MBOT will give new verve to tech fraternity



KUALA LUMPUR: The setting up of the Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT) will lend a new verve to the technological fraternity in the country.

     Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) said this on Nov 17 after officially launching MBOT.

   MBOT was set-up to register and recognise professional technologists and certified technicians as professionals, in-line with government initiatives to acknowledge such professions in a reputed manner.

     MBOT is governed under Technologists and Technicians Act 2015 (Act 768) that was gazatted by the Parliament on June 4 2015.

    According to Madius: “MBOT supports the initiatives under the 11th Malaysia Plan to create 1.5 million new job opportunities beyond 2020.

    “Sixty per cent of the current workforce requires education and training in related technology and technical fields to move the industry,” he added.

     Tan Sri Datuk (Dr) Ahmad Zaidee Laidin, President of MBOT expressed his deepest gratitude over the acceptance of MBOT by various parties from the government, industry, non-governmental organisations, professional bodies and the student groups.

     “The launching of MBOT is a moment that everyone has been waiting for. Support from all par-ties is important to ensure MBOT achieves its objectives,” he added.

    MBOT has opened its doors for registration in four categories, namely Graduate Technologist, Professional Technologist, Qualified Technician, andCertified Technician. Holders of Bachelor’s degree, Diploma, and certificates in technology and technical fields can apply.

   Registration for membership for qualified applicants can be done online via www.mbot.org.my.


Asian scientists, stakeholders get set for MOP 8 in Cancun

SERDANG: Some 56 participants from 12 countries convened at the Malaysian Agricul-ture Research and Development Institute (Mardi) in Serdang, Malaysia to facilitate the participation of Asian scientists and stakeholders in the upcoming Meeting of the Par-ties (MOP 8) and Conference of the Parties (COP 13) in Cancun, Mexico in December. The workshop Strengthening Asia’s Participation in MOP 8 was conducted to raise awareness on some topics in the convention that includes how modern bio-technology can contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity; the main characteristics of functional national biosafety systems and related elements of the Cartagena Protocol for Biodiversity; the importance of regional collaboration and harmonisation; MOPs and key items on the MOP8 agenda and related topics in CoP13 and MOP2; how outcomes of MOPs and COPs relate to national systems; as well as to provide public and private sectors perspectives. Topics on socio-economic considerations, public awareness, synthetic biology, and the Nagoya Protocol were also discussed. Dr Umi Kalsom Abu Bakar, Mardi Deputy Director General underlined the importance of agricultural research as countries wish to rely less on importation and produce more themselves.She referred to the promising next generation of young scientists and the need to train them in overcoming regulatory hurdles. Experts from Public Research Regulation Initiative (PRRI), US Department of Agriculture, India, Malaysia Biotechnology Information Center (Mabic) and an industry representative discussed the most updated documents and declarations for MOP 8. The workshop was organised by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, in partnership with the PRRI, MABIC, MARDI, and Agro-Biotechnology Institute, Malaysia