Last week, a Twitter user revealed how anti-vaxxers were paying RM2,500 to have their MySejahtera vaccination status changed without actually getting their shots.
Yesterday (10 January), a doctor from a private clinic in Terengganu was being arrested after he was found to be selling fake vaccination certificates.
According to Bernama, Terengganu Police chief Datuk Rohaimi Md Isa said the Terengganu Commercial Crime Investigation Department (JSJK) had raided the private clinic in Marang on Saturday (8 January) and arrested the 51-year-old medical practitioner after they received a complaint from members of the public.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that a total of 1,900 individuals were found to be dealing with this clinic (for vaccination purposes) and out of that number we are still investigating how many did not get injections, but got fake vaccination certificates.”
“It is understood that those who want to get this fake vaccination certificate need to pay between RM400 and RM600 compared to the actual price of RM300 for the shot,” he said.
Meanwhile, it is believed that the medical practitioner had customers from outside the state too.
“Most of the customers dealt with the doctor online, so we will try to get information from emails in the laptop that was also confiscated from the clinic,” he said.
Rohaimi added that the doctor is believed to have carried out the activity alone in the treatment room without the help of other clinic staff.
“Even though the doctor admitted to being an anti-vaxxer, he has already received the vaccine shot, probably because of his work,” he said.
He also said the suspect is believed to have used an agent to promote his services and the agent was given a commission of RM50.
The case is currently being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code. Rohaimi has since warned those who issued fake vaccine certificates to customers to make a profit, to stop this unethical action as the police will continue to hunt them down.
He also urged the public to channel information on these activities to their local authorities.
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