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PM’s orders: Provincial emblems to be decided

PM’s orders
An inter-ministerial working group has been formed to formally establish emblems for the Kingdom’s 24 provinces and municipalities, though members still need to think of appropriate emblems for 22 of them, officials said this week. Prime Minister Hun Sen signed an order on May 5 calling for the formation of the working group. Sak Setha, a secretary of state at the Interior Ministry, said the emblems serve “to define the identity and link the traditions of each province and the capital”. “The provinces have proposed the establishment of emblems that can be used to identify each of them, so that people know what each province has and what is the specialty of each province,” he said. The emblem for Phnom Penh, he said, will be a rendering of Wat Phnom, and the emblem for Battambang will be the Preah Bat Dambang Kranhoung, or the Kranhoung Stick King, the legend from which the province derives its name. As for the other provinces, he said, “Some of them have sent their sample emblems to the committee already, and we are trying to find out if those emblems reflect their traditional origins or not.”

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