Ministry fights fraud with fines, incentives

Updated 24 December 2014
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Ministry fights fraud with fines, incentives

More than 15,000 reports regarding commercial fraud were filed this year, ranging from substandard clothing items to counterfeit electronic goods, as well as hazardous foods.
In a bid to curb commercial fraud, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry is now rewarding citizens who report these violations with 25 percent of the amount of the given fine, a ministerial source commented on Tuesday. The source added that the ministry applied various punishments during the past months including fines that reached up to SR1 million, and closure of the business for up to seven days, in addition to penalties that are issued by a commercial court.
The ministry gives priority to high risk goods, like mobile chargers, electric wiring and spare parts, with over 4,000 consumer products intercepted recently at the Al-Mazihimya market.
Deputy president of Jeddah’s chamber of commerce, Ziyad Al-Bassam, stressed the necessity to forge the cooperation between the chamber and other consumer protection societies. According to Al-Bassam, merchants have to improve their products to conform to international specifications, while the chamber’s role is to safeguard consumers through its various protection centers.
Dr. Habiballah Al-Turkistan, professor of international marketing in King Abdul Aziz University, pointed out consumers should know their rights, which is the responsibility of all civil society organizations, government agencies and research centers. However, consumers can also use a very powerful weapon, according to Al-Turkistan: Defamation. It can play a huge role in preventing counterfeit or low quality products from flooding the market, as business owners know that defamation can strike a heavy blow to their business.
In a related matter, and as part of the ministry’s strategy to protect shoppers and end users, the consumer protection society claimed that it dealt with more than 86,000 complaints and produced more than 80 educational films, last year.


Houthi missile fired towards Jazan intercepted by Saudi air defenses

Updated 24 May 2018
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Houthi missile fired towards Jazan intercepted by Saudi air defenses

  • The missile was fired towards the Saudi Arabian province of Jazan in the early hours of Thursday
  • It was launched from the Houthi strong-hold in the Yemeni province of Saada

DUBAI: Saudi air defenses intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Houthi militia towards the border province of Jazan in the early hours of Thursday morning, Al Ekhbariya TV reported.

The ballistic missile was launched from the Houthi strong-hold province of Saada.

The missile was spotted at 1:58am on Thursday and was headed towards Jazan city, targeting civilian and populated areas.

The Saudi Royal Air Force (RAFF) was able to intercept the missile and destroy it.

The Iranian-backed Houthis have fired a number of missiles over the border at Saudi cities, including the capital, Riyadh, in breach of international laws banning the targeting of civilian areas.

And on Wednesday UAE coalition forces intercepted two boats in the Red Sea being used by the Houthis to target a tanker.