Malaysians are famous for abusing sick leave privileges and the physician community in the country has gone along with condoning the practice. Thanks to a new law passed by the legislature, Malaysians will soon be using a USB device that detects antibodies and cortisol in saliva to certify that they’re sick. SickVerify, as the locally made USB stick is called, will be rolling out to businesses in the country starting in August.
From MSN Malaysia News:
Using a complex series of algorithms, SickVerify measures the concentration of antibodies and cortisol in the saliva sample to determine whether the subject was ill during the time period claimed for sick leave. The device is reportedly 98.9% accurate.
The test itself is blindingly simple and quick. The subject wets a fingernail-sized piece of cottonwool with his/her saliva. The cottonwool is inserted into the compartment of SickVerify, which is then plugged into any laptop or desktop via a USB socket. A program provided with SickVerify can then be run to begin the test (which takes approximately 3 minutes) and display the results.
Businesses in some areas of the country will begin receiving the device on August 6th. Private sector entities will have to bear the initial costs of the device, but the payment is fully tax-deductible.
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