More scientists on R&D now

  • Nation
  • Friday, 03 Dec 2010

MORE scientists in Malaysia are involved in research and development programmes, said Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Fadillah Yusof.

He said there were now 24,760 scientists, which results in a ratio of 22.5 scientists to 10,000 members of the country’s workforce, which is an increase from 17.9 per 10,000 workforce in 2006, he told Ahmad Lai Bujang (BN-Sibuti).

Of the total, Fadillah said 93.2% of the scientists or 23,076 of them were based in local institutions of higher learning while 6.8% or 1,684 of them worked in the private sector.

“The ministry was given RM2.93bil to fund research and development projects for the whole of the Ninth Malaysia Plan period,” he added.

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