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State Com­mer­cial Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment (CCID) Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Lee Ewe Kiang said the de­part­ment worked with the Ipoh City Coun­cil Li­cens­ing and En­force­ment De­part­ment re­cently to re­move 1,200 loan shark ad­ver­tise­ments in ar­eas such as Je­la­pang, Meru, Am­pang and Tam­bun.

“This op­er­a­tion was car­ried out af­ter we re­ceived many com­plaints from the pub­lic,” he said.

“The re­moval took two hours, but no ar­rests were made. We re­moved 350 ad­ver­tise­ments in Je­la­pang and Meru, and 850 in Tam­bun and Am­pang Baru,” he said, adding that the case was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 29AA of the Moneylen­der Act 1951.

Lee said un­der Op Vul­ture last year, 194 il­le­gal money lend­ing cases were in­ves­ti­gated and 59 ar­rests were made.

So far, this year, he said, 59 cases had been recorded and 21 ar­rests had been made.

“Il­le­gal money lend­ing ac­tiv­i­ties will al­ways ex­ist.

“The po­lice will carry out op­er­a­tions pe­ri­od­i­cally with the lo­cal au­thor­ity,” he said.

Lee said many loan sharks were still at large be­cause many vic­tims re­fused to lodge po­lice re­ports.

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