Buyers of falsified Covid-19 vaccination certs need to own up and go get jabbed

  • Letters
  • Wednesday, 12 Jan 2022

WANITA MCA acknowledges the efforts of the Sabah branch of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in remanding a 31-year old male suspect as part of its probe into a syndicate which allegedly bribed a volunteer at a vaccination centre to issue fake Covid-19 vaccination certificates on the MySejahtera app. Nevertheless, we are also saddened and dismayed that such cases could even permeate in complete defiance of public health and security issues.

Health and anti-corruption authorities need to investigate how wide the spread of the counterfeit certificates is. Sabahans who obtained the fake health papers should also cooperate with and provide authorities with as much information as possible on how they managed to secure the illegitimate certificates. They should also immediately register for the vaccination or approach service centres of any elected representative to seek their assistance to register for the jabs.

Establish hotline to verify authenticity of vaccination document

We need all the public to be vigilant and to also report any suspicion of foul play. Authorities should also set up a portal and/or hotline where anyone can check and verify the authenticity of their MySejahtera vaccination certification.

Purchasers of the fraudulent vaccination certificates may believe that they will be empowered with mobility or ease of landing jobs. However, they fail to realise that syndicates and those involved in selling have put public health and people’s lives at risk, thereby heaping further pressure on our already heavily burdened public hospitals and making a mockery out of the sacrifices of our frontliners.

Likewise, commercial outfits, education institutes and people at large are at risk of quarantine, closure, financial losses, interrupted learning, should any of them contract Covid-19, or, if another new movement control order is imposed once cases in Sabah see a phenomenal jump.

As it is, there was a sharp rise in new Covid-19 infections on Jan 11, 2022, which Sabah Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun attributed to festivities in conjunction with the New Year.

Moreoever, Sabah’s borders are porous – especially given the state’s proximity with islands off Mindanao (southern Philippines). Thus, the possibility of further clusters among water villages by unvaccinated persons who hold fake vaccination documentation cannot be denied nor taken lightly.

Throw the book at the perpetrators. Only then will offenders come to their senses that jail time is many times tougher than quarantine or MCO – albeit marginally better than losing one’s life.

Datuk Dr Pamela Yong

Sabah Wanita MCA chairperson

MCA deputy secretary-general

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