A municipal hospital official has been accused by a newspaper of stealing electricity for three years from the Chamkar Chek hospital in Sihanoukville to light his guesthouse and karaoke parlor.
Sok Pheng, director of the Chamkar Chek, said the accusation is baseless and that he plans to clarify the matter with the Ministry of Health, which has launched an investigation of its own.
“It is a misunderstanding. I have never stolen electricity,” said Sok Pheng. The reporter “hates me and is trying to defame me.”
The Khmer-language daily Koh Santepheap (Island of Peace) newspaper published the electricity-scam story Tuesday. Sihanoukville Governor Ith Detola said authorities will launch an investigation to determine if the reports are true.
Lim Daramany, inspector general of the inspection department at the Ministry of Health said Thursday that his department has also asked for an investigation.
“We have to resolve this issue,” Lim Daramany said.