Cinema cashing in on VCD raids by raising ticket prices


  • Nation
  • Monday, 30 Jun 2003

AS a larger number of movie fans return to cinemas following the Government’s crackdown on pirated VCDs, a cinema operator has been accused of cashing in by increasing ticket prices, reported Nanyang Siang Pau

The daily reported that the increase in ticket prices was believed to be the first case in the country.  

Posing as movie patrons after receiving complaints from the public, enforcement officers from the Penang domestic trade and consumer affairs department bought movie tickets that were RM1 higher than the normal price for a midnight movie at a cineplex in Island Plaza, Tanjong Tokong. 

Penang enforcement chief Fahmi Kasim said the movie ticket was normally RM8 per head but the sales counter staff charged an extra RM1 with the reason being the movie was a popular one. 

Fahmi was quoted as saying that hiking up the ticket price was in contradiction to the move to wipe out pirated VCDs.  

He said the cinema operators could be charged under the Trade Description Act for collecting the extra RM1. 

The domestic trade and consumer affairs department has urged the public to call 1800-886-800 to report any such price hike by cinemas. 

Meanwhile, China Press reported that a businessman discovered that his Indonesian maid had been allegedly adding her saliva, urine and menstruation discharges into drinks she prepared for him and his family over the past two years so that they would treat her well. 

The 35-year-old businessman from Bidor, Perak said he discovered this through an undelivered letter that was written by his maid to another maid. When he confronted his maid, she admitted to adding only saliva to their drinks, the report said. 

The businessman then lodged a police report and sacked the maid, it said.  

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