Pharmaniaga’s Transformational Initiatives

Nov 21, 2014 1 Min Read

Managing director of Pharmaniaga Datuk Farshila Emran receiving the M100 Award from Hee Kim Fah, CEO of GTI Media.

Impactful Achievements

On Nov 7, another homegrown company was recognised at the seventh Malaysia’s 100 Leading Graduate Employers Awards. Pharmaniaga Bhd received the accolade for the pharmaceutical category.


(Above: The Pharmaniaga team with Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department at the M100 Awards.)

Pharmaniaga’s principal activities include manufacturing of generic pharmaceuticals, logistics and distribution, sales and marketing, supply of medical products and services including hospital equipment, trading and wholesaling of consumer products.

Established in 1998, the company now has a workforce of approximately 3,200 employees. Pharmaniaga has a commendable goal of enriching the lives of all it comes into contact with, be they employees, customers and business partners, or patients who benefit from its products and services.

In line with its mission to provide quality products and superior services by professional, committed and caring employees, Pharmaniaga has invested in transformational activities focused on its employees.

Transformed employees

Pharmaniaga holds firmly to the belief that its strength lies in its people, who are key in propelling the company forward. The company invests in its people and in building an environment conducive for innovative product development, insightful planning, diligent operations control, strategic marketing campaigns and sound management.

Pay for performance

Pharmaniaga prides itself in practising equal opportunity and disbursing appropriate incentives and rewards. Pay for performance is the guiding principle of the reward strategy of the company. The goal is to provide premium actual total pay to employees who demonstrate sustained superior performance. Base salaries are reviewed annually against market to ensure competitiveness.

A succession plan framework is also drawn up to identify suitable successors. Individual development analysis are conducted regularly with plans to ensure a smooth transition for key positions.

Lifelong learning

A lifelong learning experience for employees is advocated and supported by the company. Pharmaniaga sponsors deserving individuals for technical and behavioural in-house or external training programmes.

Beyond work

Taking one step further, Pharmaniaga is committed to helping employees achieve personal success through educational assistance and healthy lifestyle benefits. Convenient on-site services include a cafeteria, lunch allowance, indoor and outdoor game facilities, medical insurance, free health checks, free retail pharmacy vouchers and Biro Angkasa credit facility.

“Not only does the company provide us with access to the best medical treatment, Pharmaniaga also makes it a point that someone from the company visits us in the hospital if we are admitted,” shares an employee.

Other initiatives that reflect Pharmaniaga’s focus on its people

  • Every employee has an additional day off on his or her birthday.
  • Pharmaniaga sponsors tuition fees for employees’ children and provides monetary rewards to those who excel in major school examinations.
  • Surau committee organises Islamic programmes for the Muslims.
  • Sports club brings them together in sports and recreational activities.
  • A joint consultative council was established with elected representatives from various departments to provide a safe and effective channel for employees to voice their grievances and concerns.

Pharmaniaga celebrates its successes by acknowledging each employee’s unique contribution. Each individual is an asset nurtured through coaching, development and engagement.

Commitment from top management cascades through all levels, empowering employees with a mandate to ensure that the workforce is properly equipped with relevant resources to move Pharmaniaga forward to meet its business objectives.

Pharmaniaga is one of the largest integrated local healthcare companies in Malaysia.

It is a public-listed company on the main market of the Bursa Malaysia with paid up share capital of RM129.4mil.

The commitment of the Group to enrich life together is guided by its ‘Passion for Patients’ and its philosophy of doing business with conscience; a philosophy it will continue to nurture as it journeys towards becoming a global total integrated healthcare solutions provider.


Datuk Farshila Emran:

“I am very happy and proud to be in Malaysia’s Top 100 as it means people want to join and work with you. ‘Passion for Patients’ is Pharmaniaga’s work philosophy. We promote passion in everything we do, not merely just monetary benefits.

Promoting ‘passion’ as our work belief in this highly regulated industry makes us different and has placed us as the best in the pharmaceutical field within the Top 100 companies. What can I say… Passion pays!”

Pharmaniaga believes that its people are its greatest assets and the backbone of its operations. That is why we continue to invest in this all-important capital resource.

We invest in our people by first recruiting the best employees from the market. Our employee selection process too is constantly reviewed to increase the company’s efficiency and effectiveness in making accurate hiring decisions. Also, our compensation and benefit packages, which are reviewed every now and then against the market, are based on a competitive performance monitoring and reward system designed to encourage maximum personal contribution and thereby sustain our business performance.

We also recognise the need to support our employees’ professional performance and personal contributions through upgrading of skills and opportunities for volunteerism in corporate social responsibility, internal clubs and committees.

For more information on a career with Pharmaniaga, write to or visit

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