KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has had enough with the tedious battle against illegal advertisements.
It is looking into amending its by-laws to include severe punishment such as “caning” the culprits.
Mayor Datuk Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said he believed that through corporal punishment such as caning, it would be effective in bringing fear to the offenders.
He also said that caning would only be imposed on those caught putting up illegal advertisements.
"We (DBKL) have implemented various initiatives, but I see that many illegal advertisements are still being be put up. I can say that if we take down 100 illegal advertisements, 200 more will be put up.
"We need to take aggressive action against this problem and that is why, caning will be the best," he told a press conference here Friday.
Apart from caning, Mhd Amin Nordin said DBKL was looking into increasing the fines against owners of businesses involved in illegal advertisements and the culprits putting up such advertisements.
Fines of RM2,000 to RM50,000 are being considered.
He said that since January, DBKL had brought down a total of 901,878 illegal advertisements, adding that 190 compounds had been issued to offenders, while 166 companies faced legal action.
He said DBKL had implemented many initiatives to resolve this issue such as painting “anti-sticker paint” on the light pole, and creating a special task force to nab culprits.
In addition, City Hall was working with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to cancel all telephone numbers displayed on illegal advertisements.
The mayor also said that DBKL was now in discussions with the Home Ministry to act against printing companies publishing illegal advertisements which are also involved in offering services to put them up.
The licences of such companies would be revoked and their machines would be confiscated.
Sticking and hanging illegal advertisements is an offence under the Advertisement By-laws (Federal Territory) 1982 and the Vandalism By-laws (Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur) 1991. - BERNAMA
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