TOUTS at parking facilities in Ipoh have become a growing problem since last year.
City councillor Lai Kong Phooi said they were more seen in the city area, notably Jalan Veerasamy, Jalan Leong Sin Nam, Jalan Laksamana and the Gerbang Malam area.
“The modus operandi of these touts is simple.
“They will demand money from thosewho park at public car parks after 6pm on a working day and during public holidays to make some fast cash,” he said during the Ipoh City Council’s full board meeting recently.
Many people have filed complaints on this issue, saying that they were only willing to pay these touts out of fear that their vehicles would be vandalised or damaged if they did not.
Some of the parking fees demanded would be as high as RM5.
“These touts are marring the image of the city.
“I urge the council to work hand-in-hand with the police to organise frequent operations to put an end to this problem.
“There should also be a hotline number created that connects directly to the enforcement department so that when people to call in to complain about touts, our enforcement officers are able to take action immediately,” he said.
Lai suggested that more police beat bases be set up around the city, in addition to the two existing ones at Gerbang Malam and Ipoh Garden East.
“I believe police beat bases are effective in curbing crime around the area.
“With more enforcement and other measures during the hours touts are known to operate, I am sure that we can stop their activities once and for all,” he said.