MBKS mayor wants MCMC to ban, probe Ah Long contact numbers on illegally posted banners

Wee (left) together with Richard Wee (second left) and Foo (centre) in a photo with participants of an Anti-Scam Talk at MBKS Auditorium on Sept 23, 2023.

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Sept 23: Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng has called upon the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to look into implementing measures to blacklist and block ‘Ah Long’ (loan sharks) contact numbers displayed on illegally posted banners throughout the city.

Addressing an Anti-Scam Talk today, Wee emphasised that all these contact numbers should be banned or investigated.

The mayor also took a proactive stance by removing some of the banners from the streets earlier in the day while en route to various engagements.

“Globalisation and digitalisation is here to stay, but the reality is that when our lives become increasingly digital, criminals are also devising new ways and more innovative ways to commit crime.

“These digital crimes or financial scams are not confined to Sarawak, but are a global concern,” he said in the event held at MBKS Auditorium.

Recognising the growing complexity of scams targeting unsuspected victims, Wee hope authorities will persistently raise awareness about latest security risks and educate the public about precautionary measures.

Wee pledged the city council’s unwavering support for these initiatives, emphasising the need for a collective effort across multiple fronts.

“We cannot be alone in this fight. This requires a collective effort on multiple fronts. We are only stronger if we work together and play our individual parts in order to safeguard the security of our people and integrity of our systems,” he added.

In a reminder to the public, Wee cautioned that there are “no free lunches or dinners” and urged everyone to remain vigilant and discerning.

He expressed gratitude to the MCMC, the Royal Malaysian Police, and Bank Negara Malaysia for their collaboration in organising the event.

Federation of Chinese Associations of Sarawak president Dato Richard Wee and Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Public Complaints Bureau (PCB) chief Milton Foo were present. — DayakDaily