MBPP removes 450 illegal banners


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 22 Aug 2019

Safety first: MBPP personnel removing the illegal banners found along Magazine Road in Penang.

GEORGE TOWN: More than 450 illegal banners promoting a property project in Selangor were taken down by Penang Island City Council (MBPP) in the past two weeks.

The banners, mostly in Chinese and with phone numbers of property agents, were hung in various spots on the island.

Some of the places they were hung from, such as lamp posts, made them hazards because they were too close to the roadside and could snag passing motorcyclists.

MBPP enforcers took them down and called the published phone numbers, but no one picked up the calls.

City councillor Wong Yuee Harng said the banners were hung without permits and in places which could be a threat to public safety.

“We first spotted them on Aug 9, and since then, we have taken down over 450 of them but they keep reappearing.

“We have called the four mobile numbers printed on the banners, but the calls went unanswered,” he said here yesterday.

Wong urged advertisers who wish to put up banners to comply with the regulations.

“We want to put a stop to this kind of advertising,” he said, adding that the council could issue compounds of RM250 for each banner confiscated.

“We can also take legal action against the advertisers. For now, we will provide the mobile numbers on the banners to the Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission to be blocked,” he said.

Up to the middle of this month, the council removed 17,330 illegal banners, stickers and signages on the island.
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