Printer Says F’pec Owes Him From Campaigns

Even as Funcinpec officials celebrated the results of Sunday’s Sen­ate election, one Phnom Penh print­ing house owner said he is still trying unsuccessfully to collect payment from the party for campaign materials from previous elections.

Hong Nareth, owner of Phnom Penh’s Danareth Printing Shop, said this week that Funcinpec still owes him about $12,400 for hats and flags mostly ordered by then-Bat­tambang province campaign chief Serey Kosal in 2001, for the Feb­ruary 2002 commune council election.

“I want money to keep my business going on, because I waited for a long time,” Hong Nareth said Monday.

On July 7, Hong Nareth wrote to Funcinpec President Prince Noro­dom Ranariddh, asking him to di­rect the party’s Battambang taskforce to repay the debt, Hong Nar­eth said.

He said he had printed a total of 1,500 Funcinpec flags, 2,200 caps and 300,000 cards promoting the party between 2001 and 2003 for Fun­cinpec, but has only re­ceived $1,000 of the total $13,400 bill so far.

Serey Kosal’s then-assistant and current Funcinpec party member Lim Rattanak said Serey Kosal had not paid the printer because he no longer holds the Battambang post.

Funcinpec’s Co-Minister of De­fense Nhiek Bun Chhay has since re­­placed Serey Kosal, who is now second vice president of the Na­tion­al Committee for Disaster Manage­ment. Serey Kosal could not be reach­ed for comment.

Phan Chantha, a member of the party’s Battambang taskforce and an adviser to Prince Ranariddh, said the Funcinpec president had asked Nhiek Bun Chhay to pay the printing bill.

“We used to discuss this matter, and I heard that the printing house did not get the money. Excellency Nhiek Bun Chhay was not aware of this debt because it was his predecessor’s business,” he said.

Nhiek Bun Chhay could not be reached for comment.

 

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