KOTA KINABALU: Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) filed a police report against loan sharks distributing money-lending leaflets that look like parking summons issued by their authorities.
The mayor of the town hall, Datuk Noorliza Awang, said they had filed a police report for further investigation under the 1951 Money Lenders Act.
They also enlisted the help of telecommunications companies in locating the people whose phone numbers appeared on the flyers.
“We will take tough action against irresponsible companies and individuals posting pawn shops advertisements resembling DBKK compound summons because this disturbs the public as well,” she said.
She said she had received numerous complaints about the “flyers” placed on the windows of vehicles, which were also widely distributed on social media sites.
Noorliza also dismissed some public claims on social media that the leaflets came from town hall.
She said the modus operandi of the business or individual lenders was to grab people’s attention and get them to read the content of the brochures being distributed.
“The content of the brochures contains loan offers with certain incentives to attract the attention of the public. The brochures also did not have a (advertising) license issued by DBKK,” she said, adding that they were looking for the company or individual behind it.
She said that action would also be taken under the regulations (advertising) of the city of Kota Kinabalu 1983.
“If found guilty, the person can be fined RM 5,000 under the same regulations,” she said, adding that they would also seek to cancel the phone numbers listed on the leaflets.
“I call on the public to work together to let DBKK know if they see someone distributing
promotional brochures from lenders in any form in any area of Kota Kinabalu, ”she said.
They can call the DBKK hotline 012-222 0220.