Abu Bakar: Stay updated during this monsoon season


PEKAN: The public should keep themselves updated regularly on the weather forecast in view of the coming monsoon season and changing weather patterns.

Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohd Diah said the daily forecast released by the relevant authorities was almost 90% accurate.

In fact, he said, many countries in this region used the data as a point of reference.

“All the airlines and major airports adopted our weather forecast data to enable them to plan and make the necessary adjustments.

“The public should have faith in our expertise and keep themselves updated through various mediums on the daily weather,” he said when met after the launch of the Creativity and Science4U education carnival here yesterday.

On Lynas, Dr Abu Bakar said international experts had visited the plant and would be submitting a full report to the Government soon.

He said with the report, it would be easier for him to reply to questions on the project in Parliament.

Dr Abu Bakar said the ministry also planned to produce 360 high-impact innovative products within five years with a RM290mil research fund.

He said, 58 such products had been produced so far this year and two more would be revealed in the coming National Innovation Conference and Exhibition to be held in PWTC from Oct 31 to Nov 2.

“Among the products which have been commercialised are Magic Zlate II, Upin Ipin Gang and Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa films and a method to preserve plastic properties to produce standardised base blend.

“Despite having nearly 60 new innovative products a year, efforts to commercialise them are slow with just between 8% and 10%,” he said, adding that the ministry would work closely with Matrade to get these products commercialised overseas.

He said RM1.3bil had been allocated to the ministry to carry out next year’s innovative development programmes and commercialisation efforts.

Dr Abu Bakar said the ministry was also confident of achieving the target of producing 70 scientists in various fields to meet the criteria of a high-income nation by 2020.

There are currently 68 scientists per 10,000 work force in the country.

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