Joint ops soon to nab smut VCD makers and traders


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 10 May 2003

BY LOURDES CHARLES AND SIMON KHOO

KUALA LUMPUR: A joint assault on hot spots in the pornographic VCD industry will be launched next week to clean up the smut that is flooding the market. 

Police and the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry will go after the manufacturers, production houses and street peddlers to stamp out the menace, which they have described as an “outbreak.” 

 

On their part, the people have been reminded to play their role by not purchasing pornographic VCDs.  

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Norian Mai said the operation would be to weed out these activities by going to the root of the problem. 

“Orders have been given to my men to go all out to wipe out all those involved in these activities. 

“We have always been conducting raids against traders and outlets selling the illegal VCDs. But because it’s a lucrative business, these people always make a comeback,” he told The Star yesterday. 

 

Norian said several licensed production houses and manufacturers were also abusing their permits to manufacture pornographic VCDs. 

In Kuala Pilah, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin one of the targets would be the 400-odd “stubborn peddlers” operating in night markets nationwide. 

Besides his ministry and the police, he said the Customs Department, National Film Development Corporation and local governments would work together to put them out of business.  

He said the authorities were identifying these “hot spots” in all states. 

“Since our action against them last year, the number of VCD traders in night markets dropped from over 2,340 to about 400,” he told reporters after attending the ministry’s branch office opening yesterday. 

He said the presence of “tontos” and other constraints such as manpower shortage, leaks on raids, non-action by local authorities and demand from the public did not help the situation. 

Muhyiddin said he had spoken to the Attorney-General to draft a new law or amend the existing legislation to address the “tonto” menace. 

“The AG is mulling over a procedure similar to the stalking laws to curb the menace,” he said, adding that in a recent court case in Sarawak, several tontos pleaded guilty but were only sentenced to three days’ jail and a fine. 

In Alor Star, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said half the battle against pirated and pornographic VCDs would be won if the public stopped buying and viewing them, reports ZARINAH DAUD. 

“The Government has done everything and our enforcement officers have taken efforts to curb the problem but illegal sales of VCDs continue to flourish. 

“When there is demand, there is always supply, and irresponsible Malaysians continue to buy these VCDs although they are fully aware that it is morally and legally wrong,” he said after opening the Alor Star MCA division Youth and Wanita annual general assembly yesterday. 

In Penang, parliamentary secretary to the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry Wong Kam Hoong said pornography was becoming more rampant and was reaching the younger generation and corrupting young minds, reports PRISCILLA DIELENBERG 

Wong advised parents to be cautious about the type of VCDs their children were exposed to.  

“The distributors of pornographic VCDs are becoming very bold and unscrupulous, and are tarnishing the country's name and contaminating the minds of our citizens,” he said, citing the distribution recently of pornographic VCDs purportedly featuring some former Malaysia Airlines cabin crew.  

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