The Star, Monday April 1, 2013
By OH ING YEEN
Photo by Low Boon Tat
THE Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) has discontinued use of anti-stick paint in its municipality after spending RM36,000 since its pilot project in 2011.
The paint was used to deter illegal advertisement stickers.
Council president Datuk Hasan Nawawi Abdul Rahman said the cost was too high.
“It is too expensive for the council and the effect wears out after some time.
“The council has decided to build taller signboards to deter illegal advertisement stickers. Also, developers for residential areas are required to apply a coat of anti-stick paint on road signage,” he said.
A recent check by StarMetro revealed that many signboards in the municipality were covered in advertisement stickers.
StarMetro had previously reported (“Firm hired to remove illegal posters” on Sept 5, 2011) that MPKj had hired a company to remove illegal posters and coat the surface of public properties with anti-stick paint.
The supplier has submitted proposals to other councils such as the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council, Subang Jaya Municipal Council, Selayang Municipal Council and Klang Municipal Council for similar treatment.
When contacted, the Shah Alam City Council corporate communications deputy director Shahrin Ahmad said the council had started using non-stick paint on utility feeder boxes since three years ago.
“We are looking into using the paint for signage, lamp posts and public amenities such as park benches,” he said.
For the Petaling Jaya City Council, its public relations officer Zainon Zakaria said the council was still considering the use of the paint.
“We are still studying the pros and cons because the perpetrators may have found a way around the non-stick paint.
“We are also looking into other options to combat illegal stickers,” she said.