Fake doctor who ‘volunteered’ at vaccination centre busted

By Emma Victoria

A 20-year-old man pleaded guilty yesterday to impersonating a doctor at the Stadium Perpaduan vaccination centre (PPV) in Petra Jaya, which is a criminal offence under Section 170 of the Penal Code.

The accused, Shah Hairil Izman Dave, appeared before Magistrate Zubaidah Sharkawi who fixed Aug 18 this year for the submission of his social report before passing sentence.

The man from Bandar Baru Semariang would be facing penalties of two years’ in jail or a fine or both upon conviction.

According to the charge sheet, the accused had introduced himself as a doctor on June 16 at the vaccination centre and claimed that he had been given an approval letter from his department head to volunteer there for a week.

The incident came to light when a volunteer told her husband – who is a medical officer at the Sarawak General Hospital – regarding the accused who was working at the vaccination centre.

Police investigations revealed that he was carrying a fake staff pass of the Sarawak General Hospital and had also entered the hospital for 32 times when impersonating as a doctor.

He committed the offence between January and July this year.

The police arrested him at the Stadium Perpaduan vaccination  at July 1 after a medical staff reported him to the hospital management and the police.