| Azlan Othman |
THE BOTTLE is the same, seal and cap are the same, but the only difference – you get tap water when you buy the ‘Sehat Mineral Water’.
A storehouse in Kg Mulaut has been allegedly replicating the original ‘Sehat Mineral Water’ with tap water and distributing it to the public.
The store is using the empty gallon bottles of ‘Sehat Mineral Water’ with the original company seal, and filling them with tap water and selling them under Sehat brand name, the General Manager and Plant Manager of Sehat, IBIC Sdn Bhd, alleged.
Alexander Barita Simbolon also revealed another modus operandi of the store, accusing it of selling the ‘tap water’ filled in Sehat gallon bottles after covering the original seal of the company with a different name sticker to hide the Sehat brand identity. They also use a different cap.
“Some bottles had our Sehat production code while the other gallon bottles (with different brand) contained no address or other details. It tastes differently from our mineral water, which undergoes stringent procedures in our factory in Lumut, Belait District, and is ISO-certified,” he said, adding that the store in Kg Mulaut had been filling bottles up manually with no oxygen.
Alexander said the wife of the owner of the storehouse was shocked when inspections were conducted at their premises, where several Sehat gallon bottles and other similar items labelled as “super oxygenated drinking water” were found.
In light of this, Alexander urged members of the public to be vigilant over such bogus items being sold in the country.
“The fake product is also sold at a cheaper price of $25.50 per gallon compared to our rate of $28.50. We have issued a verbal warning prior to taking further action including reporting the issue to the relevant government authorities,” he said.
Asked on the possibility of replicating the small bottle (600ml), Alexander said this would be difficult as the smaller bottle is “more sensitive”.
Commenting on the operations of the storehouse in Kg Mulaut, Alexander said this was the first such incident the company has encountered.