Pirated Optical Media: Who To Blame?

In Miri, you can purchased pirated optical media openly; at major shopping malls, at small shops selling pirated optical products and even approached by one to one sales which mostly done by China sales person at coffee shops. Some said these one to one sales are ‘protected’ by syndicates. How true it is, one has to find out.

Despite the fact that Miri has gained its city status, despite the fact that it is against the law just by selling or even buying pirated optical media, despite the fact that the relevant ministry has numerously executed enforcements, it is sad to know most of them are not good and ethical consumer yet.

It is still on-going and I foresee that it will stay.

You might say, the selling will stop when you stop to buy. I say “Chicken shit!”.
Why you might wondered, I say “It takes two to tango”.

Go and figure it out. Start with seeking information from the buyers, the operator themselves, the city council, the chamber of commerce and the relevant authorities’ i.e: KPDNKK.

Is the system to be blame here or the people? You decide.


  1. person from miri community

    9 December, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    CHINA sales person at coffee shops?……

    what do you mean>?

    1. ladybirdmollyz

      9 December, 2010 at 8:26 pm

      china nationality..if you’re a chinese, you can tell by their ascent when they talked to you. if you’re curious, go to FunLin Rest. adjacent to E-Mart and you’ll be approached by them. seeing is believing.

      1. person from miri community

        10 December, 2010 at 8:01 am

        Thanks for the clarification…

        Just for your info your blog is borderline racist and is somewhat rude at times with vulgar use of profanity..

        I recommend that you go for an attitude adjustment

        1. ladybirdmollyz

          10 December, 2010 at 9:23 am

          racist or not racist is your choice of interpreting the post. to me, i was being specific in mentioning it. is there any other nationality or any local that you’ve seen doing the one to one sales apart from ‘them’ in Miri?
          reality bites and that’s why you don’t share the same opinion as mine.

          i think you’re the one that need attitude adjustment coz my reader have been given gentle reminder about my attitude under the ‘About’ tab.

          and thank you for dropping by with an attitude coz your visit have increase my blog traffic. 🙂

  2. Sean Expat

    10 December, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Yes I tend to be approached by people speaking local lingo selling DVD:s. they cant speak chinese, I speak decent manadarin and that doesnt help one bit.
    They say they come from the interior, kampungs, and they sell Pirated DVD:s and usually hardwood ( I dont know the name of the wood but its something like ironwood or similar) sticks.
    I tend to have my breakfast behind Imperial mall or in that vicinity and there is zero chinese selling the stuff there only local dayaks.
    So the claim that its only Chinese is not accurate. Seeing is believing.

    Also the blanket underneath the pirated stuff is a fake Burberry (patented pattern) and to be honest its not a especially good Burberry copy.

    Anyway don’t take this as another person attacking you. I am not i like what you write but I think its unfair to single our PRC people when most of the selling to us expats are done by dayaks or people from Indo claiming to be dayaks…

    1. ladybirdmollyz

      11 December, 2010 at 11:03 am

      ahhh an expat, thank you for dropping by.

      may i suggest to you to have your meal esp. during dinner at funlin rest. adjacent to emart supermarket in the near future and share with me on your findings whether you’ll get to see PRC or the local. i mentioned place and nationality in specific as i was there and not at the place you mentioned. having you mentioned place, can i know the name of the place behind Imperial Mall that you used to have breakfast. i would love to check it out with my own eye.

      like i mentioned in my post, mirian has not reach the level of good and ethical consumer yet thus explained the fake products and pirated optical medias on sale openly. e.g: the fake burberry that you spotted. fyi, it’s not a blanket but it’s a table and it’s available at Boulevard Hypermarket.

      im just wondering as an expat like yourself (no offend), does it convincing enough for you to identify a local upon telling you that he/she is a local? by the way, be careful when using the word ‘dayak’. dayak specifically refers to 2 ethnic race in Sarawak i.e: iban (sea dayak) and bidayuh (land dayak). perhaps Sarawak native is more appropriate to use unless you’re very sure on their ethnic race.

