IPOH,( April 15) — The Perak branch of the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) has seized 17 laptops and 26 copies of pirated software worth RM66,700 in operations conducted from March 25 to yesterday.
State KPDNKK deputy enforcement chief A. Mogan said the seizures were made from seven raids on several computer shops suspected of possessing pirated copies of software in the state.
“In the first raid on three computer shops in Ipoh on March 25, eight laptops with 11 copies of pirated software were detected.
“On April 2, three laptops with six offending copies of software were found in Seri Manjung. While in the third raid in Teluk Intan yesterday, six laptops with nine illegal copies of software were seized,” he said.
He was speaking at a media conference in KPDNKK Ipoh branch office here today.
He said six shop owners were also hauled up to give their statements on the cases.
“The cases will be investigated under Section 41(1) of the Copyright Act 1987 which carries a fine of between RM2,000 and RM20,000 for each copy of the illegal software or a maximum of five years jail,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mogan said Perak KPDNKK also inspected 104,910 premises since Jan 15 and seized RM74,196 worth of goods.
“From the total, we also issued compound notices amounting to RM58,450 to traders for various offences including under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 and the Weight and Measures Act 1972,” he said.
He said, Taiping recorded the highest seizure at RM31,594 from 27,001 premises inspected followed by Ipoh at RM16,187 on 36,828 premises.– BERNAMA