Malaysian trade and consumer affairs minister Shafie Apdal said Thursday that the national government has scrapped plans to set a ceiling on prices of CDs and video compact discs (VCDs).

Malaysian trade and consumer affairs minister Shafie Apdal said Thursday that the national government has scrapped plans to set a ceiling on prices of CDs and video compact discs (VCDs).

"Setting a ceiling price will not dissuade consumers from buying pirated product given the price difference," says Shafie. "Implementing the ceiling price plan at retail level will also be difficult and unmanageable."

"The government's response is a strong testimonial to fair trade," comments Universal Music Malaysia managing director Sandy Monteiro.

The price-control scheme was originally set to come into effect January 1 this year but was put off until April. It was again postponed following Shafie's ministerial appointment in the wake of Malaysia's general election at the end of March.

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