14 February 2013

Pay to Say You Didn't Pay

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. 

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