KUALA TERENGGANU, July 10 (Bernama) -- Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said has taken to task a handful of errant songket traders for cheating customers by selling Indian songket to unsuspecting customers as Terengganu songket.
"These unscrupulous traders are ruining the reputation and recognition of Terengganu songket (hand-weaves traditional gilded textile)," he said.
Deploring their action, he said their attitude had caused irreparable damage to one of state's heritage that was built over the years.
"Eventually, customers will not believe that they are buying Terengganu songket. These irresponsible traders are greedy as they are selling cheap products at exorbitant prices," he told reporters after chairing the state executive council meeting here today.
He was commenting on a report that about 1,500 songket traders and weavers might be forced out of business as the market was flooded with Indian songket.
Ahmad said he was told be his friend about an unsuspecting customer who was duped into buying a fake songket as genuine Terengganu songket at RM800 each.
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