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A curious employer ended up uncovering a syndicate forging and selling fake medical certificates (MCs) when he enquired about this with a hospital in Malaysia.
Middlemen would sell the fake MCs to civil servants and Malaysians working in Singapore for RM25 (SGD$8), reports The Star.
Malaysian police said that the syndicate was exposed after the employer enquired with the Sultanah Aminah Hospital management on the MCs given to one of his employees.
“Fake MCs with the hospital’s rubber stamp bearing its name and serial number were sold at RM25 each to buyers through a middleman,” the police told reporters at the Johor Police Contingent headquarters.
Four men, aged between 28 and 37, were arrested in Tampoi, Kampung Melayu Majidee, Taman Bukit Kempas and Taman Desa during raids on May 3 and 5, they added.
“We found, among others, 60 fake MCs with serial numbers, five fake MCs with serial numbers as well as the rubber stamp of a medical officer, seven fake MCs without serial numbers, three rolls of yellow paper and 59 pieces of the front cover book for the MCs."
Police also seized six rubber stamps with the names of six doctors, another with the name of the hospital’s Outpatient Department medical officer as well as one with the name of a medical officer at the Jalan Mahmoodiah Outpatient clinic.
Malaysian police also advised police personnel not to buy fake MCs just to get several days off from work, warning that action could be taken against them.
“They are not only at risk of losing their jobs but can also be arrested and charged in court for producing fake documents,” he said.