MIRI, Aug 22 (Bernama) -- The Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (MOSTI) will propose to the Cabinet the setting up of six national innovation centres in the country before the end of this year, Minister Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili said on Saturday.
He said the idea for such centres, with the aim of promoting creativity and innovation among Malaysians, was conceived by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
It was originally proposed that one innovation centre be set up but the ministry felt that more centres would provide a greater impact to the idea, he told reporters after attending a briefing at Curtin University of Technology Sarawak Campus (Curtin Sarawak) at Senadin, about 30 km from here.
Dr Ongkili said four of the centres would be established in Peninsular Malaysia and one each in Sabah and Sarawak.
He said the centres, to be operated by MOSTI, would be located at selected campuses of institutions of higher learning, closely linked to their centres of research and excellence as well as to the public and private sectors.
Dr Ongkili also said that the ministry would allocate RM2 million to fund Curtin Sarawak's research and development activities under the ongoing Ninth Malaysia Plan (2006-2010).
He said that so far RM1.4 million had been disbursed to fund seven research projects by the university in the state.
He also announced the offer of six places for suitable nominees from Curtin Sarawak to pursue masters or doctorate degrees through the ministry's National Science Fellowship programme. -- BERNAMA