Malacca police bust pirated VCD syndicate

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 22 Jul 2006

MALACCA: Police have busted a pirated VCD syndicate operating at the Malim Jaya Light Industrial Estate and seized four duplicating machines, 9,425 copies of pirated VCDs, including pornographic VCDs, and pirated software estimated to be worth RM30mil in all. 

Deputy state police chief Senior Asst Comm II Zaleha Abd Rahman said the seizure, which also included 2,000 copies of blank VCDs and 15 Thai-language VCDs, was believed to be the largest in the state so far. 

Among the items seized were a compressor, a multimedia set, a printing machine, a drying machine, 4,000 pornographic VCDs and 4,900 pirated software discs. 

The syndicate, which has been in operation for six months in a factory equipped with CCTV cameras and hidden compartments, was believed to be producing 10,000 copies of VCDs a day for nationwide supply. 

SOPHISTICATED MACHINERY: SAC II Zaleha (front), Deputy Supt Nasbah Jusoh (rear, at left) andMelaka Tengah acting OCPD Supt Nik Nazli Husin inspecting a duplicating machine at thefactory producing pirated VCDs at the Malim Jaya light industrial area in Malacca yesterday.

With the seizure of the Thai-language VCDs, SAC II Zaleha said, police did not rule out the possibility that the syndicate also supplied pirated discs to Thailand. 

A team of 12 policemen raided the factory, which appeared to be abandoned, at Jalan IKS, Taman IKS, in Malim Jaya at 6.40pm on Thursday. 

Police obtained a remand order on two workers in the factory, both aged 24 and from Cheras, for 11 days until July 31 to assist in investigations. 

The case will be investigated under section 41(1) of the Copyright Act and Section 5(2) of the Film Censorship Act. 

Those found guilty are liable to a maximum fine of RM10,000 for each infringing copy, or to a maximum jail tem of five years, or both, under the Copyright Act. 

Under the Film Censorship Act, guilty parties are liable to a fine of between RM10,000 and RM50,000 or a maximum jail term of five years, or both. 

Police are in the midst of tracing the factory owner, SAC II Zaleha said, adding that the case would also be handed over to the state domestic trade and consumer affairs department for further investigation.  

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