ILLEGAL advertisements found pinned to trees, or wired to lamp posts and even traffic lights and road signs all over Kuala Lumpur are upsetting city folk.
They want the authorities to impose a heftier penalty to stop companies, particularly illegal businesses such as Ah Long (illegal moneylenders), escort agencies and those offering sex services and sex toys, from putting up such advertisements.
Rozi Haikal, 40, said the illegal advertisements were not just an eyesore but also conveyed negative messages to youth and tourists.
“I do not know what to say to my children every time they asked me about an illegal advertisement of some special massage or sex toys, which were glued on the lamp post near my house.
“As parents, we want to protect our children from negative influences until they are old or mature enough to understand,” she said.
Irwan Hamzah, 38, said that such illegal advertisements might pose a danger to motorists, especially when they were placed on traffic lights and road signs.
“Some of the illegal advertisements block the traffic lights and road signs.
“The authorities should take immediate action to remove them, and not allow them to remain overnight.”
A Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) spokesman said that beginning early next year, DBKL will take action to revoke the business licence of companies found putting up illegal advertisements, including on lamp posts and traffic lights in the city.
In an earlier report, KL mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said DBKL would issue the companies a show-cause letter before taking action to revoke their business licence.