More than 1,750 fake watches seized from JB mall

JOHOR BARU: Over 1,750 units of counterfeit watches of various brands worth RM56,400 were seized from a popular shopping mall here.

The items were discovered at six out of the seven kiosks raided by enforcement officers from the state Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry in a mall here.

Its director Nor Nekman Jaimon said the raids involving 15 enforcement officers, were conducted after a month of surveillance following a tip-off that several kiosks were selling counterfeit watches at the mall.

"We believe that the items were imported from China for distribution in the Johor Baru area including at night markets, wholesalers, small shops as well as kiosks.

"The items were sold for between RM30 and RM300 depending on the grade, quality, design as well as the packaging," he said, adding that the watches also came with warranty cards which looked similar to original goods to attract customers.

"However, no arrests were made because the owners were not around during the raid," said Nor Nekman, adding that the cases were being investigated under Section 8(2) (b) of the Trade Descriptions Act 2011.

If found guilty, the offenders could be compounded RM10,000 for each item confiscated or jailed not more than three years, or both for the first offence.

Nor Nekman added that for the second offence, they could be fined RM20,000 for each item confiscated or jailed not more than five years, or both upon conviction.

He also said this is the first time they have raided kiosks selling counterfeit watches.

"We will strengthen our efforts to combat the illegal activities from time to time.

"The three-hour operation, which started at around 11.45am, seized counterfeit watches from four famous brands including Casio, G-Shock, Baby-G and Edifice.

"I urged the public not to patronise traders selling branded items at a lower price.

"I would also like to warn traders not to sell or distribute any counterfeit items as it is against the law," he added.