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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) -- There will be no change to the government's position in demanding that Australian mining firm, Lynas Corporation, remove residue generated by its Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in Kuantan out of Malaysia, according to a joint statement issued by four ministers.

The ministers are Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Datuk Seri Douglas Unggah Embas and Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

They said that the Cabinet today reaffirmed the joint statement they had made on Dec 10 relating to the removal of the residue out of the country.

"Reiterating public health and safety as the highest priority, the government will ensure that all related government agencies closely monitor the operation of LAMP, especially on the handling and the management of the residue generated by it," they said in the statement.

This is consistent with the conditions stated in the Temporary Operating Licence (TOL).

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Government To Ensure Lynas Complies With Set Rules, Conditions

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 11 (Bernama) -- Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili today stressed that the government would ensure that Lynas comply with the set rules and conditions before allowing its Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in Gebeng, Pahang to begin operations.

He said this included removing all the residue generated by the plant from Malaysia including all products made from the residue.

Ongkili said Lynas had proposed to convert the waste into products which had a radioactivity amount of below 1 becquerel per gramme, which would make them ordinary products usable for industrial purposes.

"1 becquerel is what the quarries are producing, and the standard in Malaysia is even higher than the international standard, that is, 5 becquerel per gramme."

He said this after opening the Ninth Malaysia Plan Research, Development and Commercialisation Output Convention at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.

Asked whether the products could then be marketed in Malaysia, Ongkili said it was up to Lynas.

"They have to find the market. But it is not classified as dangerous anymore and instead it falls under the Environment Quality Act (which is no longer under his jurisdiction)," he said.

Ongkili also reiterated that the safety issue had been the government's main concern since the beginning, that was why international standards had been made the guidelines and various processes had been gone through before the plant was granted a temporary operating license.

The waste issue came to light when there was a news reports quoting DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng as saying that Lynas managing director Mashal Ahmad had admitted that the company would not be exporting waste.

Lynas, however, denied that such a statement had been made, and said that the converted product called synthetic aggregate would be exported to other countries in accordance with international and local standards and regulations where it would be used as civil engineering material.

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Mosti Records RM5.9 Billion Sales For RD&C Projects Under 9MP

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 11 (Bernama) -- A total of RM5.9 billion worth of sales were recorded by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) for its research, development and commercialisation (RD&C) projects under the 9th Malaysia Plan (9MP).

Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, said it was a return of over 200 per cent from the allocation of RM2.9 billion provided by the government.

"Meanwhile, 341 out of 1,360 projects have also been commercialised with the creation of 15,817 job opportunities.

"This clearly shows that the return on investment in science, technology and innovation is very good, can be seen very quickly and can bring about positive impact on the country's socio-economic development."

He said this when opening Mosti's 9MP RD&C Results Convention at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here Tuesday.

Ongkili said 1,684 intellectual properties had also been registered including for patents, trademarks, copyrights and industrial designs, while 1,187 national and international awards were also received for the projects.

At a press conference, the minister said the government had also allocated RM160 million in Science Fund and RM130 million in Pre-Commercialisation Fund for next year.

Besides encouraging researchers to apply for the fund, the minister also called on the researchers to carry out research based on the topics chosen by the ministry with guidance from the National Science and Research Centre.

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Sabah will pay attention on assisting small contractors

KOTA MARUDU, Dec 11, 2012 (The Borneo Post) -- The government will continue to pay attention to assist small contractors, on condition they diligently carry out projects given to them.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili also urged Class F contractors to work towards building themselves up, alluding that big contractors in Sabah started small, but became successful after establishing their reputation.

He was speaking to 137 Class F contractors who bid for 27 projects worth RM1 million, under the Basic Infrastructure Projects and Public Infrastructure Projects (PIAS/PIA) for the Kota Marudu district here yesterday.

The bidding was done automatically through computerisation to assure bidders of transparency whereby, successful applicants were randomly picked, using a computer system verified by Mimos.

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Lynas Must Comply With Condition To Remove Residue From Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) -- Lynas has been called to comply with the condition upon which it had been issued a Temporary Operating License (TOL), which is to remove from Malaysia all the residue generated by the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) including all products made from the residue.

The TOL was granted to the company with this specific condition, said four ministers directly responsible for the portfolio related to the Lynas project in a joint ministerial statement here Monday.

They were Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Datuk Seri Douglas Unggah Embas and Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

The Cabinet had also endorsed this condition, they said.

The statement was issued in response to recent inaccurate media reports regarding the removal of the residue generated by LAMP.

"The obligation imposed on Lynas in this matter is very clear. The Government will not compromise the health and safety of the rakyat and the environment in dealing with the issue of Lynas."

