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Officials tear down 11 shop signboards over lettering

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Authorities dismantle a sign. MOC

Commerce Ministry and City Hall officials have torn down signboards of 11 shops in front of Phnom Penh International Airport, which had failed to comply with regulations on the use of the Khmer language.

A statement on the ministry’s Facebook page, on Wednesday said the crackdown on July 10 targeted the premises along Russian Federation Blvd in Por Senchey district’s Kakab commune.

It said the signs gave prominence to foreign languages and some of them had mistranslated the Khmer language or misspelled its words.

After the crackdown, Veng Sothy, a Commerce Ministry undersecretary of state, issued a reminder to foreign business owners about the laws regulating the use of words on signboards.

Business are required to use signboards with the Khmer language displayed in large letters and other languages in smaller letters.

City Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey yesterday said that the logos were torn down because they did not follow the law on signboard advertising.

“Despite using Chinese, French or others foreign letters, Khmer letters must be used,” he said. “The Khmer letters must be larger than other foreign letters and be prominently displayed on top.”

“The 11 shop owners were warned and allowed to make new signboards but if they still flout the law their businesses will be shuttered,” Mr Meas Pheakdey added.

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