IPOH – A Bahasa Malaysia encyclopaedia on science and nuclear technology will be published by the Malaysian Nuclear Agency in collaboration with Dewan Bahasa Pustaka (DBP).
The agency’s senior director (commercialisation and technology planning programme), Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamed Hashim said 95% of the encyclopaedia had already been completed.
“The encyclopaedia is expected to be ready by the end of this year. A series of workshops and discussions were organised in producing this encyclopaedia, which has the strong backing of the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry.
“The ministry also provided funds for us to complete it,” he told reporters after opening the “Scientific Writing and Publishing” seminar at Impiana Hotel here, Wednesday.
Dr Zulkifli said 99 research officers from the agency were involved in the production of the 250-page encyclopaedia.
Meanwhile, the agency’s director-general Datuk Dr Muhammad Lebai Juri said the people should give more emphasis on science, in line with the nation’s aim to produce a literate society, for the country to achieve a developed nation status by 2020.
He said those involved in research should disseminate information on their work through their writings.
Although the interest in reading scientific material among the public was still considered low, it had not discouraged writers from producing books to enhance knowledge, he said in his speech at the opening of the seminar.
Dr Muhammad said the three-day seminar, held to upgrade professionalism in scientific publications, was also aimed at promoting the use of Bahasa Malaysia in scientific publications.
The text of Dr Muhammad’s speech was read by Dr Zulkifli.
The seminar, which began Tuesday, is organised by the Malaysian Nuclear Agency, DBP, Malaysian Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) and Karangkraf Media Group with the support of the Malaysian Institute of Translation and Books, Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute, PTS Publications and Distributors Sdn Bhd and several local universities. – Bernama