Buying or selling counterfeit products is never a good idea as it breaches several trade laws in Malaysia. Sadly, this woman had to learn it the hard way.
According to Berita Harian, a businesswoman was slapped with a hefty RM14,000 fine for possessing 88 pairs of counterfeit shoes from top designer brands.
Lim Sow Fong, 56, was caught by authorities from the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) on January 28, 2017 in a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur with the 88 pairs of shoes.
There were four pairs of shoes from the luxury brand Chanel, eight pairs of Louis Vuitton and 76 pairs of Gucci.
Lim was charged under Section 8(2)(b) and 8(2)(c) of the Trade Descriptions Act 2011 which is in relation to false trade description in relation to trademark.
Judge Manira Mohd Nor sentenced her to a fine of RM1,500 or two months’ imprisonment for the first charge, RM2,500 or three months’ jail for the second charge and RM10,000 or four months’ jail for the third charge.
Earlier, Deputy public prosecutor from the KPDNHEP, Khotijah Mustapa, asked for a heavy punishment as it was Lim’s repeated offense.
The accused, in bid to plead for leniency, requested for a light sentence on the grounds that she did not know the goods in her possession were using fake trademarks. She also said she did not have a fixed income.
In the end, the accused paid RM14,000 fine in default three months’ jail as ruled by the KL Sessions Court.
Despite seeing so many stores out in the street selling counterfeit branded goods, know that all of them are actually illegal!
We hope the accused and other businesses will stop selling fake products hereon.
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