KUALA LUMPUR: Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry officers do not conduct house raids for pirated VCDs and CDs, said its minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He advised the public not to entertain bogus enforcement officers going from house to house, claiming that they are checking on pirated VCDs and CDs and extorting money from the public.
“Our officers only conduct raids against pirated VCD/CD peddlers in open premises and houses which double as storage or distribution centres for pirated and pornographic VCDs,” he told reporters after a dialogue session on domestic trade, corporate and business service, intellectual property and consumerism with the private sector here yesterday.
Muhyiddin, who was commenting on a syndicate which had been operating in several areas in Johor for the past week, said the public could identify the ministry’s enforcement officers through their authority cards.
“If you come across dubious characters impersonating as our enforcement officers, please lodge a report to us and the police,” he said.