JOHOR BARU - These traders were hoping to score big by selling imitation World Cup jerseys but instead were "netted" by state Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Department enforcement officers.
The officers have seized 1,400 jerseys since the international football tournament kicked off last month and the 12 traders caught trying to sell the fake apparel will face legal action, said department director Ayub Abdul Rahman.
The knock-off jerseys were worth about RM60,000 in total and were confiscated at night markets and Ramadan bazaars.
He said the traders would be hauled to court and charged with selling imitation goods bearing the trademarks of well-known sporting companies.
Among these were copies of the jerseys used by World Cup 2014 finalists Germany and Argentina.
"The traders face fines and prison terms under Section 3 of the Trademark Act 1972," Ayub said.
He said the fakes were being sold at about half the price of the originals, which cost up to RM100 each.
Ayub was speaking to reporters after a visit to check on supplies of flour, cooking oil and sugar at a wholesaler in Taman Johor Jaya.
He said there were enough supplies in the state to meet demand during Ramadan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
He said the department would continue monitoring the situation and would not hesitate to take action against traders caught hoarding these items.