SHAH ALAM: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry today disposed RM2.5 million worth of seized counterfeit and illegal goods from 43 cases in Selangor.

Its state chief enforcement officer Azman Adam said the items, including counterfeit toner cartridges, which made up the bulk of the amount seized were from cases recorded from 2012 to this year and had been taken to court.

He said other items disposed by the ministry included fake branded t-shirts, footwear, handbags and vehicle lubricant oil; food items like noodle packs and soy sauce bottles with fake ‘halal’ logos and brand; imitation mobile phone accessories; compact discs (CD) and video compact discs (VCDs); and stationery.

“The printer ink cartridges, for instance, were produced using emptied cartridges from a certain brand before refilling them with low-quality ink.

“The disposal will be done in stages following the court's permission and ministry’s order to do so,” he said at the Bukit Raja Industrial Estate in Klang here today.

Azman said raids at the premises involved were made following tip-offs from concerned members of the public as well as from the original product manufacturers.

“Besides our own monitoring and surveillance, regular customers of a certain product who are able to differentiate between a fake and original item and manufacturers of the original products had helped us.

“Some of the manufacturers had even followed us to the ground during raids to check on premises suspected to be selling fake items. They helped us by identifying the differences in ingredients used in a product, for instance.”

The goods disposed were involved in the Trade Descriptions Act 2011, the Supply Control Act 1961, the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011, the Copyright Act 1987, and the Consumer Protection Act 1999.

Azman said producing and selling counterfeit items was a major punishable offence under the law.

Members of the public who would like to report on this could do so via the ministry’s Ez Adu mobile application, or by contacting the toll free number at 1-800-886-800, email e-aduan@kpdnkk.gov.my, SMS to 15888 by typing “KPDNKK ADUAN” , or make a report at any KPDNKK offices nationwide.

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Selangor Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry chief enforcement officer Azman Adam (4th from right) shows the seized goods worth over RM2.5 million which will be disposed. Pix by MUHAMMAD SULAIMAN.