A total of 122 fellows had gathered for the 22nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the last 22nd April, here in Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM). For fellows of the Academy, AGM is an important occasion because it is the time where the Academy elects new set of management for the positions of vice-president right down to the ordinary council members.
This time around, 26 nominees were elected as new fellows of the Academy for 2017, giving a total number of fellows to 326. ASM President, Professor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail FASc, has also announced seven fellows who were elected as the Ordinary Council member for the term 2017 - 2019. Other appointments made in the meeting are Yang Mulia Royal Professor Ungku Abdul Aziz Ungku Abdul Hamid as Honorary Fellow and Tan Sri Datuk Ir Dr Ahmad Tajuddin Ali FASc as Senior Fellow of the Academy for the year 2017.
This AGM also serves as a platform where fellows express and share some of their concerns on issues related to science in the country. One of the issues discussed was the declining popularity of our local science journals. Nowadays, less number of papers was received for the journal publication. This is something we should be worried of especially considering the future of science in the country. The ASM Science Journal can only go from strength‐to‐strength if more researchers get involved in contributing their papers.
The meeting has also discussed the independency of ASM. By being independent, ASM will be free to innovate while being driven to improve its services and being revenue dependent. During the meeting, fellows were asked to vote their 'yes or no' on a poll of two questions regarding independent income generation and provision incorporation for recognition as a Consultant in the ASM Act. As in the previous year, ASM got a bit techno savvy this year by replacing the old ballot voting system with electronic voting device to which carving smiles across fellows' faces because the process went smoother. It was no surprise that the result turned out to show majority of fellows had said their "yes" for both questions. The Task Force on ASM Act Review then decided to further study Acts of the other academies in order to find amendments for the Act that fits the shoes.
ASM 2016 Annual Report was also presented in this meeting by ASM Secretary General, Academician Tan Sri Dato' Ir Hj Ahmad Zaidee Laidin FASc. This Annual Report bears witness that we have managed to get our accounts approved and audited as well as obtained the Auditor General’s Certificate with clean bill, out in time for this AGM. Last but not least, we hope that everyone left the meeting with a renewed belief in what ASM could achieve when acting collectively and in solidarity with one another.
Attendees of the 22nd AGM.