Official Summoned Over Gross Misspending

The National Assembly’s banking and finance commission has called parliament’s chief administrator for questioning on Tuesday over alleged spending irregularities in a 2015 budget that included buying 30 new cars at $200,000 each and spending $25,000 on a flagpole.

Opposition CNRP lawmaker Son Chhay, the commission’s deputy chairman, first made the accusations against National Assembly secretary-general Leng Peng Long last month and, after saying all nine members of the commission had agreed to summon Mr. Peng Long, later said Cheam Yeap, the commission’s chairman, was stalling. 

However, Mr. Chhay said on Friday that Mr. Peng Long had been summoned to appear before the commission at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

“I don’t want to argue with [Mr. Yeap] too much about delaying, the main thing is we have a letter sent to Mr. Peng Long and now we have to see what he will respond to our questions on Tuesday,” Mr. Chhay said.

“I think it’s a good start that this committee is able to do its job in the National Assembly,” he added.

Mr. Peng Long’s deputy, Mith Karen, has denied the allegations against his boss.

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