PETALING JAYA: Selangor police will take stern action against unscrupulous parties who forge Covid-19 test results in order to travel overseas.
Acting Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Arjunaidi Mohamed said they would thoroughly investigate and take action against anyone who is found to be faking such documents.
Between Jan 20 and Jan 25, six Pakistani men were arrested in connection with selling forged Covid-19 test result slips.
“We are investigating this case and the suspects have been remanded so I cannot divulge details which could jeopardise investigations.
“If there is anyone out there thinking of acting in a similar manner, I warn you not to.
“We will not hesitate to take stern action against anyone caught forging or using such documents, ” he said when contacted on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Bernama reported that a Pakistani-led syndicate known as the “Habib Gang” sold forged Covid-19 test slips.
The syndicate’s activities were exposed when two Pakistani men were arrested on Jan 20 after providing dubious Covid-19 screening test documentation at the registration counter for flights to Pakistan, which led to the arrest of other individuals, including the syndicate’s mastermind.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) police chief Asst Comm Imran Abd Rahman was quoted saying the syndicate was believed to have served about 50 customers since it started operating last August.
The foreigners were allegedly willing to fork out RM300 each to obtain a screening test slip with negative results just to be able to fly home.
He also said two Pakistani men, aged 28 and 37, were arrested at KLIA on Jan 20, before police arrested another Pakistani man in Taman Tampoi Indah, Johor Baru.
ACP Imran said that this led to the arrest of the 27-year-old mastermind in Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur on Jan 25.
He added that two more Pakistani men were detained at KLIA on Jan 23 while checking in at the flight counter with suspicious-looking Covid-19 screening slips.
In a statement yesterday, KPJ Healthcare Bhd said it has been made aware of reports where falsified or counterfeit results slips using its Lablink letterheads were used in the attempts to evade detection.
KPJ Health Bhd owns and manages Lablink (M) Sdn Bhd, its pathology laboratory arm.
“KPJ and Lablink would like to reaffirm that these were fraudulent and falsified documents, and internal investigations confirm that all these documents were not issued by Lablink.
“KPJ and Lablink view this matter very seriously, and are working with the authorities to facilitate their investigations, ” KJP said.
It added that all Lablink Covid-19 tests were carried out in a systematic, organised and ethical manner, and results are transmitted securely and confidentially to patients and customers based on established and clear protocols.
“Verification on any Covid-19 test results issued by Lablink can be done by calling Lablink (M) Sdn Bhd at 03-4023 4588, ” it added.