Three more held over medical certificates scam

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  • Saturday, 14 Aug 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: Another syndicate selling forged Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) medical certificates (MCs) has been exposed following the arrest of three more people. 

The three detained yesterday to help with investigations into the scam were a HKL employee, a car jockey and a City Hall worker, who is the brother of another City Hall worker arrested on Wednesday. 

It is learnt that the car jockey is from a different syndicate, which had recently bought and sold no fewer than 200 forged MCs. 

Sources said the car jockey bought the forged MCs for RM3 each but sold them for between RM10 and RM20 each. 

Several more syndicates are believed to be operating in the Klang Valley.  

Sources said police had identified at least three syndicates which were believed to have sold several thousands of forged MCs. 

City police commercial crimes chief Superintendent Mohd Shariff Wahid confirmed that three more people were arrested. This brings to six, the total number of people arrested in connection with the forged MCs for sale scam. 

On Friday, The Star reported that police had smashed a syndicate that sold forged MCs via the short messaging service (SMS) and another that operated by word of mouth.  

They have arrested three members of the two syndicates, which sold more than 1,000 forged HKL MCs to civil servants and employees in the private sector. 

Two of the three men – a City Hall officer and his brother-in-law – were members of a Pantai Dalam syndicate while the third was a member of a syndicate based in Cheras. 

A team, led by Chief Insp N. Palani arrested the three men in Pantai Dalam and Cheras after posing as a buyer. 

Commenting on the scam in Jitra, Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn said workers who used forged MCs to get leave were liable to face action. 

He said the ministry would investigate a report of workers obtaining such MCs through syndicates. 

“We will have to take action against any worker who used a forged MC to get leave,” he told reporters after visiting the Gano Excel Enterprise Sdn Bhd’s ganoderma farm in Hosba. 

Dr Fong, who did not elaborate on the type of action that could be taken, advised workers not to resort to buying forged MCs. 

Earlier report:Three held over sale of fake medical chits 

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