Pharmaceutical manager fined RM5,000 for forging Covid-19 test results in Bintulu

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Aug 13: A pharmaceutical manager was fined RM 5,000 for falsifying his Covid-19 rT-PCR test results to apply for a travel permit to return to Bintulu.

Vivian Ting Suk Na, 33, from Bintulu pleaded guilty to the charge framed before Magistrate Zaiton Anuar.

She was fined RM5,000 or in default seven months in jail.

She was found providing a forged rT-PCR Covid-19 result slip at the Kuching International Airport police station to obtain a travel permit as she sought to travel to Bintulu, at about 11.20am on July 30, 2021.

She was charged under Section 22(d) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and punishable under Section 24 of the same Act, which carries a fine not exceeding RM100,000 or imprisonment not exceeding seven years or with both, upon conviction.

The complainant of this case, Diana Ting, is a doctor of a private hospital. Diana was informed by the police that the test result that was certified by her was a forgery.

After Diana checked with the hospital, Diana confirmed that Vivian did not undergo the said swab test at the hospital and the said result slip was never issued to the accused.

Prosecuting Officer Inspector Merylene Lindan Andrew Mang prosecuted while the accused was unrepresented by counsel. — DayakDaily