Cambodian Prime Minister, Hun Sen has been fined by a traffic policeman for not wearing a helmet during his motorbike ride last week in southwestern Koh Kong province.
According to a traffic ticket slip issued by Sre Ambel district traffic police officer Sun Nem, dated June 18, he monitored a motorcycle rider named Hun Sen who violated article 6 of the traffic law and was fined 15,000 riel (about N1,o46). On the slip, Officer Nem said; “Please go to pay the bill at Phnom Penh.”
Prime Minister Hun Sen admits he predicted that even though he had apologised to the public for his mistake, the police still fined him because he committed a fault.
On his Facebook page on Wednesday night, PM Hun Sen wrote that he accepted the fine and would like to pay for himself and also the owner of the motorcycle, Sen Dy, who would also be fined the same amount.
He added that the parliamentary immunity, which is enshrined in the kingdom’s Constitution, and other laws do not pardon any lawmaker or prime minister from being penalised for breaking the traffic law such as riding a motorbike without wearing a helmet or having a number-plate.
“I am responsible for the fine of myself and the owner of the motorbike, though his bike had no number-plate. I am doing that just to help him and let him get the number-plate after that.
“I appreciate Koh Kong province’s Srae Ampel district police who implement the law without discrimination and with independence and without any fear of powerful people, including the prime minister.”
The Cambodian Prime Minister also enjoined all his supporters not to blame the police, but to encourage and take this as an example of law enforcement.
On Saturday, June 18, the Prime Minister went to Koh Kong and did not plan to ride a motorcycle. But when he came out from his car, he immediately walked towards the motorcycle taxis who were staying next to the bridge.
At first, he just rode it for fun with the motorcycle’s owner and only went about 250 metres without wearing a helmet.
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Hun Sen apologised for his mistake on Monday in a graduation ceremony at the National Institute of Education for his carelessness in not wearing a helmet.