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Friday, 13 October 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Residents step up to the cause against illegal ads

CITY folk have responded to StarMetro’s mission to stop the illegal banner menace in Kuala Lumpur through the Citycism column published last Saturday.

The article with the heading “Illegal advertising – a bane we must bring down” talked about the problems brought upon by the irresponsible parties that put up illegal advertisements everywhere in the city, marring Kuala Lumpur’s image as the “garden city of lights”.

Resident Viknendran Mahalingam, who lives in Bukit Jalil, responded by pulling down the “Lori Sewa” sign that was posted on a lamp post in front of his house with the message: “I am done with this annoying sign. Good work StarMetro. Let’s #bringitdown together.

M. Ali age 54 a Bangsar resident.
Datuk M. Ali

Taman Bukit Indah resident, Eswari K, wrote: “I hate these pesky bunting and banners which sprout overnight. I always take them down. I always see an uncle in my neighbourhood nudging these illegal signage every day. It is our neighbourhood, we need to take care of it.”

Apart from individuals, residents associations also did their part to bring down the unsightly materials.

Taman Desa Residents Association members took time off last Sunday to remove illegal advertisements placed on trees.

Their Facebook page showed photos of several elderly residents bringing down the illegal ads, with the message: “We in Taman Desa don’t like illegal advertisements. Let’s all work together and #bringitdown.

Over in Bangsar, the Bukit Bandaraya Residents Association (BBRAYA) also posted pictures of illegal banners that were brought down.

Its RA adviser, Datuk M. Ali, said that BBRAYA has been removing illegal bunting and banners for decades.

“We do not want our community to be vandalised by irresponsible commercial or self-vested parties.

“It is time for DBKL and related authorities to move to the next level.

StarMetro‘s article on Oct 7.

“For example, if any of those materials displayed belong to companies or organisations within the jurisdiction of DBKL, the local authority should suspend their business licence for three months or so,” Ali said.

“Also, DBKL can make it a standard condition in DBKL business licence that ‘no material such as bunting, banner, standee billboards will be displayed in public places, as it would attract punitive action including suspen-sion of business license and approvals for exhibition or any events must carry restrictions’.”

Ali added that venue operators or exhibitors of events must be compelled to stipulate restrictions when leasing their venues.

He stressed that DBKL must be proactive in initiating collective effort towards eradication of this menace at national level.

“They must work with the Housing Ministry, Department of Environment, Attorney-General’s Chambers and other related ministries or agencies, including state governments and other local authorities,” he added.