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PETALING JAYA (Nov 20): A shop selling only DVDs of homosexual porn was uncovered by surprised Home Ministry officials in a raid on a shop at Jalan Kampar, Ipoh.

Malay daily Sinar Harian reported on Tuesday that the premises, which started operations a few months ago, became the focus of homosexuals who flocked there to get their supply of porn DVDs, which sold for RM20 each.

The shop's brisk trade was uncovered in a raid on Monday by the Film Control and Enforcement Division of the ministry in an operation which included four other premises in Ipoh.

Division Secretary Razak Drahman said that in the operation, only one shop was found selling more than 100 gay porn DVDs. He said that the demand for gay films is increasing.

"The shopkeeper has a catalogue which is given to customers to pick the titles they want.

From time to time we receive intelligence that allows us to stop this activity," he said after leading the operation with State Branch Head Zaki Mohamed.

The operation, which started at 5pm, uncovered some 12,000 DVDs that did not have any certification under the Film Censorship Act 2002. The discs, worth RM96,000, were confiscated.

All the premises had been raided several times previously, but they continued to operate despite facing legal action, said Razak.

The operators of all four premises had committed offences under Section 18 of the Film Censorship Act 2002 and could be fined up to RM30,000 or jailed, he said.

This story first appeared in fz.com on Nov 20, 2012.

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