NGOs Call For Coronavirus Budget After Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Asks For Civil Servant Donations

A group of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) on Friday called on Cambodia’s National Assembly to approve legislation channeling a portion of the national budget towards fighting the coronavirus outbreak after Prime Minister Hun Sen urged civil servants to donate their salaries to the effort.

In an April 1 letter posted to his Facebook page, Hun Sen announced that he had donated his 10 million riel (U.S. $2,500) monthly salary from March to September to the National Committee for Combating COVID-19—the disease caused by the coronavirus, which Cambodia had 114 confirmed cases of as of Friday, with no deaths.

Several other ministers, including Minister of National Defence Tea Banh, followed suit, pledging to donate up to six months of their salaries to the committee that Hun Sen oversees, while the Ministry of the Environment said 36 of its officials will also hand over half a year of wages.

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