Indonesia’s Food andDrug Monitoring Agency (Badan Pengawas Obat dan Makanan – BPOM) has set theirown special hotline for people to “reach out and report counterfeiting”, asfirst reported by Jakarta Post.
It has been a longtime since we last heard of some news of Indonesia fighting againstcounterfeiting but we all know they have been keeping a strict watch over drug smugglers and fraudsters. Earlier thisyear, the country has once again proven that they have been cautious byexecuting the Bali Nine drug syndicates. And they have assured everyone theywill be keeping a watchful eye by allowing their citizens to take part inpunishing the individuals operating illegally.
It can be rememberedthat BPOM has also been actively presiding the arrests and raids on possiblecounterfeiters’ hideouts. Recently, with the help of the local police force,they were able to take hold of RP 31million ($2.6 million) dollar worth of illegaland dangerous drugs. The medicines are without labels but are suspected to be antibioticdrugs and were confiscated and sent to the lab for chemical testing andingredient identification.
ThePeterson Group, a non-profit organization campaigning against theproliferation of counterfeited medicines has interviewed several ordinary citizenson their take on the hotline provided for reporting. Most of them were pleasedbut there are still others who do not care. Many people are pessimistic aboutit, stating that it wouldn’t last long. Soon, the quality of responses to thesetext messages would lessen.
BPOM head Roy Saringgaalso acknowledged that the agency and the government may have limited sourcesand capabilities to counter the worsening case of counterfeiting in the countryand that they have inadequate expertise and technology to monitor every daytransactions and trace whereabouts as wells as on how these counterfeiters caneasily come and go from island to island without being detected. Nevertheless,they are doing their best to take action in this issue and also left a warningto the fraudsters on the possible consequences of their illegal rigor.
The internet is alsoone of the medium of scammers into luring citizens to trying their products.The open hotline would be available to anyone and in any witness or claim offraudulent counterfeiting, be it online or from direct selling.
Indonesia is amongthe list of the world’s worst counterfeiters as per the US report 2015. Theauthorities are hoping to take their name off it step by step.