PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi expressed regret that a small group of scientists and technologists in the country had chosen to use their expertise to bring changes through violence instead of using it to benefit Malaysians.
Such actions by these people contravene the fundamental laws in the country.
If they had not chosen these actions, their expertise and knowledge could have been utilised to assist the students in the science and technology field, he said when opening the Second Malay National Congress on Science and Technology at Pan Pacific Glenmarie last night.
The Deputy Prime Minister stressed on the importance of research and development in science and technology to ensure that Malaysians could create new products and not be mere users of other peoples technologies.
We must encourage our children to take up science and technology subjects. We must also have a bigger pool of lecturers and professors in these fields, he said.
He said Malaysians should consider themselves lucky, as there were ample opportunities for them to undertake research in the field.
Abdullah said that efforts must be made to get more Malaysians to be involved in the basic sciences, as many of them tend to go for applied sciences.
On the performance of Malays in the field of applied science, he said although they could now take pride in their 60% involvement, not more than 25% in basic research, opportunities for their participation were still wide compared to 40 years ago.
Later, National Space Agency director-general Datuk Dr Mazlan Othman was given a special award while the executive director of Beat Waste Treatment Technologies Sdn Bhd, Dr Noramly Muslim, was given the Malay Science and Technology Leadership award at the congress organised by the Centre for Intellectual Promotion and Technology Advancement (Cipta).