Press Statement: The issue of Kampung Bobotong can be resolved amicably

Press Statement
Sunday, Mar 26 2017

KOTA KINABALU: Upko is confident the issue of Kampung Bobotong can be resolved amicably, said acting president Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.

Tangau said he had discussed the matter with Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman who indicated to him solutions to the problem.

This included move to excise the Bobotong settlement from the forest reserve albeit with conditions.

“I have spoken to the Chief Minister yesterday and I proposed that the Bobotong settlement be excised out of the forest reserve in a similar scheme that has been implemented by the government in other parts of Sabah,” said Tangau in a statement here Sunday.

Tangau who is Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation met with Musa during the ground breaking ceremony of the Persatuan Bajau Sama Sabah cultural building in Lok Batik, Tuaran on Saturday.

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Tangau said that he has taken a personal interest of the Bobotong community over the last few years.

He said the community had been requested to ensure that no new settlers encroach to other parts of the forest reserve and to indicate their cultivations in the settlement to pave way for the move to excise out their settlement.

The community had done that and Tangau had written letters to the State Government proposing for a solution to their problem.

The plight of Kampung Bobotong people made headlines after their houses and other structures in the settlement were demolished by the forestry enforcement officers last week.

Borneo Today: Bible Knowledge Course Initiated by UPKO Gets Overwhelming Response

 

KOTA KINABALU: The Upko-initiated Bible Knowledge course received overwhelming response with nearly 100 teachers from more than 30 schools attending it on Saturday.

Officiating at the inaugural programme at SM All Saints library here, Upko acting President Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau was heartened to note the encouraging response from the teaching fraternity.

Tangau who is also Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation was confident that the enthusiasm shown by the teachers would further boost efforts to ensure more students take up Bible Knowledge as an elective subject in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

 

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Tangau presenting the books to Sister Carmen Cordova of the Franciscan Sisters of Immaculate Conception.

Bible Knowledge was introduced as an elective subject following unrelenting work by Upko especially former president and Malaysia’s current Ambassador to the Vatican, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok to push for it following a new policy that reduced the number of subjects a student can sit in the SPM from a maximum of 17 to 10 in 2010.

Representatives from MIC and MCA had appealed to the Government for Bahasa Tamil and Mandarin to be included as an elective subject, while Dompok who was a Federal cabinet member requested for the Bible Knowledge subject to be given similar status.

“We knew the challenges when the Government gave the nod ….. so Bernard said Upko will do its part and he offered to provide the text books,” he said.

He said now it was also a challenge to increase the number of students taking up the subject particularly in Sabah.

As for the allowance for the teachers, Tangau suggested that the schools set up a fund similar to the one he launched in SM St James Tenghilan recently.

Tangau personally handed the text books to the participants while Sabah Council of Churches President, Rev Datuk Jerry Dusing presented them with the Borneo language version Bible.

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Tangau and Rev. Jerry Dusing, left, with the participants of the Bible Knowledge course.

 

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NST: Most Malaysians unaware of country’s achievements in producing innovative products (+Dusun)

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau after a handing over ceremony for the Mosti Social Innovation (MSI)/MyAgrosis Farm at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), here today. Pix by Amran Hamid.

SINTOK: Most Malaysians are unaware of the country’s achievements despite Malaysia having made great strides in producing high technology and innovative products.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau said some of Malaysian products are widely used all over the world, including seismic rubber bearings used to reduce the impact of earthquakes in buildings.

Wilfred said the innovative product by the Malaysian Rubber Institute in London, has been used in many countries including New Zealand.

“I do not think many Malaysians know that the rubber bearings are produced in Klang, Selangor,” he told reporters after a handing over ceremony for the Mosti Social Innovation (MSI)/MyAgrosis Farm at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), here today.

The ‘Cendawan Kukur’ fungal farm was part of an agro-preneur project by Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) and the university.

He said Malaysians should learn from the South Koreans, who are proud to use their own products and technology.

“We must emulate the South Koreans in prioritising our own products and technology and this will further promote our technology to the world,” he said.

