Saturday, January 16

Penang police destroy RM2.7 mln worth of pirated DVDs, VCDs


FIGHTING PIRACY: Rahim (operating roller) destroys part of the seized pirated DVDs and VCDs. — Bernama photo

GEORGE TOWN: Penang police destroyed 430,113 pirated DVDs and VCDs worth RM2.7 million here yesterday, said the state’s police deputy chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar.

“413,841 of the discs had no ‘B’ certificate from the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia,” he said at the event which was also witnessed by the state’s Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief ACP Roslee Chik.

He said the discs were seized during “Ops Ostrich” involving 261 raids throughout the state from July 2010 to the end of June this year.

The government lost RM3.8 million in taxes that it would have gained through the sale of the originals, he added.

“Eleven people aged between 20 and 30, among them traders and caretakers of premises, were charged in court this year for the illegal activities,” he said.

Most pirated DVD/VCD syndicates in Penang hired secret society members to man their premises, he added.

They operated covertly and used all kinds of tactics to evade the authorities, he said.

Abdul Rahim said the destruction of the VCDs and DVDs was a symbolic gesture to deter those who sold and bought the pirated stuff. — Bernama