PENANG: Peddlers of pirated VCDs and DVDs have resorted to direct selling their products door to door in a bid to evade detection.
State Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry enforcement unit chief Fahmi Kasim said the traders would target high-rise buildings as they could cover more people.
They would go knocking on doors and show those interested their stock of VCDs and DVDs, he said in an interview yesterday.
He said another new tactic adopted by the peddlers was to drop their name cards or pamphlets in the mailboxes of apartment and flat units.
Whoever wants to purchase the products would then contact the number listed and the items would be delivered to them, he added.
Fahmi said there was no let-up in the clampdown on pirated VCDs and DVDs even during the Deepavali holidays and over the weekend.
He said his officers raided two roadside stalls in Batu Feringghi on Saturday and Relau the following day and seized 359 copies of DVDs worth RM4,043.
He said the traders fled the scene, since the officers had been empowered to arrest and handcuff them on the spot under the Trade Descriptions Act
He also said officers, acting on a tip-off, found a box with 350 copies of pirated DVDs worth RM4,200 at an express bus company in Chulia Street on Sunday.
The consignment, he added, was believed to have just been delivered from Kuala Lumpur.
On cases where courier services were used to export pirated discs, Fahmi said his officers seized 197 parcels containing 985 pirated DVDs worth RM11,820 from an international courier company in Bayan Lepas on Thursday and yesterday.
The packages were addressed to recipients from all over the world, especially the United States, he added.