Home Trade Ministry Seizes Counterfeit Masks Worth Over RM 60,000 in Johor Baru | Malaysia

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People wear face masks during the Movement Control Order in downtown Kuala Lumpur on February 16, 2021. – Photo by Hari Anggara

JOHOR BARU, July 25 – The Johor Home Trade and Consumer Affairs Department (KPDNHEP) seized 112,350 units of suspected counterfeit face masks worth RM60,669 around Taman Sentosa and Tebrau here yesterday.

Its director Mohd Hairul Anuar Bohro said the fake Neutrovis masks were confiscated in a special operation at three premises selling various types of face masks, following complaints from the brand owner.

He said the operation, which began at 2 p.m., involved 10 members and enforcement officers as well as representatives of the brand owner.

“We believe that they are using the premises as a storage place and to carry out distribution activities for the seized masks.

“Action has been taken under the Trade Description Act 2011, which uses false trade descriptions on goods for commercial purposes,” he said in a press release today.

Mohd Hairul said that if found guilty, the company involved could be fined up to RM250,000 and for the second or subsequent offenses, fined no more than RM500,000.

For individuals, a fine not exceeding RM 100,000 or imprisonment not exceeding three years or both, and for a second or subsequent offense, a fine not exceeding RM 250,000 or term of imprisonment not exceeding five years or both.

“The Johor KPDNHEP will continue to work with brand owners and other agencies to protect consumer rights as well as industry intellectual property rights.

“Traders are also cautioned not to transact using false business descriptions or counterfeit products as the Johor KPDNHEP is constantly monitoring and will take tough action against violators,” he said. – Bernama

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