Restaurant worker fakes Covid-19 test result in bid to quit


Compiled by TARRENCE TAN and C. ARUNO

A RESTAURANT worker from Johor faked a positive Covid-19 test result in an attempt to quit but it ended up costing the business owner thousands of ringgit in losses as the shop had to be closed and all workers tested for the virus, China Press reported.

The woman had submitted a report showing she had tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday. Upon receiving it, the owner immediately closed the shop and had sent all employees for testing.

All customers who visited the restaurant on Monday were also informed of the incident.

When the restaurant owner discovered that the report had a different date and confronted the woman, she admitted that she faked the report.

“I do not have Covid-19. I just wanted to find a reason (to resign), ” she was reported to have said, adding that she was not suited to working in a restaurant.

The restaurant owner then lodged a police report at the Skudai police station.

> A woman from Guangdong, China, accidentally torched 68ha of the forest after performing her Qing Ming (Tomb Sweeping Festival) prayers, Sin Chew Daily reported.

The incident occurred on Sunday when the Puning county police received reports of the forest fire.

Firefighters were dispatched to put out the fire but a large portion of the forest had already been burnt.

Police arrested the 66-year-old woman.

According to the police, the fire started after the woman allegedly lit candles for Qing Ming prayers at a cemetery at 9.50am that day.

The newspaper also reported that three siblings from China’s Jiangsu province were convicted in March for burning a forest, also due to a Qing Ming prayer mishap in 2019 and ordered them to replant 2,000 trees in addition to a jail term.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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