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DBKL to Bar Numbers on Illegal Ads - The Star

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Amin Nordin getting rid of illegal advertisements during the operation in Danau Kota, Wangsa Maju.


TELEPHONE numbers found on illegal advertisements will be barred and their owners blacklisted.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is tightening the noose on those who put up illegal advertisements in the city, with the help of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), to bar numbers printed on the illegal banners, posters and stickers.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said owners of the numbers would be blacklisted and prevented from applying for new numbers from any telecommunications companies.

“If we managed to pinpoint the companies putting up these illegal advertisements, they might face legal action.

“We have set up a secretariat to work with MCMC to identify these culprits,” he said during an operation to dismantle illegal advertisements in Danau Kota, Wangsa Maju.

Those convicted can be fined up to RM2,000 or jailed up to two years, or both under the Local Government Act 1976, Advertisements (Federal Territory) By-laws 1982.


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DBKL workers trying to tear down an illegal advertisement at the top of a lamp post.


According to DBKL’s statistics, there were 1,085,978 pieces of illegal advertisements in the form of bunting, banners and posters removed in 2013 and 1,281,546 in 2014.

From 2012 to 2013, 1,029 telephone numbers had been noted from the illegal advertisements and referred to MCMC, out of which 255 have been barred

Amin Nordin said this year alone, about 800,000 illegal advertising materials had been taken down and he expected the number to rise further by the end of the year.

“We are aiming to take down 1.5 million illegal advertisements around Kuala Lumpur as they are a public eyesore.

“DBKL has been taking down illegal posters and stickers every day and starting this month, we will conduct the operation more rigorously.

“We have identified 140 telephone numbers and they will be barred,” said Amin Nordin.

The illegal advertisements are found attached on trees and lampposts as well as pasted on wall and railings.

Amin Nordin urged corporations to seek alternative ways to advertise their products.

He said the public could also play a part in tackling this problem by sending an image of the illegal advertisement to the DBKL hotline which would be set up soon.

Also present at the operation in Danau Kota were Datuk Pardip Kumar Kekreja from the Illegal Advertisement Task Force, and Zulkarnain Mohd Yasin, head of MCMC monitoring and enforcement division.



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