RM79,325 counterfeit items seized by Ministry in Tenom
Published on: Thursday, March 28, 2019
By: Eleanor Ruby

KENINGAU: The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) here seized counterfeit goods of various brands, including a van, amounting to RM79,325 during a raid in Tenom, recently. 

This was also believed to be the first case involving counterfeit goods supplied to retailers in the upper interior. 

Keningau Branch KPDNHEP Head, Gunasegaran Krishnan, said the seizure came following a three-week surveillance which led them to the van which was used to distribute various goods stamped with fake business trademarks. 

“The confiscated goods include shoes, flip-flops and garments of various brands such as Adidas, Nike, Puma and Levis,” he told a media conference, here. 

The case will be probed under Section 8 of the Trade Descriptions Act 2011, which carries a fine of up to RM10,000 for each item or up to three years jail or both, if convicted. 

A fine of up to RM20,000 for each item and jail term of up to five years if convicted the second time. 

He said as of this year, they recorded 17 cases involving traders selling goods with false business trademarks to retailers compared to 13 cases last year. 

He reminded traders, especially in Tambunan, Keningau, Nabawan and Tenom that selling or having goods with fake stamps in their possession is a serious offence. 

“All business trademarks owned by legitimate parties who have invested millions into producing goods in addition to paying tax and royalties, thus it wouldn’t be fair for a third party to arbitrarily sell imitation goods,” he said. 


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