The Star: Tangau: Upko all geared up recapture Penampang seat in GE14

KOTA KINABALU: The United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) is all geared up to win back the Penampang parliamentary seat, which it lost to the opposition in the 13th General Election.

Acting president Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau said all party machineries are in place and they were now more confident of taking the seat back from Darell Leiking, who beat their president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok in 2013.

Leiking was with PKR at the time but quit the party in Sept 2016 to join Parti Warisan Sabah.

Upko also aims to recapture the Moyog state seat which was lost to PKR’s Terence Siambun, and MCA’s Kapayan seat, which was lost to DAP’s Dr Edwin Bosi, Tangau said.

“We have some 51,000 registered voters in the Penampang constituency, of which more than half are Barisan Nasional (BN) members,” he said when launching the Penampang election machinery at Kg. Madsiang on Sunday (Feb 4).

“We in Barisan will win if all our members voted for our candidates,” Tangau said, urging all party members to trust and support the party in the coming polls.

Meanwhile, he said Bosi, who had recently quit DAP to join unknown party – Parti Anak Negeri – has voiced his interest to join Upko.

“We welcome him but he cannot give any terms in joining, such as wanting to contest the Kapayan seat again because this seat is for MCA, and we respect MCA,” he said.

Tangau said Bosi would also need to bring all his supporters with him to join Upko if the move materialises.

He said the people of Penampang would enjoy development in various aspects if they chose Barisan candidates because only Barisan can give the allocation needed to change their lives.

Tangau said if they chose Barisan, it also meant that they are already choosing their Chief Minister and Prime Minister.

“If the opposition won, their choice for prime minister would be a 93-year-old man, who was also the premier for 22 years,” Tangau said.

He said this person was the person who caused havoc in Sabah’s political system and the reason behind the “mother of all problems in Sabah” a likely reference to Project IC.

The “Project IC” was supposedly carried out during the premiership of Dr Mahathir, where identity cards were said to have been given to illegal immigrants to allow them to vote.

“Do we want this person to be our prime minister again?” he asked.

Earlier in the event, Tangau also handed over membership applications to new applicants, including former beauty queen Botiza Disimon, who was Leiking’s staunch supporter in the last general election.


Tangau with family of Raymond at Kampung Dungang. The youngster will be going to work in Iraq by end of this month.

TUARAN: Efforts to preserve the Lotud mother tongue received a shot-in-the-arm in the form of RM250,000 grant for the setting up of a Lotud Language Centre here.

Wilfred Madius Tangau, the Science, Technology and Innovation minister, in a statement, said the fund was made available after he met with the Prime Minister.

The announcement during the meet-the-people session at the residence of a prominent leader in the Lotud community, Balanting Erom in Kampung Selupu recently was met with thunderous applause.

“I leave it to the president of the two Lotud associations (Freddie Sua of the Persatuan Suang Lotud Sabah and Peter Lintar of the Komulakan Lotud Sabah) on the site for the centre,” he said.

Tangau, right, with Sylvia.

On Friday, Tangau who is Tuaran MP cum acting president of Upko received the working papers on the proposed Lotud Language Centre from Sylvia Pamanday Poit.

Sylvia is a researcher from the Kadazan Language Foundation and she had worked with Tangau before resulting in the publication of the Lotud Dictionary.

The minister commended Sylvia for her untireless effort for the posterity of the Dusun Lotud language.

She handed over the working papers to Tangau in Kampung Dungang here where he was attending a farewell/thanksgiving dinner for Raymond Julius Onik, a young Lotud engineer who had been posted by his employer, Petronas at its installations in Iraq.

“Petronas has always been associated with excellence. It is the only Malaysian company that is in the Fortune 500.

“Therefore, we know that Raymond is an excellent professional and we are proud that a young lad from Tuaran and from the Lotud community at that is playing an important role.

“We pray he will be able to carry out his duties efficiently and safely,” said Tangau.



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

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).

Upko’s acting president Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau, in a statement, said the opposition pact in the past had promised to bring the former Prime Minister to justice if it wins the 13th General Election (GE).

“So I find it very amusing. Prior to the last general election, one of the Pakatan’s campaign promises was to bring Dr Mahathir to justice within 24 hours of winning Putrajaya for what they alleged to be his 22 years of abuses and corruption.

“Now, prior to the 14th GE, Pakatan promises to put back this person into power should they win – the very same person who they promised to (send to) jail in GE13,” he said.

