Saturday March 31, 2012
Ministry at wit’s end trying to combat piracy of Iban songs
By ANDY CHUA
SIBU: The state Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry has admitted it was helpless when it came to clamping down on pirating of Iban songs.
Its director Wan Ahmad Uzir told reporters here yesterday that the ministry could not take any appropriate action as the copyright owners, usually the recording companies, were not cooperative in tackling the problem.
“We have asked them to come and certify that the pirated disc we seized were copies of the original versions but often they just refused to do so.
“What can we do if (the copyright owners) they themselves have this kind of lackadaisical attitude,” he said.
According to Wan Ahmad, his enforcement officers could launch an operation to clamp down on pirated discs at any time, but at the end of the day, they could not take any action because the (copyright) owners refused to give their cooperation in certifying that the discs were pirated.
“Though we know that the discs are pirated copies we cannot simply take any action if the owners are not cooperating with us.
“Even if we file the case in court, we’ll not be able to proceed either as the owners do not want to certify the discs,” he added.
The original version of Iban music disc is priced at RM19.90 each while the pirated ones could fetch as low at RM5 per disc.
On the supply of goods for the coming Gawai celebration, Wan Ahmad said his office had started collecting the price list from the different areas in the state.
“The price lists for the different areas differ.
“Normally before the festive season, we will meet up with the suppliers to ensure that the supply is sufficient,” he added.
On the cooking oil supply, he said there was no report of shortage so far.
“The problem in Sarawak is that people stick to just one brand which at times may run low in supply. This is also the same case with flour,’” he added.