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 fromContinue reading “Bringing Science Down to Earth”

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 isContinue reading “Precision Agri Way of the Future”

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 andContinue reading “This is an Era of Women”

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 20Continue 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 stoodContinue reading “An eventful year for Ministry and adopting 2018 mindset”

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,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 zoneContinue reading “Why I Wrote A Book – a personal story”

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 theContinue 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 canContinue 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 betweenContinue reading “Capture the Benefits of Remote Sensing Technologies “