KUALA LUMPUR: Three motorcycle accessories shops were caught selling knock-offs of raincoats produced by an Italian motorcycle accessories maker.
The raids by officers of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry were made at the shops located in Puchong, Shah Alam and Damansara at about 4pm yesterday.
GIVI Asia Sdn Bhd general manager On Hai Swee said all the shops belonged to the same person but the owner was not present during the raids.
We have yet to ascertain the number of raincoats confiscated.
Our original price for a full suit is RM85, but these shops were selling each for only RM65,'' he said.
GIVI overseas operations manager Joseph Perucca said the imitation raincoats were poorly stitched and of substandard quality.
We have more than 400 dealers nationwide authorised to sell our products, and we hope consumers will know where to buy the original ones.
We can differentiate between the originals and fakes by looking at the buttons, zips, the stitching and the material itself, he said.
Perucca said more than 120 people employed with the company in Malaysia might lose their jobs if this continues, and customers should understand this message clearly.
We are planning to double the size of our manufacturing factory here, but if people continue to do this, then we would have to invest somewhere else, he added.