BANNERS, bunting, flyers and stickers promoting products and services will soon be banned in Bangsar, said Kuala Lumpur City Hall deputy director-general (services) Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz.
Mohd Amin said City Hall was studying the feasibility of banning such banners and initially the rule would be enforced in Jalan Maarof, Bangsar.
“We will not issue licences for new banners and no renewal for those that have yet to expire,’’ he said, adding that the licensing department was studying the matter.
However, he said banners promoting community events like Federal Territories Day and Merdeka Day functions would be exempted from the ruling.
Mohd Amin said the decision was made following complaints by residents who were against the proliferation of banners and stickers that had appeared all over the township, marring the image.
“Apart from it being an eyesore, once the banners are put up they are left to rot on the poles,’’ Amin said.
He called upon the residents associations to be City Hall’s eyes and help the local authority in bringing down the banners.
It is no secret that Bangsar has become a hotbed for advertisers who put up all sorts of banners on poles, streetlights, traffic lights, trees and mailboxes.
The situation got so bad last year that a serial bunting slasher started going around Bangsar vandalising banners.
For the past several months many banners along Jalan Maarof, Jalan Bangsar, Jalan Ara and Lucky Garden have been slashed into two.
The slasher was regarded by some residents as a sort of vigilante-cum-Robin Hood character who was helping DBKL clean up the township of the unsightly bunting, but as time went by, the torn bunting were not removed and left hanging in tatters.
Bukit Bandar Raya Residents Association lauded DBKL’s move in ridding the township off banners.
“We agree that the residents must also play a proactive role in ensuring that Bangsar stays clean and harmonious,’’ said the association’s vice-president Mumtaz Ali.
“We want our housing estate to be planted with more trees, shrubs and plants not marred by ugly banners,’’ Mumtaz added.
Bangsar Baru RA president Datuk George Joseph said it was one of the best decisions DBKL had made.
“I always believe there are proper ways of advertisng and hanging up banners all over the place is not the right way to do it,’’ he said, adding that the residents welcomed the decision.