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Published: Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 4:03:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 4:05:00 PM

Parliament: 77 Myanmar, Nepalese ads taken down by DBKL

KUALA LUMPUR: Some 77 'non-Malay' advertisement sign boards, which were mainly in the Myanmar and Nepal languages, were taken down by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) said Deputy Minister Datuk Dr J. Loga Bala Mohan.

He said the signs were ordered to be taken down along Jalan Silang, Lebuh Pudu and Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin after failing to comply with advertising by law-laws.

"The sign board were removed as the Bahasa Malaysia words and alphabets were not given priority in advertisements fixed above the commercial premises," he said when answering a question Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani (BN-Titiwangsa) in Parliament on Tuesday.

He said enforcement operations will be extended to cover other areas in the city such as Jalan Chow Kit and Jalan Ampang and would also target sign boards in other languages apart from the Myanmar and Nepal languages.

Johari wanted to know if lax enforcement or low fines were the reasons why advertisement boards in various languages were mushrooming in the city.

Dr Mohd Hatta Md Ramli (PAS-Kuala Krai) got the House in stitches when he questioned the wrong usage of Bahasa Malaysia and if DBKL had approved them.

"I have come across advertisement signs along the road which read 'Bangla For Sale RM40,000' (short form of bungalow)," he said to laughter from lawmakers.

Dr J. Loga said that Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka were the approving authority with regard to the use of the national language on advertisement sign boards.

However, he said DBKL would still have the power to order the removal of signs boards that flouted local council by-laws.

He added that DBKL has carried out some 240 inspections and would continue its enforcement operations against such sign boards.

Tags / Keywords: Parliament, Sign Boards, ads, Myanmar, Nepalese