Prof. Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid

Joint Chairman of MIGHT

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    Lights and shadows

    FIFTEEN years ago, former Japanese finance minister Koji Omi founded a non-profit organisation called the Science and Technology for Society (STS) forum in Kyoto. It was a visionary move, born out of a realisation from this illustrious politician and technocrat — a mentor to several Japanese prime ministers — that science and technology should be...
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    Man of the people

    A global outpouring of well-deserved tributes marked the passing of Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary-general and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who died on Aug 18 following a short illness at age 80. As his UN successor, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said: “In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations.” Annan was sworn into...
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    Blockchain at MIGHT

    Blockchain technology incorporates distributed databases with consensus mechanism, peer-to-peer and cryptography technologies to allow for a more transparent and cost-saving platform to record transactions. The technology is being used globally by industry and government, and is largely in testing phase (Proof of concept) and Pilot projects. MIGHT ...
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    Future perfect universities

    TO remain relevant and sustainable, universities must be agile and embrace change in the ever-evolving educational landscape. Offering guidance at Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) is a special Academic Advisory Council (AAC) comprising several remarkable international personalities. And at a recent AAC meeting, a number of eminent experts offere...
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    Danger in our midst

    THE process of globalisation began a long time ago with ancient traders and European colonisers transporting goods — including plants — between the continents. For example, banana and sugarcane both originated in the Malay Archipelago but thrived wonderfully when they were planted in the West Indies. Likewise, Amazonian rubber trees and oil palm tr...
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    Biodiversity in decline

    THE growing consensus within the global community is that we are fast heading towards an environmental catastrophe caused by two human-induced activities: climate change and the loss of biodiversity. While the former was given top billing by world leaders resulting in the much-heralded Paris Accord on Climate Change in 2015, biodiversity—the essent...
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    Reducing dependence on imported vegetable seeds

    SEEDS are fundamental to any agricultural activity. The last 40 years has seen a dramatic transformation of the commercial seed industry from a competitive agri-business — mainly family-owned — to an industry dominated by just a small number of transnational companies. More than two-thirds (67 per cent) of the worldwide seed market, valued at RM84....
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    Is Malaysia ready for gene therapy?

    ACCORDING to the seminal report, “Human Genome Editing ”, jointly released by the US National Academy of Science (NAS) and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in early 2017, genome editing is a powerful new tool for making precise alterations to an organism’s genetic material. Recent scientific advances have made it more efficient, precise, and...
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    Sustainable development goals: Are we on track?

    HOW well is the world doing with Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals? Not nearly well enough, it appears. Three years after United Nations member states agreed on the ambitious 15-year programme at a New York summit, a third stocktaking of government efforts has been released: the 2018 SDG Index and Dashboards Report....
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    Is there still a sustainable future?

    IN former British colonies such as India, Kenya, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, it is quite common to find so-called “hill stations” in the mountains established by the colonialists looking for a cool escape from the steamy temperatures and humidity of the tropical lowlands. In 1885, a young geologist and explorer named William Cameron came across...