The banners and buntings offering services including personal loans in the city are not only an eyesore but also a bane of the Ipoh City Council (MBI).
Barisan Nasional Perak Service and Complaint Centre head Mohd Rawi Abdullah told Actionline of the problem and urged the authorities to address the illegal advertisement issue.
“I have received an average of eight complaints monthly for more than 10 years now from residents and shop owners, especially in Ipoh Garden.
“They said the eyesore must be taken down,” said Rawi.
“I have removed most of the banners, buntings and stickers on the lamp posts, trees and old public phones, but these people keep coming up with new ones the next day,” he said.
He hoped that the issue could be solved as the state is expecting more tourists in conjunction with Visit Perak Year 2017.
“They are here to enjoy the beautiful scenery and historical places that the state has to offer, not the unsightly view.”
Mayor Datuk Zamri Man said in January and February alone, the council removed 13,173 loan shark advertisements here.
He said the council’s enforcement team has taken down 54,042 loan shark advertisements last year.
“The city is not spared from loan shark activities like the rest of the country.
“Through our Licencing and Enforcement Department, we have appointed an Advertisement Unit consisting of 10 personnel tasked with tearing down illegal and expired advertisements as well as those that might pose a danger to troad users,” he said.
Zamri said under the MBI 2013 Advertisement by-laws allocation, the council can prohibit anyone from displaying illegal advertisements without valid licence from the council.
“If is found that the banners were displayed without a valid licence, the council can take them down immediately.
“If we identify any individual or company responsible for putting up these banners, they can be fined RM250,” he added.