TOUGH CALL:Subang Jaya police and council officers scour the commercial area to remove the illegal advertisements pasted on public property
SIX hundred illegal advertisements and stickers were removed in a three-hour operation recently by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) and district police.
The 32-man operation -- 17 officers from the police stations in Subang Jaya and 15 from the local council -- began at 9am.
Armed with scrappers and cutters, the group split into two to scour and rid the commercial centre SS15 of illegal advertisements.
The focus was mainly on advertisements by loan sharks with numbers to call, advertisements with expired permits and advertisements without permits.
Hung or pasted on lamp posts, signboards, telephone booths as well as road signs, the advertisements were a nuisance, particularly to motorists as they covered road names and traffic signs and directions.
The police officers were led by Subang Jaya district police headquarters commercial crime investigation division chief DSP Ng Thean Leng and the MPSJ staff by council management services department deputy-director Salmi Mat Saad.
Ng hoped to conduct more such joint operations from time to time to clear the district of what he said was an "eyesore".
"We will file a report on the illegal advertisements we take down, and submit the handphone numbers advertised to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commissions for further action," he said.
Salmi said the council had employed various ways to keep the municipality free of illegal advertisements.
"We conduct weekly operations to remove the advertisements, and we enlist the community through the residents' committees to remove illegal advertisements.
"We have also asked the residents to alert us when they see the advertisements being put up," he said.
The council will issue compounds to the registered owners of the handphone numbers on the illegal advertisements under the council bylaws for vandalism and unlicensed advertisements. The council can be reached on its hotline 03-5637 6545.