Trust in science helps contain virus in Malaysia: Minister

REMBAU (BERNAMA) – The public’s trust in science and adherence to experts’ advice, especially from medical practitioners, are among the contributing factors that enabled Malaysia to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Malaysian Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar said apart from that, several innovations from local ideas and talents have also emerged during the pandemic. “The advice to curb the outbreak has a scientific basis and Malaysians, as a whole, adhere to the advice even though they may not understand the real scientific basis (behind it).

“A company under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), for example, has designed a robot to deliver food at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital and at the Low Risk COVID-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centre at the Serdang Agricultural Expo Park (MAEPS) in Serdang, to help the medical staff,” he said.

Khairy, who is also the MP for Rembau, said this in his speech while officiating the state-level 2020 National Science Week yesterday. Also present was Malaysian Nuclear Agency Director-General Dr Mohd Abdul Wahab Yusof. Meanwhile, commenting on science week which has entered its third edition, Khairy said that it aims to uphold local science, technology and innovation (STI) in supporting the country’s journey and vision towards technological progress.

He said that it is also to increase public awareness of the importance of STI in life where it focusses on strengthening Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as well as increasing the potential of students who choose STEM majors in line with the national STEM agenda.

The National Science Week is organised by MOSTI in collaboration with the Malaysian Nuclear Agency.

This file photo shows passengers wearing masks to check the spread of COVID-19 arriving at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. PHOTO: AFP