The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is planning to impose harsher penalties including caning as deterrent against illegal advertising.
In a report by Utusan Online today, KL mayor Datuk Mhd. Amin Nordin Abd Aziz was quoted as saying that harsher penalties would be more effective than existing fines.
According to him, the penalties would be imposed against those caught red-handed especially in and around the city centre.
“Illegal advertisement is an offence under the Advertising By-Law (Federal Territories) 1982 under the Local Government Act 1976 and the Vandalism By-laws (Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur) 1991.
“Despite the various initiatives put forward by DBKL, such illegal activities are still happening. If today 100 illegal advertisements are taken down, twice the number will appear the following day,” he said in a press conference on illegal advertising activities here.
Mhd. Amin Nordin said that in addition to caning, DBKL was also considering to increase the amount of fines meted out to owners of illegal advertising, including agents, to between RM2,000 and RM50,000.
He added that since last January, a total of 901,878 illegal advertisement had been taken down with 190 compounds issued, with legal action taken against 166 companies.
“DBKL is committed to combat these activities more aggressively, including using anti-adhesive paint in certain areas as well as setting up a special enforcement team to monitor in the early morning hours.
“We will also work with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and Alam Flora Sdn. Bhd.”
DBKL had also asked the Home Ministry to take revoke the licences of printing companies caught doing these illegal activities.