Home > News > Nation
Thursday March 6, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Thursday March 6, 2014 MYT 7:33:15 AM
KUALA LUMPUR: A bogus doctor is alleged to have cheated 11 people of thousands of ringgit in the pretence of fixing their medical ailments and beauty problems through a gold thread lift procedure.
All found, however, that the treatment which involved injecting strands of gold thread into their faces and bodies, had no effect on their back pain, sinusitis and sagging skin.
“Each patient paid between RM240 and RM40,000 believing that it would enhance their beauty and improve their health. Instead, their condition failed to improve and for some it even got worse,” Datuk Seri Michael Chong, head of the MCA Public Services and Complaints Department said yesterday.
The 11 had lodged complaints with the department and Chong said he believed up to 200 people had undergone this procedure in Kuching alone.
Urging other victims to come forward, Chong said more could have been duped as they had yet to ascertain how many in the peninsula had undergone the procedure.
Insurance agent Goh Chen Yien, 50, from Kuching underwent the procedure to cure his sinus problem and to prevent other ailments.
He said the “doctor” did not apply any anaesthetic and used a needle to inject almost three metres of gold thread into his face and body.
He began to suspect that the man was bogus when his sinus problem recurred.
“After e-mailing two universities and a German medical centre where the suspect is allegedly based, I learnt that he had forged his academic certificates and affiliation to the medical centre,” he said.
The victims have since lodged several police reports and hope that the authorities take immediate action against the man.
A gold thread lift is described as a minimally-invasive cosmetic surgery that improves facial wrinkles, sagging skin and jowls. It is introduced under the skin to encourage collagen production to fill out wrinkles and reduce sagging skin.
However, Malaysian Medical Association president Datuk Dr N.K.S Tharmaseelan said that the procedure is not recognised by the Health Ministry and advised the public to consult accredited cosmetic and plastic surgeons instead.
Tags / Keywords:
Health, Gold thread procedure Michael Chong Malaysian Medical Association
'Gold thread procedure safe'
All that glitters is not gold - at least that is what the MMA thinks
Chor: Ministry will investigate reports of 400 people being conned into buying non-existing homes
Rich widow conned of RM5mil
400 conned into buying non-existent houses around Klang
The taming of Nazri
Several villages inundated in Kedah
‘Property good to buy even after GST’
Fresh blood may be key to reviving ageing party
More relief for flood victims
PM orders more police and army personnel to weed out illegals and stem illegal land clearing
Longevity has nothing to do with genes
Little footie fans play with the big leagues
Looking to fund your business? Ask your classmates
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)