Heart and Soul in the Bioeconomy

More than a decade ago before the National Biotechnology Policy was launched by the then-Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2005, “biotechnology” was not much of a buzzword as it is now. When Malaysia was a much younger nation in the 1960s to the 1980s, the agricultural sector, mostly commercial crops, contributed about 20 … Continue reading Heart and Soul in the Bioeconomy

An eventful year for Ministry and adopting 2018 mindset

Looking back at the year, 2017 has been a very eventful one for both my Ministry and the country. Most notably, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is no longer just a hoo-ha but will be rolled out in roadmaps with action plans to help us fully leap to a digitalised world. For me this year stood … Continue reading An eventful year for Ministry and adopting 2018 mindset

NST: Upko leader finds Dr M’s candidacy amusing; opposition once wanted to send him to jail

By AVILA GERALDINE - January 7, 2018 @ 11:03pm Upko’s acting president Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau today received over 100 new membership applications from Upko Jalan Bukit Perahu branch. Photo courtesy of Upko. TAMPARULI: Having Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as Pakatan Harapan's candidate for Prime Minister is rather entertaining according to United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko). … Continue reading NST: Upko leader finds Dr M’s candidacy amusing; opposition once wanted to send him to jail

Tackling the jobless youth woe in Sabah

Jeju Island and Sabah will soon have one more thing in common besides having breath-taking sceneries and being a favourite among international visitors. I have always tried to bring home one good idea from each official or personal trip abroad.   During a rejuvenating vacation in Jeju in July as I have shared before, I … Continue reading Tackling the jobless youth woe in Sabah

Why I Wrote A Book – a personal story

Tell me a story In November 1999, for the first time I was elected as Member of Parliament for Tuaran. This might mark a new journey for this new kid on the block, but the story began way back. I was very blessed to have had the opportunity to venture out of my comfort zone … Continue reading Why I Wrote A Book – a personal story

Foreword by the Prime Minister for my book entitled “Communicating Science, Trust and Integrity for Societal Wellbeing”

I would like to thank and express my utmost gratitude to our Prime Minister, Dato' Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak for this foreword in my book entitled "Communicating Science, Trust and Integrity for Societal Wellbeing" PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA FOREWORD As the world around us has changed, so too has Malaysia. Indeed, today, we find … Continue reading Foreword by the Prime Minister for my book entitled “Communicating Science, Trust and Integrity for Societal Wellbeing”

Microbes for Our Own Good

In Northeast India, bordered by China, Bhutan and Nepal, the unlikely Indian state of Sikkim might be the least populous and one of the smallest states in the country, but it prides itself as among the most environmentally conscious states. The Himalayan state was declared fully organic in January 2016. Organic agriculture means feeding the … Continue reading Microbes for Our Own Good

Science and Technology in Our Backyard: Nuclear Radiation Technology for Black Pepper Posts

From the numerous National Transformation 2050 dialogues I have had with various groups in Sabah, I am heartened that many are very keen to know more about how science, technology and innovation are directly changing their livelihood for the better. This is a reasonable quest, as the application and benefits of science and technology can … Continue reading Science and Technology in Our Backyard: Nuclear Radiation Technology for Black Pepper Posts

Capture the Benefits of Remote Sensing Technologies 

Following the tabling of the National Space Policy 2030 at the National Science Council in February, I received a number of queries about the practicality and relevance of a space policy from members of the public.   The Malaysian space policy is far from being anything like the Space Race, a technological supremacy competition between … Continue reading Capture the Benefits of Remote Sensing Technologies 

Brilliance in the Dark Ages

Built on the sands of time and in a region of unceasing conflict, Amman, the capital of Jordan, was a timely host for the 8th World Science Forum 2017 themed “Science For Peace” in early November. The country also lies at the heart of a region where numerous civilisations had to innovate for survival. Innovative … Continue reading Brilliance in the Dark Ages