Cambodia marks Anti-Corruption Day

2012-12-09 09:42:49 GMT2012-12-09 17:42:49(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

PHNOM PENH, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia held a large-scale celebration of the Anti-Corruption Day on Sunday, a move aimed at promoting public awareness of corruption and its consequences to social and economic development.

About 2,500 government and local officials, civil society representatives, company representatives and students participated in the event, which was live broadcast on the Southeast Asia TV.

"Our stance remains firm to fight against corruption, we never move back," Om Yintieng, chairman of the Anti-Corruption Unit, said at the celebration. "The country will continue to fight against corruption in order to build a new Cambodian society with constant development under a clean, fair and corruption-free environment."

He said that in January 2013, nearly 30,000 officials, with obligation to declare their assets, will be required to declare their assets for the second time.

According to Transparency International's 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released on Wednesday, Cambodia remained one of the most corrupt countries in the world, ranking 157th among 176 countries, with a score of only 22 out of 100, a slight improvement compared with the ranking of 164th among 183 countries in 2011.

The government of Cambodia sees corruption as a major obstacle to economic development, rule of law, democracy and social stability, as well as the main cause of poverty.

The country's Anti-Corruption Law was promulgated on April 17, 2010, which stipulates that a corrupt official, if found guilty, will be jailed between 5 years and 15 years.

The Anti-Corruption Unit was also launched in 2010 and has brought a number of corrupt officials to court since then.

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