By: Zaki Salleh
Ipoh: Two separate business premises in a shopping complex located on Jalan Laksamana here were raided for allegedly selling counterfeit branded phones and accessories.
The raid, conducted yesterday at 10:30 a.m., was carried out by the enforcement officers of the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDN) in the state of Perak.
Dato’ Kamalludin Ismail, the Director of KPDN in Perak, stated that the operation was in response to a complaint lodged by a representative of the trademark owner regarding the sales.
According to him, the inspection revealed that these premises were engaged in the business of selling phones and accessories of various brands suspected to be imitations.
“Further examination uncovered 11 phones and 31 phone accessories, all suspected to bear counterfeit trademarks that were incorrectly affixed to the products,” he said.
“This was confirmed by the representative of the trademark company, and the premises are found to violate the Trademarks Act 2019,” he added.
Two local men in their 30s were temporarily detained to assist in the investigation, and all the suspected counterfeit goods with a value of RM10,869 were confiscated.
The investigation is being carried out under Section 100, involving offences suspected to have been committed under Section 102 (1) (c) of the Trademarks Act 2019.
If found guilty, a penalty of RM15,000 per item can be imposed, with fines reaching up to RM30,000 for subsequent offences.