SERDANG: The country needs to have continuity in grooming experts in the field of climate change and biodiversity, or we will keep going back to retraining new individuals all the time, without showcasing Malaysia to the world.
Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar said his ministry has discussed the matter with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, adding that the latter understands the urgent need for this.
“Often times, when we get an experienced subject matter person, they move position or are promoted to a different field. After that it’s a whole new process to train someone else. This has to change, as there is no continuity.
“The prime minister understands that we need to have a group of people who are subject matter specialists, who could form a committee.”
Xavier was referring to the importance of being in a better position to defend Malaysia’s stance in relation to climate change and biodiversity.
He told reporters this after launching the National Seminar on Physical Modelling Application and Technology (PHYMAT) & Hydraulic Invention and Innovation Show (HYDRAULIIS) 2018 at the National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia (NAHRIM).
During the event, NAHRIM announced its entry into the Malaysia Book of Records for having the “Largest Rainwater Harvesting System for Laboratory”.
Also present at the event were NAHRIM deputy director Mohd Fauzi Mohamad and Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry deputy secretary-general Datuk Dr Tan Yew Chong.
Xavier added that Malaysia had to build these subject matter specialists so that they can concentrate on their individual fields.
“They are the ones who will be able to safeguard the interests of the subject matter and at the same time the country as a whole, so that we can defend our views to the world.”
This is how we should move forward, so NAHRIM and all the universities under their umbrella can work together to showcase what Malaysia is doing and how far we’ve advanced in terms of the research work that we have done, he added.
Xavier also congratulated the institute on its research efforts in preserving and safeguarding our shores, rivers and creating a state-of-the-art hydraulic system.
“Moving forward, I’m urging NAHRIM to start preparations to organise an international symposium in 2020. That would be an ideal year, as there are many other international forums and gatherings planned to be hosted by Malaysia in that year.
“There’s never been an international symposium to address problems faced by tropical countries like Malaysia, whereby the rain and climate change is affecting the whole area (country). Hence, this would be an opportune time to encourage our researchers to showcase their research papers in the international arena.”