KOTA KINABALU: About 1,546 ‘ah long’ advertisements in various forms and sizes have been pulled down by the authority in the first three months of the year in several areas in the city.
The Vulture Operation which was carried by several enforcement agencies focuses on Luyang, Inanam, Tanjung Aru, Alamesra, Menggatal, and areas around the state capital.
District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner M. Chandra, said all the advertisements have been handed to Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) for further actions.
“The police have also cooperated with Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commision (SKMM) to terminate 124 phone numbers which were listed in the advertisements,” he said in a press conference at Karamunsing Police District Headquarters, here today.
According to him, individuals who are involved with the activities can be investigated under Crime Prevention Act (Amendment & Extension) 2013 or POCA.
“Any suspect investigated under POCA will be detained up to 72 days or arrest and restriction for two years or more, as advised by the Crime Prevention Board,” he said.
Last year, nine investigation papers were opened, leading to the arrest of 15 men and five women.
Three of the investigation papers involving four suspects were brought to court to be charged under the Moneylenders Act, while six more are still under investigation. – SayangSabah