Wilfred also said the ministry is working hard to ensure the quality of Malaysian products through new innovative programmes such as the MSI, which was made with universities and local communities.

Source: http://www.nst.com.my/news/2017/03/223376/most-malaysians-unaware-countrys-achievements-producing-innovative-products

Daily Express newspaper, Bahasa Dusun:

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Bernama: Pengundi Muda Disaran Renungi Masa Depan Sebelum Pilih Kerajaan

KIULU, 19 Mac (Bernama) — Golongan belia, khususnya pengundi muda, perlu memikirkan tentang masa depan dan memilih kerajaan yang benar-benar mampu menjadikan impian serta harapan mereka menjadi suatu kenyataan.

Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi, Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau berkata belia mempunyai aspirasi tersendiri untuk negara ini dan oleh itu mereka janganlah sekali-kali terpengaruh oleh janji kosong bersifat emosional.

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“Sebagai contoh, dulu, pada pilihan raya umum lepas, pembangkang berkata sekiranya mereka diberi kuasa, mereka akan bubarkan Perbadanan Tabung Pengajian Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN).

“Banyak orang terpengaruh dengan janji itu, tetapi pembangkang tidak jelaskan sebab ia akan dibubarkan,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas menyertai program bersama masyarakat Kampung Malanggang di sini hari ini.

Tangau, yang juga pemangku presiden Pertubuhan Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Bersatu (UPKO) dan Anggota Parlimen Tuaran, berkata langkah membubarkan PTPTN boleh membawa mudarat kerana ia akan menghancurkan harapan rakyat untuk mendapat pendidikan tinggi.

“Dan kerajaan masih perlu menyediakan RM40-50 bilion bagi memastikan rakyat dapat belajar di universiti,” katanya.

Beliau berkata golongan muda negara ini perlu menyuarakan hasrat mereka untuk negara dan sebelum berbuat demikian, belia terlebih dahulu perlu mengenal pasti platform yang betul untuk mendapatkan maklumat tentang apa yang disediakan untuk mereka untuk masa akan datang.

“Janji mereka (pembangkang) adalah janji semata-mata. Oleh itu, golongan muda perlu melibatkan diri dengan forum atau dialog bagi memastikan janji yang dibuat itu adalah bukan janji palsu,” katanya.

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Program itu adalah anjuran bersama Biro Komunikasi dan Multimedia UPKO, Biro Tatanegara (BTN) dan Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).

Pengerusi penganjur, Felix Joseph Saang, yang juga pengerusi Biro Komunikasi dan Multimedia UPKO, berkata kira-kira 100 pelajar UMS menyertai program tersebut, yang turut diisi dengan beberapa aktiviti bersama masyarakat kampung seperti membersihkan tebing Sungai Kiulu, tapak rekreasi popular bagi aktiviti berakit meredah jeram.

“Mereka juga mendengar ceramah tentang Program Transformasi Negara (TN50) 2050 dan menyuarakan hasrat masing-masing untuk dimasukkan ke dalamnya bagi membantu usaha membina negara,” kata beliau.

— BERNAMA

http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v8/bm/po/newspolitics.php?id=1339402

31 pelajar mengambil Bible Knowledge

Syukur kepada Tuhan, kini mata pelajaran Bible Knowledge akan mula diajar di SM St James Tenghilan tahun ini dengan seramai 31 orang pelajar Kristian tingkatan empat sebagai kumpulan pertama.

UPKO terutama Presiden Kehormat Tan Sri Bernard Dompok semasa beliau dalam kabinet persekutuan telah berusaha gigih atas permintaan pihak Gereja supaya kerajaan menyenaraikan matapelajaran ini sebagai subjek elektif dalam perperiksaan SPM.

Maka itu kita amat berharap para ibu bapa dan juga pihak Gereja akan memberi sokongan serta kerjasama supaya pengajaran subjek ini akan terus berkembang.

Tahun lalu seramai 400 calon SPM seluruh negara menduduki kertas perperiksaan Bible Knowledge. Cuma 50 dari Sabah.

 

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International Conference on Nuclear Security

The International Conference on Nuclear Security is held triennially. This year, the theme is “Commitments and Actions”, and I led a delegation of 10 to Vienna, Austria, where the secretariat International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is based.

