KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia still faces a shortage of scientists involved in research and development (R&D) activities, Malaysian Nuclear Agency (Management Programme) senior director Dr Dahlan Mohd said today.

"By 2020, the government's vision is to have 70 scientists per 10,000 workers," he said, adding that the current ratio is about 58 scientists per 10,000 workers. 

Dahlan was speaking at a press conference after a “Meet the Scientist” programme at the Malaysian Nuclear Agency, which saw the participation of 110 students.

“The main objective of this programme is to make scientists as role models to the students. They were also exposed to the research that has been carried out by the scientist,” he added.

The programme is a collaboration between the National Science Centre and the science, technology and innovation ministry (MOSTI).