Cambodia: Kingdom of public holidays?

Asia Senitel’s David Van writes: “A fragile country can’t afford such largesse”.

The Cambodian government just released its official list of public holidays for 2016, beating past years’ record by increasing the number of public holidays for 2016 to be 28 days notwithstanding when holidays fall on a weekend (Saturday-Sunday) the following Monday is off as compensation.

Add to that mandatory annual leave of 18 days, people basically work fewer than 10 months a year in a country where productivity is lowest among the region and minimum wages (applicable only in the garment Industry) kept rising due to social pressure from mainly Donors and NGOs.