Prof. Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid

Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Malaysia & Joint Chairman of MIGHT

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    Using academia to advance international relations

    IN Austria in 1973, at the height of the Cold War, six years of effort by United States president Lyndon Johnson and USSR premier Alexey Kosygin culminated in their nations’ joint establishment of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. It marked the beginning of a remarkable project to build bridges between the West and...
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    Sheikh Zayed, early leader in sustainable development

    LONG before “sustainable development” became a global buzzword in 1987, the principle of “utilising natural resources to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs” had already been practised by many cultures and individual leaders beyond the Western world. In this regard the late Sheikh...
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    The problem with plastic

    From humble beginnings in Birmingham, England, in 1856, plastic has become a mainstay of modern life. Waterproof, inexpensive, easy to manufacture and shape, plastic has replaced wood, stone, ceramic and many other traditional natural materials. It is now used in everything from pens and plumbing supplies to spaceships. Indeed, plastic is everywher...
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    Science and Commonwealth

    THE first-ever meeting of Commonwealth Science Advisers and Equivalents took place in London last week, a side event to this year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government summit. Representatives from 22 of the 53 Commonwealth nations – from Australia to Vanuatu – convened “to share experiences of bringing science into the world of policy to help address...
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    When science drives policy

    Determining how science could create wealth and jobs for the rakyat was the simple, farsighted instruction Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak gave me when I was appointed his science adviser several years ago. In Malaysia and elsewhere, science is increasingly found at the heart of policy and decision-making. Whether the issue is climate change,...
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