ENFORCEMENT officers from the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry are acting within their jurisdiction when they use handcuffs to arrest illegal CD and VCD peddlers, said its minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The new powers were given to the officers following recent amendments to the Copyright Act 1997, which enables officers to arrest suspects, he said when replying to Kerk Kim Hock (DAP Kota Melaka) during the winding up of the debate on the Budget at the committee stage.
Kerk had questioned the officers actions of publicly using handcuffs on the peddlers.
However, Muhyiddin explained that in this case, the suspect had resisted arrest to the extent that he almost injured the officer.
The officer, based on the training he received from the police, used his discretion to deal with such a situation, he said.
Earlier, Datuk Husni Hanadzlah (BN Tambun) asked the ministry to increase its consumerism campaigns to educate the people.
To create a competitive industry, our consumers need to change their mindset.
We need to have sophisticated consumers with high expectations, he said.
Teresa Kok (DAP Seputeh) said that the ministry should check night markets for illegal sexual enhancers.
It seems that fake Viagra and sex pills, which come from Taiwan and China, are easily available at night markets, she said.
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