Malaysian Authorities to Investigate Vaccine Certificate Bribery Cases

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Datuk Seri Azam Baki promised to investigate bribery reports in exchange for vaccination certificates on Tuesday.

The statement from MACC came in response to reports circulating on social and local media that some unvaccinated people have been trying to bribe doctors to issue vaccination certificates in exchange for money.

“So far, the MACC has not received any complaints related to the issue but we will investigate and conduct intelligence on locations suspected of committing such acts of malpractice,” Azam said.

Dr. Steven Chow, president of the Federation of Private Medical Practitioners Association in Malaysia claimed that several individuals offered RM1,000 to some of its members to falsify digital vaccination certificates.

A clinic in Penang also claimed it received random calls from people offering to pay for the vaccination certificates, Channel News Asia reported.

On Monday, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob urged Malaysians to get vaccinated immediately amid rising daily COVID-19 cases, with an average of more than 20,000 new cases per day.

Malaysia has vaccinated about 60% of its adult population but aims to raise this figure to 100% by the end of October.

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