Gov’t reshuf­fles of­fi­cials’ posts

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL - Soth Keom­soeun

SUY Di­manche, the son of the Min­is­ter of Mines and En­ergy, Suy Sem, has been ap­pointed the min­istry’s joint sec­re­tary of state to­gether with Tit Linda.

Three oth­ers – Yem Kanika, Ly Vanna and Chan Sochea­vat – have been ap­pointed un­der­sec­re­taries of state at the min­istry.

The ap­point­ments were among sev­eral oth­ers an­nounced through a royal de­cree is­sued on Novem­ber 3 and ob­tained by The Post on Wed­nes­day.

In 2015, Di­manche was made the min­istry’s spokesper­son in ad­di­tion to his po­si­tions as di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the gen­eral af­fairs de­part­ment and the head of the team in charge of draft­ing pol­icy guide­lines and ad­min­is­tra­tive work.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry’s web­site, the di­rec­tor-gen­eral is in charge of ad­min­is­tra­tion, IT, gen­eral em­ploy­ees, ac­count­ing and fi­nance, Asian co­op­er­a­tion and af­fairs, and leg­is­la­tion.

In an­other sub-de­cree is­sued on Novem­ber 2, en­ti­tled “Trans­fer­ring and ap­point­ing gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials”, Siem Reap city gov­er­nor Sou Pla­tong was trans­ferred as dis­trict gov­er­nor of Prasat Bakong, which is lo­cated within Siem Reap prov­ince it­self. He was re­placed by Nuon Put­heara.

Three oth­ers have had their ten­ure in of­fice ex­tended for a sec­ond term through this sub­de­cree.

They are Mok Bros, who was reap­pointed gov­er­nor of Sotr Nikum dis­trict, Pov Bun­thoeun (Chi Kraeng dis­trict), and Luk Pos (Angkor Chum).

On Novem­ber 6, Ben Vi­bol, the deputy head of na­tional po­lice and chief of staff, an­nounced the pro­mo­tion of 43 of­fi­cers at the cen­tral po­lice de­part­ment to be in charge of bor­der is­sues.

A Min­istry of In­te­rior of­fi­cial who read out the royal de­cree and sub-de­gree, said those af­fected by the pro­mo­tions in­clude four ma­jor gen­er­als, six lieu­tenant gen­er­als, eight ma­jors, nine colonels, and one lieu­tenant colonel, while 15 oth­ers were newly ap­pointed.

Af­fil­i­ated Net­work for So­cia l Ac­count­abilit y ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor San Chey said of­fi­cia l ap­point­ments were t he re­spon­si­bilit y of in­div id­ual or­gan­i­sa­tions.

How­ever, those that in­volve pro­mot­ing friends and fam­i­lies to higher po­si­tions might have a neg­a­tive ef­fect on long-serv­ing em­ploy­ees who failed to be pro­moted. This, he said, is a very bad model and needed to be re­formed.

He said, pro­mot­ing friends and fam­i­lies in gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions is an old cul­ture that is hard to change be­cause it had be­come a habit that had been prac­tised at all lev­els.


The Min­is­ter of Mines and En­ergy Suy Sem is speak­ing at a fo­rum in 2017. His son, Suy Di­manche has been ap­pointed the min­istry’s joint sec­re­tary of state.

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