Dzulkefly vows to prevent wastage
KUALA LUMPUR: Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad has pledged transparency, efficiency and responsibility in the medicine supply chain to prevent wastage.
He said he would continue to prevent wastage in all aspects.
“I reiterate that the ministry wants to ensure the process is transparent.
“The ministry also aims to eliminate all wastage as well as any wrongdoing, if there is evidence,” he wrote in his Twitter account.
He was responding to a tweet from Lembah Pantai member of parliament Fahmi Fadzil, who had slammed the reported pharmaceutical monopoly by companies allegedly owned by politicians from the previous administration.
Dzulkefly and Fahmi were referring to a report by Free Malaysia Today, which claimed that it had documents that linked politicians to companies that monopolised the supply of pharmaceuticals to the government.
The report claimed that these companies were able to secure a monopoly on several drugs, enabling them to increase the cost when sold to government hospitals and clinics.
The documents listed 20 companies tied to several individuals, including a former minister, a member of the royal family, a senior Felda figure and a former ambassador to the United States.
The companies supposedly had RM4 billion worth of tender from 2013 to 2016.
Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad