Since a very recent revelation about the finding of Cambodia’s offshore oil reserves, there have already been dramatic premature allegations, arisen from individuals, local and international NGOs, in particular the donors, about the mismanagement of such the prospective revenue gained from that oil reserves. But why is it the case? Two of the causes are “the same empty promise every year and laughing all the way to the bank (claimed Brad Adams: the Asia director of Human Rights Watch on June 15)” and “the nonexistence of the Cambodia’s anti-corruption law.” We, however, shall not let this latent defect endlessly prevail in our development-urging Cambodia.
On June 19, 2007, at an annual meeting with the donor countries, Prime Minister Hun Sen assured the foreign aid donors of willingness to fight corruption and the proper management of the potential oil revenues. As reports by Koh Santepheap he said he agreed with donors that the long-awaited anti-corruption law is absolutely essential, but stressed that it needs to be consistent with other laws, such as the draft penal code, or it will not be effective in eradicating the disease in the society. He carried on to add that observers should not be too hasty to allege the Cambodian government is poorly prepared to distribute oil revenues with transparency, as it is unclear how much oil and gas truly lies in offshore revenues, as written in Sralanh Khmer. Yet there is a surprised lack of trust from his fellow citizens and local NGOs.
To me, we shall not let such the “un-trust culture” endlessly prevail. I hereby suggest starting building “internal trust,” which would be an instigator of the external trust and we shall not unreasonably follow the donors in releasing even the most sensitive allegations. Rasmei Kampuchea quotes statement from the Minister of Economy and Finance, Keat Chon, who stressed Cambodia’s economic success since last year’s meeting, lauding the nation’s macroeconomic stability and GDP growth of 10.8 percent in 2006, plus 4.4 percent growth in the agriculture sector, 22.3 in tourism, 15.7 in construction and 20 percent in textiles. Evidencing from these affirmative truth, all of us; individually and collectively, shall start building internal trust by throwing supports, constructive comments, feedbacks and other written means. At least start the trust, before removing your never-existing trust.
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