Tangau was commenting on the Pakatan Harapan’s prime minister candidacy as announced by its secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah during the pact’s convention earlier today.

PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was nominated as the deputy prime minister candidate.

However, Tangau said the opposition pact has the right to name whoever they want as their prime minister and deputy prime minister candidates.

“If they want to name a 93-year-old person, who Lim Kit Siang said was the root cause of all of Malaysia’s problems as the Prime Minister candidate, so be it.

“Or the person who was once recently denied to be Menteri Besar because she was seen as a remote-controlled Menteri Besar. It is not for me to comment since it is their choice,” he said.

Having said that, Tangau, who is also Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, reiterated that no Sabahans will ever forgive Dr Mahathir for his “Projek IC”.

“After the Royal Commission of Inquiry on illegal immigrants in Sabah, Dr Mahathir himself had openly admitted to be responsible and even proud to have done Projek IC.

“Everywhere I go, I hear Dr Mahathir being named the prime minister candidate as a big liability for Harapan and their Warisan allies in Sabah, as we remember very well Projek IC, and also the neglect of Sabah and Sarawak during his tenure as Prime Minister previously.

“We certainly do not want to nor can afford a repeat of that,” said the Tuaran MP.

As for Pakatan’s plan to challenge the pardon’s board, Tangau reserved his comment on the matter.

“Perhaps they have a lot of money for lawyers? Just like how (Datuk Seri) Anwar (Ibrahim) recently challenged three laws in courts as being unconstitutional.

“It is the very same laws that he and Dr Mahathir was chiefly responsible for implementing in the first place. It is mind-boggling,” quipped Tangau.

Earlier, Tangau attended a party branch gathering, where he received over 100 new membership applications from Upko Jalan Bukit Perahu branch.

Meanwhile, Sabah Umno Youth vice-chief Shahelmy Yahya said the move by Pakatan to name Dr Mahathir as a candidate for prime minister is a sign that the opposition lacks young leaders.

“Considering Dr Mahathir once stepped down from the post many years back and now in his golden years, the move is just a tactic to lure voters by looking back at past glory rather than living in the present reality.

“Same goes to the move to initiate a royal pardon for the early release of Anwar Ibrahim. Being an opposition front with all those moves to gather the veteran ex-leaders to be at the forefront is just not what the new younger voters would prefer,” he said.


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 in my village Lokos, Sabah, to the bigger cities such as Kuala Lumpur. The state government of Sabah sponsored my Form Three (Secondary Three) studies in SMK Ranau, after which with good grades in the Lower Certificate of Education (LCE) I was sent to Setapak High School for Form Four and Form Five.

After earning the Malaysian Certificate of Education (MCE) I learned of several pre-university options before me, most notably Asasi Sains (Foundation in Science) at a national university. Regrettably due to the lack of effective communication means in suburban areas back then, I had to pass up the opportunity to apply for those options. Nevertheless I was once again rewarded a scholarship from the Sabah government to do Form Six, this time at Sekolah Menengah Sains Selangor, a fully residential school in Kuala Lumpur.

Moving to the uncharted waters of Kuala Lumpur as a 16-year-old chap was daunting, yet a real eye-opener for me. Being in the capital city was like being in the forefront of national development. This part of Malaysia was more connected.

Back in my lower secondary school years in Kiulu, my schoolmates and I would depart on foot from home in Lokos at 6 A.M. and would arrive at 6 P.M. at SMK Kiulu, carrying food supplies such as rice. It was a gruelling 12-hour walk. We built a hut near school and would return home every fortnight.

After primary education I almost dropped out due to very challenging financial circumstances at home. Unlike today, education and textbooks were not free at that time. I vividly remember my class teacher summoning students, urging them to pay up their monthly RM 5 school fee. It was utterly embarrassing! RM 5 was a big sum to us in the 1970s. One could purchase staple food supply with that amount that would last a person for weeks. So my parents had hoped that I quit school to help out with the family farming activities.

But where there is a will, there is a way. To support my own education I did a part-time job in a rubber estate on weekends. Then I found work with a Chinese “towkay” (boss) in the only row of shops in Kiulu town. Food and rental were provided, which lifted a major financial burden off my shoulders. I have always thought that my insistence to stay in school was my sweetest victory yet. Education is a right, not a privilege. I am a lifelong advocate for “education as social mobility” and I hope that students would never give up on their education prematurely.

Perhaps now you can see why life was a 180-degree change for me starting Form Four in the capital city of the country. This is my story of how I became very observant and active in socio-economics.


