Health Ministry welcomes MACC probe on medicine monopoly claim

On Wednesday, FMT reported that a monopoly on medicine supplies could have increased the cost of drugs at government hospitals and clinics.

PUTRAJAYA: Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad has welcomed an investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission into allegations that a well-connected monopoly controlled the supply of medicine to government hospitals and clinics.

“The ministry has no problem (being investigated by MACC)…but there must be evidence and not just mere hearsay,” he told reporters today.

He said his ministry viewed the allegations seriously. If there were wrongdoings, the MACC would take the necessary actions.

He said the Health Ministry wanted to do its best on responsible governance.

“We know there are sentiments in the market as we are also monitoring all parties. If there are malpractices, the MACC will act,” he said.

Dr Dzulkefly said his ministry was always improving its services to supply medicines which are value for money.

According to a press report, Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil had urged Dr Dzulkefly to break the medicine monopoly by companies owned by politicians from the previous administration.

A company linked to a politician close to the previous government is alleged to have controlled the supply of medicines worth billions of ringgit. According to the FMT report which quoted sources, the monopoly owned by the company may be the cause of rising medicine costs supplied to government hospitals and clinics throughout the country.

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