They also reiterated that if Lynas failed to comply with the condition, the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) had the power under section 22 of the Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984 (Act 304) to suspend or revoke the TOL and order Lynas to immediately cease operation.

"As ministers responsible for portfolios directly associated with the Lynas project, we reiterate that public health and safety continue to be our utmost priority."

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Review trading licences of foreigners

KOTA MARUDU, December 5, 2012 (The Borneo Post) -- Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili has asked the Kota Marudu District Council to review the trading licences of a number of foreigners who have set up businesses in the district.

He said many had questioned the presence of the foreigners who operated shops in the town area and there was a need to vet them to ensure they were legitimate.

In his speech at a gathering with the people at Dewan Hatob in Kampung Lotong here yesterday, the Kota Marudu member of parliament said he had asked the council at its Monday meeting to investigate the complaints from Kota Marudu folks on the presence of foreigners in the district.

“We need to review their trading licence and also check whether they and their workers possess proper papers, including valid and legal trading licence, identity and travel documents.

“While we welcome investors from overseas and outside the state to set up businesses in Kota Marudu, they and their foreign workers must be law-abiding and contribute to the development of the community,” he said.

The matter was raised at the council meeting following public reaction to the recent murder of 16-year-old Norikoh Saliwa whose body was found on the roadside in Kota Marudu on November 25. A foreign suspect has been detained.

“Arising from the murder case, the public are questioning the presence of foreigners involved in many businesses in Kota Marudu and we are following up on this matter,” he said.

Dr Ongkili added that the council also discussed the issue of illegal immigrants and public sentiment against it.

“Rest assured we will never protect illegal immigrants, let alone those who commit crimes against our people,” he told the people.

Dr Ongkili pointed out that Kota Marudu is the district with one of the lowest crime index in Sabah, with 64 cases (measured by serious crimes and those involving property) from January to November this year, compared with 74 cases during the corresponding period last year.

“Unfortunately, the recent violent crime has not only shaken the community but shows that crime can happen despite strict law enforcement in our district.

“We also urge the police and other enforcement agencies, including Rukun Tetangga, to step up efforts and vigilance to safeguard the community’s safety,” he said.

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MOSTI Minister Attends The Seventh IAMMST

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 4 (Bernama) -- Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili attended the seventh Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Science and Technology (IAMMST) which was chaired by Brunei Darussalam Minister of Development H.E. Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Datuk Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Hj Osman at Bandar Seri Begawan on Sunday.

The biennial meeting was also attended by Ministers and Senior Officials from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam according to a statement.

Prior to that this week, four senior officers meetings were held namely Krabi Initiative (KI) Workshop, 21st Advisory Body on ASEAN Plan of Action (ABAPAST) Meeting, 20th Advisory Body on ASEAN Science Fund (ABASF) and 64th Committee on Science and Technology (COST).

At the seventh IAMMST, the ASEAN Ministers endorsed three recommendations made at COST to operationalise the eight thematic tracks of the Krabi Initiative.

The recommendations are reorganisation and re-structuring of COST, the establishment of an ASEAN Innovation Fund (AIF), and the establishment of performance review mechanism for Sub-Committees under COST.

During the meeting Dr Ongkili expressed the need for the recommendations to be carried out as soon as possible in view of the fast changing technology and innovation landscape.

The ASEAN Krabi Initiative is a policy framework, endorsed by the sixth IAMMST held in Krabi, Thailand on December 2010, to move ASEAN forward through science, technology and innovation (STI).

It is based on eight (8) thematic tracks or areas of cooperation: ASEAN innovation for global market; Digital economy, new media and social networking; Green technology; Food security; Energy security; Water resource management; Biodiversity for health and wealth; and Science and innovation for life.

Based on the KI, a new ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation (APASTI) will be developed for the period 2016-2020.

The new APASTI will embody people-oriented paradigm shifts namely: STI enculturation; bottom-of-the-pyramid focus; youth-focussed innovation; STI for green society and public-private sector partnership.

Dr Ongkili is also in favour of having a holistic study carried out by experts or a consortium of experts to make recommendations on the restructuring of COST, taking into account the alignment and convergence of flagship programmes and thematic tracks of the KI.

The Ministers agreed to the establishment of the ASEAN Innovation Fund (AIF) to support the implementation of the new APASTI.

The new Fund will provide mechanisms to enable the participation of the private sector, dialogue partners and international agencies to contribute to the AIF.

The Fund will be used to finance collaborative activities and projects with the potential for revenue generation.

Dr Ongkili in his speech also urged COST to accelerate the implementation of the framework of the ASEAN-China Science and Technology (STEP) programme which was launched at the ASEAN-China Ministerial Meeting on S&T on 21th September 2012 in Nanning, China.