IAEA was set up as the world’s “Atoms for Peace” organisation, comprising of  167 Member States including Malaysia as of December 2015. It promotes safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies.

Among the Malaysian delegation were four from the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the IAEA in Vienna, four from the Atomic Energy Licensing Board or Lembaga Lesen Tenaga Atom, one from Nuclear Malaysia and myself. The Atomic Energy Licensing Board and Nuclear Malaysia are agencies under the purview of MOSTI.

The conference was held from 5th to 9th December. However I had to leave on the 6th for the Malaysia Commercialisation Year Summit on the 8th.

 

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With the Malaysian Delegation.

Others were Malaysian officials who are selected and sponsored by IAEA to deliver technical papers in the Scientific and Technical Programme, after the Ministerial Session ended today. The officers are from Atomic Energy Licensing Board and Malaysian Nuclear Agency, Royal Malaysia Police, Royal Malaysian Customs Department, National Security Council, Ministry of Health, University Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Tenaga Nasional.

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Pre council with the Malaysian delegates.
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Had a sideline meeting with officers from Zimbabwe. They were Brigadier General Mupande, Mr Masunda from the Ministry of Defense and Mr Munaki of Intelligence.

 

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Delivering my statement during the Ministerial Session on December 5th, 2016.

 

We are concerned about threats to nuclear security and therefore have to take active steps to combat illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive material.

In my statement I reiterated that Malaysia would join the collective commitment to strengthen nuclear security worldwide, as we are undertaking measures to acede to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material.

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I called on IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano. We discussed collaborations between the IAEA and Malaysia.
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With the Minister of Science and Technology, Thailand, H.E. Pichet Durongkaveroj, on my left, and Malaysian and Thai officials. Pichet and I have met in a number of International meetings. Malaysia and Thailand, with IAEA’s support successfully implemented Cross Border Nuclear Security Exercise at Joint Border from 31 October – 4 November 2016 (Alor Setar, Kedah and Sadao, Thailand).
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We are proud that a fellow Malaysian, Dato’ Raja Abdul Aziz Raja Adnan (right), has been appointed as the Director for the Division of Nuclear Security of the IAEA. On the left is Mr. Hamrah Mohd. Ali, Director General of Atomic Energy Licensing Board Malaysia.
For my statement please click here.

For news on this conference reported by the IAEA please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Towards a better tomorrow

 

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Madius Tangau spells out the need to look beyond 2020 to gear Malaysia up for what lies ahead, stating that a lot of work needs to be done to prepare the nation for the future.

AS a boy, going to school from his village in Kiulu, Sabah, took him a whole day’s walk.

 

“Starting in the early morning from my kampung, I would reach the area where the school is located in the late evening. We would then build a hut to stay for the night and go to school the next day,” recalls Datuk Seri Madius Tangau with a smile.

But the Tuaran MP has come a long way from the days of simple resourcefulness.

Today, the 58-year-old finds himself heading one of the key ministries to spur Malaysia towards Vision 2020 as Science, Technology and Innovation Minister.

But with just four years away from the target, Tangau has been focusing on looking at the bigger picture and going beyond 2020.

In fact, a “foresight” study or plan to map out Malaysia’s economy of the future (in 2050) is currently being prepared by the ministry through the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) and will be presented to the National Science Council (NSC), chaired by the Prime Minister, in the last quarter of this year.

The plan will envision how Malaysia will be in 2050, based on the aspects of science, technology and innovation (STI), economics and finance, society and culture as well as governance.

Ultimately, this outlines the need to leverage on STI to design and engineer the future that Malaysia desires.

“The new economy will be science and technology-driven, moving away from resource-based industries. We must also realise that knowledge is the currency of the new economy. So, in order to be competitive, we have no choice but to enhance our capacity, capabilities and talent pool in STI.

“It has to be. Malaysia has committed 50% of its land to forested areas. Our sea is only so much, even fishing has to be innovative through the application of sonar technology.

“This is exactly why the plan needs to be out and we are driving it,” says Tangau in an interview with Sunday Star recently.

