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Traders at Mara Digital malls warned against selling counterfeit items


MO,12/10/2017, IPOH: Traders at the Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) Digital malls have been warned against selling counterfeit goods.Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said those caught selling imitation products would be asked to vacate the premises.”We won’t compromise on such unethical business tactics as these outlets are another platform for Bumiputera traders to increase their participation in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) field.

“To ensure these electronic gadgets are authorised branded goods, a representative from the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry will be in a committee that oversees sales at the Mara Digital Mall. The committee will carry out checks on the authenticity of the products.He was speaking to reporters after opening the country’s third Mara Digital outlet, named Mara Digital @ Ipoh on Jalan Leong Boon Swee here yesterday. The other two premises are located in Jalan Tuanku Rahman, Kuala Lumpur and Shah Alam, Selangor.

There are 20 booths in the mall, selling a variety of Information Technology (IT) gadgets as well as providing services and repairs. Ismail Sabri said 64 percent of the population in the country use mobile phones and computers. “However, the involvement of Bumiputera entrepreneurs in the trade hardly reached 15 percent.

“Sales of handphones, computers and other gadgets increase by 10 percent annually. ‘”In 2015, the figure stood at RM8.7 billion and went up to RM9.6 billion the following year. It recorded a hike and now stands at RM10.6 billion. “There is a vast potential in the ICT business and we do not want Bumiputera traders to focus on selling traditional goods at other Mara outlets but rather to diversify into this fast growing industry,” he added.

Ismail Sabri also said the fourth Mara Digital Mall would be opened in Kuantan on October 29.

“We have also identified sites in Johor, Melaka, Terengganu and Kelantan and are holding discussions with the relevant quarters to build the outlets.”We want to set up at least one Mara Digital in every state to provide opportunities for Bumiputera entrepreneurs to enter into the ICT trade,” he added.


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