Bringing Science Down to Earth

On one dark, overcast night, more than three thousand souls gathered in the heart of Kuala Lumpur under the glow of a full moon. An intimidating blood-coloured moon, like that of the eye of the devil, would illuminate the Earthly terrain beneath it.   Fear not, nobody was transformed into werewolves that night. Far from… Read More

Precision Agri Way of the Future

For every hectare of field in Malaysia, more than 2,000 kilograms of fertiliser are consumed every year. In 2016, the production of staple food, mainly rice, increased by 28.2 per cent or 768.9 thousand tonnes compared to 2015. It is the livelihood of more than 300,000 rice farmers in the country.   While fertiliser is… Read More

This is an Era of Women

“Women play a very important role in the wellbeing of family and national development. Therefore, in recognising women’s contribution, the Government is pleased to announce 2018 as the Women Empowerment Year.”   Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak declared this instrumental move in the 2018 Budget speech.   He also announced that GLCs, GLICs and… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More