With climate change being an inevitable part of the future, the ministry will upgrade the equipment at the Malaysian Meteorological Department by this year to better forecast and deal with weather changes.

“About RM66mil has been approved to enhance the department’s forecasting capabilities. It is currently in the tendering process,” he says.

As for growing the local pool of talent, Tangau, who is also United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) acting president, says there is a great need to increase the percentage of science students from the current 20%.

“No, I’m not confident we can achieve our target of science students being 60% by 2020. But by 2020, we will increase it from the present 20%. If I can push it to 30%, I will be very happy,” he says.

How is our progress towards Vision 2020 at present?

We are not too bad in terms of some achievements. But in terms of the contribution from science and knowledge-based businesses, I think it is very low. There is a need to drive the economy into one that is based on science, knowledge and technology and innovation-driven. The economy will not be sustainable if we continue to be a resources-based economy. Our STI policies are there.

The problem is how to get them implemented and carried out, especially when it comes to research and commercialisation. In this sense, if compared with Singapore and other developed nations, our achievement is still low.

In terms of coming up with intellectual property (IP), our achievement is around 24,000 in 2014 while it is 33,000 in Singapore and over 523,000 in South Korea. Another matter to look into is the rate of commercialisation of such IPs. We have a long way to go.

One of the strategic challenges of Vision 2020 is for Malaysia to be a nett contributor to technology and not a nett consumer. We have four years to go.

Within the next four years, we have a lot of work to do.

There is waning interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among schoolchildren. What is your take on this?

By 2020, the ratio of science to non-science students is 60:40. Currently, eligible students taking STEM subjects is only 20%. Where have we gone wrong? I find that one factor is that principals and teachers are not actively promoting science and mathematics for students. Maybe they think it is a harder subject to pass and their KPI might be affected. There are other various reasons. On the other hand, students find it boring and bothersome. For the ministry, I need to work on the career path. I need to create jobs and encourage more technology-driven companies.

We need companies in biotech, nanotechnology, nuclear sector, aerospace and so on. We need to create a lot of (such) companies so that there is a career path for our students. At the same time, applied research agencies are saying they don’t have enough scientists. Currently, we only have around 58 researchers for every 10,000 workers.

We need to create more scientists, identify talents and provide more incentives to create them. There are companies that want to apply for licences to set up clinical research and one of the reasons why companies are not bidding is (due to) the lack of scientists. Even within the ministry, we do not have enough.

Research by scientists must result in commercialisation so that there is a form of royalty and income. The rate of commercialisation is low at present. In 2013, it was reported that commercialisation through the ministry’s R&D funds stood at 3.1% and institutions of higher learning at 2.1%.

With 2016 being declared as Malaysia’s Commercialisation Year, I hope the ministry will be able to meaningfully increase the percentage of R&D commercialisation and spur the local R&D institutes to make Malaysia a competitive technology hub in the region.

Also, agencies dealing with science, technology and innovation are all over the place. Perhaps, there is a need for rationalisation. There is a need to study whether agencies should be under my ministry or other ministries.

At the end of the day, this ministry must be driver of the new economy or economy of the future, which is science, knowledge and technology driven.

How do you plan to do this?

How do we drive the new economy? The Government must have a very clear policy on research, commercialisation and innovation. As the ministry mandated to lead the National STI Agenda of the nation, a major responsibility of ours is to develop and implement an effective STI Policy.

In the current National Policy on Science, Technology and Innovation (NPSTI) 2013-2020, there are six strategic thrusts to respond to the challenges of the new economy, including advancing scientific and social research, development and commercialisation, developing, harnessing and intensifying talent and energising industries.

However, there are still gaps in the execution of NPSTI which we will need to address as we explore, develop and utilise STI to generate knowledge, create wealth and ensure societal well-being. All ministries need to work together as each have a role to play in ensuring the success of the nation’s STI agenda. So, it is important for me to highlight here that NPSTI is not a ministry policy but a national policy to achieve our goal of becoming a developed country by 2020.

How can we move forward beyond Vision 2020? What’s in store from the ministry?

