by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK
PERUSAHAAN Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) and the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) are working together to curb the circulation of imitation auto parts and products in the market.
Perodua Sales Sdn Bhd MD Datuk Dr Zahari Husin (picture) said the company is now engaging with enforcement officers to monitor the circulation of non-genuine products and parts that particularly bear the Perodua branding, some of which look much too similar to the originals.
“These include lubricants, oil filters, shock absorbers and brake pads, and this is very alarming as they are critical items. Customers may be misled into buying and using such items, which have not been tested by Perodua on their vehicles.
“Besides voiding warranties, this could greatly jeopardise the safety and running condition of their vehicles,” he said in a statement.
Alongside its select service dealers and stockists, Perodua also briefed 120 KPDNHEP enforcement officers and acquainted them with its products and parts’ range, where they are sold, the logistics flow and how to distinguish the real from the fake items.
Zahari also urged the public to not be lured by traders who are selling imitation items and to only buy genuine products and parts from authorised stockists, or any of the company’s service centres nationwide.
“Genuine Perodua products and parts are fairly priced and most importantly, they give you total peace of mind.
“As an alternative, we have the ProGanti range of parts that’s easier on the wallet, but still tested and approved by Perodua,” he said.
The briefing was also attended by KPDNHEP deputy enforcement (prevention) director Suhaimi Mat Sari.
Last year, a few cases of sellers getting caught selling fake auto parts made its way into headlines, one even quoting that parts were sold at a marked up price as high as over tenfold the purchase price.