National space policy 2030 to drive development in space sector

 |Feb 8, 2017
Photo from Najib Razak Facebook page
Photo from Najib Razak Facebook page

The National Science Council (NSC) agreed to create the 2030 National Space Policy to drive development in the national space sector.

The policy aimed to ensure that benefits could be obtained from the space sector and contribute toward a new and strategic ecnomic growth.

Prime Minister Najib Razak, who chaired the first meeting of the NSC for this year, said the policy was in line the national objective of remaining to be excellent in the field of outer space science.

He said that the extraordinary success of Malaysia’s young scientists in the field of astrophysic scientific research that uncovered the existence of supermassive black holes should encourage and provide inspiration to the young generation, Bernama reported.

“I hope that this success can become an incentive and inspiration to the young generation to venture into the fields of astronomy and astrophysics in Malaysia and inject motivation and spirit to local researchers in physics and astronomy,” he said in his opening speech at the NSC meeting yesterday.

The NSC, which was set up last year, was based on the rationale that the Science, Technology and Innovations (STI) agenda could be monitored and coordinated under one council only to avoid duplication.

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations (MOSTI), Wilfred Madius Tangau said the formulation of the National Space Policy enabled the planning and development of the national space sector to be implemented in a more proper manner for efficient management.

He said the policy formed the basis for the formulation of the Outer Space Act aimed at supervising activities and operations relating to the space sector such as the launching and operation of satellites, registration of objects launched into outer space, the operation of an Earth station and related activities.

“Malaysia also needs the act to enable the government to ratify several international outer space agreements that had been signed,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the NSC today agreed to adopt ‘The Malaysian Code of Responsible Conduct in Research’ (MCRCR) as a code of ethics and major source of reference for all types of researches in the country.