Act against illegal ads, say Bangsar folk

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  • Monday, 01 May 2017

Illegal advertisements are popping up like mushrooms in Bangsar and irritating residents.

RESIDENTS of Bangsar township are urging the authorities to amend relevant laws and impose heavy penalties on those putting up illegal advertisements.

They also want Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to remove all illegal advertisements in their neighbourhood.

A long-time resident, Lawrence Goh said posters and banners including the standee type were popping up like mushrooms.

“Every morning I see new posters and banners put up here.

“I take down some myself but the next day there are others in their place; it is an endless cycle,” he said.

Goh said that he had lodged many complaints to DBKL but nothing was being done about it.

Bukit Bandaraya Residents Association chairman Datuk M. Ali said the emergence of standee advertising along Jalan Maarof, Jalan Penaga and Jalan Senuduk was causing public nuisance and should be removed immediately.

After fighting an endless battle against those who put up illegal advertising materials, DBKL will now penalise owners of premises where the advertised event is to be held, using the information stated on the illegal advertisements.

The local authority has issued warning letters to management of malls and even education institutions, but according to Ali, no one has been charged in court yet.

“What is the consequence for those who break the rules?” he questioned.

“DBKL must make it public each time punitive action is taken and the penalties are imposed.

“The laws should be amended so that the people and companies behind the illegal advertising can be made to do community service as penalty and will be compelled to clean up their act,” he suggested.

The current maximum fine for putting up illegal advertisements is RM2,000, which many of the offenders consider a small price to pay for the revenue they rake in.

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