The SRP on Thursday accused the Poipet Resort Casino of allegedly demanding all Cambodian employees to register as CPP members or face losing their accommodations at the resort.
“The SRP condemns the behavior of Poipet Resort Casino that forces its employees to register as members of the Cambodian People[’s] Party,” said an SRP statement.
Included with the SRP statement was a notice dated Sept 19 that was allegedly posted at the Poipet Resort Casino.
“The company requires all employees who are Cambodian to register to be a member of a party in the registration office,” the notice said. “If any employee fails to register, the company will not allow them to live in the building.”
Below the notice was a CPP registration sheet asking for employee names, sexes, dates of birth, identification numbers and CPP party roles.
Nguon Nouv, inspector for Poipet Resort Casino, denied the SRP allegation and said that his casino has no such policy.
“The casino forces nobody to join political parties,” he said, before declining further comment.
A Poipet Resort Casino staff member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the casino had coerced him into joining the ruling party.
“If we don’t do it, they won’t allow us to sleep in the employee buildings and threaten to fire us,” the staff member said.
CPP Banteay Meanchey Provincial Governor On Sum said that he was not aware of the SRP accusation, but that the CPP would not be party to such a registration process.
“It would be the company’s issue, but the CPP has not planned to do that,” he said. “It’s a democracy.”
Koul Panha, executive director of the Committee for Free and Fair Elections, said that such complaints about the CPP are quite common. It is the responsibility of the National Election Committee to investigate such matters, he said.
NEC Secretary-General Tep Nytha said it is not the NEC’s job to deal with cases of this sort.
“They can file a complaint with the police,” he said.