The initial activities of this programme are (i) the establishment of a platform for sharing satellite data for precision farming; disaster management; urban planning and management of cities; and satellite broadcasting; (ii) setting up of joint laboratories, training centres and networking of research institutions; and (iii) training programmes in S&T and innovation policies to support technology transfer.

Dr Ongkili also took the opportunity to inform the meeting on the outcomes of the World Innovation Forum (WIF) held in Kuala Lumpur in early November this year. He also invited his ASEAN colleagues to participate in a special side-event on ASEAN Innovation at the next WIF.

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Mastic Should Strive To Be Official STI Information Centre

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 29 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Science and Technology Information Centre (Mastic) should strive to be the official reference centre for national science, technology and innovation (STI) strategic information.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said Mastic, under the patronage of his ministry, should be brave to carry out improvements and transformation, especially in collecting STI data and studies.

"I am confident the role of Mastic will continue to be relevant as an important engine of the government, and it should be empowered till it becomes a national STI information centre.

"STI indicators play an important role in gauging the level of Malaysia's competitiveness in STI. Thus, Mastic should understand the importance of supplying accurate and correct data to international bodies to protect the national image and performance in the world," he said.

Ongkili was speaking at Mastic's 20th anniversary celebration here today.

He said, in its transformation effort, Mastic should take into consideration, building close cooperation with various parties and stakeholders.

He said, in line with the government's effortS to build a knowledgeable community in science and technology, Mastic should share its data and information with various parties involved.

"Efforts to develop STI indicators are being implemented by Mastic which should raise its image at all levels, and with various bodies such as Asean, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Unesco and Organisation of Islamic Conference," added Ongkili.

According to him, from the Sixth Malaysia Plan to the Tenth Malaysia Plan, the ministry had carried out five major studies in R&D, bibliometric innovation study, public facility and equipment study, as well as STI indicator studies in which 82 types of STI indicators produced were used by various agencies in the public and private sectors.

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Coral Triangle Initiative Set To Have Permanent Regional Secretariat

PUTRAJAYA, November 27 (Bernama) -- The Coral Triangle Initiative formed by six countries to protect one of the most diverse marine area, is set to have a Permanent Regional Secretariat following the conclusion of the 4th CTI Ministerial Meeting here.

At the meeting hosted by Malaysia, Malaysia, Timor Leste and Solomon Islands signed the agreement that gives consensus to the setting up of the permanent secretariat in Manado, Indonesia. Indonesia was the first to sign the agreement in October last year.

"The ratification of the agreement is just a first step towards the realisation of the CTI. Many other important arrangements such as the financial architecture and coordination, and communication mechanisms need to be put in place to enable the Regional Plan of Action to be implemented effectively," said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili, who is current chair of the CTI Council of Ministers.

The CTI protocol requires at least four of the six member countries to sign the Agreement in order to formalise institutional arrangements for the setting up of the permanent Regional Secretariat.

Dr Ongkili signed on behalf of Malaysia while Timor Leste was represented by its Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Mariano ASSANAMI and the Soloman Islands by its Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology Bradley Tovosia.

The meeting was attended by ministers and representatives of the six member countries of Malaysia, Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.

The CTI members also inked the Putrajaya Joint Ministerial Statement which outlined the progress and achievements made so far and the way forward for the body.

One of the main reasons the CTI was formed is to address urgent threats facing the Coral Triangle, namely the threat of extinction on the coral reefs due to carbon emission.

Dr Ongkili also said Malaysia was keen to promote a Blue Economy or blue carbon approach that uses carbon accounting to quantify ecosystem service value.

"The Tun Mustapa Park in Sabah is targeted to be declared a new marine conservation area by 2015. It will serve as a pilot project for our blue carbon approach that integrates environmental conservation and restoration with climate change adaptation and sustainability," he said.

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Malaysia Hosts 8th CTI CFF Senior Officials Meeting & 4th Ministerial Meeting

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 26 (Bernama) -- Malaysia, through the science, technology and innovation ministry, is hosting the eighth Coral Triangle Initiative-Coral Reefs Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Senior Officials Meeting and 4th Ministerial Meeting here Monday.

The minister, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, is the current chair of the CTI-CFF Council of Ministers (CTI-COM) for a two-year term, effective November last year.

In his speech, Ongkili announced that Malaysia, along with Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste, would also become signatories to the agreement for the establishment of the Permanent Regional Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Ongkili said, many other important arrangements such as financial architecture and coordination and communication mechanisms needed to be put in place so that the regional plan of action of the CTI could be effectively implemented.

CTI-CFF is a multilateral partnership of six countries formed in 2007, to address urgent threats facing the coastal and marine resources of one of the most biologically diverse and ecologically rich regions on earth.

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