MMA urges open probe into alleged medicine supply monopoly
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has urged for an open and transparent investigation into claims of a 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 citizens but also jeopadised the foundation of Malaysia.
“The health and lives of many Malaysians may be adversely affected and at times tragically due to irreversible damage.
“It is imperative that the government medicine tendering process be made transparent and accountable, and this process should be available to all stakeholders,” said Dr Ravindran yesterday.
He said any additional medicine acquisition tender prices must be prominently displayed to the public.
He added that prominent people linked to the government should not be in firms related to medical supply and healthcare services.
This would only increase healthcare costs and reduce access, which may deny citizens the right to healthcare, he added.
Medical Practitioners Coalition Association has pushed the government to publicise 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.”
“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.”
It was reported that the 12page document, which was submitted to Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, revealed details of the 20 companies that acted as “tendering agents” between 2013 and 2016, which also gained contracts worth RM3.7 billion.
The document revealed that there were a few agents who carried out tendering and acted for more than 70 pharmaceutical companies.
Dr Ravindran Naidu