KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians especially the Muslims have to keep up with the global development in science and technology in order to help move the nation forward, said Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
Dr. Mahathir said, the Muslims cannot blame the religion if they are lack behind in science and technology as the religion demands and encourages the devotees to learn and be involved in the global technology changes and development.
“To be at par with the latest development in science and technology could serve as “good defence” for the people and the country,” he said in his speech at the launching ceremony of “National Science Week” organised by the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) at the National Science Centre here on Tuesday evening.
The “National Science Week” that begins from 1st to 7th April is filled with activities based on science, technology and innovation (STI) and the event runs concurrently in six locations including Terengganu, Kedah, Sabah and Sarawak besides the National Science Centre and Planetarium in Kuala Lumpur.
The second phase will run from 2nd till 8th August 2019 in other states throughout the country.
With the theme “Science for Happiness” through the event the ministry hopes to signify the importance of science and technology in everyday life and its impact on environmental sustainability and society.
Meanwhile Minister of MESTECC, Yeo Bee Yin expresses her worries as currently less than 50 percent students are in the science stream.
“That figure is not good if science and technology will be the core for the nation building. We need people to be competent in science and technology and this will not be possible if the school children find science subjects are boring.
“We have to promote to students of how science can be applicable in life and how they can achieve success through science,” she said in her speech. –Malaysia World News