NO BUNTING, even if legal with valid council permits, are allowed on protocol roads, Damansara Utama assemblyman Yeo Bee Yin said.
Roads under this category include Jalan Timur, Jalan Barat, Jalan Sultan, Jalan Yong Shook Lin and the area surrounding Section 52 town centre.
“According to the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) guidelines, protocol roads are in Sections 5, 8, 14 and SS2, as well as SS21 Damansara Utama,” said Yeo.
She highlighted this during an operation to remove bunting in Jalan SS21/1, a protocol road, and Jalan SS21/1A.
“The council has removed 442,815 illegal bunting since the start of the year.
“I am calling on both the business community and society in general to practise civic responsibility and not simply put up their advertising materials wherever they please,” said Yeo.
MBPJ also has its hands full dealing with illegal posters and bills advertising moneylending and loan shark services.
MBPJ Enforcement deputy director Mohd Izlizam Bahardin said the council has collected more than 3,000 unique telephone numbers from these illegal advertisements and handed them over to the police and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to investigate.
“Based on the last report we received, over 300 numbers have been blocked,” said Mohd Izlizam.
Additionally, the council had apprehended three people caught in the act of hanging up advertisements without permits.
“Usually we will turn the detained individuals over to the police’s Commercial Crimes Desk first. If there is no criminal case, then we will take over,” said Mohd Izlizam.
Those caught in violation of the Advertisment By-Laws 2007 are liable to a fine of no more than RM2,000 or a jail term no more than one year, or both.
For loan shark advertisements, those deemed to have run foul of Section 11(1) of the Moneylenders Act 1951, are liable to a fine of up to RM10,000, or a jail term of up to one year, or both.
Yeo said a trial run was being carried out in the Bukit Gasing constituency using contractors to remove illegal bunting and other such advertising materials.
“If we can see a noticeable drop in illegal bunting being put up, then we will start using our own allocations and apply to the state or council, to hire contractors for other parts of the city,” she said.