India’s Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry plans to set up a dog unit with specially trained canines to sniff optic discs to combat piracy.

Deputy Minister Datuk S. Veerasingam said the plan was prompted by the uncovering of a number of optic disc piracy cases by enforcement officers using two sniffer dogs hired by the Ministry from abroad.

“We are looking into the possibility of training dogs for that purpose in this country,” he said in response to a supplementary question from M. Kulasegaran (DAP-Ipoh Barat) in the Dewan Rakyat here Tuesday.

Kulasegaran was referring to the use of two sniffer Labradors, Lucky and Flo, in uncovering a haul of optic discs hidden in a car in Johor Baru last month.

Veerasingam, however, said having the dog unit alone would not be enough to end copyright piracy if consumers continued to buy pirated goods.

Replying to an original question from Datuk Markiman Kobiran (BN-Hulu Langat) on measures taken by the Ministry to control prices in sales promotions, Veerasingam said traders were required to exhibit the normal and discounted prices of the goods on offer.

“Any false display of prices during the promotion could be penalised under the Trade Description Act 1972,” he added.