180 firms using Musang King name

What’s in a name?: An application to trademark the name was rejected by authorities in China.


CHINESE businesses have beaten Malaysians in trademarking the word Musang King – a local variant of the king of fruits – with nearly 200 companies using the name in their products, Sin Chew Daily reported.

This was discovered after local Intellectual property service company Trademark2u’s application for a trademark in China was rejected by authorities there.

According to its chief executive Lawrence Yip, there are 160 companies which have trademarks with the word “Mao Shan Wang” (Chinese for Musang King) and 20 others containing “Musang King”.

To protect Malaysian interests as the producer of the fruit, Yip urged the government to take legal action in Chinese courts to strike out the Musang King trademark.

He said if the China Trade Mark Office and courts recognised Musang King as a popular durian variant produced exclusively in Malaysia, they could remove existing trademarks containing the name.

The Musang King durian, which could fetch about 200 to 300 yuan (RM124 to RM186) per kilo, are a popular delicacy in China.

It was reported that a record total of 300,000 Musang King durians were snapped up during the 2020 China-Malaysia (Guangxi) online durian festival in October.

> The daily also reported that Huazong president Tan Sri Goh Tian Chuan has urged the government to form a multi-ministry task force to address graduate unemployment resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Goh proposed six measures to help those who lost their jobs, including an automatic postponement of loan repayments, cash aid for the B40 group and extending unemployment benefits from six months to 12 months.

He also called for the setting up of an emergency fund, providing lower interest loans to self-employed youth, lower the criteria for loan applications and allow for the delay in repayment of student loans.

Speaking during the 14th Huazong Youth annual general assembly on Saturday, Goh said based on government statistics, 25% or 75,000 out of 300,000 graduates could not find a job due to the pandemic.

More than 60% of youth who lost their jobs this year have applied for unemployment benefits from Socso, he added.

Goh urged youth at the assembly to consider entering politics in order to shape legislation for the betterment of the nation.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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