KUALA TERENGGANU: Malaysians preference for imitation or pirated goods could expose them to danger, especially when consuming fake medicines available in the market.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal said the peoples preference for cheap products without properly checking their authenticity could have detrimental or fatal results.
This should stop, he added.
Today, we buy pirated VCDs because they are cheap. Then we buy medicines that are also cheap but could be fake.
If we support fake medicines by buying them, we are breaking the spirit of those with the knowledge to produce genuine medicines to treat various diseases and ailments.
We may face a future that is short of genuine medicines because of the prevailing culture of buying cheap fake ones, he said after launching a Malaysian product promotion at Mydin Hypermarket here.
Also present was Mydin Mohamed Holdings Berhad managing director Datuk Ameer Ali Mydin.
Mohd Shafie said although the distribution of fake medicines in the country had not reached a serious stage, all parties including consumers must help check the menace.
He said the Government was serious about stemming the production and distribution of imitation goods.
On another matter, he urged small and medium enterprises to work closely with hypermarkets and supermarkets to promote their products through product sampling for shoppers.
From previous experience, we noticed that sales went up after product sampling during promotions, he said.