KOTA KINABALU: A total of 867 pieces of illegal advertisements were removed by enforcement personnel yesterday in efforts to eradicate illegal money lending activities around the city.
Dubbed, ‘Ops Carik’, the integrated operation was carried out by police from the Moneylenders & Pawnbrokers Division, the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (Sabah Branch), and City Hall enforcement officers.
The operation was aimed to minimize illegal advertisements from illegal money lenders or Ah Long and others in public places like bus stops, public phone booths, housing estates and food courts in the city.
Division enforcement chief Supt Chandrasehkaran A/L Muthu said the operations was aimed to minimize the unsightly display of illegal advertisements in Kota Kinabalu, and Sabah in general.
“Illegal advertisements in public places in Kota Kinabalu and other major districts throughout the state are under control, compared to other states in the Peninsula, particularly in Kuala Lumpur,” said Chandra.
He said they would monitor illegal advertisements by irresponsible individuals, including licensed money lenders.
Yesterday’s operation was led by ASP Simiun Lomudin and City Hall Enforcement Division Supt Ernest Mojikon, and 20 City Hall enforcement personnel.
The operation began at 9am till 1pm.
The teams mounted the blitz at Segama Shopping Complex, Tanjung Aru, Menggatal, Inanam and Likas Square.