MACC raids four premises over probe into millions of unpaid royalties for recording artistes

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has raided four offices in an investigation over millions of unpaid royalties for recording artistes.

Sources said an operation on Wednesday (Nov 25) saw MACC visiting the offices of the Public Performance Malaysia Sdn Bhd (PPM), Recording Performers Malaysia Berhad (RPM), Music Authors Copyright Protection Berhad (MACP) and the Performers' Rights and Interest Society of Malaysia Berhad (PRISM).

"Several related documents have been taken by the MACC for further study and research. Certain individuals will also be called up to facilitate with the investigations," said the source.

MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Seri Ahmad Khusairi Yahaya has confirmed that the anti-graft body is investigating this issue.

He, however, said it was too early for him to comment on the probe.

"To be fair, all quarters involved should refrain from sensationalising this issue and give ample time for the MACC to investigate this matter in a transparent and professional manner," said Ahmad Khusairi.

The investigation is done under Section 18 of the MACC Act 2009, which covers false claims.

The issue was first raised by the Malaysian Artistes Association (Karyawan) in early October, which claimed that millions of ringgit collected as royalties over the past two decades have not been distributed to singers and musicians.

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