MPK receives list to curb illegal money lending


KUANTAN: Kuantan Municipal Council (MPK) has obtained a complete list of legal moneylenders from the Housing and Local Government Ministry to make efforts to curb illegal activities more effectively. 

Its president Datuk Azizan Ahmad said that MPK was taking steps to charge two moneylenders who had valid permits to run the business but had violated certain rules, and several illegal moneylenders who had indiscriminately pasted their business cards on public structures around the town. 

“We receive full cooperation from the Communication and Multimedia Commission to trace the telephone numbers listed on the business cards to book the culprits,'' he said during the full board meeting here recently. 

He added that MPK had also seized more than 20 banners advertising illegal money lending activities in town. 

On the council's efforts to reduce crime, a police hotline billboard would be installed at several strategic areas, especially in the town centre, Azizan said. 

On current car-parking coupons, Azizan said they were found to be difficult to scratch after being kept in a vehicle parked under hot weather. 

“As such, we have changed into new ones. 

“Those who still have the old coupons can exchange them for new ones at MPK's office,'' he added. 

Azizan said they could still use the old coupons by simply poking a hole or making a mark on the designated date, month, year and time. 

MPK would also meet the coupon supplier to ensure better quality paper was used for the convenience of the public, he added. 

Azizan announced that MPK was given the Consumers Choice for Shops award by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry for a local authority whose business premises and shops were favoured by the public. 

On this, he thanked the staff and councillors for a good job done. 

He also announced a new date for a Beach Sports Carnival to be held on Oct 17. 

Earlier, before the meeting, Azizan witnessed the presentation of financial aid to the poor under the Urban Poverty Reduction Programme by Teruntum assemblyman Datuk Ti Lian Ker and Semambu assemblyman Pang Tsu Ming.  

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