Malaysia Health Ministry officers accused of pouring larvae into a water tank

Malaysia Health Ministry officers accused of pouring larvae into a water tank

PETALING JAYA - The Health Ministry wants disciplinary action be taken against two of its officers if the allegation that they tried to frame a businessman by pouring larvae into a water tank at his shop is true.

Director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement Friday that a thorough investigation had been conducted by the Negri Sembilan Health Department over the matter.

"If the complaint is found to be true, the department is advised to take action against the two officers who committed the offence," he said.

It was reported that the officers had gone to the shop in Bahau, Negri Sembilan that sells car radiators at about 10.30am on Tuesday.

The female officer was caught on CCTV recording taking out a small bottle from her bag and pouring the contents into a water tank in the shop.

She then called another officer to conduct a check at the tank and collect samples.

They later told the owner they found larvae in the tank. They then gave him two options - either pay RM50 as "duit kopi" or a RM500 fine.

Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry welcomed complaints on staff misconduct and that the information could also be sent to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

"We are saddened by the incident, which happened despite our efforts from time to time to increase integrity amongst our health officers," he added.

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