PENANG: A photo studio operator in Komtar was shocked when four men posing as Penang Municipal Council enforcement officers carted away his signboard.
Studio operator Chuah Kah Meng, 21, said the incident happened at 2pm on Wednesday when the men, in plain clothes, came to his shop located on the ground floor.
He said they told him that his signboard was on the pavement and it was against the council by-laws.
“They immediately dismantled the signboard before placing it in a van,” he said.
He said they also went to a neighbouring money-changer and a mobile phone shop where they dismantled the signboards before carting them away in the van.
“They refused to produce their authorisation cards when I asked for them,” he said.
“My signboard did not pose any obstruction to passers-by and it had been there for about four years,” he said in an interview yesterday.
Chuah said one of his staff made a video recording of the men dismantling his signboard, adding that he then lodged a report at the Jalan Patani police station.
Council public relations office assistant director Riduan Merican said the council would investigate the incident, adding that his enforcement officers would normally be in uniform when conducting checks.
“We have yet to ascertain whether the men were bogus or real enforcement officers,” he said.
It is learnt that according to council procedures, enforcement officers would hand over a list of seized items to the owner after any enforcement action.