KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association (PPIM) has denied playing a role in fundraising RM70,000 to help bogus dentist Nur Farahanis Ezatty Adli settle her fine for operating an unlicensed dentistry.
“We have not received nor contributed a single sen to Nur Farahanis’ fundraising,” said PPIM activist Muhammad Zharif Johor during a press conference on Monday.
PPIM addressed outrage from netizens claiming the non-governmental organisation “freed” Nur Farahanis and supported her illegal dentistry practice.
It said the NGO does not agree her unregistered dentistry.
“Our stand is firm - we do not support nor recognise her dentistry as it is wrong and risky,” Muhammad Zharif said.
The association, however, said it may help her start a legitimate business if needed, adding that PPIM has a responsibility in assisting those who seek help.
According to the NGO's lead activist Datuk Nadzim Johan, PPIM only provided Nur Farahanis' family and lawyer advice and recommendations in managing the case after she was imprisoned.
He said the Malaysia Islamic Economic Activist Organisation (PPEIM), another NGO, had assisted in the fundraising.
PPEIM chairman Zamri Zainon, who was present at the press conference, said he provided legal assistance to Nur Farahanis' family and agreed to help with the fundraising on request by the lawyer.
“The RM70,000 was raised in less than 24 hours due to a huge donation from a motorcycle club,” Zamri said, adding that the group only contributed a small sum.
PPIM became embroiled in the controversy after a video of Nur Farahanis thanking them for her release from jail went viral.
Nur Farahanis, 20, was fined RM70,000 by the Sessions Court in Melaka on Sept 29 for running a private dental clinic which was not registered under Section 27 of the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998.
She was jailed for failing to settle her fine but was released from prison on Thursday after serving only six days out of her six-month sentence as several NGOs raised funds to settle her fine.
Nur Farahanis was found to have learned her dentistry techniques that she practised on friends and family from YouTube.
The Malaysian Association of Orthodontists had expressed concerns over the fundraising campaign and advised the public to only seek treatment from licensed dental practitioners.
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