Food delivery service Foodpanda, whose marketing stunt with helium-filled pink balloons around Bangsar was called out by netizens for being irresponsible and dangerous to road users, has today released a statement apologising for the inconvenience
In the statement posts on its official Facebook page, Foodpanda said that the balloons were placed "in conjunction with the holiday season to spread some festive cheer."
"It was placed across Bangsar to bring joy and happiness to all those who were in the area on the day as well as for passersby to take home," the company said, adding that while their "intentions were good" it was not to cause an inconvenience to others.
In its statement, the company also clarified that the pink balloons that were placed were biodegradable and environmentally friendly
Foodpanda said that while a clean-up crew was in place, the bad weather did not allow them to clear the balloons as planned
"The first team that started at 3.30pm completed the clean up in the evening of the 22nd, and a second team ran a final check at 9.00pm to ensure we have done our very best to remove all the leftover balloons, strings and weights from across Jalan Telawi and Lucky Garden.
"We would like to thank the residents of Bangsar for their vigilance and responsibility towards their neighbourhood," the company added in their statement.
Previously, the company was called out on social media by several people including Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil for the stunt: