Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday ordered the ministry’s Counter Counterfeit Committee to crack down harder on those distributing counterfeit products in the Kingdom.
During a ceremony to destroy more than 70 tonnes of counterfeit goods, Mr Kheng said that the availability of fake goods tarnishes the Kingdom’s reputation among foreign visitors.
He noted this was the fourth time he had attended a ceremony to destroy counterfeit goods and while hundreds of tonnes had been seized in crackdowns, much more were still in the market.
“Although so many counterfeit products have been seized and destroyed, not many owners have been arrested,” Mr Kheng said. “So all relevant authorities must work harder to arrest these people.”
He noted that counterfeit food products can kill consumers and the sale of fake designer products impacts the country’s reputation.
“The Kingdom’s reputation is spoiled when foreigners and investors visit Cambodia and buy goods only to find out later that they are fakes,” Mr Kheng said. “We must find those who supply the counterfeit items and arrest them.”
Meach Sophanna, a ministry secretary of state and Counter Counterfeit Committee chairman, yesterday said the counterfeit products destroyed yesterday included 106 type of medicines, mineral water and 7,850 kilograms of fertilizer.
“Even though the authorities are working hard to crack down on counterfeit products, criminals continue to distribute them in the Kingdom,” he said. “This could be because the penalty for these crimes is still too low.”
He noted that in the past the authorities have arrested people during crackdowns on counterfeit products and they have been charged in court.
“We will increase our crackdowns on such goods to protect people’s health and well-being,” Mr Sophanna said. “All relevant authorities must collaborate to prevent such crimes.”