Ministry of Internal Trade seizes counterfeit goods worth RM94.7 million since 2019


Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumption Datuk Rosol Wahid speaks during the launch of MyOri SmartSecure app and Kepenggunaan Pintar (Smart Consumption) program in Putrajaya on June 2, 2022. – Bernama pic

Thursday 02 June 2022 20:29 MYT

PUTRAJAYA, June 2 – The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has made 1,160 seizures of counterfeit goods valued at RM94.7 million since 2019 till last May.

His deputy minister, Datuk Rosol Wahid, said the seizures were made as part of 14,187 inspections conducted across the country to root out the production of counterfeit and pirated items under the Descriptions Act 2019. (modification) as a result of complaints from consumers and brand owners.

“It is about ensuring the sustainability of the internal trade ecosystem by eliminating unfair practices against producers of genuine products, as well as consumers.

“We don’t want consumers to be deceived into buying counterfeit products and paying the same price as genuine items,” he told reporters after the launch of the MyOri SmartSecure app and the Kepenggunaan Pintar program. (Smart Consumption), here, today.

The Trade Descriptions Act 2019 provides for a fine of up to RM15,000 for each infringing item on the first charge and RM30,000 for each item on the second charge and so on.

Regarding the MyOri SmartSecure application, developed by two local companies, Rosol said that using the Internet of Things (IoT) to tackle the problem of counterfeit products would increase efficiency in protecting the interests of manufacturers of products and consumers.

The MyOri SmartSecure app can be downloaded for free via Google Play and Apple App Store to scan the MyOri sticker on the product to be purchased.

The sticker is only found on the product packaging if its manufacturer has registered with MyOri Services Sdn Bhd. — Bernama


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