Counterfeit goods worth RM1.26 mil destroyed in Penang

The items were disposed of after the ministry received court permission to do so. (Gambar Bernama)

BUKIT MERTAJAM: The domestic trade and consumer affairs ministry (KPDNHEP) has disposed of a wide range of seized counterfeit goods and compact discs in Penang involving 175 cases worth RM1.26 million from January to October this year.

Its state director, Mohd Ridzuan Abd Ghapar, said the counterfeit goods were seized under the Trade Descriptions Act 2011 and the Copyright Act 1987.

“All items were disposed of after the ministry received court permission to do so,” he told reporters at a press conference here today.

He said today’s items came from 27 cases. Among the items were women’s clothing and accessories, CDs, shoes and children’s toys, all of which were counterfeit.

Meanwhile, he also reminded the public to be cautious of any fraudulent activities such as “scratch and win” using tablet devices at shopping malls and other public places.

“The modus operandi is by randomly inviting the victim at the shopping centres to click a button on the tablet device to become a lucky draw winner.

“This is actually a form of fraud,” he said, adding that the state KPDNHEP had been actively investigating and monitoring syndicates.

“We have received complaints in the past three months and we hope more victims will come forward to lodge a complaint because we want to prevent this activity from spreading,” he said.