JOHOR BARU: More than RM11mil worth of imitation products were seized in 285 raids last year by the state Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs enforcement unit.
Imitation products amounting to RM11,704,375.90 were seized in the raids.
The items included imitation shoes, clothes, watches, leather goods, compact discs and electrical gadgets.
Compact discs recorded the highest number of cases with 219, followed by clothes with 34 cases.
The goods were seized under the Trade Descriptions Act 1972.
Throughout last year, the enforcement unit also raided 388 premises for pirated and pornographic video compact discs and digital video discs, seizing 153,466 discs worth more than RM1.3mil.
State Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Datuk K.S. Balakrishnan chaired a meeting with 15 representatives from shopping complex managements in Johor yesterday.
“Besides educating consumers on piracy and imitation goods, complex managements must also be aware of the situation.
“There are various areas to look into, such as the quality and pricing of the products and also the security in the complexes, especially the parking areas,” said Balakrishnan.
He suggested that the managements start customer service counters manned by trained officers who could differentiate between original and imitation products.
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