MPS: Pharmacist Conquer Highest Peak
to Promote Healthy Lifestyle
28 August 2017 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah - The Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society in continuation of its 50th Anniversary Celebrations this year, sent a team of climbers headed by Mr Chin Chee Vui (No Boundary Adventurers Association Sabah), En Aziz Jamaludin (Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society) and Ms Susan Pan (Sabah Pharmaceutical Society) to conquer the highest peak in Malaysia.
The team which comprised of of 13 pharmacists from West Malaysia and 7 from East Malaysia, set of with the objective to scale Mount Kinabalu to promote a climb towards healthier lifestyle amongst pharmacists.
This programme was planned a year ago and weeks prior to the climb, the organizing committee headed by En. Aziz Jamaludin had arranged a variety of physical trainings to gear the participants for the vigorous and strenuous 4,095 metre climb.
The team started their ascent on 26 August and their descent on 27 August. The peak was conquered just as the sun was rising and the MPS flag and MPS 50th anniversary flag was proudly flown by the organising committee head, En Aziz Jamaludin who is also the MPS Treasurer and MPS Pahang Area Chairman.
Every member of the team made it to the peak to show their commitment and passion towards the objective of promoting a healthy lifestyle amongst pharmacists.
When contacted, MPS President Tn Haji Amrahi Buang was elated and said that the climb was a way to show perseverance and passion, two characteristics that pharmacist should have in their daily professional activities. Perseverance is needed to ensure adequate and proper advocacy for their patients, and passion is to ensure that they maintain the highest form of professionalism in their practice.
In short, this climb is historical and symbolic to MPS as it shows that pharmacists will go to great lengths and heights to protect their professional rights to serve the rakyat.
The Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society Brief
The Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (The MPS) is the national association for pharmacists formed on 6th Nov 1967 to promote and maintain the honor and interests of the profession of pharmacy in the country.
"Service towards a Healthy Society" is the motto of The MPS.
The MPS plays an important role to further the development of pharmacy and pharmaceutical education and to foster intra-professional relationship among members.
It strives to improve the Science of Pharmacy for the general welfare of the public by fostering the publication of scientific and professional information relating to the practice of pharmacy and aid in the development and stimulation of discovery, invention and research.
The MPS is managed and lead by elected council members and has Area Committees in all the Peninsular Malaysian States with association membership from the Sabah and Sarawak State Pharmaceutical Societies.
The MPS is recognized as the voice of the profession and represents the interests of its members and the general public by having representatives at the Pharmacy Board, the Poisons Board, the Drug Control Authority and the Medicine Advertisement Board.
The MPS is member of and has members representing the society in the National Antimicrobial Resistance Committee, the Malaysian National Medicines Policy (DUNas) working committee, the Traditional and Complementary Medicine Committee, the National Committee on Clinical Research, the MIMS Pharmacy Editorial Advisory Board, the Technical Committee for Halal Pharmaceuticals standards and Halal Medical Devices standard, the mQuit services committee, the Malaysian Council for Tobacco Control (MCTC) and the Malaysian Professional Centre, or Balai Ikhtiasis Malaysia whose patron is the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
The Society's international affiliation includes:
- Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA)
- Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Association (FAPA)
Over the years the MPS has been instrumental in many initiatives which helped the public. The most significant being the
- Signing the patient charter in 1995 with MMA, MDA, and FOMCA because the MPS has always recognised that medication safety and patient safety are the foremost concerns of the health care system.
- Petitioning the government successfully in 2015 to approve zero rated GST for scheduled poisons (Group B & C); to ensure the RAKYAT was not burdened by GST imposed on scheduled poisons.
- Successfully placing the Guidelines for the Good Pharmaceutical Trade Practice (GPTP) under the National Medicines Policy while working hand in hand with the Malaysian Competition Commission (MyCC) and other stakeholders, because the MPS has persistently pushed the agenda of price control in medication and always advocated that medicines are not mere commodities.
- With the launch of the Allied Against Dengue Campaign, the MPS as recruited more than 2000 pharmacist as warriors against dengue. In 2017, we target 5000 health care professionals to be dengue warriors via nationwide dengue education campaigns. It is important to note with all nationwide anti-dengue initiatives by all stakeholders has reduced the number of dengue related deaths from 336 in 2015 to 260 in 2016.
- Accreditation of the mQuit services provider in community pharmacy setting.
- Playing a major and active role in combating Antimicrobial Resistance at community pharmacy setting.
This year, 2017, we celebrate our Golden Jubilee. To commemorate this auspicious occasion, a special logo was created in a nationwide competition with the theme My Society, My Passion. The number 50 and the gold colour signifies the Golden Jubilee. The circle reflects our continuous struggle while maintaining unity within the profession in the country and the world pharmacy community. My Society represents the MPS, as well as the Malaysian community at large for which pharmacists have served with full passion while overcoming challenges along the way, hence My Passion. The "My" is chosen instead of "Our" to show personal commitment of pharmacists as individuals in a collective environment.
Campaigns & Initiatives
The MPS advocates and commits to initiatives that benefit the profession and the rakyat. The MPS is a collaborator with MOH and other stakeholders on the Allied Against Dengue Campaign, MyWeightMyHealth campaign, Anti-Dadah campaign, myPharmAssist program and Complementary Medicine Education (CMEd) program.
The MPS has over the years contributed to social causes such as providing 10.000 face masks to the MOH during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009 as well as providing relief to affected areas during the floods that hit Kelantan in 2016.
Since 2015, the MPS has been celebrating World Pharmacist Day annually on 25 September. At the events organized nationwide The MPS not only promotes understanding of the profession, it also provides free services such as health screening services and counseling services to the members of the public. To educate the public on their health rights, The MPS launched the Prescription Rights campaign at the 2016 celebration.
The Society is actively engaging pharmacists in Continuing Professional Development activities at a central level and at the state level. Throughout the year courses and seminars are being organized to facilitate pharmacists participation. It is also pursuing accreditation of pharmacies for standardization of practice nationwide.
The MPS collaborates with the Malaysian Academy of Pharmacy to provide world class CPD modules for its members and pharmacist nationwide.
The MPS initiated the Certified Smoking Cessation Service Provider (CSCSP) since 2001 and the course is still running to help increase the pharmacists counselling skills in helping smokers quit. The course is now available online for pharmacists nationwide.
The MPS also has the Young Pharmacist Chapter (MPS-YPC), which is also celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. MPS-YPC is focusing on activities of special interest to young pharmacists, like continuing professional development, entrepreneurship, emotional intelligence, healthcare innovation and many other exciting engaging events. MPS-YPC is very active with activities with FAPA Asian Young Pharmacists Group and will host the biennial international summit focusing on pharmacists engaging community for health at International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur from 11th Nov 2017 to 13th Nov 2017.
Membership & Awards
The MPS confers Honorary membership, Fellowship and Awards to deserving pharmacists.
For students, the MPS presents the Annual MPS Gold Medalist Award to deserving graduating students from local pharmacy institutions.
Membership is opened to all registered pharmacists in Malaysia.
There is also a category for student membership. Through this channel students can focus their activities in public health campaigns, personal development, career talks and student exchange programs. Special consideration is also given to students to attend MPS organized activities either through complimentary invitation, or at special student rates.