'Pirated' goods mar CNY sales

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  • Thursday, 30 Jan 2003

A “PIRATED” range of festive goods are affecting sales of popular brands in the market, according to reports in the Chinese dailies. 

Nanyang Siang Pau said copy versions of popular grilled meat and meat floss – favourite snacks and festive gifts during the Chinese New Year – have affected the business of authorised dealers of original brands. 

At least one company – whose Wo Lai Ye (boxer chicken) trademark is much sought after in the grilled meat industry – has lodged a report with the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs enforcement unit. 

The company’s complaint came following claims by authorised dealers in several states of poor business due to competition from pirate traders, who sold the meat at RM45 per kilo instead of the stipulated price of RM50. 

The daily said enforcement officers in Johor conducted a raid on Tuesday in Jalan Dedap in Taman Johor Jaya and seized the pirated products, along with reproduced Wo Lai Ye packaging, from three stalls. 

Meanwhile, the Sin Chew Daily reported that many business establishments were suspected of violating the Copyright Act in playing Chinese New Year songs downloaded from pirated CDs using the MP3 format. 

A spokesman from Phonographic Performance Malaysia Sdn Bhd (PPM) said its survey showed that at least 30% of these places in the country, such as karaoke joints, entertainment outlets and shopping centres, were playing festive songs from pirated copies. 

The spokesman was quoted as saying that the enforcement unit had been alerted and raids on these places had been launched since Jan 1. 

China Press reported on a “festive crime” carried out by a gang that went door-to-door on the pretext of selling festive hampers. 

Once they gained entry into the homes of their intended victims, they would tie-up the tenants and ransack the house.  

At least four cases were reported in Penang this month.  

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