MALACCA: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam has offered his mobile phone number to the public, appealing for information via short message service on those involved in the pirated VCD business.
“I assure you that the identity of the informer will be kept confidential,” he said.
His mobile phone number is 019-665 9567.
Congratulating the police for raiding a factory producing illegal VCDs at a chicken farm in a remote plantation area in Rembia, Alor Gajah, Mohd Ali said he believed there were more of such illegal factories which were mass producing pirated VCDs.
“We need the public to provide us the information, especially those in rural areas,” he said after attending a fund-raising dinner on Friday.
He said Malaysia should take the cue from Japan and Singapore, where no pirated VCDs could be found.
Mohd Ali will be away in Zimbabwe on an official trip from today until June 9.
Meanwhile, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Department state director Abdul Mutalib Ibrahim said that a 48-year-old suspect, who was arrested during the raid on the factory in Rembia, had been released on police bail of RM10,000 on Friday.
“We are still conducting investigations at the site,” he said, adding that once the probe was completed, the department would appoint a contractor to dismantle the machines, which would then be brought back to the department.