The Malaysian Dream

During the 2015 Malaysian Cabinet reshuffle I was appointed as the new Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation. The Ministry is called MOSTI in short. Upon realising the enormous portfolio MOSTI holds, I had emphasised that our policies and direction would have to be communicated to the Malaysian public clearly.

My own immediate move was to write regularly to engage the nation in government’s initiatives. This book is effectively a collection of most of my writings over the course of more than a year. Readers could reach out to me via my official blog ( where all my articles are published, via the Ministry’s or my own social media. My doors are always open to constructive feedback from all of you.

I entitled this book “Communicating Science, Trust, Integrity for Societal Wellbeing” because I strongly believe that engaging the people in what the Ministry is doing is the first and foremost step for us to achieve our objectives. “STI” is the common acronym for “Science, Technology and Innovation”. Here I use it for “Science, Trust, Integrity”. The knowledge and application of science would result in technological development and innovation. But it takes trust and integrity to drive it.

The National Transformation 2050 (TN50) initiative that was launched by the government early this year should provoke us to envision and consciously think of the life we desire in the next three decades. MOSTI has also embarked on a new collaborative and synchronised effort within the government to embrace an unstoppable technological revolution. It is popularly termed “The Fourth Industrial Revolution”, which you would read more about in this book.

Already much in technology has changed since my birth year of 1958 till today in 2017. Recalling the times where I moved across the South China Sea away from my kampung (village) in my teenage years, tears would well up in my eyes as I separate from my family, especially my parents. There was a particular time when my mother fell very ill for a couple of years. I am heartened that though both my father and mother are frail and have aged, they continue to reside in our family home in Lokos till today.

Now we could video call our loved ones from anywhere in the world, using a device that could be held in our palms! This was unimaginable more than three decades ago. Three decades later, toward 2050, similarly, it would be a very different world for our children, hopefully for the better.

A quality life for each and every Malaysian could only be possible with long and short-term planning and implementation. Foresight experts, futurists and the public have painted various pictures about what the future holds for the country and the world over the next three decades. But one consensus among them all is that science, technology and innovation would be the driving force behind the changes and developments we hope to see.

Most of the community in my hometown Lokos are farmers. So personally I hope that science, technology and innovation as a mean would help increase productivity growth in industrial activities, especially in the labour-intensive agriculture sector.

Along this journey we would have to constantly review ourselves to ensure that we are on the right track, which constructs the main discussion of this book. Fourty-two topics are presented broadly through four chapters, namely Creative and Digital Economy, Science For Policy and Diplomacy, Societal Wellbeing and Community Development, and lastly Foresight and Talent for the Future.

I dedicate this book to the “TN50 generation”. What is the Malaysian dream? It is now our responsibility to do our best for them.

I wish you a pleasant read.


This is the Preface for my book “Communicating Science, Trust and Integrity for Societal Wellbeing”, launched on 12th December 2017 by the Prime Minister of Malaysia. 

To get a copy of the book, visit  or via WhatsApp at +6019-221 9015. Available in English and Bahasa Malaysia (Komunikasikan Sains, Tulus dan Integriti Demi Kesejahteraan Masyarakat). RM 40 each throughout Malaysia. 



Press Release: World Science Forum


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Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau today spoke on “Promoting Inclusion Through Science Education, Outreach and Engagement” at the World Science Forum held at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea, Jordan.
World Science Forum 2017 (WSF 2017) brings together the world’s leading scientists, political leaders, academics, decision makers and investors to Jordan’s Dead Sea Convention Centre from 7th to 11th November 2017. Under the theme of ‘Science for Peace’, representatives from over 100 countries will put science at the forefront of efforts to bring peace to our world and to tackle the factors that threaten our stability and growth.
The 4-day Forum will include key sessions on topics including energy, water, food and the right to an education that unlocks opportunities in the world of today. Delegates will also examine the challenges and opportunities of the digital age, and the role science must play in making our planet resilient and resource aware.
Speaking at the plenary session on Tuesday, Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau said, “Science, Technology and Innovation are the pillars to nurture a scientifically knowledgeable and engaged society. Therefore, it is important to sensitize science in the society on various aspects of development in order to embrace changes and prepare them to leverage on the advancement of STI.”
He also highlighted the various programmes under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation to promote inclusion in Science education, such as the establishment of a National STEM Training Centre, outreach programmes by the National Science Centre and the National Planetarium, the National Science Challenge, Science Ambassador Program (Duta Sains) and the Interaction with Nobel Laureates for Young Scientists.
In order to accomplish “Leaving no-one behind” at the core of Agenda 2030, the teaching and learning of science today will determine the well being of future generations that will be heavily dependent on science, technology and innovation.
To ensure sufficient supply of STEM talent in decades to come, MOSTI will work together with agencies and Ministry of Education in our efforts to ingrain interest in science in our children.

