INSTEAD of the usual community clean-up to take down illegal advertisements such as unlicensed banners, bunting or wooden boards, an idea to hire contractors to take these down seems to be a logical one.
Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran is trialling such a move in his constituency for three months to see its efficacy.
“Right now, we will focus mainly on the main roads and commercial centres, that seem to have the most illegally erected advertisements and posters,” said Rajiv.
The cost of hiring the contractor, on an eight-hour per day five-day work week is RM6,500 a month, paid out of the assemblyman’s state-provided allocation to carry out works in his constituency, he explained.
“I talked this over with the other assemblymen, as well as the state executive councillor for local government Ean Yong Hian Wah and they agreed this was a reasonable cost, so we will see how it goes,” Rajiv added.
Should this method work, Ean Yong might even promote this to other constituencies, said Rajiv.
The difference between this trial move and previous community-based efforts is that the contractor hired would be consistently moving through different neighbourhoods all the time and revisit previous roads as well.
The assemblyman compared the trial move to the usual modus operandi by local councils, where enforcement officers could only come out maybe once in a few months or longer, to take down the advertisements.
“With this, perhaps we can discourage those who illegally erect advertisements because even if the contractor goes to different neighbourhoods each day, they will still come back and take down whichever illegal bunting they see,” said Rajiv.
In time, perhaps those who hang up the illegal advertisements will be discouraged and use the proper channels to put up their posters and buntings.
The two-man contractor team had already gone around the main roads in Taman Kanagapuram in Section 18 and Jalan Carey, Petaling Jaya, to take down illegal bunting.
“However, the contractors will only touch those that have been erected illegally , without the Petaling Jaya City Council’s permit sticker and if there are those using fake stickers, the council will have to look into those,” added Rajiv.