Only now, the Film Control Unit (which reports to the Home Ministry) promised to intensify efforts in eradicating pirated DVDs and VCDs in Sarawak. Before that, they said FCU was facing manpower shortage for far too long.

First, FCU shouldn't publicized that they will intensify their enforcement as this will only alert the pirated DVD/VCD vendors to disappear.

Second, why was the manpower shortage not looked into for a long period. Why didn't their superior request for new recruitment earlier. It is a convenient created for the benefits of the pirated DVD/VCD vendors ? Someone in FCU or the Home Ministry are not serious in their job by letting their unit understaffed.

Third, even if FCU faced shortage of manpower, there is hardly any raid or arrest made in Sarawak related to peddling of pirated DVD/VCD. Those vendors can be found in just about every street corners in major cities and towns in Sarawak without them fearing for the FCU enforcement. Those FCU enforcement officers must be sitting in their office watching pirated VDC themselves instead of catching the culprits on the streets.

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Vendors of pirated DVDs watch out!

KUCHING: The Home Ministry’s Film Control Unit in Sarawak has promised to intensify efforts in eradicating pirated DVDs and VCDs now that they have an additional 10 new enforcement officers.

“Their appointment is a most welcome development because we have been facing manpower shortage for far too long.

“The 10 new officers were appointed this month. They are now being trained on various tasks involving operation and prosecution - all connected to enforcement,” chief enforcement officer Mamat Ibrahim said yesterday.

“With the additional manpower, we hope to discharge our duties more efficiently especially in the fight to curb the sale of pirated DVDs and VCDs,” he said, adding that the unit now had 20 enforcement officers.

Mamat said they would intensify operations at entry points including airports and seaports, apart from five-foot ways in the towns and cities in their effort to eradicate the sale of these items, including those containing pornographic and uncensored materials.

Those found in possession of pirated DVDs and VCDs or those without the ‘B’ certificate would be brought to the court, and charged under Section 18 (4) of the Film Censorship Act 2002, which carries the maximum penalty of RM30,000 fine or three years’ jail or both on conviction.

Those involved in the sale of pornographic DVDs and VCDs under Section 5 of the same Act, may be fined the maximum RM50,000 or five years’ jail or both on conviction.


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