Posted on : 06-04-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local
KOTA KINABALU: After four years of research, professors from three renowned local universities presented their findings during a colloquium at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) here yesterday, entitled ‘Multicultural Heritage of Traditional Medicine in Malaysia,’
Featuring experts in traditional medicine research, the colloquium discussed traditional medicine originating from various cultures in the country.
Organising chairperson, UMS Associate Professor Dr Low Kok On, said that the five sessions highlighted topics on traditional medicine in general and also in Islamic, Chinese, Indian and Sabahan ethnic cultures.
“We have professors and researchers from the National University of Malaysia (UKM), University of Science Malaysia (USM) and of course UMS itself.
“The topics discussed are ‘Traditional Medicine in the 21st Century’ by Professor Dr Hashim Awang, ‘The Bridge Between Modern Medicine and Islamic Complementary Medicine’ by Professor Dr Supyan Hussin, ‘Future Trend of Traditional Chinese Medicine’ by Dr Yam Mun Fei, ‘Thaipusam: The Power to Evoke Spirituality and Faith Healing Through a Series of Ritualistic Practices’ by Dr Mumtaz Aboo Backer and ‘Ethnomedicines in Sabah: A Present Status’ by Julius Kulip,” he said.
Dr Low added that the colloquium was organised by the Borneo Heritage Research Unit and made possible by a grant of a whopping RM7 million from the Ministry of Higher Education.
He explained that researchers received the lucrative grant as the study involved a total of six major public universities in the country and took about four years to complete.
“Now, we are nearing the end of the research programme and we’re closing it off with this colloquium.
“From the grant, the study has resulted in the publication of over 20 titles, not including international journals and seminars held abroad, which are all related to this project,” said Dr Low.
SOURCE:- THE BORNEO POST