Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - New rules for clearer language on project signage



New rules for clearer language on project signage

A new prakas requires all signage at real estate construction sites to be written in Khmer language, which could reduce confusion and ambiguity.
A new prakas requires all signage at real estate construction sites to be written in Khmer language, which could reduce confusion and ambiguity. Moeun Nhean

New rules for clearer language on project signage

The government has issued new regulations that require and define the use of Khmer language on signs, banners and announcements displayed at construction sites. The move is ostensibly aimed at promoting national cultural identity, but could also help local buyers see past the poorly scripted, confusing and often deceptive claims that appear on signage at construction projects, which until now has never been inspected or restricted by any authority.

A prakas issued by the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction late last month lays down new rules on “the use of Khmer and foreign literature on construction banners or advertising signage at construction sites”. The regulation states that all information on banners or advertising signage at project sites must be written in Khmer language based on the standard Choun Nath dictionary. The Khmer text on the signage must appear above any translation into foreign languages, and must be at least twice the size of the translated text.

The prakas addresses a long-standing issue in the real estate sector, where many of the signs and banners erected at project sites include confusing statements and mistranslations written in foreign languages.

In October 2017, Post Property reported that XO Condo project was advertising “Buy 1 Unit Free 1 Unit” on a billboard erected at the project site in Phnom Penh’s BKK1 neighbourhood. When asked, a sales representative clarified that the company was not offering a free unit to customers who purchase a unit, but rather would provide a unit for customers to live in until their unfinished unit in XO Condo is ready for occupation. ​

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor lifetime pass, special Siem Reap travel offers planned

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to introduce a convenient, single lifetime pass for foreign travellers to visit Angkor Archaeological Park and potentially other areas. The move is designed to stimulate tourism to the culturally rich province of Siem Reap as the start of the “Visit

  • Ice cream, noodles flagged over carcinogen

    The General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia (GDCE) has identified three types of instant noodles and ice cream trademarks originating from Thailand, Vietnam and France that are suspected to contain ethylene oxide, which poses a cancer risk to consumers. The general department has

  • Exclusive interview with Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the EU

    CAMBODIA is hosting the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings this week with top officials from the US, China, and Russia and other countries in the region slated to attend and to meet with face-to-face with their counterparts on the sidelines. In

  • Rise in Thai air routes to Siem Reap fuels travel hopes

    Local tourism industry players are eager for regional airline Bangkok Airways Pcl’s resumption of direct flight services between the Thai capital and Siem Reap town on August 1 – home of Cambodia’s awe-inspiring Angkor Archaeological Park – which is expected to boost the growth rate of

  • ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meet commences, Taiwan issue possibly on table

    The 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and related meetings hosted by Cambodia kicks off in Phnom Penh on August 3, with progress, challenges, and the way forward for the ASEAN Community-building on the table. Issues on Taiwan, sparked by the visit of US House Speaker

  • Recap of this year’s ASEAN FM meet and look ahead

    This year’s edition of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) hosted by Cambodia comes against the backdrop of heightened global tensions and increasing rivalry between major powers that have been compared to the animosity of the Cold War era. The following is The Post’