KUALA LUMPUR: Syndicates dealing in pornographic and illegal video compact discs (VCDs) are changing tactics to avoid the current operation against them, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.
To beat them at their own game and stamp out the illegal trade, the Deputy Prime Minister has told police and other enforcement agencies to be quicker and smarter.
He said this approach was necessary as these syndicates were constantly changing tactics to avoid detection and arrest.
We are always faced with new tactics and tricks used by these groups, and therefore, police and other law enforcement authorities should be faster in order to be able to anticipate their moves, he told reporters after flagging off the Riding For Life campaign at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa here yesterday.
Among the new tactics included the distribution of pirated VCDs in rural areas, the use of schoolchildren in selling the products and the production of illegal VCDs in chicken farms.
Abdullah said this when asked to comment on the two-week period given by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Norian Mai to the commercial crimes division to wipe out VCD piracy.
The order was issued on May 26 following concerns expressed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad on the re-emergence of the rampant manufacture, sale and distri-
bution of illegal VCDs.
Using the resources at their disposal, these syndicates were resorting to various tactics in a bid to outsmart the authorities, said Abdullah, who is Home Minister.
Nowadays, they have ample resources to plan countermeasures, he said.
Asked if Norian had given him an initial report on the crackdown against illegal VCDs, he said:
Not yet. I just returned yesterday.
Abdullah had been on holiday overseas for a week.
Asked whether the two-week period was enough for the authorities to eradicate the menace, he said all enforcement agencies, including local authorities, Customs Department and Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry, should work hard to achieve the target.
He hoped the setting up of the special committee to combat VCD piracy would enhance the effectiveness of law enforcement.
At the function, Abdullah flagged off 35 cyclists 20 from Malaysia and 15 from Singapore participating in the inaugural Riding For Life expedition.
The event, which aims to create better awareness on HIV/AIDS and to raise funds for treating HIV/AIDS patients, was jointly organised by the Malaysian AIDS Foundation, Malaysian AIDS Council and Actions For AIDS Singapore.
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