ALOR SETAR – The Kedah Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry seized 65 fake jerseys of Kedah football team, worth RM1,700, in a raid on 26 premises selling jerseys at the Darulaman Stadium here yesterday. Its enforcement chief Shahrudin Hamzah said the raid was conducted following a complaint by Warrix Sports Co. Ltd, the Bangkok-based official sporting goods maker for Kedah Football Association (KFA).
He said five individuals who openly sold the fake jerseys were detained.
“This is the first case involving Warrix. They suffered losses because of the activity and we are also worried that they will stop sponsoring KFA because of this.
“Traders said they were getting high demand from football fans, but it’s not an excuse, what’s wrong is wrong. In fact, we also learned that Warrix has lowered the prices to support Kedah football,” he told a press conference today.
The jerseys were sold for RM30 a piece compared to the genuine piece which retailed at RM70 each.
The case is being investigated under Section 8(2)(b) of the Trade Descriptions Act 2011.
If found guilty, an individual can be fined not more than RM10,000 for each item or jail not more than three years.
Shahrudin said the ministry had identified the wholesalers involved in the making and distributing of the fake jerseys, believed to be made in a neighbouring country. – BERNAMA