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Malaysian Officials Seek Antipiracy Budget

19 Sep, 2002 By: Hive News

Officials from Malaysia's Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry want more power to combat piracy. Consumer affairs minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is calling for an amendment that would allow officials from the ministry to detain and interrogate copyright pirates, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Now only the police can detain suspected pirates; the ministry can only confiscate goods. So far this year, Malaysian enforcement officers have seized $4.9 million worth of pirated VCDs and CDs, the story reported.

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