Stop Corrupt Officials From Robbing Nation
October 7, 2007, 3:51 am
Filed under: Corruption

Opinion

 
Stop Corrupt Officials From Robbing Nation

by Moeun Chhean Nariddh

 

I

 read with great interest about the ancient methods used to combat corruption in the article, “Chinese Bribery Execution Not Unprecedented,” Tuesday, page 12.

         I can understand why corrupt officials would be castrated as part of the punishment used in the Byzantine Empire in the 11th century.

         Like in Cambodia and elsewhere, many corrupt officials in the Byzantine Empire probably used money they stole from the people to enrich themselves and acquire many mistresses. Castration would therefore be considered an appropriate way to punish them.

         However, Cambodia as a democracy (and a Buddhist country) cannot endorse castration or capital punishment for corrupt officials like in the Byzantine Empire, or in present-day China and Vietnam.

         Yet, we should not continue to let officials who commit multi-million-dollar corruption get away easily, while coconut or chicken thieves go to jail.

         We hope the government will pass the anti-corruption law without further delay to castrate the ability of corrupt officials to rob our poor nation.

 
The Cambodia Daily

Thursday, 19 July, 2007

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