MMA calls for investigation into multi-billion medicine supply monopoly involving companies linked to previous government

Beatrice Nita Jay

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has urged for an open and transparent investigation into claims of multi-billion medicine supply monopoly involving 20 companies linked to politicians close to the previous government.

Its president Dr Ravindran Naidu said this allegation had not only threatened the lives and health of all citizens but also jeopadised the core foundation of Malaysia.

“The health and lives of many Malaysians may be adversely affected and at times tragic due to irreversible damage or loss of life.

“It is imperative that the government medicine tendering process is made transparent and accountable, and this process should be available to all stake holders,” said Dr Ravindran in a statement today.

He said any additional medicine acquisition tender prices must be prominently displayed to the public.

He further said that prominent people linked to the government should not have a position in businesses of medical supply and healthcare services.

This would only end up increasing healthcare costs and decrease access which may deny citizens the basic right to healthcare.

Meanwhile, Medical Practitioners Coalition Association (MPCAM) has pushed the government to publicise all medical related contracts, including the health screening for foreign workers which was sealed under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

Its president Dr Peter Chan Teck Hock said all agreements should be reviewed.

“All this must be reviewed as the information was never made public,” Dr Chan said in a statement.

“If this allegation is true, it would surely have increased the cost of healthcare. It’s a great dereliction of duty on the part of the guardians of the sick and downtrodden in the country,” Dr Chan said.

It was reported that the 12-page document which was submitted to the Healthy Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad revealed details on the 20 companies which acted as “tendering agents” between 2013 and 2016, who also gained contracts worth a whopping RM3.7 billion.

The document also revealed that there were a few agents who carried out tendering and acted for more than 70 pharmaceutical companies.
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