Mes­sage loud, clear: No stick­ers on walls

Oman Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE - FA­HAD AL GHADANI MUS­CAT, SEPT 16

‘For gas cylin­ders, con­tact us’. ‘Call us for wa­ter tankers’. ‘Clean­ing ser­vices just a call away’. With hun­dreds of such and other posts de­fac­ing the walls of pub­lic prop­er­ties in the cap­i­tal, Mus­cat Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has said such be­hav­iour is un­ac­cept­able.

A re­li­able source in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity said: “This is against govern­ment strat­egy to show­case Oman. Law bans such be­hav­iour and warns of fines and le­gal ac­tion against vi­o­la­tors.”

He termed “clear vi­o­la­tion” these posts which ig­nore au­thor­i­ties’ aware­ness cam­paigns and “put in­di­vid­ual in­ter­est be­fore any­thing else”.

Mo­hammed al Balushi, a Mus­cat res­i­dent, says he sees such ads al­most ev­ery­where neigh­bour­hood.

“The scene is ugly. I be­lieve some of ads rep­re­sent un­li­censed busi­nesses,” he says.

He wants the au­thor­i­ties to put an end to the me­nace. “We want Mus­cat to be clean and beau­ti­ful,” in his said Al Balushi.

Su­laiman al Zidi, a na­tive of Al Dhahi­rah gover­norate who lives in Mus­cat, says that back home such posts do ex­ist, but are rare.

“I come across the ser­vice/ prod­uct ad­vert posts mostly in Mus­cat and they tar­nish the im­age of the cap­i­tal,” says Al Zidi.

He said the au­thor­i­ties should find a way to do some­thing about such ads in pub­lic areas, and im­pose hefty fines and ini­ti­ate le­gal ac­tion against vi­o­la­tors.

“It is not dif­fi­cult to trace the vi­o­la­tors be­cause these posts have their con­tact num­bers,” said Al Zidi.

Ev­ery­one should think about the pub­lic in­ter­est be­fore his/her own to show­case a beau­ti­ful Mus­cat to the world, he said.

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