MELAKA: A polytechnic student was among two male suspects arrested by the police for his alleged involvement in forging and selling medical certificates (MCs) from a government clinic here.
Melaka deputy police chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Sun Teoh Tia said the 19-year-old youth was nabbed by cops at a petrol station in Peringgit on Monday following a public tip-off.
He said the suspect was believed to be waiting for buyers when he was apprehended by the police at 9pm on that day.
“Upon inspection, police discovered five fake MCs purportedly issued by Peringgit Health Clinic in his motorcycle basket.
“Initial investigation indicated that he is a second year student of a government polytechnic in the state,” he told a press conference at the state police headquarters in Bukit Beruang.
Present were state Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Supt Baderulhisham Baharudin and Melaka Tengah Health Officer Dr Rusdi Abd Rahman.
SAC Sun said in a follow-up operation, police arrested a second suspect at a house in Taman Peringgit Jaya at 10.30pm Monday.
He said the 21-year-old private sector worker was believed to be the mastermind of the syndicate which has been active since June.
“He was caught red-handed preparing forged MCs when the policemen raided the house,” he said adding that 10 fake MCs, a printer and a computer were among items seized from the suspect.
SAC Sun said police investigations so far revealed that 300 copies of the fake MCs which cost RM35 a piece were sold to buyers from Melaka, Negri Sembilan and Johor.
He said the student and the mastermind have been remanded until today facilitate investigations under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
“I wish to remind the public that action can also be taken against buyers of fake MCs under Section 471 of the Penal Code for using the forged document,” he said.
Those found guilty are subject to a jail term of up to seven years and a fine, upon conviction.
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