Be serious about stamping out smut


  • Letters
  • Tuesday, 03 Jun 2003

THE current move by the Government to go all out against pornographic and pirated VCDs is highly commendable.  

Funnily though, this sale of VCDs is not a new phenomenon. It has actually been a problem for too many years.  

Many readers have written to the media to voice their concerns about the easy availability of smut VCDs but it is as though the authorities were deaf to their pleas or blind to what was going on around them.  

Yes, there were the raids that took place every now and then but it was as though for every peddler arrested another two or more would take his place almost immediately.  

It is a lucrative business, the profit margin being more than 400% and with an ever-ready demand, it is no wonder these racketeers willingly invested almost a million ringgit for each replicating machine.  

With such funds, it would not be surprising to know that those in this trade would somehow have links to illegal money laundering, triads, gangsterism, drugs and prostitution. 

With such funds, it would also be easy to bribe certain quarters for protection.  

It is hoped the Government enforcers do not limit themselves to the pasar malam in nabbing the peddlers.  

In the Klang Valley, their places of business also include the front of four-digit outlets during gaming days, in front of restaurants with high patronage of customers and sidewalks where there is a high volume of pedestrians.  

Also the Government enforcers should go for the big guys.  

The recent confiscation of replicating machines is good news but what happens from there? Are the machines destroyed or returned to the counterfeiters after a meagre fine?  

In recent years, illegal VCD peddlers have been bold enough to rent outlets at prestige places, hoping such actions would thwart the enforcement departments.  

In fact it is the norm now to be able to buy cheap pirated VCDs at well-known megamalls and shopping centres. Even small supermarkets in far off places and small towns are not left alone.  

Let us all work together to get rid of this menace and hope this time it is for real.  

 

DELREN TERRENCE DOUGLAS, 

Kuala Lumpur. 

(via e-mail)  

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