Everybody love taking a break from work but some would do anything just to skip work.
Recently, it was brought to light that some Malaysians have been tampering with their COVID-19 self-test kit results in order to skip work.
According to The Star, a worker from a construction company had sought to edit the photo of his self-test results to show a positive result so he could get a week off work. He also said that it was an easy thing to do and it can go nobody can detect it unless they check the photo thoroughly.
He revealed that the desired result can be achieved with photo-editing software. He said he first took a Covid-19 self-test and as he was not infected with the virus, the results will show only 1 line, indicating a negative result.
Following that, he will use a photo-editing software to clone that single line on the kit and place it next to the “T” indicator, showing a positive result. Since the cloned line was from the original picture, the line blended right in.
The man then sent in the edited photo to the MySejahtera app and received a Home Surveillance Order shortly later. During his 7 days in “quarantine”, he only need to submit his health report twice a day on MySejahtera.
As he was not considered a “high-risk” patient, he was not called to go to the clinic or the Covid-19 assessment centre.
In another netizen, a woman admitted to using her friend’s positive self-test kit to get quarantined to leave as she needed time to take care of her 2-year-old son.
“I applied for leave at first as my babysitter had to go and take care of her mother in Perak but due to shortage of staff, my application was denied. So I was forced to fake my Covid-19 test result,” she confessed.
She admitted that it was unethical, but she was forced to do it.
Meanwhile, an official at the Penang Health Department said that the current Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 does not empower health authorities with the power to take action against people who fake their test results.
“Companies can take their own action, including deduction of pay in lieu of 7 days absence from work, suspension or even dismissal,” he said, when consulted on the matter. He also advised companies to report such cases to the health department to avoid false medical insurance claims too.
The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) president Syed Hussain Syed Husman also acknowledged the issue and urge employers to manage the situation under their own disciplinary action.
“Stern action should be imposed on the abuser because such abuse will jeopardize company operations, and mislead the authorities who are working to manage the pandemic,” he said.