You probably think this story was taken straight out of an Malaysian evening TV drama, or that we concocted it after hours of binge-watching medical dramas. We wish that was the case, but it’s not.
A man who goes by the name of ‘Dr. Ridzuan’
has been ‘serving’ his duty at the Sultan Bahiyah Hospital
in Alor Setar, Kedah for the past year. The thing is, he’s not actually a doctor
and was never employed
at the hospital.
reported that the con-man frequently made rounds at the emergency unit or the specialist unit. The unknown man is said to be in his 30s and is usually seen dressed smartly with a stethoscope dangling around his neck.
To make it more believable, he occasionally tells off the cleaners for not carrying out their duty properly.
Thankfully, according to a hospital employee, the fake doctor never attended to any patients.
How this ‘Dr.Ridzuan’ managed to carry out his antics throughout the year without raising any suspicions, truly baffle us. Seriously, we’re face-palming hard while trying to digest this news.
But just like the Malay proverb “Sepandai-pandai tupai melompat, akhirnya jatuh ke tanah juga
” (no matter how hard you try to run you’ll get caught eventually), his stint as a sham doctor finally came to an end on Monday.
A senior doctor who noticed something was amiss finally checked hospital records and found out that ‘Dr. Ridzuan’ never existed in their records
A police report was later lodged against him on Wednesday and ‘Dr.Ridzuan’ was later detained by the hospital security guards. But surprisingly, he was released later.
However, according to news reports on Thursday, the police have arrested the unknown man.
Kota Setar Deputy OCPD Supt Yazri Ismail told The Star
that they are now “studying the closed-circuit television camera footage at the hospital to identify him.”
The police will also send this mysterious ‘Dr.Ridzuan’ for a mental-health check up to see whether he is mentally stable.
Well folks, guess we’ll have to wait and see until the police reveals who this man really is and whether he is actually sane.