  3. Sean expat

    11 December, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Ah names of my usual weekend hungover cure cafe. I am not sure about the name. But its to the left, across the street and sort of under trees from Imperial shopping mall. Its the only one thats covered in shade from a big and leafy tree. Best explanation I can give. Sort of across the road from Bata Shoes.
    Try it, not for the salespeople, but because its a very nice location and instead of sitting behind a Carlsberg/Tiger sponsored metallic shade you sit under a tree. Not bad at all, just don’t look at the surrounding buildings…

    I didn’t know that about dayak. Interesting. So the Kenyahs, Kelabits, Penans etc are just to be called Sarawak natives? I have referred to all of them as dayaks. will change to Sarawak natives.
    Sounds a bit bad/degrading to address someone as native in English though. No better name?
    But if thats what they want to be called thats what I should refer to them as.
    Have to ask our expat RioTinto man about what name he uses if he comes back to Sarawak again. He has a Ph.d in social anthropology and does research on some of the Sarawak natives when he has free time.

    Yes I tend to speak to the people that sell things.
    It makes life more interesting. Rarely do I come across Mandarin speaking people selling goods on the street. Most that approach me tend to speak local language. In the bars the people selling nuts etc tend to be Sarawak natives as well.

    I never go to E-mart, I am sure its a lovely shopping centre and a great place if you live nearby; I don’t, so I frequent the centres in the city. If I venture out there Ill try this place and I am sure the person selling the DVD:s will be PRC. More importantly is the food nice?

    Filippino/as tend to sell around Morsjaya, try going there too. They tend to sell porn as well so did the shops at E-mart during my only visit there.

    Maybe different groups have different areas they sell in?
    And instead of competing with each other they stick to their area?

    Ah pirated Burberry in Boulevard. Sad.
    I bought a perfume in Parkson and it was a copy but it cost like the true genuine article. Very annoying, Ill stick to Brunei or airports for perfume.
    The other month the Sabah government stopped a shipment of Panadol that was fake. It only contained 10% of the required amount of paracetamol. Apparently groups take real Panadol crush it add a cheap powder and manufacture new pills.
    Thats something that really upsets me because that hurts humans.

    People selling DVD:s compete with the DVD shops that sell Pirated DVD:s quasi legally in shopping-malls and thus I cant say I am bothered by it. Shut down the shops first, like they once did in KL.

    I am also bothered by the natives selling hard/Ironwood sticks. I have bought one – double standards I know. They are like batons and one blow to the head is enough to seriously injure someone for the rest of their life. Such objects shouldn’t be sold on the street.

    1. ladybirdmollyz

      12 December, 2010 at 8:13 am

      like i mentioned in my post, who to be blame here? is it the system or is it the people? i kind of anticipated subjective responses and your feedback is one of it. not quite sure whether other reader do share the same view or they may have different view and wish not to leave any feedback here.

      anyway, i pretty much agreed with you on different group, different place of business. of course with different M.O. just to avoid the authorities. i noticed this 1-to-1 sales in the public esp. at eating places only in the late 90s. now, apart from the PRC, i noticed Indo and the Pinoy are ‘flooding’ the city. just recently, i was approached by 3 Pinoy while having dinner ‘outside’ and they are seeking for donation and singing x-mas song. back in my mind, how true it is that the money i donated will be channel to the organisation and wondering whether they have special pass to enter Sarawak just to seeking for donation? the list goes on but never have i come across Pinoy dealing with pirated dvd, the local, the Indo but yes to the PRC. im specifically refering to the 1-to-1 sales approach in the public.

      i’ve seen the ‘natives’ selling ironwood sticks/chopping board but to me, they’re not sarawak natives. they are the indo. as an expat, getting to know them just by asking in an understandable language doesnt mean truth will prevail. being uniquely Sarawakian, we can identify other ethnic race sometime by the physical appearance but the most obvious area would be their ascent.

      glad to know you have social anthropologist friend, by all mean do get as much info you can about the sarawak natives. i would love to do research with him too in the near future.

  4. Ian

    13 December, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I just tend to ignore them nowadays. This applies to ANYONE approaching me at café to sell items or donations, not just DVDs & such. Usually they get the idea and move along. The slower ones will just end up with a staring contest. Since I’m the one sitting and they’re the ones standing, I win said staring contest easily.

    1. ladybirdmollyz

      13 December, 2010 at 4:26 pm

      yes by ignoring them is the best option. i do the same thing too.

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