា​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​អាហ្នឹង ដាច់ខែបើកលុយ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ហើយថៃ្ង​ក្រោយ រុញអោយបើកលុយ តាមធនាគារទាំងអស់​ អត់មានកាត់មានកងអី​បានទេ​  បើក បើកអោយ​គ្រប់។ បើបើកតាមធនាគារ​ ខោ្មចវាអត់ចេះមកបើកទេ អញ្ចឹងមិនចំាបាច់ សែ្វងរកមន្ត្រីខោ្មច ទាហ៊ានខោ្មច​​ ប៉ូលីសខោ្មច ពួកខោ្មច​ ព្រោះអាហ្នឹងវាទាមទារអោយមានកូនសៀវភៅ​ ខោ្មចវាអត់ ចេះកាន់កូនសៀវភៅទៅទេ។”

នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា​ លោក ហ៊ុន សែន  ថ្ងៃ​ទី​ ១៧ ខែ​កុម្ភៈ ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤

It seems the CPP prime minister should be better advised on the purpose of the facilitation fee and on how it works so well in his administration. It is there to facilitate the flow of paperwork. And his hungry and greedy paper-pushers are very cunning; they do know how to control the flow of the paper and the payment at will.

First, his 29 January directive is unlikely to ever make the salary payment forms flow without the fee. It offers no reason for the paper-pushers to forgo the fees they have been collecting all these years. They know too well there is more than one way to skin the cat.

Second, the direct bank credit payment Hun Sen places so much faith on still requires some paper-pushers to authorise and process at sources and release the fund to banks for payments. The banks do not simply credit anyone’s account before receiving fund or promissory notes.

The direct credit system eliminates the necessity of handling cash, but it does not diminish the significance of approval ticks, initials, signatures, and stamps the paper-pushers are so fond of. Within the prescribed period of one month, there are ample opportunities for superiors (payers) to “negotiate” with their subordinates (payees) before effecting payments. And those who refuse, or fail, to pay for the grease will be left out to nurture their stupidity or naivety.

Third, for the one who claims to be a ghost whisperer in communication with the King Father at the latter’s cremation, Hun Sen underestimates the power of ghosts, or the craftiness of his paper-pushers to exploit ghosts. Contrary to what he claims, a bit of collusion with bank managers will go a long way to accommodate any ghosts who care to apply for passbooks. Of course, there are rules, but it is an open secret that they are selectively applied, or ignored, by living souls who are just too good at going around them to make their ghosts living dead.

Hun Sen may be right, though, when claiming there is no need to look for them. They are so plausible that they are invisible like ghosts; it is too often that no one in his administration is responsible for any wrong-doing. He himself even asks, “What I have done wrong?” in an ostentatious response to a public demand for his resignation. 

Hence, the understanding of corrupt practices is so frivolous that any reform based on such could not be anything but frivolous. 

Ung Bun Ang


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