It’s nothing out of the ordinary if you find a summons on your windshield when you’re around the Petaling Jaya vicinity. Because, you know, PJ is well-known for having horrible traffic jams and parking problems that it makes Waldo easier to find as compared to finding an empty parking spot.
But if you do get a summons, you might want to take a closer look as it may not be from the city council itself, Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ), but instead from a party you’d least likely expect – Ah Longs
On Tuesday, MBPJ warned citizens to be wary of leaflets bearing the city council’s logo and resembling a summons ticket left on their windshields. Apparently, it’s the latest 'marketing strategy' from our local loan sharks to attract new customers.
Instead of writing the offence committed, the leaflet shows the type of services these unauthorised money lenders offer, the amount of loan you can apply, and even interest rate charges!
Wah, we wonder if these Ah Longs
hired an agency to help them with their marketing.
In a statement posted on MBPJ’s official Facebook page
, the city council has stressed that they have no association with the companies or Ah Longs
that illegally used their logo. The council added that they have lodged a police report to take action against those parties.
An MBPJ official told The Sun
that they “take the issue of MBPJ's logo being used seriously as we have found that there are some irresponsible parties using our logo for their selfish gains. Other than the logo, the leaflet that is being distributed looks almost like the compound receipts that the Enforcement Unit issues while on duty.”
The public has been urged to be cautious of leaflets that are using MBPJ’s logo and not to easily fall prey to whatever the company is offering.
So, the next time you get a summons, make sure you do a double take and read closely; it might not be a real summons.