PETALING JAYA — Fancy a medical certificate delivered right to your doorstep via Pos Laju?
Such a service is now possible, thanks to unscrupulous individuals out to make a quick buck.
Malay Mail managed to obtain three MCs during an undercover business deal via WhatsApp with the supplier of fake MCs who had advertised his services via a name card placed on a vehicle in Kota Damansara.
A Malay Mail reporter then ordered two MCs on Aug 27 and three days later, they arrived at the reporter’s house.
The MCs can be ordered from the supplier via WhatsApp or through a Facebook page.
“You will be given a tracking code to monitor the delivery process of your MCs, so you wouldn’t have to worry about it not reaching you,” the supplier said.
An MC would usually cost RM30 but since a request was made for the MCs to be supplied from two clinics, the supplier charged RM50, including a complimentary MC as well.
“You have the option of using the complimentary MC for one of your requested off day or choose to keep it,” said the supplier who identified himself as Dave Nadiniel.
Malay Mail had requested for backdated and advance MCs during our course of investigation.
“The clinics are mostly around Klang Valley, so your employer would not suspect you providing a fake MC,” he said.
It was also found the MCs were stamped with the names of legitimate doctors from clinics in Subang Jaya and Damansara Utama.
Malay Mail later visited both clinics — Mediviron Subang and Medijaya Damansara Utama — and spoke to the doctors whose names were used on the MCs.
Dr Amanjit Kaur of Mediviron Subang was shocked to learn that her name had been used on fake MCs and thanked Malay Mail for bringing the matter to her attention.
“This is embarrassing as I never would have thought I would be a victim of syndicates supplying fake MCs,” she said.
She said she was warned by her relatives and friends to be careful of this new “business” platform which syndicates had delved into.
“It is very easy to find out the location of the doctors online,” she said, adding the template of her MC was different from the one issued by the supplier.
At Medijaya Damansara Utama, Dr Ng Ee Vern, was puzzled how he became a victim of the syndicate.
“I have never dealt with an issue like this. Despite knowing there is a demand for fake MCs, I did not expect it to reach this extent,” he said.
Like in Dr Amanjit’s case, the MC template used by Dr Ng’s clinic was different from the fake MCs in the font and certificate size.
On April 30, Subang police smashed a thriving fake MC racket operating out of a printing and photocopy shop.
Acting on information from Malay Mail, Subang Commercial Crime Division officers arrested two employees in a raid on the shop in SS15.