DBKL to revoke business licences of companies plastering illegal ads

The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will revoke business licences of companies that put up advertisements on traffic lights and lamp posts beginning early 2018.

According to Free Malaysia Today, which quoted Kuala Lumpur mayor Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz, DBKL will issue a show-cause letter to companies that have violated the directive, and revoke their licences with immediate effect.

The announcement was a result of numerous illegal posters and commercial advertisements, including those by loan sharks, being displayed around Kuala Lumpur. According to Abd Aziz, these illegal posters and advertisements  will damage “the view and image” of the city.

Abd Aziz added that DBKL spent up to RM3 million in 2016 removing the illegal advertisements around Kuala Lumpur. He stressed that the rule applied to all companies, regardless of their size. Earlier this year, The Star reported that DBKL took down 958,405 “unsightly materials” in 2016 and 1,340,000 in 2015. It also worked with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to cancel mobile numbers and contacted offenders to remove the banners. According to DBKL executive director (socio-economic development) Datuk Ibrahim Yusoff, 200 buntings would pop up around the city for every 100 buntings removed.

Separately, companies might also face the possibility of being fined for the incorrect use of Bahasa Malaysia on advertisements, including those online. Recently, news broke that Putrajaya may enforce a fine of up to RM1,000 should the Parliament pass amendments to the National Language Act 1963 and Education Act 1996.

Quoting Chinese daily Nanyang Siang Pau, which cited a “reliable but unnamed source”, Malaysiakini stated that Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) will be empowered to enforce the legislation in Putrajaya. According to Malaysiakini, Nanyang Siang Pau’s source said the suggestion for the RM1,000 fine will be discussed by a special cabinet committee led by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

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