PETALING JAYA: Seven doctors who were arrested for falsifying medical certificates for bus and taxi drivers will be penalised by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) if they are found guilty of the offence.
“The MMC views the news very seriously as the alleged act is against the ethics of medical practice,” said MMC president Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement.
On Tuesday, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) detained the seven doctors, a clinic assistant and two male runners at seven clinics in Penang.
Taxi and bus drivers could pay between RM5 and RM30 to get a fitness certificate from the clinics without undergoing medical tests, putting the lives of passengers at risk, said Penang MACC director Datuk Abdul Aziz Aban.
Dr Noor Hisham said the MMC would follow the outcome of MACC’s investigation and court proceedings that would take place.
Its investigation committee would decide on the fate of the errant practitioners later, and punishments could be a reprimand, suspension of licence, or revocation of registration.
Dr Noor Hisham said all members of the medical fraternity and registered medical practitioners should view this arrest as a serious reminder to adhere to the guidelines on good medical practice and comply with the code of professional conduct.
“This is to ensure they continue to safeguard the safety of the patients, which is of utmost importance to a medical practitioner,” he said.