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Fake Covid-19 test results to avoid work

Many office workers in Malaysia have used photo editing software to fake positive results for SARS-CoV-2 in order to avoid work.

Fake Covid-19 test results to avoid work

“It was easy. No one will be able to find out unless they examine the photo thoroughly,” a man bragged about the results of his photo editing.

Initially, his test results showed only one line – that is, negative, but after editing, the result was 2 lines – positive.

The image was sent by the man to the tracking app Covid-19 of Malaysia called MySejahtera. Soon after, he received an order to isolate at home.

In addition to this, many other people also “borrow” positive results from friends and relatives to lie to “boss” about being sick.

A woman shared that she was forced to fake Covid-19 test results to get time off work and take care of her 2-year-old son.

This mother also explained that she had very little choice because the maid had to return to her hometown for an urgent matter, so she had no one to help take care of the children. Her application for leave was also denied.

Employers in Malaysia say they are aware of the problem and the risk of abuse because the country’s current Covid-19 surveillance system does not require a medical certificate from a doctor.

The chairman of the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) said: “Employers should manage abusers with their own disciplinary measures. This abuse will harm the company’s operations and mislead authorities working to control the pandemic.”

On TikTok, there are many “bragging” videos about how to fake Covid-19 test results, from using lemonade to editing photos on the Snapchat application.

However, there are also countries that offer very heavy penalties if people are found to do this. Specifically, if in Singapore, people can be fined or jailed for up to 3 years for each crime of forgery.

Dang Duong(According to Asia One)

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