Thursday June 21, 2012
Illicit ciggies from Indonesia look the same as legal brands
KUALA LUMPUR: Illicit cigarettes from Indonesia using legal brands are flooding the market and sold very cheaply under the counter.
They are the spitting image of local brands readily available in the market, from the gruesome picto-rial warnings right down to the security ink strip found at the bottom of each pack.
However, closer inspection reveals them to be counterfeit. For example, the manufacturer's name and address, which are mandatory on packets, are slightly different from the original.
The Customs Department, when shown the packets, also confirmed that the security ink strip was fake.
*Full story in The Star today