#REAKSI BAJET 2018: Pusat Pembelajaran STEM Berupaya Bangunkan Modal Insan – Madius

KOTA KINABALU, 27 Okt (Bernama) — Penubuhan Pusat Pembelajaran STEM (Sains, Teknologi dan Kejuruteraan dan Matematik) Kebangsaan seperti diumumkan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dalam Bajet 2018, berupaya membangunkan modal insan ‘by design and not by chance’, kata Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.

Katanya penubuhan pusat pembelajaran itu pada tahun depan dengan kerjasama British Council dan UK National STEM Learning Centre yang akan dikoordinasikan oleh Akademi Sains Malaysia adalah untuk melatih guru-guru Sains di negara ini.

Madius berkata memandangan kementerian berperanan penting dalam merangka kemajuan kerjaya berteraskan Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi (STI) sebagai motivasi generasi akan datang untuk mengambil bidang STEM, maka persediaan rapi untuk tujuan itu amat penting.

“Persediaan rapi perlu dibuat dari sekarang agar generasi pada masa akan datang tidak menyalahkan kita yang tidak menyediakan platform yang betul kepada mereka,” katanya dalam kenyataan di sini hari ini.

Sementara itu, beliau berkata kementerian melalui kerjasama strategiknya dengan Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi telah menyediakan satu Pelan Tindakan STEM Nasional 2017-2025.

Katanya hasrat utama pembangunan pelan itu adalah untuk melahirkan lebih ramai pelajar yang mengikuti aliran STEM.




Bernama: Science, Technology And Innovation Literacy Between OIC Countries – Madius

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 (Bernama) — Malaysia has called upon the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries to move society from awareness to being literate on science, technology and innovation (STI) and ultimately to become a scientifically engaged society.

Addressing at the First OIC Summit on Science and Technology in Astana, Kazakhstan, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) Datuk Seri Madius Tangau said in building a true scientific culture in Muslim countries, it required a paradigm shift and greater obligations from governments for building an enabling eco-system.

During the inaugural summit attended by more than 15 OIC member country leaders and 55 ministers on science and technology related matters, Madius also reiterated Malaysia’s position for a clear understanding of the necessity to completely reduce scientific and technological gaps between Muslim ‘ummah’ and developed countries.

“These will also contribute to the earliest implementation of the United Nation (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promote the principles of cooperation and solidarity among all OIC member states,” the statement said today.

With the theme ‘Science, Technology, Innovation and Modernisation of the Islamic World’, Madius represented Malaysia at the Science and Technology Ministerial Meeting on Sept 9 and followed by the First OIC Summit on Science and Technology on Sept 10 to 11.

At the end of the summit, delegations will adopt two important documents, which are the Astana Declaration and OIC Science, Technology and Innovations (STI) Agenda 2026.

The two documents are OIC’s commitment towards addressing future challenges such as poverty, health, environmental conservation, food security and energy through Ten Year Science and Technology Plan of Action for the OIC Member States which is also in line with the SDG.

The statement said Malaysia sees the priorities set in the 2026 OIC STI Agenda is crucial and will support all the 12 priorities outlined and urged all OIC member countries to participate in the name of solidarity and unity for betterment of the society.

The statement also said the participation of Malaysian delegates in the summit will strengthen cooperation among OIC member countries and opportunity for Malaysia to share experience in science, technology and innovation besides showing Malaysia’s continued commitment in the OIC cooperation framework.

The delegations also attended the closing ceremony of the Astana Expo 2017 last night and seen as a continuation of the MOSTI participation in the Astana Expo from June 25 to 26, 2017.

Malaysia’s participation at EXPO 2017 held from June 10 until yesterday, in Astana, Kazakhstan is organised by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia and implemented by its agency, Malaysian Green Technology Corporation with the support of the Title Sponsor, Tenaga Nasional Bhd.

The three-month expo recorded RM6.8 billion potential investment and trade over the first two weeks and also the exchange of four Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) between Malaysian and foreign based companies.