JACOB – STATEMENT MADE AT AMCHAM FORUM IRRESPONSIBLE!
I am advised Americaâ€™s finest and best were there â€“ Pfizer, Philip Morris, Microsoft, eBay and others!
I have no war with them! Really No! :o)
The issues discussed were contraband/counterÂfeit issues which certainly are a worrisome trend affecting foreign investor confidence in Malaysia.
I have always spoken against this menace!
But I really take offence at the rather silly and anger generating statement made by the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry deputy secretary-general Daud Tahir when he stated that currently a person could be held liable of infringement if he or she kept three or more pirated DVDs or CDs deemed for commercial purposes, unless proven otherwise.
And that the Government is thinking of taking stiffer action against the buyers of pirated CDs and DVDs as they are equally guilty of breaking the law as those who sell them.
Daud Tahir should be told clearly that there are far greater ills and problems on the streets and alleys and kampong, estate and new village streets than the issue of consumers buying pirated CDs and DVDs!
I am certain even consumer minded proactive Minister Ismail Sabri Yaacob (above) will be against anything that targets Consumers!
And who is the â€˜governmentâ€™ Daud is referring to?
Interestingly I will also challenge him that such a legislation targeting consumers will be thrown out even by the Attorney Generalâ€™s Chambers and legislators at Parliament!
It will be a record â€˜still bornâ€™ exercise â€“ an exercise in futility!
Please go ahead and see if I am right!
For all I care go ahead and amend the Copyright Act but be careful who you are targeting â€“ the simple minded consumers or the big boys, the politically connected cartels having local politicos sometimes on their purse strings and board?
For your information I am quite aware of how this illicit trade operates and the various allegations that surround the matter!
In all fairness, I am aware what the various panelists stated whether they are Amcham, Pfizer, Philip Morris, Microsoft, eBay and they have their industry interest at heart â€“ I have no problems with that!
Go ahead review the law (after all it is today fashionable to do that from time to time) even if the Act has no teeth!
But before you engage and entrench on to a controversy creating a massive consumer backlash â€“ engage the stakeholders and be sensitive â€“ be very sensitive on what you say in the public sphere!
Since we are talking about amending the laws â€“ what about the present toothless Consumer Protection Act, the Contracts Act, the Food Act, the unfair, punitive and industry driven Hire Purchase Act and the countless other legislation?
We need to get out act together â€“ do we not?