I’ve been invited to the Akademi Sains Malaysia (ASM) conferment of fellowship held in KLCC recently. The Academy, established since 1st February 1995 is with functions, among others to promote and foster the development of science, engineering and technology; to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas among scientists, engineers and technologists; to analyze particular national problems and identify where science, engineering and technology can contribute to their solution and accordingly to make recommendations to the Government and many more. For this year, Prof Ir Dr Ahmad Fadzil M Hani, one of the institution’s leading researchers was bestowed as fellows of the Academy with 13 others and 2 senior fellows.
Datuk Maximus Ongkili in his maiden speech mentioned government’s initiative to established another Academy i.e. Academy of Social Sciences Malaysia. I can easily guess who could be the pioneer fellow; no other than our Prof Murad..
Among Academia present that morning were Prof Zahari Taha and Academician Prof Emeritus Dato’ Augustine Ong; first proposer and seconder of Prof Fadzil’s application (of which I was the sole Secretariat two years back). Prof Zaharin & Dato Radin was not in sight however. Prior to the luncheon, there was this launching of ASM biographies; Think Global Act Malaysian by Academician Dato’ Ir Lee Yee Cheong and BC Sekhar – Malaysia’s Man of All Seasons by Dr Umasuthan Kallo. I purchased a copy of the late Tan Sri BC Sekhar’s biography (limited edition signed by Puan Sri Sukumari Sekhar) for my own (of which eventually I gave it to my boss – kipas la tu)
I was invited by Prof Fadzil himself at his table with Datuk and few others who contributed to his fellowship application. Dr Nora as usual looks proud with his husband’s achievements. I on the other hand were plain and stressful, surrounded by lotsa Academic high achievers and Datuk too.
P/s – Being a fellow signify your credibility as the expert in the area that you are engaging in (Prof Fadzil’s Intelligent System and Health Imaging) and you will also be guaranteed with a professional pension scheme. How nice..