PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) wants the Malaysia Association Tour Agency (Persatuan Agensi Pelancong Malaysia) to cease using the acronym MATA, claiming that it is infringing its trademark.
MATTA honorary secretary-general Nigel Wong (pic) said it had sent a letter of demand through its lawyers to the Malaysia Association Tour Agency.
“In the letter of demand, MATTA has cited trademark infringement, misrepresentation and the deliberate passing off of MATTA’s name and goodwill by the newly-registered MATA.
“MATTA’s solicitors have demanded that MATA cease and desist using the infringing mark and infringing name.
“We have (also) demanded a public apology to be published in leading national newspapers failing which MATTA will instruct its solicitors without any further delay to commence legal proceedings, ” said Wong in a statement yesterday.
Wong said the almost similar acronym adopted by MATA had led to confusion.
“There has been confusion in the marketplace, resulting in complaints being made to MATTA, and it has also caused inaccurate reporting in the media, ” he said.
He hoped that MATTA members and the public would take heed of the matter so as not to confuse MATTA – which entered its 45th year of existence in 2020 – to the newly-formed MATA.