Kuala Lumpur, Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad has pledged transparency, efficiency and responsibility in the country’s medicine supply chain in order to curb all forms of wastage.
He said he would continue to prevent any wastage in all aspects.
"I reiterate my past statement that the ministry wants to ensure the process is transparent.
“The ministry also aims to eliminate all forms of wastage as well as any wrongdoing, if there is evidence,” he wrote in his Twitter account.
The minister 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.
Both Dzulkefly and Fahmi were referring to a report, which claimed that it viewed a set of documents which linked politicians to companies which monopolised the supply of pharmaceuticals to the government, running into billions of ringgit.
The report claimed that these companies in turn 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 as well as a former ambassador to the United States of America.
The companies supposedly had RM4 billion worth of tender from 2013 to 2016.