Researchers present findings on traditional medicine

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.

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Posted on : 06-04-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has enjoyed political stability, progress and prosperity under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman.

“The state government led by him (Chief Minister) constantly works hard and make effort to ensure long-term and short-term agendas are carried out and the objectives achieved,” Head of State, Tun Haji Juhar Haji Mahiruddin said in his policy speech when opening First Meeting of the Fifth Term of the 14th State Legislative Assembly here, yesterday.

He also said under Musa’s leadership, the state government has succeeded in its efforts to strengthen the economy and improve the people’s quality of life.

“I am confident that these efforts as well and the implementation of development programmes this year will make Sabah even more resilient in the face of challenges,” he said.

The Governor added that the state government was committed to maintaining its excellent performance achieved during the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) period.

He said among the achievements were positive growth momentum and stable gross domestic product (GDP). Tun Juhar said in 2015, for example, Sabah achieved a GDP growth of 6.1 per cent worth RM70.4 billion compared with RM59.3 billion in 2011.

“This represents an increase of 19 per cent,” he said, adding that it was among the highest in the country. The Governor also said the state’s positive growth momentum was boosted by foreign trade performance. Sabah, he said, also reported a trade surplus of RM8 billion annually during the five-year 10MP period. “Apart from that, household income also increased, surpassing RM4,879 in 2014 compared with RM4,013 in 2012,” he said.

And, according toTun Juhar, Sabah’s unemployment rate dipped to five per cent in 2015 from 5.6 per cent in 2011.

“Many will agree with me that Sabah is fortunate as it is strategically located, blessed with natural wonders and its people of various backgrounds live in peace and harmony,” he said. Tun Juhar also said the government endeavoured to reduce the poverty rate from four per cent in 2014 to one per cent before the end of 11th Malaysia Plan (1 IMP).

He said the government would continue to carry out various projects, such as ‘Mini Estet Sejahtera’ (Mesej) and Hardcore Development Programme (PPRT) farm projects under the Rural Transformation Programme to improve the income of the rural population.

“The increase in the price of key commodities such as rubber and palm oil are also expected to increase the income of participants in these projects,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tun Juhar hailed the state government’s endeavour to achieve this year’s revenue target and to strengthen state finances.