Five arrested in raid on Malaysian pirate factory

MUMBAI: Acting on a tip-off, 11 enforcement officers from the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Co-operatives and Consumerism (MDTCC), with support from Malaysian Federation Against Copyright Theft (MFACT), representing the Motion Picture Association (MPA) in Malaysia, raided a factory on 2 March in Kampong Baru Sungai Buloh located in the industrial area of Selangor.


The raiding party found five men operating the production lines at the time they entered the factory premises. Two DVD replicating lines and over 5,000 copies of pirated DVDs were seized, among them were MPA member company titles Case 39, Ninja Assassin and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.


All five men have been arrested and are currently in remand for further investigations.


"Today’s successful raid and seizure of unlicensed equipment is the continuation of the Ministry’s efforts in addressing source piracy in Malaysia, with an emphasis on addressing the proliferation of illegal replicating operations of pirated optical discs," said MDTCC director-general Enforcement Department Mohd. Roslan bin Mahayudin. "We are happy with the results and hope that information on such operations, which resulted in this successful raid, will continue to flow. This is a clear signal to the pirates that we will not waver in our efforts to shut them down."


"We are very happy to hear that the MDTCC is steadfast in its resolve to root out the nefarious elements responsible for source piracy in Malaysia," said MPA president and managing director Asia-Pacific Mike Ellis. "We will continue to work closely with the MDTCC to protect the creative industries and shut down more such criminal activity."