An ex-pat teacher was recently married to a local Phnom Penh girl.
At each step of the licensing process grubby government and municipal officials had their hands out to ensure the application went in a smooth and timely manner.
At last the application was complete but for the signatures of the soon-to-be married couple on a final document. That document was acknowledgement that no bribes were paid during the process.
So they signed. Then they were asked for a bribe to file this last piece of the marriage jigsaw.
And if they hadn't paid a bribe to acknowledge that they hadn't been bribed they wouldn't have received their license.