Time to rid of street spam

EYESORE: Those unsightly signs and posters reflect poorly on our nation’s image and people’s character.

THE myriad of signage and advertisements pasted or printed on crash barriers, highway vertical support columns as well asĀ  lamp and traffic-light posts in many parts of Kuala Lumpur must surely intrigue, if not embarrass, many. Even Telekom’s junction boxes are not spared.

These messages can be just about anything one would care to think of — directions to a wedding reception, house repair, renovation and plumbing services, sale of a car or land, or details of a ceramah. The more unsavoury ones will advertise exotic full-body foam massages and easy personal or business loans.

The problem is that these signs and advertisements are usually unsightly and illegal. It is also embarrassing, especially when the services offered (such as massage) are clearly not traditional and staid.

What intrigues is how come the culprits could put them up, complete with mobile phone numbers, at their whims and fancy, and with impunity. They add to the confusion and already untidy scene — what with litter on the ground and the many damaged metal guard rails left abandoned for months on end in various locations.

One cannot fail to notice these signs and advertisements as they are often found at road intersections where motorists frequently stop, and along the highways and roads where traffic is reduced to a crawl during peak hours.

Tourists must surely be amazed or disappointed to be greeted by these signs.

And, parents, too, must feel uncomfortable when their children ask them what an “exotic full-body massage and shampoo” means when they come across these signs.

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