MORE than 360 pawnshop phone numbers listed on illegal outdoor advertisements in the past three years in Klang have been referred to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for termination of service.

Shahrul Hazri Abd Majid, deputy director of the law enforcement department of Klang City Council, said advertisements for loan sharks continue to run throughout the royal city, deliberately flouting city bylaws.

“Our department has compiled 362 loan shark phone numbers found on numerous posters, banners and banners.

“Most of the numbers given to MCMC came from repeat ads,” he said.

Shahrul added that in 2020, MPK only returned 111 phone numbers to MCMC.

Illegal advertisements are discharged at Klang Council Law Enforcement Department at Jalan Tepi Sungai. — Photos: KK SHAM/L’étoile

“We have noticed that the number of illegal advertisements has decreased in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“But in 2021 the number of sparrows increased and we referred 170 phone numbers,” he said.

From January to July this year, the number of phone numbers referred to MCMC was 81.

“Our department has an Illegal Advertising Unit (IAU) that goes out every day to remove unauthorized advertisements pasted on pillars and walls and attached to trees and lampposts,” he said after an operation to eliminate illegal buntings in Bandar Bukit Tinggi.

Shahrul added that the six-man AIU team also receives support from the Council’s Rapid Action Team (Pantas) to remove illegal advertisements.

“These irresponsible acts tarnish Klang’s image and trees are damaged.

“Our Advertising Regulations 2007 state that no one may erect any sign or banner advertisement without the prior written approval of MPK,” he said.

Shahrul added that the blatant disregard of council regulations also puts the lives of motorists at risk.

“Sparrows attached to poles at traffic intersections obstruct their view.

“It also obstructs the view of pedestrians trying to cross the roads,” he said.

Shahrul added that MPK has stepped up its efforts to remove illegal ads with three shifts, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.

MPK’s Rapid Action Team employee Razali Yussof said that while illegal ads will be removed, new ones will be posted within two days.

“In two hours, we had to remove 300 to 400 illegal advertisements.

“The task is difficult because advertisements are tied with wire or nailed to trees and lampposts,” he said.

Shahrul said that in 2020, MPK removed 63,321 illegal advertisements of which 52,017 were buntings.

“In 2021, 58,574 illegal advertisements were removed, including 51,596 buntings.

“From January to July this year, we removed 26,064 such ads, including 22,976 buntings,” he said.

Klang Consumer Association chairman Devadass Anjan said the council should work with the police to catch those running illegal advertisements.

“A plainclothes team must be formed for this purpose,” he said.