Fear of retaliation from triads over removal of money-lending posters

Mazwan says residents are worried about gangsters retaliating if they take down illegal money-lending posters in Selangor. — filepic

AN ASSEMBLYMAN raised concerns faced by residents should they take down illegal loan shark advertisements in their area.

Mazwan Johar (Amanah-Sungai Ramal) said although there were efforts to stop the spread of illegal advertisements in the state, he believed the reason it continued to be a problem was because of alleged involvement of triads in the business.

He asked if the state would instruct the police or Rela officers to ensure the safety of residents in the effort to remove illegal advertisements.

State Local Government, Public Transport and New Village Development Committee chairman Ng Sze Han said the police should be ready to lend a hand should residents require help.

He suggested that the police and non-government organisations have joint operations with the state to remove advertisements by loan sharks.

Among the punishments for placing illegal advertisements

in the state include a RM600

compound and a fine up to RM2,000 if the case is brought to court.

Ng said it was the responsibility of contractors hired by local councils to remove illegal advertisements and that the public can forward complaints of illegal advertisements through the iClean application for action to be taken.

He said local councils make their rounds to remove illegal advertisements, twice a day and will forward the contact details of companies that have posted the advertisements to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

He added that local councils should also check on companies that print banners, buntings and stickers, and revoke their licenses if they are involved in printing illegal money lending advertisements.

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