Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Following a tip and surveillance the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) under the direction of enforcement chief Kamaruddin Mohammad Yassin raided a bungalow in Petaling Jaya, a major Malaysian city, and uncovered a counterfeit liquor operation. The KPDNKK found no suspects in the bungalow at the time of the raid but did confiscate the equivalent of $45,000 USD in contraband liquor. Chief Yassin said that when caught, the suspects upon conviction, could face a fine of up to RM15,000 ($3500USD) for each of the counterfeit items and a jail term up to five years.
Chief Kamaruddin Mohammad Yassin made a general statement after the raid and confiscation saying the evidence will be checked for proper tax stamps to ascertain if is legal alcohol. More telling than the statement by the chief is the photos that accompanied the press statement.
The photos released to the press along with the KPDNKK statement from the Chief shows rolls of liquor labels for high end brands – Johnny Walker Black and Chivas Regal Whisky, empty cartons for the same name premium brand liquors, and rows of unmarked cartons containing empty bottles. All the makings of a high-end counterfeit liquor operation can be seen in the released photos, once again reminding us of the sophistication of those producing fake alcohol around the world.
The photos accompanying this raid show very well made high priced liquor labels, boxes and bottles. Raids such as this are a reminder that the fake alcohol industry is a thriving niche throughout the world, which aside from brand dilution puts the health of the public at risk. This raid was conducted because of a tip that was received by the KPDNKK.
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