Date: 8 October 2018
Location: Taman Tugu Nursery
Akademi Sains Malaysia (“ASM”) launched the “Local & Transboundary Haze Study” report, a study that examines the root causes and proposes recommendations to the haze problem in the region. Before the launch, the President of ASM, Professor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail FASc, along with other Council Members and Fellows of ASM planted forest shrubs in the Taman Tugu Forest in support of the Taman Tugu Project.
The report on haze was launched by Professor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail FASc and Professor Dato’ Ir Dr A Bakar Jaafar FASc, Chairman of the ASM Haze Task Force that led the study and production of the report.
This report is meant to serve as a tool for science diplomacy where science can effectively contribute to informed decision making at all levels of government and stakeholders. The study concludes that the haze, a problem rooted in socio-economics, requires solutions rooted in socio-economics as well.
After the launch, ASM hosted their 30th IdeaXchange. This is the first time ASM hosted their IdeaXchange outside of their office. The topic of this IdeaXchange is alternative agriculture commodity exports that Malaysia should focus on and the potential application. Ideas include suggestions for Malaysia to go back to papaya export, as Malaysia used to be one of the biggest world exporters in the late 1990s/ early 2000s. Another suggestion includes Malaysia diversifying to something new, like sweet potatoes as there is a gap between demand and supply.
It was a fruitful discussion which we hope further action can be take upon. The day ended in the evening with some light refreshments.
We would like to extend our gratitude to ASM for their support towards the Taman Tugu Project and hope to see many of them frequenting the Taman Tugu Forest to care for their plants.
The full “Local & Transboundary Haze Study” report can be viewed and downloaded via the following link: https://issuu.com/asmpub/docs/haze_report.