Catalogue-in-mag way to sell pirated VCDs


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 04 Dec 2003

BY KULDEEP S. JESSY

IPOH: Pirated video compact disc peddlers have now resorted to selling their goods through catalogues. 

The name and price list of all the VCDs are photocopied and stuck to magazines to avoid being detected by the authorities. 

State Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Department enforcement officers made the discovery after the arrest of a 45-year-old woman on Tuesday. 

Its director, Mohd Khalis Kasim said the woman was arrested at a night market in Taman Syarikat Perumahan Pegawai-Pegawai Kerajaan in Jalan Pasir Puteh. 

“She was found to have a magazine containing various titles of VCDs pasted to the pages of a magazine in her possession,” he said. 

NEW TACTIC: Mohd Khalis and his deputy Suhaimi Mat Sari showing the VCD catalogue which was pasted inside a magazine to avoid detection.

He added that upon checking further, enforcement officers recovered 20 VCDs in her handbag.  

“The new tactic enables a buyer to browse through the magazine and select VCDs supplied by the seller who moves from one place to another,” he said yesterday.  

Mohd Khalis said the VCD titles shown in the magazines were being sold at RM8 each compared to RM10 for three VCDs before the nationwide crackdown on pirated VCDs.  

Mohd Khalis said two men were also arrested in the same operation after they were found with 6,098 pirated VCDs at Jalan Yau Tet Shin. 

He said the men, aged 20 and 25, were selling the VCDs in two vans along the road at 9pm. 

Mohd Khalis said the two men and the woman have been remanded for three days from yesterday.  

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