Fake spare parts seized
By LOONG MENG YEE
KLANG: Two men were about to sign the documents to buy over a factory manufacturing oil filters when a team of enforcement officers from the Domestic Trade and Consumers Affairs Ministry rushed into the premises.
The two potential buyers were shocked when told that the factory they wanted to buy was suspected to be the production centre for fake oil and air filters.
The factory on Jalan Seruling 59 here was believed to have been producing counterfeit oil and air filters of major brands such as Proton, Honda and Toyota.
A source said the factory had a valid licence to produce oil and air filters, but the products were to be manufactured under its house brand and not the brands of other companies.
The factory had been in existence since the 1990s and had changed owners several times.
"This is typical of such outfits. They change hands every few years," said the source.
It was believed the factory sold the fake oil and air filters to local spare part dealers at about RM3 per piece compared to RM10 for the original components.
The fake products are made to look authentic, complete with the brand names of popular car companies and hologram stickers.
The raid yesterday was conducted by the team of 12 officers, headed by assistant director Rosley Abdullah, from the ministry's special task force for trade description in Putrajaya. There were 25 workers in the factory then.
Two supervisors at the factory were detained for questioning.
The factory has 18 machines worth more than RM10mil and about RM400,000 worth of spare parts. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=...5142&sec=nation