Swatch Malaysia suing the government

by | Jul 20, 2023 | Business, LOCAL, NATIONAL, NEWS | 0 comments

Swatch Malaysia is suing the government after claiming that between May 13 and 15 this year several Home Ministry officials conducted raids at 11 of their outlets and seized 172 watches with nine different designs.

The total value of the watches seized stood at RM64,795 and the Swiss watchmaker is seeking a certiorari order from the High Court of Malaysia to nullify the seizure notice and accord a mandamus order to return the watches and damages.

Swatch Malaysia in a supporting affidavit stated that it had a retail presence in Malaysia since 1998 and for several years now they have been selling watches to celebrate ‘Pride’ which is in reference to an international human rights movement.

‘Pride’ are watches inspired by the colours of a rainbow by the movement which promotes equality and respect and does not promote any sexual activity but is a fun and joyous expression of peace and love.

Swatch Malaysia stated that the seizure notice did not state the basis of the government’s action and declared that as far as they knew the picture of a rainbow and the acronym LGBTQIA2S were not banned in Malaysia.

The company claimed that its trading reputation had been damaged as a result of the seizure and greatly aggravated by the subsequent public statements made by a number of members of the government.