GEORGE TOWN: Doctors whose names were implicated in issuing of fake medical certificates (MCs) have been instructed to lodge a police report, said Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya.
“The move will allow the police to clear their names and act on the culprits producing fake MCs
“The doctors should do this to safeguard themselves and this applies to doctors from the private and public sectors.
“I don’t want these doctors to be blamed for any ugly incidents later,” he said after presenting tithes to about 300 poor people at the Masjid Al-Malik Khalid in Universiti Sains Malaysia yesterday.
It was reported yesterday that police had smashed a fake MC syndicate producing the chits at a printing and photocopy shop in Petaling Jaya.
Police picked up two workers at the shop, and seized rubber stamps bearing logos of government and private clinics and a bag containing fake MCs yet to be delivered to their “customers”.
The suspects told police they had a database of government and private clinics with names of legitimate doctors in Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam.
Asked what precaution would be taken to prevent such incidents from recurring, Dr Hilmi said the incident was nothing new as even his name had been used when he was still practising.
On another matter, he advised the public to carry out more indoor activities in view of El Nino.
He said two deaths from heatstroke had been reported while there were more than 200 reported cases related to heat exhaustion.
“The ministry has issued an advisory to the public to reduce outdoor activities and this should be taken seriously,” he added.