PETALING JAYA: The Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) said allegations that its issuance of advertising licences was based on contributions to its sports and culture club were due to a misunderstanding.
MPPJ president Datuk Abdul Karim Munisar said the council never gave its Sports and Culture Club the exclusive right to approve or manage the issuing of billboard advertisements.
MPPJ called for a press conference on Friday to explain its stand after The Star reported on Friday that Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamed Khir Toyo has ordered an investigation into reports alleging that the issuing of advertising licences was based on contributions of RM10,000 for every billboard licence approved.
As of today, 114 units of billboards out of 220 had not given any contributions for sports through the club, said Abdul Karim.
He said anyone could apply for billboard advertising licences through its Licensing Department.
All applications must follow proper procedures based on a set of technical requirements such as the advertisements suitability for a particular location and land ownership, said Abdul Karim.
Corporate advertisers usually pick a particular sport they wish to support and thereby contribute towards its development.
To date, we have organised many national and international sporting events such as youth squash and tennis tournaments.
It is not compulsory for advertisers to sponsor sporting events or their development, said Abdul Karim.
An external auditing firm goes through the books of the club, whose annual reports are available for the media to check, he said.
However, an hour after the conference, the reports were still not made available for viewing.
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