Man denies having porn VCDs


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 23 Aug 2003

BY MARSHA TAN

JOHOR BARU: A 24-year-old man pleaded not guilty to two charges of possessing pornographic and pirated video compact discs (VCDs) and digital compact discs (DVDs) at the magistrate’s court here. 

Tan Kok Huat, from Taman Selesa, Selesa Jaya, was charged with possessing 600 pieces of pornographic VCDs and 159 pieces of pornographic publicity material in a shop at No. 2 & 2A, Jalan Kebudayaan 6, Taman Universiti, Skudai, on Thursday at 10.15pm.  

He was charged under Section 18(4)(a) of the Film Censorship Act 2002 and if found guilty can be fined up to RM30,000 or a maximum of three years jail.  

Tan was also charged under Section 5(1)(b) of the same Act for possessing 3,204 pieces of pirated VCDs and 238 pieces of pirated DVDs at the same place and time and if found guilty can be fined up to RM50,000 or a maximum of five years jail or both.  

Magistrate Rashidah Roslee set bail at RM10,000 in one surety and fixed Oct 10 for hearing.  

Prosecuting officer Hilmi Mazlan prosecuted while the accused was not represented.  

On Thursday, the Home Ministry raided Tan’s shop at 9.30pm and seized more than 4,000 pieces of pirated and pornographic VCDs and DVDs worth about RM29,000.  

The ministry’s southern region enforcement and publication control branch chief Moamad Samsudin Ikhsan said that Tan had used the ground floor of the double-storey shophouse to sell the items while the top floor was used as a store. 

“It was part of a continuous effort to wipe out the selling of illegal VCDs and DVDs, and in Tan’s case, we had been monitoring his movements for a week before raiding his premises,” Mohamad Samsudin told reporters here yesterday.  

Mohamad Samsudin added that from January to July this year, his branch had seized 21,623 pieces of pornographic and pirated VCDs and DVDs. 

He urged those with information or complaints to contact the ministry at 07-223 1601, 07-226 9642 or 07-226 9643. 

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