We want to drive Malaysia beyond 2020 where the situation will be technology and innovation-driven. For example, we can expect artificial intelligence to be part of the future. To illustrate, we are wearing clothes to keep warm and look good, but maybe the clothes of the future can tell you about your health. When you have that, the existing industry will be wiped out. The future in five, 10 and 20 years will be totally different. We have to be prepared for that in so many ways.

How is Malaysia preparing for that?

We start with our human resources. If our students are not into STEM, codes, computer language, algorithm, they will not be able to participate and create. Inventors today are those who create applications, those who are into codes and mathematical models.

We will need to take stock of the current national STI situation, focus on leveraging on our advantages, moving forward and reinforcing the implementation and monitoring of STI projects. The economy of the future must have a very strong STI foundation.

How is the ministry going to intensify the promotion of STEM?

Everybody has to do their part. Communicate and tell the people about the importance of science. Start with that. We have to start with ourselves. We have to be passionate about it. Next, we have to address it to community leaders, teachers, principals and education officers. Bear in mind, our science students are at 20%.

The ministry has also been actively promoting Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) method in teaching and learning of science, which doesn’t require a science teacher. A pilot study has been done in four schools and after introducing IBSE, they have done better.

We are now testing it in Sabah and a few other states. After this, we hope it will be absorbed into the school system beginning from kindergarten, secondary school to university. With this, science will be interesting subject.

It sounds like a lot still needs to be done. Are you confident we can achieve the ratio of 60:40 for science students?

No. I am not. But by 2020, we will increase it from the present 20%. If I can push it to 30%, I will be very happy. When the Prime Minister heard about the current percentage, he was very concerned. My ministry was appointed to lead a team to overcome this.

The Education and Higher Education ministries are working together with us. We have started working on this with ASM and we will be coming up with strategies soon to address this. We are also doing our own promotion through social media to educate students and the public about science.

What are the plans for beyond 2020?

For the new economy, we have a plan or foresight that maps out strategic moves for future from 2020 to 2050. That is the year world leaders have agreed to have zero carbon emissions. The plan will be unveiled in late 2016. A lot of work needs to be done and international treaties to be signed. Several agencies are working with ASM on this plan, to be presented to the National Science Council.

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The Malaysian Meteorological Department is under your ministry. How will it face the challenges of climate change such as the current heatwave and El Nino phenomenon?

The ministry is trying to enhance the department’s forecast capabilities and equipment. About RM66mil is allocated to upgrade the software and hardware. It is now under the tender process. It has to be done by this year.

The Sarawak elections are coming up. What roles will Upko play in it?

Our role will be to assist the Barisan Nasional candidates by identifying issues against the coalition and we will help to neutralise those issues, even if it is just through social media.

In fact, Upko has set up secretariat to do that. We have been monitoring issues that are being played up. We are confident that the favour should be on Team Adenan (Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem).

What are Upko’s plans for the next general election?

We have already done preparations. One of our bigger plans is to work with social media-savvy people, especially youths. Normally in parties, there are the Wanita and Pemuda wings. In Upko, we have Wanita, Pemuda and Komulakan, which is for men and women aged 18 to 30.

Through this group, we are recruiting members and doing a digital campaign to gather support.

As a Federal minister, how would you imagine Malaysia to be by 2020 or beyond if you had it your way?

It should be a mature democracy. I have no problem supporting the transformation of Parliament. We should provide a space for everybody to voice their views. There should be greater transparency, accountability and more integrity in whole governance process.

There must be inclusiveness, meaning that communities like indigenous people should be part of the process. The issue of distribution of wealth must also be addressed concertedly.

Do you go back to your hometown often?

Only on weekends. My service to the people is now delegated to my officers. Again, like the new economy, services can be done through technology namely, handphones.

When I was in Seychelles, there was an incident in my constituency where two boats rammed into each other and six lives were lost.

I was the first to know and I gave instructions to my officers to provide services. Unfortunately, I couldn’t be there but the point is that I could direct what to do. I will soon launch my own app, a mobile website where the public reach me. It will integrate my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts so that people can reach me.